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October 12, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

It’s hard to go astray when tying the knot in this anything-goes town. Maybe you’re hoping for an impromptu City Hall ceremony like that of Scottish elopers Rebecca Foggett and Colin MacLeod, who capped their spontaneous “I do”–ing with a six-hour tour of the city. Or maybe, if you’re cut from a more traditional cloth, you’re already picking out the napkin rings for a titanic blowout at one of the region’s many droolworthy venues. Whatever your nuptial needs, this issue offers solutions by plumbing a dizzying array of resources. That New York has also—finally and triumphantly—legalized gay marriage is just the icing on the quadruple-tiered cake.
On the Cover: Photograph by Taghi Naderzad for New York Magazine.


The Intangibles

Seven head-turning dresses—and one hot suit—that capture a bride’s most elusive qualities.

Color Theory

Monotone bouquets and boutonnieres spanning every hue in the visible spectrum.

Get With the Times

The olden times, that is. Vintage-looking stationery for thoroughly modern weddings.

One-Bite Wonders

The only thing wrong with these catered morsels is that you’ll want to eat ten of them.

White Cake, Wild Filling

Don't judge a cake by its fondant.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Designer

"I didn’t even know I was making wedding dresses until people told me they got married in them.”

The Suit Guru

"The gay marriages that I've done personally, no one does matching suits or ties or anything, which I think is good."

The D.J.’s

“If you play ‘Billie Jean’ and it doesn’t beckon people to the dance floor, there is something wrong.”

The Stationer

"I bristled at the e-mail reply for years. I’ve clearly lost that battle.”

The Milliner

“The royal wedding really opened up the American point of view: Women can wear tasteful, flattering headwear.”

The Cake Makers

“Mark has been doing this since he was in diapers."

Style Guide

Wedding Belles

Browse 120 gowns, from corsets to pastels.

Suit Up

Three-piece sets, unexpected color, and more options for the groom.

The Finishing Touch

From headpieces to shoes, 105 accessories for the bride.

One Dress, Four Ways

A quartet of stylists put their spin on a single gown, with help from two hair and makeup pros.

Made for a Bridesmaid

Find 120 bridal party dresses in all lengths, colors, and styles.


"We Just Didn't Care About the Weather."

How to make the most of an otherwise less-than-perfect wedding-weather forecast.

Opulent Gothic Gala

Adam Liss and Lisa Rod’s 155-guest wedding was a feat of outré elegance.

Offbeat Brooklyn Fête

Jennifer Levy describes her wedding as “a labor of love.”

“Tim Burton–Esque” Bowery Ball

The couple wanted an aesthetic that was "whimsical, dark, and eccentric.”

Cross-Cultural New Year’s Bash

Andrew Goodwillie and Sonia Tolani's NYE celebration was a "perfectly blended smashup.”

Vacation Turned Elopement

The couple decided to scrap the formal wedding and tie the knot at the marriage bureau on Worth Street.

The Checklist

At Long Last

We matched seasoned event planners with three newly engaged gay couples.

Race to the Altar

How to plan an entire wedding in 90 days or less.

Raise the Roof

Six ways to elevate a banquet hall.

The Pippa Effect

The new breed of bridesmaid dresses almost one-up the bride’s. (Almost.)

Flip That Dress

A local design team turns two mass-market gowns into one-of-a-kind creations.

Help Is On the Way

Seven last-minute fixes for common bridal freak-outs.

The Body Shop

Five silhouette-specific workouts to get you into that gown.

Nuptials of the Bizarre

It wouldn’t be a true New York wedding without a little weirdness.


Old Guard or Upstart?

Nine classic venues and their younger but equally beguiling counterparts.

Location, Location, Location

Eight more inspired venues, handpicked by urban aesthetes.

Extreme Choreography

A portfolio of dance-floor showstoppers.

One D.J., Two Strummers, or a Whole Choir?

Top entertainment picks for every size stage.

The Radical Cookie Table

An ode to the Rust Belt–wedding classic—but with petits fours instead of pizzelles.


Now, That Was a Vacation

Thirteen recently married New York couples share the highlights of their honeymoons.

The Mega-Moon

For some, two weeks just won’t cut it. Meet one couple in the midst of a ten-month honeymoon.

The Jet-setter’s Registry

Gifts for newlyweds getting the heck out of Dodge.

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