October 9, 2012 Issue
New Yorkers like to do things their own way—“me too” doesn’t cut it here—and weddings are no exception.
Fortunately, the possibilities for a unique (and spectacular) occasion are many in this town. Want to get
married in a glass box perched high above the Lower East Side? Or have your
cocktail hour catered by the folks at Smorgasburg? We cover all these
options and more. We also highlight the season’s most stunning gowns, the cake
trend sweeping the city, and hundreds of New York’s top wedding resources,
from calligraphers to videographers. We hope they help you fashion a wedding all your own.
On the Cover: Round-neck, cable-knit sweater by Joseph, $575; ivory silk-taffeta skirt with pockets by Carolina Herrera, price upon request; Caresse d’orchidées earrings, $10,250, and Ballerine platinum-and-diamond solitaire ring, price upon request, both by Cartier. Caroline roses and mango calla lilies, by Elan Flowers, $175.
Outrageously unique wedding dresses you've been waiting your whole life to wear.
Twenty-one beautiful bouquets overflowing with blossoms, precisely at their peak for your big day.
Vendors from Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg create delectable bites for cocktail hour.
Take your color palette to the next level with vibrant ombré cakes.
Ask the Experts
“We’ll do custom linings, pocket squares, and tuxedo shirts for groomsmen or all the men in a family so they’re color-coordinated with the wedding.”
“You don’t dream about the cake, the band, or the invitations—you dream about the dress.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to get what you want and what you love. Embrace the process.”
“Don’t compare your wedding to anyone else’s. Take your intuition seriously and focus on what is appropriate for you, your partner, and your families.”
“Some people want a pig roast, others a tapas menu. No one wants cookie-cutter. Attention to detail is key.”
“You can’t cue the quartet when you’re walking down the aisle. You can’t be the director and the star that day.”
Browse 140 wedding dresses, from peplums to oversized lace accents.
Why should she be the only one to wear something bold and beautiful?
Sure, you can go traditional. Or you can make a statement.
Your beauty arsenal in evening-bag proportions.
If only there were one dress to buy! Don’t let the rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch be an afterthought.
Nine New York couples recall the laughter, tears, and, of course, embarrassment.
Mollie Cohen and Andrew Berman's waterfront celebration.
Ed Hambleton and John Martinez's gastropub dance party.Mollie Cohen and Andrew Berman's waterfront celebration.
Jenny Hageman and Ken Young's indie bookshop bash.
Azadeh Famalian and Ala Alavi's Persian affair.
Yvette Fiore and Connor McLaughlin's farmstead fête.
Three paths—plus shortcuts to tackle the major tasks on your to-do list.
You got the ring of your dreams—and now you get another. Herewith, six wedding bands that pair perfectly with your engagement ring.
Want toned arms, a sexy back, or six-pack abs? There’s an app—or podcast, online video, or MP3—for that.
Brilliantly colored invitations are having a moment.
Officiants recall the most romantic I Do’s they’ve had the honor to preside over.
Finally, it’s legal. Experts and recently married (or engaged) couples talk rules.
Seventeen venues that overlook sprawling cityscapes, breathtaking river sunsets, rolling hills—even a world-famous planetarium.
Eight great restaurants that will host your reception.
Five local watering holes suggest signature cocktails with your favorite booze front-and-center.
The first is less formal, the second more so. Whichever you choose, here’s how to make the most of each.
Get married, celebrate, slumber, and brunch without leaving the building.
Nine brides and grooms reveal the story behind the choice.
When the fourth graders in Caitlin Fitzsimon’s class at P.S. 234 in Tribeca heard she was getting married, they wrote her letters filled with advice on how to have a successful marriage.
Scale mountains, nap on the beach, or lay seige to a city with these ten getaways for every type of traveler.
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