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October 9, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

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.

Features

One & Only

Outrageously unique wedding dresses you've been waiting your whole life to wear.

Timing Is Everything

Twenty-one beautiful bouquets overflowing with blossoms, precisely at their peak for your big day.

Smorgas-d’oeuvres!

Vendors from Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg create delectable bites for cocktail hour.

Au Revoir, White

Take your color palette to the next level with vibrant ombré cakes.

Ask the Experts

The Suit Makers

“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.”

The Gown Designer

“You don’t dream about the cake, the band, or the invitations—you dream about the dress.”

The Registry Pros

“This is a tremendous opportunity to get what you want and what you love. Embrace the process.”

The Stress Buster

“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.”

The Caterer

“Some people want a pig roast, others a tapas menu. No one wants cookie-cutter. Attention to detail is key.”

The Party Planner

“You can’t cue the quartet when you’re walking down the aisle. You can’t be the director and the star that day.”

Style Guide

Wedding Belles

Browse 140 wedding dresses, from peplums to oversized lace accents.

Make Your Own Entrance

Why should she be the only one to wear something bold and beautiful?

Outré Shoes

Sure, you can go traditional. Or you can make a statement.

In the Clutch

Your beauty arsenal in evening-bag proportions.

One Wedding, Three Dresses

If only there were one dress to buy! Don’t let the rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch be an afterthought.

Album

The Toast Chronicles

Nine New York couples recall the laughter, tears, and, of course, embarrassment.

Waterfront Celebration

Mollie Cohen and Andrew Berman's waterfront celebration.

Gastropub Dance Party

Ed Hambleton and John Martinez's gastropub dance party.Mollie Cohen and Andrew Berman's waterfront celebration.

Indie Bookshop Bash

Jenny Hageman and Ken Young's indie bookshop bash.

A Persian Affair

Azadeh Famalian and Ala Alavi's Persian affair.

Farmstead Fête

Yvette Fiore and Connor McLaughlin's farmstead fête.

The Checklist

Congrats! You're Engaged! (Now What?)

Three paths—plus shortcuts to tackle the major tasks on your to-do list.

Meet Your Match

You got the ring of your dreams—and now you get another. Herewith, six wedding bands that pair perfectly with your engagement ring.

No Gym Required

Want toned arms, a sexy back, or six-pack abs? There’s an app—or podcast, online video, or MP3—for that.

Get Loud

Brilliantly colored invitations are having a moment.

Vow to Be Different

Officiants recall the most romantic I Do’s they’ve had the honor to preside over.

The New Etiquette of Same-Sex Weddings

Finally, it’s legal. Experts and recently married (or engaged) couples talk rules.

Reception

Check Out the View

Seventeen venues that overlook sprawling cityscapes, breathtaking river sunsets, rolling hills—even a world-famous planetarium.

“Chicken or Fish?” Not Here.

Eight great restaurants that will host your reception.

Drink Specials

Five local watering holes suggest signature cocktails with your favorite booze front-and-center.

Rectangular or Round?

The first is less formal, the second more so. Whichever you choose, here’s how to make the most of each.

One Singular Location

Get married, celebrate, slumber, and brunch without leaving the building.

Their Song

Nine brides and grooms reveal the story behind the choice.

One 9-Year-Old’s Tips for a Happy Marriage

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.

Honeymoon

Choose Your Bliss

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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