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October 24, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

In a city of infinite possibilities, the question for a person getting married is where to begin. Perhaps by browsing the nooks and crannies of a reclaimed barn in Chelsea, a brownstone-cum-bed-and-breakfast in Bed-Stuy, and other cozy, winter-ready venues? Or by sampling smoked rib-eye roasts and pimento mac ’n’ cheese from New York’s top caterers, followed by classic cakes oozing chocolate ganache and white buttercream? If you’re still up for trying on dresses after all the tastings, we’ve got the season’s most gorgeously detailed peplum ball gowns and ’90s slip dresses, along with a parade of statement earrings and elegant-yet-not-treacherous shoes to wear with them. And after obsessively gathering every option for your wedding, we pulled together a calendar of sorts for your honeymoon — with destinations for every month of the year that can make it seem like all the planning was just a dream.
On the Cover: Photograph by Erik Madigan Heck for New York Magazine. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Tulle dress with microbead embroidery by Valentino, $6,500 at 693 Fifth Ave.; 212-355-5811. Diamond solitaire ring set in platinum with brilliant-cut pavé diamonds by Cartier, price upon request at cartier.com. Rose from Saipua. Hair: Yoichi Tomizawa using Bumble and Bumble at Art Department. Makeup: Aya Komatsu using Tom Ford Beauty at Bridge. Manicure: Roseann Singleton using Chanel Le Vernis at Art Department. Market editing by Lindsay Peoples.

Features

Gowns That Pop

Bring on the oohs and aahs. By Rebecca Ramsey

The Minimalist’s Bouquet

So all eyes are on you.

Black & White Cakes

Vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache — and other classic and graphic options that look as good as they taste.

Comfort Fare

Something about a winter wedding just makes you want to eat brick-oven pizza and French-onion grilled cheese.

Ask the Experts

The industry A-list, from a ring designer to a spray-tanner.

The Checklist

Moody Invitations

Draw them in with a dramatic palette.

What Can They Buy You?

Portuguese coffee pots, cheese-of-the-month clubs, and beautiful umbrellas — plus a few favorite items of recently married couples.

Let Them Come to You

A range of new and unexpected in-apartment services, including dance lessons in your living room, makeup in your bathroom, and a bridesmaid-for-hire.

The Woods Are the New Vegas

Tips and tricks on taking the party far, far away from Caesars Palace.

The Style Guide

Classic Gowns With a Kick

The dresses of the season are finished with organza ruffles, sheer clavicles, and lots of other little surprises.

Unexpected Suits for Grooms

Fresh-from-the-runway looks that incorporate texture, shine, and patterns in new ways.

Fancy Flats

As pretty as stilettos, but less tripping down the aisle.

Light-Up-Your-Face Earrings

Add the ring, and your accessories are done.

The Album

The Archives

Legendary New York couples with their wedding cakes.

A Dumbo Event

“We knew we wanted a club feel, but still elegant.”

A Musical Evening

A mariachi band got the party started, followed by a New Orleans marching band, a seven-piece orchestra, and a DJ who played funk and jazz tunes.

A Snowed-In Sleepover

“I was expecting that people couldn’t get there, so when I walked in and saw everyone, I burst into sobs.”

A Fall Farm Gathering

“There were turkeys and goats running around. It was very different for a lot of city folks.”

A Rope-Factory Party

“We wanted it to feel comfortable and homey — not that sense where people couldn’t touch anything.”

A Cross-Country Affair

“We wanted something slightly alternative, but not to the point where our family was like, ‘Is this a wedding?’ ”

A Chinese Banquet

“I was happy to accommodate any Chinese tradition because I know it’s important to Kristina’s family. Plus, Jews really like Chinese food.”

The Reception

Cozy Venues

A barn in the middle of Chelsea, a tasting room in Carroll Gardens, and a B&B in Bed-Stuy.

Getting the Booze Right

An everything guide.

How to Cut Off the Drunk Cousin

Plus other ways to manage intake.

The Honeymoon

The Escape Calendar

You'll have Corsica to yourselves in September and fields of blooming bluebells in Ireland come April. Here, getaway options for every month of the year.

Deals

My 90-Percent-Off Wedding Dress

One bride’s Century 21 coup.

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