All Dressed Up, With Places to Go
What to Wear to Your Rehearsal Dinner
Acetate woven dress (top left)
($338 at BCBG Max Azria, 461 Fifth Ave., nr. 40th St.; 212-991-9777).
Silk and lace dress with leather glitter belt (bottom left)
($345 and $95 at Rebecca Taylor, 260 Mott St., nr. Houston St.; 212-966-0406).
Silk embellished sheath (on model)
($355 at Tracy Reese, 641 Hudson St., nr. Horatio St.; 212-807-0505).
Silk caramel dress (top right)
($850 at Hugo Boss Soho, 132 Greene St., nr. Prince St.; 212-965-1300).
Silk mimosa dress (bottom right)($1,750 at Catherine Malandrino, 652 Hudson St., nr. Gansevoort St.; 212-929-8710).
Where to Have Your Rehearsal Dinner
1. Rent the dining room and garden of Pure Food and Wine, the romantic restaurant on Irving Place, for 130 guests, no matter the season (purefoodandwine.com). Their raw menu is inventive enough to delight carnivorous guests—though it’s not a bargain at around $23,000 (for 50 people; $100 for each additional person; cost of tenting in winter is included).
2. For a knockout wedding-eve dinner, invite up to 120 guests to one of the newer cultural institutions in town, the New Museum on the Bowery (newmuseum.org). Serve cocktails and appetizers on the Hope Terrace, and dinner in the minimalist Sky Room (from $250 a head plus a minimum donation of $5,000; Creative Edge Parties is the exclusive caterer).
3. Take over the chandeliered upstairs dining room, bar, and candle-lit garden of Bobo, a signless, picturesque restaurant in the West Village and host a lovely dinner party for up to 80 people (bobonyc.com). It’s not much of an option for the budget-conscious; the rental fee can be as steep as $20,000, plus per-head costs for food, liquor, and tenting the terrace.
Photographs: Hannah Whitaker for New York Magazine (Dresses); Firstview (Runway)
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide