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The Planner

The Main Event

How to Have a Social-Media-Optimized Wedding

What to tweet, how to Instagram, and when to put the phone away.

Why You Should Consider a Day Wedding

It's cheaper and you can eat scrambled eggs.

Kids in Tuxes

Yes, they may have a mid-aisle tantrum, but the crowd loves a ring bearer and flower girl.

On a Budget

Invitations

RSVP for a Good Time

Invitations adorned with palm trees, flowers, and more.

Ask a Stationer

Lisa Hedge of Venamour Stationery & Ephemera on e-vites and the latest trends.

Flowers & Centerpieces

Winter Greens

It's easy being green with bouquets and centerpieces flowing with succulents, jade roses, lily grass, and jasmine vine.

Ask the Florists

Sierra Yaun and Juliet Totten on choosing seasonal flowers, and more.

Photography & Videos

The Drone Photographer

"When I go about 400 feet up, I can see four miles away."

Ask a Cinematographer

Andy Biscontini of Kiss the Bride Films on highlight reels, and more.

Ask a DJ & Photographer

Kenan Juska and Ro Agents on film, digital photography, and more.

Music & Dancing

BandsHow to Tear It Up

Whether you have two left feet or just appeared on Dancing With the Stars: the best Lindy Hop and samba New York has to offer.

Hey, Mr. DJ

What music-industry insiders requested at their own nuptials.

BandsAsk the Band

The 45 Riots on finding the right band, and more.

Their Song

Nine brides and grooms reveal the story behind the choice.

The DJ-or-Band Debate

It’s a conundrum for the ages. To settle the score, we liquored up two seasoned DJs and two veteran band leaders and let them take it to the mats.

8 Other Acts Guaranteed to Pack a Dance Floor

The Dexter Lake Club Band, DJ Gaza, and more.

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Cakes

Wedding CakesMoody Cakes

Dessert topped in deep chocolate frosting, gothic flowers, and dusty pastels like you’re marrying Tim Burton.

The Cakes Are Alive

Trade the fake flowers and fondant garnishes for desserts smothered in verbena leaves, berry medlies, and other very fresh toppings.

Food & Drink

MenusMeat or Vegetarian Options

Juicy house pastrami or Jerusalem-artichoke ricotta tarts?

Silverware Free

Appetizers and entrées you eat with your hands.

MenusSmoky Cocktails

Five drinks with mezcal, Scotch, and tequila that will make your guests feel warm and fuzzy.

Don't Spill This on Your Dress

A pickled martini, beet sangria, and other savory cocktails from local drink-makers.

Organization

Ensemble for Rent

You don’t have to make a mortgage-size investment on something you’ll only put on once. Here, six e-shops (plus some brick-and-mortar alternatives) offering special-occasion wares on loan.

Ask a Venue Finder

"You shouldn’t have to fill out a massive inquiry form in order to get information about a venue. By the time you’ve finished, someone else has already booked it."

Notes on a Toast

Lauren Lumsden gave the crowd-pleasing speech below at her best friend’s wedding. In the footnotes, Lumsden reflects on her strategy and how a Val Kilmer reference came in handy.

The Day-of Emergency Kit

How stylist Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York wards off disasters.

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