The Main Event
Another option for the big day: Make your guests sleep in tents. Six spots for both gritty and glampy sleepaway-camp weddings.
- City or Country
Whether you want to say “I do” in a secret garden or serve black-kale ravioli, there’s an option just around the block—or three hours upstate.
Flowers & Centerpieces
Photography & Videos
- Ask a Cinematographer
Andy Biscontini of Kiss the Bride Films on highlight reels, and more.
- Never Say ‘Cheese’ Again
Photojournalists offer a vérité alternative to traditional shooters.
- Ask a DJ & Photographer
Kenan Juska and Ro Agents on film, digital photography, and more.
Music & Dancing
- How 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.
- Ask 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.
Food & Drink
- Silverware Free
Appetizers and entrées you eat with your hands.
- Picky Eaters
Five menus for dietarily restricted affairs.
- Drink Pink
A rosé (and cider) at every price point.
- 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.