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The Planner

The Main Event

Killer Views

A rooftop farm high above the East River, a lighthouse on the Long Island Sound, a barn amid the rolling Catskills, and other spots with sprawling vistas.

Beyond the Photo Booth

An old-timey phonograph, a tepee, and other out-of-the-box bonus entertainment for your guests.

What I Wish I’d Known

Newlyweds offer 20/20 hindsight on the big day.

On a Budget

Invitations

Foiled!

Wedding invites get the metallic treatment.

Ask a Stationer

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

Flowers & Centerpieces

Field to Table

Ferns and ivy, poppies and forget-me-nots—and other wild arrangements seemingly plucked from the High Line.

Ask the Florists

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

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 D.J. & Photographer

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

Music & Dancing

BandsAn Original Soundtrack

However obscure your tastes may be—nineties Pavement tracks, twenties jazz standards—eight hyperspecific wedding bands are up for the challenge.

Hey, Mr. D.J.

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 D.J.-or-Band Debate

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

Eight Other Acts Guaranteed to Pack a Dance Floor

The Dexter Lake Club Band, D.J. Gaza, and more.

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Cakes

Wedding CakesAnything But White Cake

Rainbow sprinkles, Marie Antoinette ruffles, a donut tower, and other nontraditional takes on the dessert course.

Let Him Eat Groom’s Cake

Eight confections designed with specific fiancés in mind.

Food & Drink

MenusElevate the Basics

Casual dishes (dry-rubbed ribs, fried chicken and waffles) get dressed up by the city’s top caterers.

Ask the Bartender

Christy Pope on specialty cocktails, full bars, and more.

MenusMake It Pop

Fizzy-cocktail recipes from five local drinkmasters.

Playing the Standards

A discerning caterer can reimagine even the most basic of entrées. Here, a few inventive takes on beef, chicken, fish, and veggie dishes.

Organization

The Everything Guide to a Better Bachelorette Party

Five local, slightly off-the-beaten-path itineraries for every type of bride-to-be.

Ask a Registry Entrepreneur

Kathy Cheng of Thankful Registry on big-box retailers and common registry pitfalls.

Not Another Blender

Newlyweds reveal the wedding gifts they actually use.

The Day-of Emergency Kit

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

The Everything Guide to Kids

How to keep your pint-size guests happy, fed, and under control.

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