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The Planner

The Main Event

The Bride Wore Bug Spray

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.

I Got Married at Ikea

And other unusual (or just unusually honest) wedding tales.

On a Budget

Invitations

Shades of Blush

Beautifully neutral invitations.

Ask a Stationer

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

Flowers & Centerpieces

His & Hers Flowers

Or hers and hers. Or his and his.

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 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 CakesThe Cakes Are Alive

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

Let Him Eat Groom’s Cake

Eight confections designed with specific fiancés in mind.

Food & Drink

MenusSilverware Free

Appetizers and entrées you eat with your hands.

Picky Eaters

Five menus for dietarily restricted affairs.

MenusDrink Pink

A rosé (and cider) at every price point.

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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