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Summer 13 Weddings

Cover Story
On the Cover: Photographs by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine. Market by Amelia Diamond. Lace-and-tulle cap-sleeve gown with flower-ruffle detail by Nina Ricci, $6,260 at; Victoria cluster earrings with diamonds in platinum by Tiffany & Co., $5,300; six-prong setting ring by Tiffany & Co., $7,750. Sweet Athena headpiece by Designs by Ahn, $100.
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Ask the Experts

  • The Gown Hunter

    “New York brides are ruthless. They won’t settle for anything less than what they’ve envisioned, and I love them for it.”

  • The Prop Finder

    “The trend now is true sophistication. A few years back, it was all sweet and rustic.”

  • The Honeymoon Planner

    “Don’t immediately assume that you need to be on a beach for your honeymoon.”

  • The Band

    “When people reminisce about the wedding, they talk about who got in that big dance circle and did their thing.”

  • The Florists

    “Flowers don’t come in Pantone colors. Mother Nature tends to have a mind of her own, so be open to variation.”

The Checklist

  • What They Would Have Done Differently

    One hundred recent brides reveal their planning snafus, budget missteps, and registry regrets.

  • Never Say ‘‘Cheese’’ Again

    Photojournalists offer a vérité alternative to traditional shooters.

  • Gifts They’ll Thank You For

    Give your wedding party presents they actually want.

  • Cut It Out

    Wedding invitations get the laser-cut treatment.

  • Don’t Just Think Pink

    Fun, fresh colors are what’s happening in manicures.

  • So Long, Magic Mike

    Six twists on girls’ night out.

  • Beyond Pinterest

    Seven apps for registering, tackling seating charts, and color-coordinating your bouquet with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

  • The Proposal Matrix

    Last April, Alison Taffel’s graphic-designer boyfriend stealthily replaced her magazine’s Matrix with his own.

Style Guide

  • Fresh Off the Runway

    High-fashion gowns for the big day.

  • Not Just for Weddings

    Stylish dresses your bridesmaids can wear long after the reception.

  • Let Your Ears Do the Talking

    Forgo a statement necklace for showstopping earrings.

  • Suits That Suit Them

    Three local grooms find wedding looks in sync with their style.

  • Save It for the Honeymoon

    Sexy undies aren’t always practical for the wedding day. But the night after is another story.


  • Get Some Air

    Sixteen farms, vineyards, and other outdoor spaces for hosting your summer wedding.

  • The Party Before the Party

    Three types of rehearsal dinners, six great venues.

  • Un-Wedding Bands

    From thirties swing to foot-stomping jazz, old-timey music is making a comeback.

  • Let Them Eat Way More Than Cake

    Event designer Jung Lee of Fête curates the ultimate dessert table.


  • Landmark Occasions

    Seven couples who said “I do” in their favorite spots around town.

  • Retro Dance Party

    “I remember the floor was shaking. The wood paneling was shaking. It was crazy.”

  • Late-Summer Soirée

    “We danced all night—even after the air-conditioner broke down.”

  • Full-Moon Fête

    “Throughout history, full moons have been a time of festivity.”

  • New Museum Celebration

    “I wish I could relive that night. I’ve never smiled so much.”

  • NOLA-Style Nuptials

    “People on the street were congratulating us and honking horns. It was perfect.”

  • Poetic Beach Bash

    “James didn’t sit down after the dancing started. It’s never too late to feel young again.”


  • Two for the Road

    Five once-in-a-lifetime road trips ideal for newlyweds.