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Winter 11 Weddings

Cover Story
On the Cover: Photograph by Taghi Naderzad for New York Magazine.
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  • The Intangibles

    Seven head-turning dresses—and one hot suit—that capture a bride’s most elusive qualities.

  • Color Theory

    Monotone bouquets and boutonnieres spanning every hue in the visible spectrum.

  • Get With the Times

    The olden times, that is. Vintage-looking stationery for thoroughly modern weddings.

  • One-Bite Wonders

    The only thing wrong with these catered morsels is that you’ll want to eat ten of them.

  • White Cake, Wild Filling

    Don’t judge a cake by its fondant.

Ask the Experts

  • The Gown Designer

    “I didn’t even know I was making wedding dresses until people told me they got married in them.”

  • The Suit Guru

    “The gay marriages that I’ve done personally, no one does matching suits or ties or anything, which I think is good.”

  • The D.J.’s

    “If you play ‘Billie Jean’ and it doesn’t beckon people to the dance floor, there is something wrong.”

  • The Stationer

    “I bristled at the e-mail reply for years. I’ve clearly lost that battle.”

  • The Milliner

    “The royal wedding really opened up the American point of view: Women can wear tasteful, flattering headwear.”

  • The Cake Makers

    “Mark has been doing this since he was in diapers.”

The Checklist

  • At Long Last

    We matched seasoned event planners with three newly engaged gay couples.

  • Race to the Altar

    How to plan an entire wedding in 90 days or less.

  • Raise the Roof

    Six ways to elevate a banquet hall.

  • The Pippa Effect

    The new breed of bridesmaid dresses almost one-up the bride’s. (Almost.)

  • Flip That Dress

    A local design team turns two mass-market gowns into one-of-a-kind creations.

  • Help Is On the Way

    Seven last-minute fixes for common bridal freak-outs.

  • The Body Shop

    Five silhouette-specific workouts to get you into that gown.

  • Nuptials of the Bizarre

    It wouldn’t be a true New York wedding without a little weirdness.

Style Guide

  • Wedding Belles

    Browse 120 gowns, from corsets to pastels.

  • Suit Up

    Three-piece sets, unexpected color, and more options for the groom.

  • The Finishing Touch

    From headpieces to shoes, 105 accessories for the bride.

  • One Dress, Four Ways

    A quartet of stylists put their spin on a single gown, with help from two hair and makeup pros.

  • Made for a Bridesmaid

    Find 120 bridal party dresses in all lengths, colors, and styles.


  • Old Guard or Upstart?

    Nine classic venues and their younger but equally beguiling counterparts.

  • Location, Location, Location

    Eight more inspired venues, handpicked by urban aesthetes.

  • Extreme Choreography

    A portfolio of dance-floor showstoppers.

  • One D.J., Two Strummers, or a Whole Choir?

    Top entertainment picks for every size stage.

  • The Radical Cookie Table

    An ode to the Rust Belt&nsash;wedding classic—but with petits fours instead of pizzelles.


  • ‘We Just Didn’t Care About the Weather.’

    How to make the most of an otherwise less-than-perfect wedding-weather forecast.

  • Opulent Gothic Gala

    Adam Liss and Lisa Rod’s 155-guest wedding was a feat of outré elegance.

  • Offbeat Brooklyn Fête

    Jennifer Levy describes her wedding as “a labor of love.”

  • “Tim Burton&nsash;Esque” Bowery Ball

    The couple wanted an aesthetic that was “whimsical, dark, and eccentric.”

  • Cross-Cultural New Year’s Bash

    Andrew Goodwillie and Sonia Tolani’s NYE celebration was a “perfectly blended smashup.”

  • Vacation Turned Elopement

    The couple decided to scrap the formal wedding and tie the knot at the marriage bureau on Worth Street.


  • Now, That Was a Vacation

    Thirteen recently married New York couples share the highlights of their honeymoons.

  • The Mega-Moon

    For some, two weeks just won’t cut it. Meet one couple in the midst of a ten-month honeymoon.

  • The Jet-setter’s Registry

    Gifts for newlyweds getting the heck out of Dodge.