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March 15, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

How to have a New York wedding: Despite the overwhelming number of options in New York, getting married here doesn’t need to give you an ulcer. Want to throw a last-minute Fire Island beach wedding on a Tuesday? See the couple who planned their nuptials in a few days. Prefer a cake that’s gooey and smeared in lemon-buttercream frosting rather than stiff fondant? How about an overgrown bouquet that could’ve been just picked from the garden? Or a gown so easy to move in you’ll want to dance all night? And talk about easy: In addition to a host of new outdoor reception venues, we’ve also rounded up the best destinations for having a wedding and a honeymoon all in one spot.
On the Cover: Photograph by Bobby Doherty for New York Magazine. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Silk boatneck gown with detachable dégradé pearl Watteau by Lela Rose, $4,995 at Gabriella New York, 155 Wooster St.; 212-206-1915. Diamond engagement ring set in platinum, price upon request, and cultured-pearl necklace with 18-karat-gold clasp, $34,000, both by Tiffany & Co. at Hair by Linda Shalabi using Oribe at See Management. Makeup by Allie Smith using Nars at Sarah Laird. Manicure by Roseanne Singleton using Dior Vernis at Art Department. Clooney ranunculus from Stems Brooklyn. Market editing by Lori Keong. Model: Erika Pattison at Marilyn Model Management.


Gowns That Dance

These dresses are meant for moving. By Rebecca Ramsey

Overgrown Bouquets

Unfussy flowers for walking down the aisle.

Cakes You Actually Want to Eat

Gooey and moist dessert options.

Now on the Menu

Let David Chang do the catering. By Lauren Schwartzberg

Ask the Experts

Professional Know-It-Alls

A baker makes the case for mousse verrines, a dress designer shares very Parisian gown wisdom, and more advice from industry bigwigs.

Style Guide

Post-Modern Gowns

A return to traditional embellishments — with some 3-D-printed florals and ice-cream colors thrown in.


From shawl collars to pastels.

Dressing Your Parents

Hip moms and frugal dads get the paper-doll treatment.

Flowers in Your Hair

No Coachella-esque garland crowns here.


Why Your Pet Should Be Invited to Your Wedding

My bridesmaid, the red hen.

A Cinematic Event

“We found a supercut of wedding scenes from different Hollywood movies, and the museum let us screen it twice before the procession.”

A Rooftop Party

“We didn’t even call it a wedding. It was ‘McLean Party of 2.’”

A Nontraditional Production

“I knew I wasn’t going to be an all-white bride. I wanted to create a dramatic look, something different.”

A Woodsy Wedding

“We adore the house — even more so now that this is where our story started,” says Andrew. “We wanted the woods to be our backdrop.”

A Cozy West Village Affair

“We wanted our pre-wedding photos to have an ‘old New York’ feel.”

A Last-Minute Beach Bash

After a quick ceremony on the dunes, people ran into the surf.

A Backyard Celebration

“We met in Fort Greene Park for our first date and walked through Brooklyn for 18 hours. Our venue, iCi, was right around the corner.”

The Checklist

Mint Is the New Black

Cool-green shades have moved from the runway to your invites.

The Art of Compromising

An everything guide to give-and-take — among couples, future in-laws, and sensitive bridesmaids.

What to Do If It Rains

How to ensure the photos turn out okay, the dress stays dry, and the groom can still ride in on a horse.

How to Have a Very Vintage Wedding

Party like it's 1899.


In a Field, on a Rooftop, Under a Waterfall

Fifteen new outdoor places to get hitched.

You’re Married! Now Take a Shot

Five local bartenders concoct classy alternatives to the lemon drop.

Buzzy Rehearsal-Dinner Spots

Hot restaurants that will host you the night before.


A Wedding That Is Also a Honeymoon

In which a destination reception among friends and family — in Bora Bora, in Tasmania, in Wisconsin — gives way to a party for two.

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