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October 28, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

There are plenty of reasons not to get married in New York. It’s expensive. Venues get booked years in advance. Where will everyone stay? But for the many who dare to plan a wedding in this epicenter of DJs and bands, caterers and bakers, dress designers and custom stationers, the upshot, of course, is the panoply of options. No-fuss types can invite 85 of their friends to a rowdy steak dinner at Sammy’s Roumanian. Those who are more extravagant can do it among the Klimts at an Upper East Side Beaux-Arts mansion. You want a Persian feast, or Jamaican jerk-chicken wings? No problem. A gown from a Gowanus boutique or made to order on Madison Avenue? Sure. If you can dream it up, there are people in this city to make it happen.
On the Cover: Photograph by Erik Madigan Heck for New York Magazine. Chiffon off-the-shoulder gown with ruched bodice and corded lace detail by Marchesa, $4,995; marquise-canary-diamond ring with white-diamond pavé by Eva Fehren, $32,275. Bouquet by Tin Can Studios. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Hair by Andre Gunn at Brydges Mackinney using Oribe. Makeup by Itsuki Hoshino at Bridge Artists using Chanel. Manicure by Elena Capo at the Wall Group using Chanel. Prop styling by Abby Walton at Lalaland Artists. Market editing by Arielle Cabreja. Model: Rachel Alexander at Supreme.


The Beautiful Ones

Tulle explosions, backless ball gowns, and other stunners.

Hold Something Bold

Monochromatic bouquets pack a punch.

My Italian, Persian, Mexican, Thai, Jamaican Wedding

Menus from around the world, courtesy of five local caterers.

Small Cake, Tall Cake

Local bakers do dessert both ways.

In Her Shoes. And Her Shoes, Too.

Three generations got married in these T-strap heels.

Ask the Experts

Industry Know-How

From a gown designer, florist, makeup artist, guest specialist, and DJ.

Style Guide

Pearls, Plus

Ultra-unique alternatives to the classic stud earring.

Off-the-Wall Groomswear

Classic-shoes-kooky-socks combos for the groom.

Dresses for Days

Beads, back cleavage, and beyond.

The Dress After the Dress

Dance-floor-ready, comfortable, and under $500.


Pass the Tissues

Eight weepy wedding-day moments.

Summer Camp Throwback

“When we saw the lake and guest cabins, we gave them a deposit on the spot.”

Academic Affair

“The New York Academy of Medicine really spoke to who we are as a couple.”

Rowdy Steak Dinner

“People were dancing before the appetizers even came out.”

Cinema-Inspired Fantasy Fête

“We wanted everything to feel magical and otherworldly, as if Marie Antoinette were hosting the party.”

Operatic Occasion

“I created a mood board of still-life flowers and sumptuous fabrics painted by the Dutch masters.”

Bookstore Nuptials

“It felt removed from the hectic city. It was like a sanctuary, in a way.”

An Ellis Island Celebration

“It was the perfect place to celebrate the joining of our two backgrounds.”

The Checklist

Draw Them In

A look at couples’ beautiful, hand-drawn invites.

No Bread for the Bride

Five menus for dietarily restricted affairs.

Me and My Bra

It's not easy being a double-D bride-to-be.

The Under-$25,000 Wedding

How one couple stuck to their budget.

Bridal Boot Camp

The city is crawling with new wedding-focused workout packages.

Put Your Face on the Cappuccino

Seven ways to make your wedding feel extra-personalized.


Go Big! Or Not.

From a 60-guest Brooklyn cabin to a massive Gilded Age bank, reception spots for affairs both intimate and less so.

Venue Emergencies

Disaster-preparedness tips if (God forbid) the venue falls through.

Don’t Spill This on Your Dress

A pickled martini, beet sangria, and other savory cocktails from local drink-makers.

Keep the Party Going

Six spots for post-reception revelry.


Alone, Together

From aisle to isle.

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