March 20, 2012

Cover Story
New York Weddings

This is a city that never says no, which is good news for brides and grooms who think for themselves. No matter how cliché-subverting your nuptial vision may be, New York has the resources you need to pull it off. This issue is packed with original ideas to help you get started, from gutsy gowns and convention-defying flowers to double-take cakes and nouveau cocktail pairings. You’ll also find the unique wedding albums of five couples who did it their way—proof that there’s no better place than right here to let your imagination run wild.

On the Cover: Photograph by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Styling by Ise White for Artists by Timothy Priano. Market by MaryKate Boylan. Hair by Ryan Cotton for Jed Root, Inc. Makeup by Quinn Murphy for Chanel/Artists by Timothy Priano. Fashion Assistant: Mickey Woods. My Beloved embroidered tulle gown by Reem Acra, $13,000; French birdcage veil with crystals by Leah C. Couture Millinery, $325; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard platinum necklace, $18,500 at Tiffany & Co.; 3-carat cushion-cut diamond ring, 10-carat round-diamond bracelet, and 5.75-carat diamond earrings, all by Kwiat, prices upon request. David Austin garden rose, tulip, and ranunculus bouquet by Allow Me Event Design, $200.

Features

The Risk Portfolio

The season's most inspired gowns dare to be remembered.

Left of Centerpiece

The new genus of table topper is anything but predictable.

Menu Wars

When choosing a meal plan, you can go formal or familiar. Just do it with a twist.

MoMA or Met?

Museum-worthy creations for appreciators of both contemporary and classical cake art.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Merchant

“Formal bridal shops are all chandeliers and Champagne; we’re more mason jars and margaritas.”

The Photographer

“It’s easy to shoot people who are happy. Brides feel beautiful, the parents are happy—it’s a joyous occasion.”

The Bra Lady

“I’ve been to so many weddings where the woman spends all night hiking up her dress. We don’t stand for that.”

The Makeup Artist

“If you’re Gisele, you can wear just mascara and ChapStick. Most women can’t get away with that.”

The Caterers

“We’ve done events in private jets at 36,000 feet and cooked for 300 people from a changing room at Saks. Whatever our client wants, we try to accommodate it.”

The Wedding Doctor

“Therapy is about learning how to create a time and space each week to really talk and listen to one another.”

Style Guide

Here Comes the Bride

Browse 110 wedding dresses from non-traditional suits to vintage-inspired.

Statement Suits

Graphic prints, plaids, and more options for the groom.

So Clutch

Tiny bags for a big day.

Statement Décolletage

Every neckline has its necklace.

Skip the Veil

Channel your inner wood nymph instead.

One Dress, Four Ways

A quartet of stylists gussy up a budget gown, with a little help from two hair and makeup pros.

Album

With the City As Your Witness

Not every wedding crasher is unwelcome. Here, eight couples' chance encounters and the strangers who made them memorable.

Speakeasy Soirée

Ruby Sheng and Jason Nichols's speakeasy soirée.

Etsy-Eclectic Fête

Carla Schmidt and Mark Silk's Etsy-eclectic fête.

Coolly Coiffed Family Affair

Caroline De Sousa and Zak Mascolo's coolly coiffed family affair.

Color-Coordinated Dinner Party

Emily Kollars and Annabelle Rinehart's color-coordinated dinner party.

Barnyard Bacchanal

Charlotte Adams and Max Bertz's barnyard bacchanal.

The Checklist

Let's Get Physical

Head-to-toe fixer-uppers for the makeover-minded bride.

More Than Words

Punchy colors and bold typography set this stationery apart from the rest of the mailbag.

The Worst-Case-Scenario Crib Sheet

Because things don’t always go as planned.

“We Survived Hurricane Irene”

How one couple made it work when everything went wrong.

Prints Are the New Polaroids

And five other new-wave crazes creeping onto the radars of wedding bloggers.

Reception

The Great Indoors-Outdoors

Ten open-air venues, each with a plan B interior option should the weather act up.

A $25 Wedding Venue? Yes, But ...

The savvy way to wed in a city park.

Country Strong

Idyllic farmhouse properties within striking distance of Manhattan.

Enough With the Wine and Cheese

Cocktail hour is a time to experiment.

The D.J.-or-Band Debate

It’s a conundrum for the ages. To settle the score, we liquored up two seasoned D.J.’s and two veteran band leaders and let them take it to the mats.

Eight Other Acts Guaranteed to Pack a Dance Floor

Eight music acts guaranteed to pack a dance floor.

In It to Win It

An old superstition still inspires healthy competition.

So Where’s the After-Party?

Eight late-night options for post-reception high jinks.

Speech! Speech!

Most newlyweds take to the mike at some point during their nuptials, often delivering overly sappy soliloquies. Don’t be that couple. This fill-in-the-blank outline will keep you on track.

Grooms

Lord of the Rings

The band for the modern groom.

The Right Fit

Real groom-to-be Curtis Flanagan needs a suit for his summer nuptials. We gave him three—then asked the ladies in his life for their honest opinions.

Not a Shot Glass in Sight

Grown-up gifts for grown-up groomsmen.

He's Got the Beat

Some grooms aren’t content being spectators. Meet three locals with a nuptial specialty.

The Elevated Bachelor Party

Bragging rights without the shame.

Let Him Eat Groom's Cake

Eight confections designed with specific fiancés in mind.

You Clean Up Nice!

A six-step manscaping primer.

Honeymoon

The Vacation Compromise

Win-win trips for couples with different ideas of what it means to vacation.

Your Kind of Yurt

Luxury takes on tired old travelogues.

Honey Do Good

Philanthropic journeys for selfless newlyweds.

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