Spring 2012 Wedding Guide

Plan the greatest event on Earth

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls … wedding planning is a high-wire act. Avoid the freaks and sideshow dramas by walking this tightrope toward an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Juggling Act
Turning up your nose at the pomp and circumstance? Rachael Gross of Lola Grace Events offers AntiBride planning to execute all-fun, no-froufrou events. Destination-wedding expert Amy Kimball jumps through hoops to plan your long-distance shindig.

Beyond the Big Tent
Transport guests to new heights with a gondola ride to Stowe Mountain Resort Cliff House for a high-altitude sunset ceremony. Want to impress your Big Apple buds? The sleek new event space at Jared Coffin House marries an urban vibe with a bucolic island setting.

9 at home lobster!No-Concession Concessions
Big cat Barbara Lynch rebuffs the buffet: Her 9 at Home catering outfit circulates top-shelf bites like pork-belly brochette and butter-poached lobster. (She’ll also suggest wine pairings and concoct a couple-themed cocktail recipe.)

High-Flying Beauty
Worried an overstyled do will leave you with Bozo frizz? Laser hair extensions at Megan Graham Beauty don’t damage your real strands (and take half the time to attach).

Now Presenting
China patterns have gone the way of the bearded lady. Pick out midcentury furniture and artwork at Abodeon; the staff will photograph your chosen pieces for a private online registry. The in-house sommeliers at Central Bottle Wine + Provisions customize wine registries to your honeymoon — spend a week in Rome and come back to bottles of nebbiolo and pinot grigio.

m. flynn!One-Ring Circus
Lion taming is a snap compared to bauble shopping. Crack the whip (gently) on the geniuses at M. Flynn Accessories, who use design software to create 3-D renderings of custom rings. Designer Talia Don hosts bridal-party brunches that let your bridesmaids pick out their own accessories.

Big Finale
Those clowns at the local bakery ignored your dietary restrictions. Philip Kruta of Whisk can whip up a dairy-free cake complete with faux buttercream frosting. Children of all ages will gape at the intricate, paper cake toppers from Paper, Gowns & Glory.

We hope you enjoy your show!

Fox-trot through a host of other wedding tips here.

Photos: Stacey Doyle Photography / Courtesy of LolagraceEvents; Wayne Chinnock / Courtesy of 9 at Home; Courtesy of M. Flynn Accessories