You’ve waited, hoped, and planned for it all your life. Now it’s here.
One final chance to spend as much of your parents’ money as possible. Or not. Whatever your budgetary constraints, your path to irrational, control-freak Bridezilladom should be clear. So we’ve created the perfect wedding for two brides: the Big Spender (budget? What’s that?) and the Nest Egger (she’s saving for the future … or just prefers a modest affair). Because every girl deserves to wear white and be a maniacal perfectionist.
Big Spender: Before starting Anthea Events, Sofia Crokos and Maria Seremetis did fashion marketing for Calvin and Donna: They know from tasteful and elegant. Flowers, party favors, catering … They’ll take care of every detail, so that you can take care of yourself. (591 Broadway, 3F; 212-219-2800)
Nest Egger: Of course you’ll be your own planner. And with these resources, you’ll have no problem.
Big Spender: Our favorite for the classic, clean look? Peter Langner (Bridal Atelier by Mark Ingram, 127 East 56th Street, third floor; 212-319-6778, by appointment only). For custom-made classic movie-star glamour, visit Christina Kara at Blue. (137 Avenue A; 212-228-7744)
Nest Egger: A custom-made silk gown for under $1,000? Way. Designer Sandra Paez, of Frida’s Closet in Brooklyn, will create a stunner. (296 Smith Street, 718-852-3354; by appointment only)
Big Spender: Saeyoung Vu Couture makes dresses that your girls really will wear again in rich, iridescent silks and a range of flattering cuts. Affordable wedding gowns and adorable flower-girl dresses are also available. (Claudia Hanlin’s Wedding Library, 29 East 73rd Street, 212-249-2050; by appointment only)
Nest Egger: The pretty options at BCBG guarantee finery in any print, style, and color. (120 Wooster Street; 212-625-2723)
As for their gifts, scrimp on everything else. Your bridesmaids deserve some righteous loot. The classic Elsa Peretti Alphabet necklace is the perfect personalized gift (Tiffany, 727 Fifth Avenue, 212-755-8000). The baubles from the bridesmaids collection at Viv and Ingrid will look great on your day (and any day after that). They do custom orders, too.
Big Spender: This year it’s all about the letterpress. Ecrie marries great colors with beautiful fonts and charming borders. Don’t forget to order thank-you notes. (Blacker & Kooby Stationers, 1204 Madison Avenue; 212-369-8308)
Nest Egger: Thrifty girls deserve letterpress, too. Crafty Cards in Berkeley is the cutest and most affordable. For a flat $350 fee they’ll do it all (invite, R.S.V.P., return address on envelope), and only charge you for the paper and the shipping. Talk about a deal. (510-849-CARD)
Big Spender: Your dress is a statement. So is the fare. Dine by Design will create a perfect menu. No matter how spicy (or bland) your tastes, you’ll get delicious dishes and impeccable presentation. (325 East Houston Street; 212-253-6408)
Nest Egger: Filet or salmon or vegetarian? Yawn. For an exotic menu, order Ghenet’s delish Ethiopian cuisine. The food will keep them talking: azifa (lentil salad seasoned with herbs and spices) and doro tibs (scalloped chicken breast served with injera). (284 Mulberry Street; 212-343-1888)
Big Spender: Pretty as it is, fondant is for people who don’t actually care how the cake tastes. (You can hardly expect us to endorse that.) Pastry chef Laura Gaines makes custom cakes from the freshest organic ingredients and decorates them with handmade chocolate, flowers, and berries. No artificial colors, no preservatives. Just natural beauty and total yumminess. (212-229-7863)
Nest Egger: Close your eyes. Now think of the best dessert you’ve ever had. Don’t deny it: It’s a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Why not stack them up all pretty on a tiered tray for an alternative wedding cake? Your caterer will be happy to help. Cap it off with adorable toppers from Zipper, and voila! Style and substance.
Big Spender: The only thing worse than a Britney song is a cheesy rendition of it. If you really want your guests to get moving, set the mood with Motown and R&B courtesy the Stingers. Fans include Quincy Jones, Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, and even Martha Stewart. (914-633-1700)
Nest Egger: DJ Foosh has handled tons private parties and fashion shows. His style is cutting-edge. Kinda like you. (212-691-3358)
Big Spender: Colin Cowie alum Peter Cunningham does more than arrange flowers: He’s a one-stop genius for all event aesthetics. (75 Ninth Avenue; 212-243-2494; by appointment only)
Nest Egger: Flora New York specializes in custom, elegant, Asian-inspired arrangements. The best part? It just opened, so there’s no attitude. (72 Thompson Street; 212-274-1887)
The Bachelorette Party
Big Spender: Some cliches are worth sticking to. Like the Vegas bachelorette party. For an updated experience (i.e., sans the male strippers), check into The Hotel, Mandalay Bay’s sleek new resort (a welcome relief from the usual over-the-top). Don’t miss the spa and the Moorea Beach Club, featuring “European style” sunbathing (topless!), a white-sand “beach,” and lots of fancy amenities. (877-632-7800)
Nest Egger: There’s no need to leave town for fun when you live in NYC. SPArty will come to you with massages, food, music, and goodie bags. (9 Barrow Street; 646-336-5549)
Big Spender: Vosges makes adorable favors out of pretty purple boxes, Chinese take-out cartons, and the like, all filled with their high-quality truffles, in exotic flavors like Red Fire (dark chocolate with ancho-chili powder), Xocatyl (Mexican vanilla and milk chocolate), and Absinthe (dark chocolate infused with pastis). (132 Spring Street; 212-625-2929)
Nest Egger: Bella Terra makes favor kits with assemble-yourself elements (ribbons, vellum envelopes, white boxes, custom labels) for a very reasonable $32 per 25. Buy M&Ms in bulk and you’re set. (626-792-4714)
Okay. Now take a deep breath. And prepare to lose all touch with reality. (And get ready for the honeymoon.)