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The Dress: Designer Mika Inatome does outstanding custom work and will make you an exquisite gown in true couture style — painlessly (11 Worth Street, between West Broadway and Hudson Street, suite 4B; 212-966-7777). For something more traditional, the The Bridal Atelier by Mark Ingram has a well-edited selection of Monique L’Huillier, Angel Sanchez, Anne Barge, and the like (127 East 56th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, third floor; 212-319-6778).
The Paper Products: Myth is you have to do this early. In reality it only takes five to eight weeks. RedBliss offers handmade detailing, clever invitation boxes, silk envelopes, charming embellishments, and calligraphy-style prints (The Wedding Library by Claudia Hanlin and Jennifer Zabinski, 43 East 78th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues; 212-249-2050). For bespoke letterpress at its finest, Amy and Mary Beth of Peculiar Pair Press turn out playful designs in vibrant themes (Kate’s Paperie, 561 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Streets; 212-941-9816). And for thank-you notes, send any photo to Custom Photo Cards and they’ll put it on cute card stock.
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The Maids: Miracle by Vanessa Lundborg makes silk shantung dresses in so many gorgeous silhouettes and colors that the guests will actually be jealous (212-614-7262). Don’t forget Christina Kara of Blue for the best dresses ever (137 Avenue A, between Eighth and Ninth Streets; 212-228-7744).
The Gifts: Lauren Merkin’s silk clutches may just become their favorite accessory on your big day — and for many affairs to come.
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The Cake: Toba Garrett knows sculpted cake design. (She teaches it at the Institute of Culinary Education.) A master at classic detailing, she’ll make your cake an architectural wonder (635 Riverside Drive, at 141st Street; 212-234-3635). Or forgo the traditional dessert and go with delicious cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery (184 Ninth Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Streets; 212-647-9956).
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The Party Favors: Candy!!! Dylan’s Candy Bar, the candy store to end all candy stores, has a killer selection of treats, from whimsical chocolate-dipped Oreos to bride-and-groom gum (1011 Third Avenue, at 60th Street; 646-735-0078). To make a wedding soundtrack, get the DJ to burn CDs and make labels from myweddinglabels.com.
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The Dancing: Who needs to box step when you can mambo, tango, or swing? Dance Sport can teach you all the moves you’ll need to be swept off your feet (1845 Broadway, at 60th Street; 212-307-1111).
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The Beauty Team: Spa Chicks On-The-Go will bring their deluxe treatments to you (and your girls) wherever you happen to be for a day of pre-bridal pampering (212-252-5471 or firstname.lastname@example.org). On the big day, hire Keri Berman to do the job. She’s the makeup master — and a total sweetheart to boot (917-566-6426).
Don’t worry about coming back down to earth. There’s time for that after the honeymoon.