Planning a Wedding in NYC

fall 2010 wedding guide!

Falling in love is the easy part. Orchestrating the ceremony and party, and navigating family politics, is where things get complicated. Luckily, we’ve got the ninja-like skills to help.

State of a Dress
We adore the custom weddings work of NYC designers Miranda Bennett, Alison Kelly, Sir by Joanna Baum, and Alexandra Grecco. They’ll tailor a dress to your shape up to the last moment and may surprise you by being less expensive than off-the-rack satin concoctions.

Push the Envelope
Whether your style is trendy or traditional, Ice Cream Social, run by best friends Jenn Perman and Mary Boyko, will create custom letterpress save-the-dates, programs, invitations, and thank-yous worth framing.

lulu cake boutique!

Sweet Somethings
Scarsdale-based Lulu Cake Boutique opens its first NYC location at the end of the month, meaning the oversize cupcakes, nostalgic classics (organic banana Twinkies and coconut snowballs), and artfully decorated cakes are scarily accessible. (It does a bang-up job with vegan confections, too.) For something whimsical, contact Anne Kim of Ddott, who creates fantastical marzipan scenes and cake toppers.

Made (Up) to Last
Raychel Wade, color ambassador for La Prairie, impresses with her ability to make brides look natural and dewy, yet her application will stand up to hours of smiling for the camera.

circa 1799 barn!Ready, Setting, Go
Clean-slate venues start off sounding great — but factor in the tables, catering, decorations, and staff, and the hassle/cost factor goes way up. Tom Colicchio’s new restaurant, Riverpark, offers East River views, the possibility of a dramatic entrance (down a winding staircase), space for more than 300, and unquestionably amazing food. If you’re long-term planning and want something rustic, the Circa 1799 Barn in the Hudson Valley is surrounded by ten wooded acres and booking for 2012 now.

Sharp Shooter
One of our readers was so pleased with Maxine Miller Wedding Photography, she wrote in just to praise. One look at her dreamy, unstaged weddings work and you’ll be convinced, too.

Presents Requested
Give your guests alternatives to the usual linens and pots. New NYC-based registry service NewlyWish makes it easy to ask for ecofriendly gifts, honeymoon packages, and local experiences like tickets to the opera or Knicks games, cooking and dance classes, and more.

quatrecoeur!This Bud’s for You
Baby’s breath ban in effect? Brooklyn’s QuatreCoeur designs striking bouquets and arrangements using an unexpected mix of florals, leaves, seed pods, and more.

Save money and be your own DJ! Download our indie wedding playlist here.

Photos: Courtesy of Miranda Bennett; Courtesy of Lulu Cake Boutique; Courtesy of Circa Barn 1799; Allan Zepeda / Courtesy of QuatreCoeur

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