The Wedding Guide

The word marriage is often associated with warm thoughts of happiness, commitment, and joyous celebration. Immediately following those impressions, the reality can hit: months and months of tiresome preparations await you before the reward. Endless hours of coordinating, planning, and conceptualizing can drain your energy. But when the big day finally arrives, don't let it show.

September 28 2011 8:00 PM

With the passage of same sex marriage in New York, it's time for gay couples to emerge from the sidelines and begin planning the wedding they've been dreaming of FOREVER. "Re-inventing" the traditional event, Buddakan and Stephen STARR Events offer full-service catering for weddings of all sizes. Creating a one-of-a kind sensory experience unlike any other, attendees will be impressed by your exceptional choice of venue and caterer whether it's the engagement party, shower, rehearsal dinner, reception or post-wedding brunch.

July 31 2011 8:00 PM

Ideas and resources for when you're ready to choose your cake, flowers, rings and more.

July 25 2011 10:23 AM

Everyone seems to want to get in on the action and celebrate the 'age of modern marriage' -- or at least grab a piece of that same-sex wedding pie. New York alone is expecting around $311 million in revenue from weddings over the next few years. But for thrifty brides-and-grooms-to-be (and who isn't?), good deals are coming in aplenty.

July 22 2011 8:00 PM

That's why we invited Bess Wyrick and Ivie Joy to share the fruits of their experience as partners in Celadon & Celery, which specializes in event planning and flower arrangements. Wyrick, whose background is in fashion design, and Joy, who was Creative Director for Charles florals in Queens, N.Y., have identified ten key pointers on how to choose the right flowers for the big day. They also created four arrangements, shown here, that demonstrate their ethos and approach.

July 22 2011 8:00 PM

July 25th begins a new chapter. Not only on gay couples enjoying equal marriage rights in New York, but a new chapter in the etiquette books on the ins and outs of gay wedding ceremonies. Whether straight or gay, etiquette is one of those curious, elusive codes for social behavior that were developed to provide one with a rule book on good manners.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Don't do a "Star Jones." Keep it simple. Keep it small -- dinky is better. Taking our cue from my parents -- who, after meeting in a soup kitchen at the end of the Second World War, became Betty and Terry Doonan only a few weeks later, repaired to an adjacent pub with their two witnesses afterwards -- we enlisted the support of my mother-in-law Cynthia Adler and my sister-in-law, Amy Adler.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. A good start is choosing your cake flavors based on the season in which your wedding will take place.

2. Order 25-30 servings less of your cake then what you need if you plan on having a "Venetian Hour" (which involves offering a large selection of pastries, fruit, cakes and coffees in addition to the main cake).

3. Integrate your wedding colors into the cake design.

4. Monogrammed toppers are IN; Couples figurines are OUT.

5. If you're planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to keep cakes cool.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Barneys
This uptown institution may be known for its passion for fashion, but don't forget it has a divine home selection, too. That being said, there's nothing wrong with demanding that your guests buy you those Prada wingtips you've both been lusting after.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM