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ta ble of cont e nt s


10 the inner circle

to have and to hold

a checklist for the bridal party

colorful floral bouquets and bouts

13 the mostest

gifts for 'maids, men & kids

42 plan a bach she'll never forget 30 fab ideas for a bachelorette party

27 shower her in style

four chic party themes and details

35 fashion report

bridesmaid dresses to complement yours

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in her honor

54 fĂŞte-a-tĂŞte

how one 'maid showered her sister

style a boho-chic engagement party

from the top photos by: fred marcus studio, allan zepeda photography, lauren rutten photography, laudrĂŠe soho, twine photography, mikaela ruth photography, holly haffner, urban outfitters



from the top clockwise: reem acra, lev kuperman, wedgwood, haute papier, anya hindmarch, refinery rooftop, holly haffner



Weddings are meant to be witnessed, to be shared, and most importantly to be celebrated. Your best friends and closest family are given the honor of getting the front row seats as your witnesses and given the distinguised title of “bridal party.” Let’s be honest, if the title was an accurate job description it would sound more like “bridal laborer” or “yes-men and women to the bride and groom.” Or in some very unfortunate scenarios, even “poorly dressed prom queen wannabes.” Throwing the word party in there sure makes it sound more appealing and, well, fun. Negative connotations aside, being a member of a bridal party should be fun and most importantly memorable. Your friends and family are here not only sharing in this meaningful day with you, but are in it for the long haul as you share your lives together. So honor them, shower them with gifts of thanks, and please, dress them well. We dedicate this issue to the bridal party. From tips on how to dress your ‘maids to match your style in Maiden Style (page 35) to the most thoughtful bridal party gifts for the girls, guys and kids in your wedding (The Mostest, page 13). Our bridal party checklist on page 10 will help both the bride and her Inner Circle accomplish each pressing task, while this issue’s Maps story will help bridesmaids Plan a Bach She’ll Never forget (page 42). We would also like to mention that while we were putting the finishing touches on this issue, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of marriage equality. We are so honored that we are a part of the wonderful wedding world during this historic and joyful time. #LoveWins! Party on,

The Twirl Girls

ABOUT THE COVER Our gorgeous cover, shot by ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRPAHY, features bridesmaids in dresses by Amsale (style no G787C in Bellini), and available at The Wedding Library.



photo by geoff reinhard

Lizzie and Katie founded Fête-a-Tête (, an online magazine about hosting and partying in New York City, mostly because they wanted to bring back the dinner party, but also to update it. They’re all about busting out grandma’s china, and they don’t feel like you need any excuse to celebrate. Hence, their favorite hashtag, #everynightaparty. Fête-a-Tête’s curated content provides tips, inspiration, advice from experts, and spotlights on services and products to help at-home chefs, hostesses, and party animals of every skill level breathe more life into their parties, and more party into their lives! Sign up for their weekly newsletter at and follow them on Instagram @feteatete

Be the hostess with the mostest with these tips from Fête-a-Tête: Give yourself a break. Make some things ahead that can be served at room temperature or serve your favorite store bought dessert. You don't have to do it all to be a super hostess.

Always have way too much food and booze. Everyone feels more welcome to indulge when there's no question about whether there's enough to go around.

Chill out. The host sets the tone for the party. If you pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy yourself, your guests will too. P.S. The Fête girls style a boho engagement party on p.54!


photo by dr frederick barken

After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Joanne Barken soon found herself attending a lot of weddings. With her passion for the hospitality industry, friends frequently asked her for ideas for the perfect bar, restaurant, or day spa for hosting a bachelorette party. Realizing that a lot of women needed help coordinating a last-night-as-a-single-lady party, Joanne launched The Bach ( Eliminating the stress of bachelorette party planning, The Bach features the top places to play, dine, party and relax in cities across the U.S. and select international destinations.


Joanne shares the Bach's top party spots in New York, the Hamptons and across the tristate area in the MAPS story on p. 42 8

There's nothing that gets us more excited than clicking through photos from real weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers and other pre-and post-wedding parties. The details, the decor, and of course the dress are what we love seeing and sharing! If you'd like to send us your wedding or celebration photos, please complete our real wedding form. We accept submissions from brides, grooms, planners and photographers. And while our focus is on New York City - all five boroughs - our reach isn't limited to the city limits. We want to hear about engagements and weddings across the tri-state area: Long Island and the Hamptons, Westchester and the HudsonValley, Connecticut and New Jersey. Questions? Email us at SUMMER 2015

photo by allan zepeda photography


The Inner Circle

As the bride and groom's closest friends and family, it's your job to help execute their vision - within reason - and plan some unforgettable parties in their honor. Bridesmaids may be asked to comment on the bride's Pinterest boards and share in her excitement over details large and small. Attend wedding dress shopping appointments, if asked, and be supportive if the bride says yes to a dress you wouldn't. Groomsmen are off the hook until the bride (and groom) need your suit or tux measurements either over email or in person. Bridesmaid dress shopping can be quite the ordeal. Look online for styles you like and dedicate a full day or weekend to finding the one.

Does the bride consider you crafty? Be warned that your DIY skills may come in handy if she's making favors, programs or other details. Bring some wine over and make a night of it.

photo courtesy fred marcus studio

Bridal showers can be as detail oriented as the wedding so start planning 4 or 5 months before the wedding. Find out who is co-hosting (are the moms contributing?), what the budget is, and how many people are on the guest list. Not sure what style shower to throw? Here are some ideas.

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Bachelor and bachelorette parties can be held close to home or at a destination. Begin discussing plans a few months before the party date, which should be between 6 and 2 weeks before the wedding. For bridesmaids planning a relaxed or wild weekend in the city, Hamptons or suburbs, check out these hot spots.

Kids can have their own flower girl dress or ring bearer suit shopping day, complete with a kid-friendly meal or activity. The Plaza's Palm Court serves up a chic Eloise Tea for little ladies, while the young men may enjoy super-sized sundaes at Serendipity 3. Bridesmaids are not planners. You can ask them to help stuff invites or alphabetize escort cards, but planning tasks should be minimal. If you need more help hire a professional. Thank everyone in the bridal party with something each person would appreciate, and include a personal note too. Here are some ideas they may like. 10


photo courtesy monique lhuillier

Moms should wait to shop for their mother-of-the-bride and groom gowns until after the bride has picked hers. Discuss the formality of the wedding and dress colors so they complement the rest of the bridal party.


See Lizzie and Peter's engagement party at!

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photo by allan zepeda photography

Your bridal party is your go-to team for wedding planning support. They’re with you every step of the way, from liking your engagement ring selfie to stuffing your wedding invitations to helping you get into your dress. To thank them for everything they’ve done and for how much

they mean to you, it’s a good idea, and kind of an essential wedding to-do, to give each of them a thank-you gift and handwritten thank-you note. We’ve selected some bridal party gifts we’re pretty sure your bridesmaids, groomsmen and the kids in the wedding will treasure (and use!).




Make it meaningful with a “handwritten� message and a photo of the two of you printed on the inside.

Bespoke Keepsake Box, starting at $330,

for the ladies Each box comes with 4 sets of 25 custom-printed notecards.

Thank your bridesmaids with a gift they're sure to treasure Parker Thatch will ensure that she never forgets how much you love her by inscribing a personal note inside their totes.

Grand Silk Stationery Box, starting at $180, 14


Classic Tote, starting at $98,

Belinda II, $148,

Holly Drive Compact, $30,

Skip traditional bridesmaid jewelry for more fashionforward designs like these modern pieces by DANNIJO

Stanton, $270, Stephanie Johnson’s designs include over 25 styles and 30 patterns.

Tisdale necklace, $495,

Galapagos Deep Orchid Collection, starting at $22,

Baies, Roses and Figuier set of three mini candles by Diptyque, $100, SUMMER 2015


For destination weddings a carryon is essential, and this one can be monogrammed.

Gadget geeks and fitness buffs will both thank you for this one.

Fitbit Charge, $130,

Camouflage Overnighter, $250,

for the boys Surprise him with a few bottles of his favorite brew.

Give the guys something useful that reflects their interest

Personalized Craft Beer 12-Pack Bottle Cooler, $40, 16


A bottle of his favorite scotch, whiskey or bourbon will always be appreciated.

QuietComfort速 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling速 headphones, $250, Stock his bag with a few travelsized toiletries from Aesop.

A Pair of Custom Leather LuggageTags, starting at $45, The Macallan Rare Cask, $294,

Jet Set Kit, $37,

Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag, $68,

This gadget can help you take and organize notes whether you write with it or speak into it.

Livescribe Pen, $150,



For another $10 you can have her initials engraved on it.

Little Girls Diamond Heart ID Bangle, $80,

Abigail Medium Jewelry Box, $49,

for the kids A cherished keepsake, or a super-fun toy, are both sure to be a hit

Place a few of these stickers inside the cover of some new books to add to their library.

Lego Watch, $25,

There are dozens of styles and characters to choose from including Star Wars and The Lego Movie.


Illustrated Bookplates, $25,


If he's into cars, he'll love playing with these mix-andmatch styles.

Turbo Flyer 4-Color Set, $58, Automoblox cars, starting at, $38, Zuny Classic Series Book Ends, starting at $50,

As one of the wedding's MVPs gift the ring bearer a pro-ball with a special message.

Personalized Rawlings Baseball and Display Case, $23, SUMMER 2015

Personalized wall art, starting at $29,




bouquets by ovando. photo by brian dorsey studios

Give your attendants a floral accessory they’ll be happy to carry, or wear, down the aisle

Bridesmaids wearing dresses in different colors should carry monochromatic and uniform bouquets to create a cohesive look.

Some brides choose bouquets that blend with the color of their bridesmaids’ gowns, others choose a hue that will pop against their 'maids’ attire. No matter what colors you pick, and for that matter, what blooms, make sure everyone in your bridal party has something that ties them all together – whether it’s a color, a flower or an element in the wrap. You want a coordinated look, and with that, beauty will come naturally.




Multiple colors or monochromatic? One type of bloom or many? The possibilities for bridesmaid bouquets are endless.

1 This monochromatic bouquet of roses in mauve was the perfect accompaniment to the formal floor-length deeper-hued purple bridesmaid dresses. Notice how the maid was schooled in how to hold the Colin Cowie Celebrations bouquet for the camera to capture it’s beauty in full effect. Photo by Colin Miller.

4 Zinnias, peppergrass, Queen Anne’s Lace, seeded eucalyptus and scabiosa made for delicate boquets by James Abel Events in an understated wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester. Photo by Julie Skarratt.



2 For a wedding at the Pierre Hotel, bridesmaids carried bouquets of baby pink dendrobium orchids, white cymbidium orchids with pink throats and mini white cymbidium orchids created by David Beahm Design. Photo by Gruber Photographers.

To coordinate with the bride’s preppy decor at this springtime outdoor affair, 'maids carried peonies, roses, spray roses, garden roses, baby green hydrangea, dianthus and dusty miller in pale greens, pinks, and white shades from Bride & Blossom, which were striking against the 'maids’ solid gowns. Photo by Cassi Claire.


5 This clutch style bouquet of purple vanda orchids by Adam Leffel Productions was a monochromatic masterpiece for a wedding at Maritime Parc in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo by Vanessa Joy Photography.


For a springtime affair at Wood Acre Farms in Connecticut, Tinsel & Twine created this romantic bouquet featuring coral charm peonies, blush stock, chocolate cosmos, astilbe, lavender and cornflower. Photo by Priyanca Rao.




Green cymbidium orchids, dianthus and pink garden roses by City Blossoms complement the green bridesmaid dresses in this daytime wedding. Photo by Brian Hatton.

City Blossoms created these light green and white bouquets of anemones, peonies, garden roses, freesia, lisianthus and dusty miller for a wedding inside a private city park. Photo by Leigh Miller Photography.

Juliette garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus, asclepia, rosemary and lavender were used for this bridesmaid bouquet for a rustic outdoor affair. Designed by Rock Paper Scissors Events. Photo by Kelly Kollar.

Have the stems of the bouquets wrapped in a ribbon that complements the bridesmaids' dresses.

11 Renny & Reed made this perfectly pastel bouquet of pale blue hydrangea and lavender sweet pea mixed with fresh herbs, ferns, grasses and ivy. Photo by Julie Skarratt.


12 Carrying white bouquets to complement the bride's, Belle Fleur combined peonies, ranunculus, freesia, tweedia, sweet pea, jasmine and Israeli peppergrass. The flower girl's posy is made of white sweet pea and jasmine vine. Photo by Sue Kessler for Christian Oth Studio.

James Abel Events designed these lush bouquets of hydrangea, roses, cymbidium orchids and veronica for a late summer wedding in New York City. Photo by Roberto Falck.




Pin the men in your party with something as handsome as they are. Here are a few to get inspired byâ&#x20AC;Ś.

Honor dads, grandpas and other significant men at the wedding with a boutonniere.


1 White stephanotis with greenery surrounding it makes for a classic boutonniere. Designed by Colin Cowie Celebrations. Photo by Colin Miller.

3 Grape hyacinths wrapped in white ribbon highlight a lavender tie in this handsome boutonniere by Colin Cowie Celebrations. Photo by Colin Miller.


For an autumnal affair, Rock Paper Scissors Events made a seasonal-themed boutonniere with cabiosa pod, ranunculus, orange pepper, rosemary, thyme and lavender. Photo by Kelly Kollar.

4 Renny & Reed made this boutonniere from one bold and vibrant puple vanda orchid. Photo by Christian Oth Studio.


5 The groom wears a craspedia with oregano flourish bout on his lapel. Designed by Blossom and Branch. Photo by Lauren Rutten Photography.

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the kiddies; with blooms this nice they'll probably steal the show.




Wheat, scabiosa and seeded eucalyptus were the flora used in this ring bearer's boutonniere by James Abel Events for a wedding at private home in Westchester. Photo by Julie Skarratt.

Remember you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to adorn a floral crown with flowers alone. This floral headpiece, by Colin Cowie Celebrations, includes a silk ribbon to hold each bloom in place. Photo by Colin Miller.

4 The lush Renny & Reed baby's breath head wreaths on these adorable flower girls balance out their full tulle skirts, while the mini white cymbidium orchid pinned on the ring bearer is his perfect accessory. Photo by Julie Skarratt.


James Abel Events created this floral crown of Italian ruskus and spray roses. Photo by Lev Kuperman.

Keep the ages of the kids in mind when choosing their floral elements. If they are under 5 a floral headpiece may be more practical than a posy.

This flower girl has a petite bouquet of peonies, garden roses and sweet pea tied with mixed silk ribbons by Renny & Reed. Photo by Jose Villa.





photo by fred marcus studio

shower her in

While a bridal shower is part of the pre-wedding festivities, the details can be more similar to a bar mitzvah in that you can take the theme and go to extremes with it. Is the bride a chocoholic? Have chocolate centerpieces! Obsessed with Downton Abbey? Plan an Edwardian-style party with hot butlers and footmen! Whatever theme you choose for her bridal shower, carry it through to every detail from the venue and invitation to the food and favors. Here are four stylish shower ideas (and the details) we think she would love. SUMMER 2015


tea party A tea-themed shower can be held in a proper tea room or any venue that can serve up a variety of teas, bite-sized sandwiches, and other traditional menu items such as scones with clotted cream.

INVITATION Let guests know they’ll be enjoying afternoon tea by mailing them the Tea and Sprinkles shower invitation from Wedding Paper Divas. In addition to the card, you can also purchase coordinating thank you notes, address labels and gift tags. Available in a rainbow of colors. Pricing based on quantity ordered. REGISTRY Tea lovers can create a registry at the Jolie Tea Company, a Massachusetts-based boutique, which carries a wide selection of teas and accessories, including teapots and tea caddies. If you're not going to be near their shop north of Boston, you can register for their entire stock online at

For more tea party venue ideas vist


GIFT For the bride who enjoys playing hostess at home, the Butterfly Bloom afternoon tea set by Wedgwood is simply stunning with a vintage floral and butterfly pattern, and gilded with 24-carat gold. You can register for teacups, teapots, plates and several serving pieces, all sold separately. And it’s dishwasher safe too! Available at Macy’s. FAVOR Place sweets, scents or tea in these themeappropriate muslin bags. Vintage Teapot Organic Favor Bags, 10 for $10, JennifersCookies on Etsy. SUMMER 2015

from the top clockwise: laduree soho, wedding paper divas, jolie tea company, wedgwood, jenniferscookies

VENUE Host your tea party bridal shower at Ladurée’s SoHo location with a full-service restaurant including a stunning outdoor garden space and formal tea service. In addition to a selection of teas and pastries, your shower menu can include a variety of options off the restaurant's menu: salads, sandwiches and brunch favorites. The space can hold between 40 to 50 guests in the indoor salons and up to 70 in the garden.

stock the bar Cocktail enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a stock-the-bar-bridal shower, where guests sip various (signature) drinks and gift the happy couple bar accessories, bottles of wine and other cocktail party essentials.

REGISTRY If you plan on entertaining at home, or think your life resembles Don and Betty Draper, craft cocktails with an at-home bar stocked with glassware, cocktail tools and accessories. Zolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Starter Collections includes a Build Your Bar category with over 650 products curated for mixologists with a mix of traditional, modern and quirky designs. Shown here: Hammered bar accessories by Old Dutch and Crest 3 Bottle Opener by Fort Standard, both available at GIFT As a decorative element on their dining room buffet or a party essential, the Cork (and brass) Tray, Ice Bucket and Bar Tool Set, available at Jung Lee New York, is sure to be a favorite gift of the couple. Sold as a three-piece set or individually. FAVOR Send guests home with a bottle of wine or champagne they'll enjoy for many nights, or maybe just one. Pinhole Press' Personalized Wine/Champagne Bottle Labels can be customized with a photo of the happy couple, their names and shower or wedding date. $9.99 for a set of 9.


from the top clockwise: pinhole press, zola, zola, paperless post, jung lee new york

If the bride and groom are wine lovers plan this wine activity for the shower!

INVITATION For this non-traditional shower theme make sure guests know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store with the Behind the Bar digital invitation from Paperless Post. As with all Paperless Post digital invites RSVP tracking is included. And by the way, there is no (cover) charge.


cooking Even if the bride and groom don't consider themselves the best of at-home chefs, they'll still need a number of gadgets and cooking tools to whip up scrambled eggs and bacon as well as steak and mashed potatoes. A cooking or stock the kitchen theme will ensure they get everything they'll need, including family favorite recipes.

INVITATION Stir up some memories with Bonnie Marcus' Stock the Kitchen shower invitation. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to include the matching recipe card so guests can bring their favorite recipe for the couple to try at home. REGISTRY Williams-Sonoma is sure to be on the short list of stores to create a kitchen registry. You'll find gadgets and appliances, top-of-the-line cookware, serving pieces and everyday dishes, glassware and flatware. GIFT A chef needs a complete set of pots and pans, so get a group of guests together and gift the couple a 7-, 10- or 15-piece set of All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware. FAVOR Take a trip to Cost Plus World Market in Livingston, visit or wait for their Chelsea store to open this summer for a wide selection of cooking and baking tools. You'll find favor ideas for under $10, including colorful spatulas, whisks, dish towels, and this set of prep ramekins for $2.97 that guests are sure to use at home.



from the top clockwise: taste buds kitchen, cost plus world market, bonnie marcus, williams-sonoma

VENUE Get your guests cooking at Taste Buds Kitchen on 27th off Sixth Avenue. This cooking school space will host a two hour party for a minimum of ten guests, at $85 per person, where they'll cook up everything from New York pizza to tapas espaĂąolas to cupcake wars with the help of one of their trained chefs. After the lesson is over you can enjoy your masterpieces along with any other catering and drinks you bring in. There should be plenty of time left for traditional shower games and activities. An extra 30 minutes will run you $200.

travel A general travel theme or a specific city can be your inspiration for a travel-themed bridal shower. Go all out with the decor and menu by selecting items you would find at the destination of choice, and ask guests to gift items the couple can use on their next big adventure. INVITATION We tweaked the copy on the Luggage Save the Date Card, by Rebecca Bowen and available at Minted, for a travel-themed shower. The flat or folded card can include photos of the bride-to-be or couple along with more details on the event. Pricing based on quantity ordered. Free recipient address printing included.

GIFT A great group gift for a travel shower is a set of luggage. The Tumi Tegra Lite Collection, available at Bloomingdale’s, comes in multiple sizes to check or carry-on and in two stylish colors, tan or grey. FAVOR These leather luggage tags, which also double as escort or place cards, can match your shower's palette. Choose from over a dozen colors and custom design the insert card to reflect a specific destination or festive pattern. $5.75 each at lovetravelsfavors on Etsy. WISHING WELL Give guests a heads up that the wishing well will be travel themed so they can stock it with small and inexpensive travel essentials. Flight 001 has stores in Greenwich Village and Cobble Hill, as well as an online shop, where you can find pretty much anything you need for your flight or trip. We recommend the Bling Jewelry Wipes ($14) and Evian Facial Spray ($7.50). SUMMER 2015

from the top clockwise: tumi, minted, flight 001, newlywish,, flight 001

REGISTRY Couples who love to travel should create a dedicated travel registry. NewlyWish’s Honeymoon Destinations program allows you to register for hotel accommodations, meals, and activities at some of the world’s most exotic destinations, including the St. Regis Bora Bora and Immersion Journeys in Africa and Asia.



photo by roey yohai photography


photo by love and light photography


maiden style


how to pick stylish dresses for your bridesmaids

t’s somewhat rare to hear a bride, or a bridesmaid for that matter, exclaim “I can’t wait to go bridesmaid dress shopping!” For starters, it’s not about the bride and unless you are a personal fashion stylist, not many are in the know on how to shop for someone else. Luckily, cookie-cutter styles went out of style a while ago, and varying silhouettes, cuts and shades of color are now the norm. But according to bridal stylist Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York, you should only vary the cut or the color, not both. “The trick is to not go overboard and risk looking messy or uncurated. If you like the idea of switching up silhouettes to suit your bridesmaids' varying body types then make sure the fabric type and color of the dresses are consistent. If you want your bridesmaids to wear different colors then try a collection of muted tones, think dusty pastels. I personally like 'the ombre effect,' a palette of coral, peach and pink along the same color saturation spectrum."

As far as size, or how many BFFs a bride should include in her big day, it seems the trend is to avoid the safe middle ground. That’s right, the old adages of bigger is better and quality over quantity can be applied. The larger (and we mean larger) bridal party is very popular in younger brides and those getting married in the Hamptons and Connecticut, after all wide open spaces allow for more friends. Brides who choose to have a single attendant, such as their sister, are having their weddings in the city or Europe. Bridal stylist Maradee Wahl says the scale of the wedding should influence the bridal party size. “The bridal party size should reflect the formality and scale of the wedding itself. At an intimate dinner party with close family and friends, the bride’s mom or sister can stand up for her as witness, while at a wedding entertaining 300 guests, a large party of ten or more family and friends looks just right!” Whatever size, cut or color path you choose, there are more options for the 'maids than ever before.









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This is the bride who as a baby had monograms on her onesies and a constant bow in her hair. She lives in navy and perfect pumps. Chances are her bridal party will wear short dresses and skip the muted palette in favor of color, brights for spring and summer and rich, deep hues for fall and winter. Bonus: preppy pockets! 1. lela rose available at mark ingram atelier 2. amsale available at bella bridesmaids 3. lulu kate available at the white dress by the shore 4. j.crew available at j.crew 5. monique lhuillier available at bella bridesmaids 6. j. mclaughlin available at j. mclaughlin




glamorous This bride has been dreaming of her formal affair in all of its black-tie glory since the second grade. For those of us who love to dress up, and unfortunately don’t get to often enough, this is the time to go full glam. Sequins, lace or a touch of bling, and the bride won’t be the only one turning heads at this wedding!



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1. reem acra available at gabriella new york 2. monique lhuillier available at the wedding library 3. amsale available at bella bridesmaids 4. donna morgan available at the white dress by the shore 5. lela rose available at weddington way 6. monique lhuillier available at the wedding library

"I like to collect gown ideas and put together a “run of show”; then assess the missing link. One more shade of blue or one less strap style can fine-tune the overall look while keeping the effortless vibe."

– Maradee Wahl, Bridal Stylist SUMMER 2015



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The Boho bride does things her own way. A little laid back, but a little sassy at the same time. She wants her bridesmaids to show off their individuality but fit into her color palette. She likes a vintage feel and favors laces and flowing chiffons. We love pairing a traditional lace dress with a contemporary cut. 1. jenny packham available at saks fifth avenue 2. bhldn available at bhldn 3. twobirds available at twobirds 4. jy jenny yoo available at 5. donna morgan available at nordstrom bridal suite

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Everyone talks about the “Middleton” effect in bridal for how the Duchess influenced bridal gown trends, but she had an impact on bridesmaids too, especially maid of honors. Many brides are choosing to skip the traditional look for their MOH and treat her to a pared down wedding gown in a shade of white or ivory. This works for brides who are only having one attendant and for those with large parties who want their MOH to feel extra special. Architectural and simple silhouettes are perfect for this pairing, and of course the bride's dress needs to be over the top!

photo by nathan smith at ira lippke studio

1. zuhair murad available at mark ingram atelier 2. marchesa available at gabriella new york 3. j. mendel available at bergdorf goodman 4. angel sanchez available at kleinfeld 5. vera wang available at vera wang bride 6. monique lhuillier available at saks fifth avenue

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“Made-to-order gowns can be a beautiful choice for a maid of honor. We had one wedding where the bridesmaids wore neutral sequined made-toorder gowns of varying styles. The Maid of Honor's dress was the most ornate of the group... This vibe was so chic, elegant and totally appropriate for a formal New York City wedding.”

– jacqueline weppner, merci new york SUMMER 2015


photo by mikaela ruth phtography

< the maps >

Not sure where to book your last-night-as-a-single-lady bash? Joanne Barken, owner of The Bach, does. We asked the bachelorette party guru for her top picks for where to drink, dine and dance the night away!



< the maps > ACTIVITIES

Rouge New York Get glammed up by the Manhattan by Sail pros before hitting the town. Take a private sail around 130 Thompson Street Manhattan, while enjoying at Prince St., SoHo a champagne brunch. (212) 388-1717 Pier 17, East Dock South Street Seaport (212) 619-0907

Before the sun sets, enjoy some of the best classes and attractions the city has to offer. Appetite for Seduction Sign up for a private group class with aphrodisiacs on the menu. 4 East 1st Street at Bowery East Village (646) 490-8774

Trapeze School Soar through the air in the most unusual of workout sessions. 353 West Street at W. Houston West Village (917) 797-1872


Start the evening off with a celebratory toast at one of these lounges or bars. Gallow Green Enjoy phenomenal cocktails at this gorgeous rooftop bar. 542 West 27th Street at 11th Ave., Chelsea (212) 564-1662

Bar Veloce The best spot in town for group wine tastings. 175 2nd Avenue at 11th St., East Village (212) 260-3200

Pegu Club Stop here for their killer cocktails and trendy vibe. 77 West Houston Street at La Guardia Pl. Greenwich Village (212) 473-7348

Make sure to review the guest list with the bride. Unlike the shower, her Bach is a more intimate party. The Refinery Rooftop This centrally located bar offers great views. 63 West 38th Street at 6th Ave., Midtown (646) 664-0310

Museum Hack Schedule a custom tour for the occasion with a love or "butts" theme. The Metropolitan Musuem of Art 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd St., Upper East Side (212) 203-2729

Bubble Lounge Pick your favorite bubbly for a champagne toast. 228 West Broadway at White St., Tribeca (212) 431-3433


Make a reservation for your group as soon as you set the date. Yerba Buena A private dining room is available at this Latin American restaurant. 23 Avenue A at 2nd St., East Village (212) 529-2919

Locanda Verde One of the city's best restaurants for foodies. 377 Greenwich Street at N. Moore St., Tribeca (212) 925-3797

Barn Joo This Korean gastropub serves family-style for large groups. 893 Broadway at E. 19th St., Flatiron District (646) 398-9663

Beauty & Essex With delicious small plates and champagne in the bathroom, this LES spot is quite the scene. 146 Essex Street at Stanton St., Lower East Side (212) 614-0146

Duane Park Enjoy a burlesque show while you dine. 308 Bowery at Bleecker, East Village (212) 732-5555

The Jane Offers a cool living room setup with a DJ. Dancing starts after 10pm. 113 Jane Street at West St., West Village (212) 924-6700

Southside Get your groove on to some of the best DJs in the city. 2 Cleveland Place at Broome St. NoLita (212) 680-5601

DANCING AND POST-DINNER DRINKS After dinner, keep the party going till the wee hours. Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos A dueling piano show which caters to bachelorette parties. 22 Warren Street at Church St., City Hall (917) 921-4128

Le Bain One of the city's wildest club scenes. 848 Washington Street at W. 13th St. Meatpacking District (212) 645-4646

The Slipper Room The burlesque and drag show starts at 10pm. 167 Orchard Street at Stanton St. Lower East Side (212) 253-7246



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For parties out east, make a reservation as early as possible. ACTIVITIES Wolffer Estate Vineyard A gorgeous setting at the Hamptons' finest winery. Make sure to try the rosé. 139 Sagg Road Sagaponack, NY (631) 537-5106

PRE-DINNER DRINKS The Sloppy Tuna Party on the beach at this rowdy, but super fun, bar. 148 South Emerson Avenue Montauk, NY (631) 647-8000

DINNER SPOTS Swallow East The New American small plates menu is perfect for sharing. 474 West Lake Drive Montauk, NY (631) 668-8344

POST-DINNER DRINKS The Surf Lodge This summer hot spot also has an outdoor concert series. 183 Edgemere Street Montauk, NY (631) 483-5039

SURFLUCA You can take stand up paddle boarding or surf lessons. Ditch Plains Beach Ditch Plains Rd. Montauk, NY (multiple locations) (917) 727-7150

Navy Beach Sip cocktails at this nauticalthemed restaurant located on a private beach. 16 Navy Road Montauk, NY (631) 668-6868

Bay Kitchen Bar Enjoy a casual night with tasty cocktails, fresh seafood, and stunning views. 39 Gann Road East Hampton, NY (631) 329-3663

Southampton Social Club For dancing after dinner, stop here. 256 Elm Street Southampton, NY (631) 287-1400

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed when tackling the bachelorette party plans. Websites with curated lists of vetted restaurants, bars, spas, activities and hotels can help you research the best spots to book your Bach. Check out Time Out New York, Zagat, and of course, for the most up-to-date reviews.

Before you begin booking venues, establish a budget all of the bridesmaids can afford. Keep in mind there are lots of ways you can lower costs without cutting down on the fun. For example, planning a relaxing afternoon at your hotel pool instead of booking a private boat ride is a great way to soak up the sun without incurring additional costs.

Whether you decide to incorporate a fun theme, or make DIY party decorations, brides love when their bridesmaids add a unique twist to their bachelorette party. It can be as simple as coming up with a fun hashtag or cute party favors.


Dine, drink and dance all night in Westchester, New Jersey and Connecticut. ACTIVITIES Work it Out Fitness Studios Make your own play list at this 90-minute private class, followed by snacks and bubbly. 5 Marine View Plaza 603 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ (201) 222-0802

PRE-DINNER DRINKS Peekskill Brewery The best happy hour spot in the county. 47-53 South Water Street Peekskill, NY (914) 734-2337

DINNER SPOTS Elements Voted best restaurant in Princeton for their farm-to-table cuisine, craft cocktails, and sophisticated décor. 66 Witherspoon Street Princeton, NJ (609) 924-0078

Foxwoods Resort & Casino This casino offers a variety of dining, drinking, and entertainment options. 350 Trolley Line Boulevard Mashantucket, CT (800) 369-9663

Barcelona Wine by the glass paired with a curated "wine time" menu. 222 Summer Street Stamford, CT (203) 348-4800

Tarry Lodge Reserve a table in their rooftop pergola, which can seat up to 40. 18 Mill Street Port Chester, NY 10573 (914) 939-3111


TWIRL TIP Bachelorette Party Basics from Joanne Barken, Founder and CEO of The Bach, Inc.

POST-DINNER DRINKS Colorado Café This rowdy scene serves up country music, dancing, and a mechanical bull. Need we say more? 154 Bonnie Burn Road Watchung, NJ (908) 322-7200 Lucy's Lounge Local bands nightly, drinks include bourbon, craft beers and cocktails. 446 Bedford Road Pleasantville, NY (914) 747-4740












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In Her Honor




real parties When Stacy Pillsdorf was asked to be matron-of-honor for her sister Julie's wedding, she knew that one of her many to-do's would be to host the bridal shower. The contemporary affair, co-hosted by the sisters' aunt, was held at The Rooftop at The NoMad and inspired by the bride's interests and tastes. Combining the hotel's grand European style with an elegant color palette of white, grey, pinks, green and burgundy, the tone of the party was set: playful and romantic. The maid-of-honor sent guests the Diamond Chalkboard bridal shower invitation from Minted, and asked that they bring a bottle of wine for the newlyweds for a personalized shower activity she was sure her sister and future brother-in-law would love.



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"The venue was amazing! Absolutely breathtaking, delicious food and great company."â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Julie



real parties "It was so special to have all of Julie's closest girlfriends and family together, celebrating this happy time." â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stacy, Maid-of-Honor and Sister of the Bride

Working with the creative team at Ariella New York, the long banquet table was set with a mix of pink and burgundy blooms. Guests enjoyed bite-sized hors d'ouerves before they were seated for a multi-course luncheon and enjoyed sweeping views of the New York skyline.


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real parties Keeping with bridal shower tradition, Stacy planned a number of activities, including How Well Do You Know the Couple? and one that spoke to the bride and groom's love of wine. Each guest named the bottle they brought with a creative title, and were encouraged to write a message on a hang tag explaining when Julie and Michael should drink that particular bottle. Clever titles included Fat Bastard (to open when he is behaving like one) and Layer Cake (to open on their first anniversary). After enjoying a love-themed cake from Sweet Grace, guests were given lavender and rosemary scented sugar scrub, labeled From Julie's shower to yours, to take home as a party favor, a nod to the bride's love of body lotions and potions. Julie and Michael will have just gotten hitched when this goes to press, and we can't wait to see their wedding photos! Stay tuned....



real parties TWIRL TIP Even if you're not planning a co-ed shower, the groom and dads should make an appearance.

Photography: Holly Haffner / Floral Design: Ariella New York / Venue: NoMad Rooftop Invitations: Minted / Catering: The NoMad Hotel / Cake: Sweet Grace / Cookies: Dear Liza's Favors: LuluSugar



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For atmosphere, there’s nothing more magical than candles. You cannot have too many. We love the height of these mixed with tons of votives. There’s no such thing as too much. Denby candle holders, range from $12.95 to $19.95,

The world of weddings and the parties that surround them has changed for the better! Cookie-cutter parties are for cookie-cutter people and come on, you don’t have any friends like that. So, when we were asked to dream up the perfect summer engagement party for our BFF, we thought, “Let’s go Boho.” The vibe perfectly embodies the laid-back lavishness of summer; we picture this going down on a rooftop at dusk. PHOTO BY GEOFF REINHARD

dinner under the stars

Line a simple wooden picnic table with a vintage-looking tablecloth or runner and incorporate brass details through candleholders and cutlery. Raffia Runner, $68, Engraved Flatware, from $7.90 to $9.90,




Fun glassware adds a whole new element and encourages enjoyment (in liquid form!). Moroccan Glass Cups, $14,

TWIRL TIP Unless the party is a surprise, review the guest list with the couple to ensure you don't forget any VIPs they would want there.

lights and lanterns

poufs and pillows

The next step to a cozy cocktail hour is comfy seating. Poufs and pillows in your besty’s favorite hues will ensure everyone’s feeling festive. Round Pintuck Pillow, $39 each or two pillows for $60,, Oversize Moroccan Wool Pouf, $199,

Add lights and lanterns of different sizes to keep it bright enough to see each other, but dim enough for some mystery. We love hurricanes and hanging lights. Glass Oriel Hurricane, $95, Skylark Lantern Collection, $16 - $58,

rugs and throws


Ask your florist to create some bright, loose, and natural-feeling arrangements that’ll help create that flower child feeling. Flowers from Flower Girl NYC. Photo by Laily Mesbah.


Set the atmosphere with Moroccan and vintage rugs of different textures and patterns. Rent them from Lavender Oriental Carpets, or buy inexpensive (and customizable ones) from places like Etsy, Urban Outfitters, or Zazzle.

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