When having a formal event, the flowers are central to the décor at the ceremony and reception. For centerpieces, think big, beautiful flowers clustered together in large centerpieces like the one shown here, which includes white hydrangeas, succulents, and thistles.
For a memorable cake that makes a statement at a formal wedding, try something unique, like a croquembouche. This one, made by Westchester Country Club pastry chef Cara LaRocca, serves 200 people and is filled with maple cream.
Nothing says “black tie” more than a floor-length dress and a classic color (like black), making this a perfect pick for the bridesmaids of a formal affair. Change up the silhouette to accommodate different shapes and sizes.
Noir by Lazaro Mikado trumpet gown in black, style NZ3234, $290
1955 Central Ave, Yonkers
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With so many dresses to choose from, it should really come down to your personal style, but for a formal wedding, we love the opulent details and longer sleeves of this dress.
Oleg Cassini beaded lace ¾-sleeve wedding dress at David’s Bridal, in ivory Champagne
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Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend never saw this pearl necklace. It is the perfect accent for a classic, black-tie affair. It measures 14 inches and has luxurious ivory pearls and imported crystals with gold-tone hardware.
Perles & Cristaux Necklace, $325
161 Main St, Beacon
Every bride wants to dance the night away and feel comfortable and beautiful. We love these bejeweled shoes from Badgley Mischka, which are elegant enough for a black-tie wedding yet fun enough that you can wear them again after you’re back from the honeymoon.
Badgley Mischka Pumps in Lacie d’Orsay, $215
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Cuff links complete a groom’s look, especially when it comes to a traditional tuxedo. They also make a great gift from the bride and are something he will have and wear forever. Back to homepage
Oval Engine-Turned Cuff Links (shown in 18k gold), $3,200
Tiffany & Co.
125 Westchester Ave