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Gorgeous Gowns, Delicious Wedding Cakes, Fabulous Flowers, Extreme Bachelor Parties


Gorgeous gowns, delicious wedding cakes, fabulous flowers, extreme bachelor parties—find all these and more in this issue of Westchester Weddings. We refuse to allow gloomy economic times to dampen our enthusiasm for helping you plan your special day: when times are tough, the tough simply shop smarter. We show you how on page 27. With Westchester weddings running from $50,000 to $150,000 (compared with less than $30,000 nationally), tips from freelance writer Jeanne Muchnick can drastically reduce your wedding costs without cutting class.

The bride wore black? Sure, these days anything goes, from sleek minimalist gowns to over-the-top romantic to not-so-basic black. Fashion writer Kristin Larson explores the latest trends in wedding gowns: prepare to be wowed (see “The Dress of Your Dreams”).

The same attitude applies to cakes. Of course there always will be demand for traditional styles—and we feature some beauties—but we think that crazy times call for crazy cakes. And among the “craziest” (read: stunning) is the feather cake created by Jay Muse at Lulu Cake Boutique (and, yes, it is real and, yes, it is all edible). Muse tells us it was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s infamous white ostrich-feather wedding dress; we think it is just inspired.

We asked leading florists in the region to create the latest fashions in bouquets and boutonnieres from simple and chic to over-the-top fabulous: you’ll see them first in Westchester Weddings. And to put a more manly spin on this issue, we asked W. Dyer Halpern to come up with three different game plans to mark the future groom’s last days as a single man: for the outdoorsman, the sports enthusiast, and the pleasure seeker. But not to worry: Dyer promises that what happens in Westchester stays in Westchester.

And we hope you do, too—our county offers a full gamut of wedding services, from the chic-onomic to sky’s the limit. Check out our resource guide to find everything you need to plan your Westchester wedding.


Nancy L. Claus
Executive Editor


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