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Fashion Inspiration for a City Wedding

Whether you're saying "I do" at city hall or in an opulent ball room, these metropolitan looks are perfect for you (and your groom!).

You found each other, fell hard, and got engaged. Your romance is epic—and your wedding-day attire will be, too. Will you have a grand wedding in the park, a glittering affair in a ballroom, a chic-and-sweet rendezvous at city hall? The following looks, photographed all over New York City, offer inspiration for the many shapes your day (or night!) might take. After all, there's more than one way to celebrate in style.


On the big day, all eyes may be on the bride, but we were sure to turn our gaze towards the groom, too. After getting your fill of bridal inspiration, you'll also find ideas for him, including classic, slim-cut tuxedos in unexpected prints and hues, like tartan, blush, and charcoal. When it came time to accessorize both bride and groom, we turned back to New York City as a guide. As you scroll, you'll fall in love with luxurious Harry Winston engagement rings, cascading pearl earrings, and diamond necklaces. City wedding or not, you won't be able to resist the opulence.


New Heights

Your love is lifting you higher. Or maybe it's the swirling and swishing of your embroidered petticoat skirt paired with a snowy jacket and white sheer satin pumps, all by the inimitable Oscar de la Renta. It could even be the sight of your dapper groom in a Joseph Abboud houndstooth suit sending your heart flying. Either way, the view is pretty great.


The Details: Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Petticoat Skirt, price upon request; Oscar de la Renta "Lucy" Jacket, $2,290; Sheer Satin Pumps, $790, Joseph Abboud Houndstooth Suit, $1,895, The Black Tux Patent-Leather Shoes, $25 to rent,

Let It Rain

Go ahead and let it rain on your parade. When you're marching toward a bright future, not even the grayest day can dampen your enthusiasm. You'll strut your stuff in style (and comfort!) in a Savannah Miller jacket, camisole, and trouser set. Or duck under an umbrella in a crepe column gown by Nouvelle Amsale, seen right. If it's chilly, cozy up to each other—and to warm wonders like this Fendi Jacket, inlaid with flowers. For the groom, try a turtleneck, jacket, and pants set from Richard James. 


The Details: Savannah Miller "Bianca" Jacket, $1,661; "Nico" Camisole, $538; "Marlene" Trousers, $1,819, all Aquazzura "First Kiss" Sandals, $750, Zoë Chicco Diamond-Stud Hoops in 14k Gold, $790, The Last Line "Perfect Mini" Diamond Eternity Necklace, $4,992, Joanna Laura Constantine "Large Tribal" Ring, $215, Nouvelle Amsale "Philipa" Crepe Column Gown, $2,200, Lele Sadoughi "Dangling Orbit" Earrings, $160, Harry Winston Oval Diamond Solitaire with Tapered Baguettes Set in Platinum (engagement ring shown throughout), price upon request, Fendi Multicolored Jacket, $21,500, Richard James Jacket, $895; Turtleneck, $395; and Pants $270, all Persol Tortoise Double-Bridge Eyeglasses, $310, for similar styles.

City Lights

All that glitters isn't gold. Sometimes it's the bright lights of the stunning city you've made your own. In which case, rest assured that, with its crystal-studded bodice and vast tulle skirt, this Sottero and Midgley ball gown stands out against even the most heart-stopping backdrop.


The Details: Sottero and Midgley "Allen" Ball Gown, $2,349,

Lit From Within

When you're around each other, that light comes from the twinkle in your eyes. That, and this Jenny Packham number with an embellished bodice, are guaranteed to put a grin on your face. And for your sparkling costar? A classic tuxedo, like this slim-fit number from the Jos. A. Bank 1905 Collection.


The Details: Jenny Packham "Darling" Dress, $5,880, Jos. A. Bank "1905 Collection" Tuxedo, $598, Cushion-Cut Micropavé Diamond Wire Earrings Set in Platinum; Diamond Cuff Links in White Gold; and "Midnight" Monochrome Timepiece in 18k White Gold, all price upon request, Moscot "Lemtosh" Acetate Glasses, $260, The Tie Bar "Static Solid" Bow Tie, $19,

Run Away

Some couples want to pack a ballroom with all their loved ones. Others prefer to celebrate with a city-hall ceremony, followed by a table for two at their favorite restaurant. (Sorry, the address is unlisted.) Steal away to meet your one and only at your secret spot in this Wtoo by Watters ethereal beaded gown, which finds its match in Erdem's marabou-feather jacket. Or showcase another perfect pair—black and white—with a two-color silk dress with a tulle train, seen right, by Bibhu Mohapatra. On your better half? A rose-colored shawl-collar tuxedo from The Black Tux. 


The Details: Wtoo by Watters "Enid" Gown $1,550, Erdem's "Ivett" Jacket, price upon request, Bibhu Mohapatra Black-and-White Dress, $3,200, The Black Tux Tuxedo, in Rose, from $145 to rent, Joanna Laura Constantine Gold-Plated Crystal Crisscross Earrings, $253, CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Linear Drop Earrings, $315, Roger Vivier "Flower Strass" Satin Pumps with Crystal Buckle, in Black, $2,050, The Black Tux Velvet Slip-On Shoes, from $35 to rent,

Make a Scene

Whatever the setting or season, on your wedding day you're guaranteed to stun guests both coming and going. The first knockout punch happens as you glide to your ceremony, trailed by the fluttering organza train of this Carolina Herrera trumpet wedding dress, at left. The second blow comes when you stride off toward the rest of your life in your beyond-chic going-away look, seen right, with an embroidered embroidered cape by Lela Rose draped over your shoulders.


The Details: Carolina Herrera "Freida" Trumpet Gown, $10,990, Lela Rose "Ice House" Cape, price upon request, Mateo New York Diamond Half-Moon Floating-Pearl Hoops in 14k Gold, $1,200, Lela Rose Pearl-and-Crystal Embroidered Gloves, $495, Charlotte Olympia "Lauren" Heels, in Pink, $597,

Love Train

Even run-of-the-mill moments become extraordinary when you're with the right person—or wearing something spectacular. And if you're getting married? You'll want to up your style game even more. May we suggest a bejeweled minidress from Viktor&Rolf Mariage as the star of a dazzling ensemble for the commute from single life to marital bliss?


The Details: Viktor&Rolf Mariage Minidress, price upon request, Manolo Blahnik "Trova" Shoes, in White Leather, $815,

Pit Stop

Let the figure-flattering shape of this dramatic ruffled Johanna Ortiz dramatic gown give you something to smile about each time you see your photos. Your groom, in a gray slim-fit tuxedo from Black by Vera Wang, makes a delicious side dish.


The Details: Johanna Ortiz "El Amor en Los Tiempos del Colera" Gown, $6,000, Black by Vera Want Slim-Fit Tuxedo, $799, The Tie Bar "Booker's Solid" Bow Tie, $19, Mateo New York Silver Mechanical-Wheel Cuff Links, $115,

A Moment for the Two of You

All eyes are on you. But you'll want to steal away every now and then for a private moment. Maybe that's when he'll whisper how lovely you are, in your Monique Lhuillier trumpet gown, seen left—which looks even more romantic beside a bright-blue slim-fit suit from Jos. A. Bank. Or it might be when you dash inside, wearing a Justin Alexander creation (at right) with a beaded-illusion back and billowing skirt, to take a minute, look at each other, and say, "Can you believe we did it?" 

The Details: Monique L'huillier "Arden" Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress, $5,990, Jos. A. Bank Slim-Fit Suit, in Blue, $596, Moscot "Lemtosh" Acetate Glasses, $260, Florsheim Leather Dress Shoes, $190, Justin Alexander "Mikado" Box-Pleat Ball Gown, $2,300, Joanna Laura Constantine "Why Knot" Gold-Plated Swarovski-Pearl Earrings, $190,

Party On

The ceremony may be the most meaningful part of your day, but the most fun? That's after the vows have been exchanged, the first dance (as well as the 21st) is done, and you get to enjoy the rest of your lives—starting now! Nothing says "taking flight" like a fine feathered frock, such as this blush-colored Hayley Paige Red Carpet minidress.


The Details: Hayley Paige Red Carpet "Koko Ombred Moondust" Minidress, price upon request, Zoë Chicco Mirrored Large Teardrop Earrings in 14k Gold, price upon request, Charlotte Olympia "Ophelia" Suede Platform Heels, in Blush, $815,

Raise a Glass

Hand us a glass, too, please! We'd like to raise a toast to this Sareh Nouri trumpet gown, which comes in pink or ivory and, in either shade, is as chic and timeless as the martini you're sipping. The groom's pick? An old-fashioned—and The Black Tux's retro-chic tartan tuxedo. Cheers!


The Details: Sareh Nouri "Peony" Trumpet Gown, price upon request, Mignonne Gavigan Pom-Pom Hoop Earrings, in Gold/Baby Pink, $75, The Black Tux Tartan Tuxedo, from $145 to rent, The Black Tux Velvet Slip-On Shoes, from $35 to rent, The Tie Bar Solid White Cotton Pocket Square, $10,