Brooklyn Magazine

Brooklyn Wedding Essentials

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM


Vané Broussard, the creative force of nature behind Brooklyn Bride, came up with a list of the most important things for a modern bride to consider as she plans her wedding.

Photo Sarah Ryhanen

NO. 1
Put together the ultimate Brooklyn giftbag for your out-of-town guests! Easiest place to look is By Brooklyn on Smith St where everything is locally made, from soaps by Love Nature NYC to artisanal chocolate bars from Raaka. Throw it all in a BRKLYN tote by Hank Player and your guests will look and feel like locals!
NO. 2
I predict that the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be THE new hip place to get married in the coming years. For larger weddings, consider Stage 6 at Steiner Studios with catering by Abigail Kirsch, or for a smaller crowd, definitely look at BLDG 92 with food by Parker Red (you might also know them as local favorite Ted & Honey).
NO. 3
The beauty of Brooklyn is that we—ok, SOME of us—have awesome backyards, and so do our restaurants, so they make ideal places to have bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, even small weddings! Look at iCi—one of my favs!
NO. 4
Don’t waste your time with cheesy favors like mini Brooklyn Bridges or I Heart NY t-shirts from Chinatown. Instead, everyone loves something edible, so get some chocolate caramels from Nunu Chocolates or chocolate bars from Mast Brothers—I recommend their Brooklyn blend.
NO. 5
No matter what style wedding you have, there are plenty of backdrops for the perfect engagement or wedding portrait. If you’re a little edgy, check out the graffitied buildings of Williamsburg, for those a little more classic, there are the beautiful brownstones of Fort Greene or Brooklyn Heights. Don’t forget the waterfront and carousel in DUMBO for the more playful among us.
NO. 6
Rather than setting up gift registries at big box stores, why not set them up at local shops in Brooklyn? Whisk in Williamsburg has a great registry setup, and Future Perfect is in the process of setting one up for you modernists out there. Even if a local favorite doesn’t have a formal registry system set up, most will be happy to set up a wishlist that your guests can shop from, or you can use online registry sites to include items from these stores.
NO. 7
Invitations are a great way to give your guests a hint into how much you love your borough. Check out Park Slope’s Lion in the Sun and their Brooklyn-themed invitation line PostScript Brooklyn for the best selection of readymade designs.
NO. 8
When it comes to flowers, you’ve got no excuse not to go to a Brooklyn vendor because all the best ones are already here! I’m a big fan of Blossom & Branch and Seaport Flowers for more modern designs, and Saipua & Nicolette Camille for a more romantic flair.
NO. 9
For wedding gowns, you’ve got lots of options. There’s the White Gown and Michelle New York in DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn respectively, but if you want something custom-made, look no further than Samuelle Couture. Her dresses are absolutely ethereal!
NO. 10
Advice for any bride: I think the most important thing a bride and groom can do is hire vendors they trust. At some point you just need to let go so you can enjoy your day, knowing that your vendors are pros and understand what you want. That way, if anything DOES go wrong, they’ll know how to fix it so you won’t need to stress.

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