The Anatomy Of A ‘Vogue’ Wedding

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If your bridal cape doesn’t require its own tailor — or its own car — why even bother getting married at all?

A wedding is a momentous occasion in any person’s life. Some weddings, however, are more special than others — those being the ones covered by Vogue.

What separates a civilian wedding from one worthy of the fashion bible’s attention? Here are some questions to get you started: Were one or more of the Courtin-Clarins sisters in attendance? Was the bride’s veil longer than her entire body? Did she arrive at the ceremony by boat? Did Snoop Dogg surprise guests with a performance? Was Anna Wintour the mother of the groom? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the wedding has earned the right to immortality in the annals of Vogue‘s aspirational wedding column, conveniently available online for all to browse.

In order to understand the distinctive characteristics of a Vogue wedding, we analyzed the 57 ceremonies profiled by the title since September 2010. Of this group, only two weddings featured a same-sex couple (those of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers and Joseph Altuzarra, respectively) and only eight weddings look place outside of Europe and the U.S. There are lot of Brits and Italians having fancy weddings, apparently, and Vogue is on the case.

To simplify the project, we relied only on information included in the wedding profiles. These all varied in coverage and often did not make mention of every notable guest or family member that could have impacted Vogue‘s decision to cover the event in the first place. We also skipped weddings that were covered by the magazine but did not include interviews or access to personal images — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, for example.

Enough preamble. On to the cold, hard, lace-trimmed facts.

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