Wedding Mood: Spectacular

Defining characteristic: exuberance

Ideal setting: hotel ballroom with marble floor

Most expensive version would include: fireworks display before your getaway via helicopter

You'll make do with: exiting through sparklers, and a rented Rolls-Royce

Colors seen: purple and silver

You'd wear: something big and beaded by Reem Acra, Kenneth Pool, or Priscilla of Boston (above); he'd wear a classic tux with bow tie, maybe tails

On bridesmaids: long silk gowns from Amsale

Invitations: from Mrs. John L. Strong

Serving style: seated; French service

On the menu: Champagne, filet mignon, lobster

On tables: leather-bound journals as favors

Reception music: twelve-piece band with a large brass section

Cake would be: a cascade of sugar flowers around a tower of tiers

Extra entertainment: an artist sketching different scenes throughout the night

After-party: rooftop, catered, VIPs only

On their way out the door, guests overheard saying: "That was one for the record books."

Photos: iStockphoto.com/Brian Adams (car); Jimi Celeste (gown); Faith West Photography (ballroom); Ben Vigil Photography (couple)

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