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NEW YORK — How do you create the perfect wedding? Just ask those who were on hand last Tuesday at the Modern Bride 25 Trendsetters of 2006 awards dinner, held at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park. The host, editor in chief of the magazine Antonia van der Meer, toasted the industry heavyweights who have influenced the wedding world in the past year. “Things have loosened up so much,” said van der Meer, “but weddings are still all about specific details. People used to pair wines and even cigars with the reception meal; now they’re pairing teas.”

Susan Lucci — who, as Erica Kane on “All My Children,” has had her share of nuptials — was in attendance, presenting an award to Jacob the Jeweler, Jacob Arabo. (Lucci, however, opted to wear her own Fred Leighton and Cartier diamonds.) In fact, not long ago, the actress planned a wedding herself for her daughter, Liza, who was married in March 2004. “Preston [Bailey] did our flowers, and Vera Wang made dresses for both of us,” Lucci said.

Meanwhile, Kate Spade received a nod for her brand’s trendsetting invitations. “I think brides are becoming less traditional today and enjoying themselves more,” said Spade. “And I know a thing or two about being untraditional — I had two parties for my wedding, with two gowns.” (For the record, she wore Isaac Mizrahi and Cynthia Rowley when she married Andy Spade.) Star Jones Reynolds slipped in just long enough to present an award to David Tutera, the event planner who orchestrated her November 2004 wedding. “He’s a dream-maker,” she said. And Bo Derek was there to support her beau, John Corbett, who performed with his namesake band after the awards ceremony. “I was married at 17 in Vegas, and now here I am at Modern Bride,” she said.

This story first appeared in the May 23, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.