Jana Starr Antiques and Bridal
245 E. 87th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-861-8256; janastarr.com
Starr crafts antique dresses ($2,000–$4,000) from her vast collection of 100-year-old Belgian, Irish, and English embroidered laces. She also offers nineteenth-century handmade-lace veils and usually has more than twenty dresses in-store. By appointment only.
The New World Order
13 Ave. B, at E. Houston St.; 212-777-3600; thenewworldordernyc.com
Stylist Renee Bejil’s hand-selected vintage and rare couture gowns (think Céline, Halston, and Givenchy; $295–$1,200) and collection of costume jewelry will make any style-savvy bride swoon.
New York City Opera Thrift Shop
222 E. 23rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-684-5344
This well-curated thrift shop often stocks wedding-appropriate dresses ($75–$500) by the likes of Melinda Eng, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor, and Vera Wang. Grooms can find old-fashioned tuxes with tails. (good value)
377 Broome St., nr. Mott St.; 212-966-4142; ritualvintage.com
Formerly known as Exquisite Costume, this collector offers original wedding dresses ($225–$1,100) from the 1890s to the 1950s. Delicate Edwardian gowns and Gatsby-esque 1920s numbers are just a few of the highlights.
13 W. 17th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second fl.; 212-206-1644; shareenvintage.com
L.A. stylist Shareen Mitchell’s shop has an entire section dedicated to well-preserved bridal dresses ($88–$398) culled from the fifties through the seventies.
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide