Bridal Gowns Directory
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The famed design house has become a classic choice for brides hooked on runway collections. Recent lines have featured everything from a long silver gown with a stretch-satin bustier ($2,180) to a nickel micro-sequin tulle racer-back dress ($6,085). Alterations not included for gowns on sale.carolinaherrera.com
Herrera’s third-floor bridal salon draws women looking for intricate, high-fashion gowns. This year’s collection features strapless gowns, sweetheart bodices, and lace detail in abundance. Herrera also offers mother-of-the-bride ensembles, veils, and wraps. Alterations are a $500 flat fee.
Chanel15 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-355-5050; 139 Spring St., at Wooster St.; chanel.com
For those who don’t want to go through six weeks of fittings, Chanel’s well-made, classic clothing is a good option. Timeless white suits ($6,980) as well as designer Karl Lagerfeld’s usual ready-to-wear pastels are always appropriate. The beautiful Ecru satin dress ($7,590) is just divine. Alterations not included.davidsbridal.com
David’s remains the ultimate destination for affordable dresses (from $299), and they just opened an outpost in Manhattan. In addition to the store’s own collection, David’s carries Galina gowns and Oleg Cassini dresses. Brides should check in every few months to find out when the store’s 99-Dollar Days will take place. Alterations not included.designerloftnyc.com
This full-service atelier is the place to go for high-end bridal designers: Adele Wechsler, Jenny Packham, and Rosa Clara. Its selection of styles and sizes suits all body types and includes temple-ready designs for orthodox ceremonies. Silk gowns start at $1,500, and custom gowns at $3,000. Alterations are $300.dominiquedaniela.com
From her Victorian-themed salon, Dominique Daniela Pino-Santiago offers a ready-to-wear line (from $1,800) as well as custom designs (prices upon request). The eco-friendly Green Gown line is made of organic linens, cottons, and organza.
Gabriella New York400 W 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 2A, 212-206-1915
Gabriella Risatti stocks about 50 exclusive-to-her-store styles from seven designers, including Matthew Christopher and Renella De Fina. Risatti also carries jewelry, as well as vintage and custom veils and headpieces. Gowns range from $2,000 to $10,000. Alterations start at $500.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Camille La Vie
Palisades Center – 1611 Palisades Center Drive West Nyack, NY 10994 ; Tel: 845-727-7270 ; www.camillelavie.com
Camille La Vie & Group USA is a prime dress destination for prom, homecoming and all other occasions with other locations in Jersey Gardens, Secaucus and Franklin Mills Mall. Visit camillelavie.com.
- J. Scheer & Co.
23 East 81st Street, Suite 7 New York, NY, 10028 ; Tel: 212-570-1511 ; www.jscheer.com
Textile expert Jonathan Scheer subjects wedding gowns to a battery of tests to determine how to clean them (from $495). A post-wedding preservation job takes six to eight weeks. Free pickup and delivery available in Manhattan.
- Jana Starr Antique and Bridal
245 East 87th Street #14-D, nr. 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10128 ; Tel: 212-861-8256 ; www.janastarr.com
Jana Starr creates one-of-a-kind wedding gowns from 100-year old handmade lace. These unique creations offer the best of two worlds: sexy, modern shapes with old-world craftsmanship and detail. (from $2,500.). Also a collection of antique veils.
- Matthew David Celebrations
237 West 37th Street, 13th Floor New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-804-8045 ; www.matthewdavidcelebrations.com
Matthew David Celebrations is the go-to designer for upscale celebrations and weddings. We'll create a distinctive event that reflects your personal style and individuality to make sure you love your day.
- Oscar de la Renta
772 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 1-888-782-6357 ; www.oscardelarenta.com
The Oscar de la Renta bridal collection includes a range of gowns and accessories including veils, shoes, fashion jewelry, and bags. The line is carried in bridal salons around the world, in addition to select Oscar de la Renta boutiques.
- The Bridal Garden
54 West 21st Street, Suite 901 New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 212-252-0661 ; www.bridalgarden.org
We are a not-for-profit bridal boutique that sells designer gowns, veils, and accessories up to 80% off retail. Designers include Vera Wang, Ulla Maija, Judd Waddell, and many more. Proceeds benefit NYC children's education.
- Veka Bridal
262 Mott Street New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-925-9044 ; www.vekabridal.com
Owners Ksenia and Jana stock their intimate boutique with exclusive collections from independent contemporary designers such as Palazzo and Suzanne Ermann, focusing on fresh, playful designs. From $2,000. Alterations from $300. By appointment.
- Vera Wang Bridal Salon
991 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10075 ; Tel: 212-628-3400 ; www.verawang.com
Vera Wang has created a unique aspirational world that alludes to sensuality and youthful sophistication. Exquisite details, intricate draping and a nonchalant sense of style characterize the Vera Wang aesthetic.