Bridal Gowns Directory
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From her Murray Hill atelier, Adams creates dresses (from $2,000 to $7,000) that go against every wedding-day convention. Brides who eschew basic white are fans-she works in hues like lime green and tangerine. Orders take three to six months. Off-the-rack alterations not included. By appointment only.michaelsconsignment.com
Most bridal designers won’t accept returns-even if the big day is called off. This shop is where many new or almost-new Vera Wang, Priscilla, and Badgley Mischka creations end up at far more modest prices than they commanded the first time around ($395 to $2,800).michellenewyork.com
Michelle Field’s gowns are romantic and understated ($1,600 to $5,000). For the rest of the bridal party, Field does custom bridesmaids’ and flower-girl dresses (from $250).mikainatome.com
After 24 years in business, Inatome has honed her specialty: slender mermaid gowns. This airy, 3,000-square-foot loft is filled with more than 300 chic, modern dresses in floaty, fine textiles-silk, satin, crepe, and chiffon ($1,700 to $5,000). Everything, including embroidery and beading, is done by hand. By appointment only.
If you’re pregnant, momsnightout.com has a wide range of bridal styles and fabrics that will make you look fabulous, not frumpy-no matter which trimester you’re in. mini directorymorganelefay.com
Liliana Casabal’s collection ($1,100 to $4,400) features light, ethereal fabrics that play with opaque and transparent materials like ivory silk, taffeta, duchesse satin, and chiffon. Alterations not included for the prêt-à-porter collection.nicolemiller.com
Miller’s understated and sleek gowns appeal to the free-spirited bride. The bridal salon prides itself on a quick turnaround and shorter lead time. Base prices run from $595 to $3,000. Alterations not included. Tailoring is done off-site.
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Oscar de la Renta’s well-rounded 2009 bridal collection (from $3,300) appeals to anyone with couture sensibilities. This ever-classic bridal collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. Alterations vary by location.paulavarsalona.com
Paula Varsalona adorns her dresses with hand-rolled organdy flowers and imported lace. The V collection is more formal, with some strapless gowns with sculpted bodices (from $1,500); the Madison collection showcases elaborate embroidery, ornately draped fabric, and beading along with pleated ruffles (from $2,000). Alterations not included.
The elegant cuts of the Priscilla of Boston gowns make them good for New York weddings ($3,000 to $15,000); Melissa Sweet gowns are more romantic and work well for destination weddings ($3,000 to $8,000); the Platinum collection, with lots of lace and sparkle, is perfect for those who need more glamour ($4,500 to $9,000). They also carry bridesmaids’ dresses ($200 to $400) that come in a variety of colors and styles-from basic cocktail to more elegant floor-length gowns.pronovias.com
This Barcelona-based bridal behemoth recently opened a dazzling five-floor New York flagship store with some of the nicest fitting rooms in Manhattan. Its 2009 collection of gowns ($1,000 to $16,000) is defined by subtle lace and delicate ruffles.reemacra.com
Acra’s designs, known for their detailed beadwork and embroidery, have a decidedly old-world glamour and pared-down sophistication. Brides adore both the custom couture (from $20,000) and ready-to-wear gowns (from $3,000). Alterations not included.rkbridal.com
This bustling, 11,000-square-foot store has great prices for those willing to search through 1,300 styles ($300 to $3,000). The staff will even lower a gown’s price to match the cost of the same dress offered elsewhere for less. Alterations cost up to $350.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide