Bridal Gowns Directory
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Designer Christina Kara creates custom gowns in lace, silk organza, and chiffon. Her specialties are tea-length and short dresses (from $1,000 to $1,500). (good value)
The Bridal Garden54 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 901; 212-252-0661; bridalgarden.org
This not-for-profit offers up to 75 percent off new and sample gowns by Vera Wang, Ulla Maija, Angel Sanchez, Lela Rose, and others, and all proceeds are donated to a charity for disadvantaged children. By appointment only. (good value)bridalreflections.com
This bustling, grand-scale salon offers unhurried personal service, impeccable on-site tailoring, and gowns by a variety of designers, including Romona Keveza and Ines Di Santo (from $3,500). It also carries accessories and eveningwear.
Carol Hannah355 W. 39th St., nr. Ninth Ave., first fl.; 212-564-8014; carol-hannah.com
These handmade “grown-up whimsy gowns” are a blend of bohemian style, innovative design, and organic construction. Carol Hannah Whitfield and her team emphasize draping and movement to ensure the perfect fit. Mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses are also available. From $895 to $5,200. (good value)carolinaherrera.com
Herrera’s bridal salon draws women keen on high-fashion elegance. A recent collection featured a selection of separates and ball gowns; the inside of each dress is embroidered with the bride’s initials (from $5,000).
Colette Komm212-580-2690; colettekomm.com
Komm, a Parsons-trained designer and Vera Wang alum, handcrafts each of her one-of-a-kind couture gowns, from preliminary sketches through final construction. Prices upon request.
Cymbeline & L’Fay Bridal5 E. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second fl.; 212-671-1051; lfay.com
This French brand offers an assortment of fairy-tale-worthy gowns made of Alençon and Chantilly laces (from $2,000). Elegant veils and mantillas (starting at $150 for short, $450 for long) are crafted from the same fine materials, so brides can purchase one to match the dress on the spot. By appointment only.davidsbridal.com
The ultimate destination for affordable dresses offers the exclusive White collection from Vera Wang (from $520), along with gowns from dozens of other designers. Savvy brides check for oft-featured 99-Dollar Days, when selections go for just that. (good value)designerloftnyc.com
This full-service atelier stocks looks by indie bridal designers like Jenny Packham and Rosa Clara. It also has more conservative dresses for Orthodox Jewish and Greek Orthodox ceremonies. Custom gowns from $2,500. By appointment only.
Fancy Bridal NY1133 Broadway, nr. 26th St., Ste. 1405; 212-234-4303; fancybridalny.com
With a mid-century-modern sensibility, this made-to-measure line is perfect for Betty Draper wanna-bes. The designers specialize in tea-length gowns, including the Fiona ($1,815), a strapless number with three tiers of ribbon-edged silk organza. By appointment only.
From the Winter 2014 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
15 East 26th Street New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 917-438-4812 ; 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.