Bridal Gowns Directory
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Gabriella Risatti carries exclusive styles from 11 designers, including Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, and Marchesa ($2,000 to $12,000). In addition to wedding gowns, you’ll also find veils, headpieces, bags, sashes, lingerie, and jewelry.
Glamour Closet115 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., seventh fl.; 917-409-5277; glamourcloset.com
Brides flock to Glamour Closet for its frequently updated stock of couture and designer gowns sold up to 75 percent off ($500 to $5,000). The walk-in-only salon displays its full inventory of up to 600 dresses on the rack and carries new showroom samples and overstock styles by designers including Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhullier, and Carolina Herrera. Most dresses are in a bridal size 8, but the shop does stock a small selection of smaller and larger sizes.
Houghton Atelier646-998-3994; houghtonnyc.com
Designer Katharine Polk offers brides a choice of gowns, short dresses, suits, and separates, all handmade in her West Chelsea atelier. By appointment only.janastarr.com
Starr creates modern gowns (from $2,600, including minor alterations) from her collection of 100-year-old handmade laces and embroideries. She also offers 19th-century lace veils and antique-lace wedding handkerchiefs. By appointment only.bridalgowns.net
English designer Wilson-Marquis specializes in romantic custom-made gowns (from $3,000). She’s known for her couture embellishments: French lace, handmade flowers, and painted and silk-screened detailing. By appointment only.jcrew.com
This by-appointment-only wedding shop offers modern gowns with classic silhouettes. Favorites are the Arabelle ($575) and the Sara lace gown ($2,200). Bridal accessories and bridesmaid dresses are also available. (good value)
J. Mendel787 Madison Ave., nr. 67th St. 212-832-5830; jmendel.com
J. Mendel’s bridal collection includes gorgeously draped gowns that range from vintage-inspired and Grecian to modern and avant-garde. Most styles fall in the $4,800 range, although beauties like the hand-pleated mousseline Liane ($19,500) are a considerable investment. Couture services are also available.junkoyoshioka.com
All of Yoshioka’s gowns are made in this Chelsea atelier. Highlights include the Eclair ($4,620), a mermaid gown with Bellagio silk and satin taffeta, and the Gateaux ($4,895), an asymmetric drop-waist satin organza gown. By appointment only.jussaralee.com
Brides-to-be flock to Lee for her unparalleled fitting abilities. Her understated designs run the gamut, from simple silk halter gowns to sophisticated organza strapless dresses (from $3,500). She also customizes white tuxedos for men and women. By appointment only.
Karen Willis Holmes7 Centre Market Pl., nr. Broome St.; 646-912-9298; karenwillisholmes.com
At her store in Soho, the renowned Australian bridal designer stocks off-the-rack gowns with sophisticated embellishments and clean silhouettes that are perfect for modern brides.kathrynconover.com
Brides can choose from Conover’s customizable collection or dream up one-of-a-kind designs for bespoke gowns (from $1,500). She can easily whip up refined, classic numbers or accommodate more avant-garde aspirations. By appointment only.kleinfeldbridal.com
This famous full-service salon has more designer bridal gowns—including big names like Dennis Basso and Alita Graham, who both make creations exclusively for the store—than any other store in the world. The salon also carries hundreds of exclusive wedding-invitation designs with custom options (from $2.18 each for a set of 100 cards). By appointment only.
L'Fay Bridal215 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave., sixth fl.; 212-671-1051; lfay.com
These European designers offer an assortment of fairy-tale-worthy gowns made of Alençon and Chantilly laces (from $2,500). Elegant veils and mantillas (starting at $250 for short, $500 for long) are crafted from the same fine materials, so brides can purchase one to match the dress on the spot. Appointments recommended.
Locke Bride271 Canal St., nr. Broadway, fifth fl.; 646-448-4926; lockebride.com
Founder and creative director Lyndsey Butler perfected the leather jacket for her ready-to-wear line, Veda, before launching Locke Bride, which caters to modern brides-to-be looking for that holy grail: a wedding dress she can wear again. Butler’s minimalist gowns are rendered in silk crêpe and range from $400 to $600; currently, Locke offers four styles, and she plans to add six more by the end of the year. Dresses can be purchased online (returns are free within 30 days) or at the bridal area at the Locke Bride studio in Soho. By appointment only. (good value)lotusbridal.com
This one-stop shop for brides has elegant designer gowns (from $1,000) and bridesmaid dresses (from $180) plus beauty services (day-of hair and makeup for the bride is $400). Featured designers include Maggie Sottero and Allure Bridals. (good value)lovelybride.com
This Tribeca store houses a gorgeous array of gowns, from understated looks by Elizabeth Dye to classic silhouettes by Anne Barge ($1,500 to $6,000). Accessories, belts, and jewelry range from $50 to $1,000. By appointment only. (good value)
From the Winter 2016 New York Wedding Guide