Bridal Gowns Directory
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This meticulously curated space offers brides-to-be the opportunity to test-drive some of the biggest names in bridal couture: Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Angel Sanchez, and Oscar de la Renta, among others (from $5,000). By appointment only.
Merci New York646-368-1941; mercinewyork.com
Merci New York helps the busy city bride find everything from the dress to the honeymoon wardrobe. Day-of wedding styling is available. Ask to see jewelry and clutches (python styles under $400) from their design collaboration with Madame Mathilde. Prices upon request.michellenewyork.com
Michelle Fields’s assortment of gowns is romantic and chic ($700 to $5,000). She offers custom dresses for bridesmaids (from $250) and flower girls (from $125), as well as veils and jewelry ($70 for crystal-encrusted bird earrings by Elizabeth Cole). By appointment only. (good value)mikainatome.com
Inatome has a reputation as a master of slender, custom-made mermaid gowns. Her airy loft is filled with about 300 chic, modern dresses ($1,700 to $5,000), and everything is done by hand. By appointment only.
Modern Trousseau552 Seventh Ave., at 40th St., Ste. 301; 212-278-8030; moderntrousseaunyc.com
This atelier uses fine Italian silks and French lace to craft each custom gown ($2,200 to $6,200). One seamstress creates the dress from start to finish, and bridal accessories are also available.
Monique Lhuillier19 E. 71st St., at Madison Ave.; 877-659-9800; moniquelhuillier.com
The first East Coast outpost for the L.A.-based designer houses her bridal and ready-to-wear collections. Well known for her romantic and feminine gownsóCarrie Underwood chose Lhuillier to design her big-day lookóbrides, moms, and bridesmaids can all find dresses here.morganelefay.com
Designer Liliana Casabal’s bridal collection ($900 to $5,000, including alterations) features luxe fabrics like ivory silk, organza, taffeta, duchess satin, and chiffon. Her designs have been worn by Halle Berry and Björk. (good value)nicolemiller.com
Miller’s understated gowns ($750 to $3,000) appeal to the free-spirited bride and often feature impeccable draping, column-style cuts, and sexy open backs. Appointments recommended. (good value)paulavarsalona.com
Varsalona’s formal V collection features strapless gowns with sculpted bodices (from $2,000); the Crème collection showcases elaborate beading and thread work (from $3,000).pronovias.com
This five-story Spanish boutique offers a wide selection of gowns, including an exclusive collection by Elie Saab. Gowns start at $1,100 and flaunt lace, bustier-style corsets, cascades of ruffles, floral embroidery, princessy ball gowns, and flowing trains. By appointment only.reemacra.com
Acra’s high-fashion designs hit the right note between red-carpet glamour and pared-down sophistication. Brides adore both the custom couture (from $35,000) and ready-to-wear gowns (from $3,500).rkbridal.com
This 12,000-square-foot garment-district shop carries dozens of brands, including Watters & Watters, Bari Jay, Alfred Sung, Bill Levkoff, Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, and Alfred Angelo ($650 to $4,000). No appointment necessary. (good value)
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide