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. Styling for boudoir shoots, engagement sessions, and the wedding day is also available. Prices upon request. By appointment only.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.
Modern Trousseau552 Seventh Ave., at 40th St., Ste. 301; 212-278-8030; moderntrousseau.com
This atelier uses fine Italian silk and French lace to craft each custom gown ($2,200 to $6,200). One seamstress creates the dress from start to finish.
Monique Lhuillier19 E. 71st St., at Madison Ave.; 212-683-3332; moniquelhuillier.com
Well-known for her romantic and feminine gowns—Reese Witherspoon chose one for her big day—Lhuillier also carries dresses for mothers of the bride. Prices upon request.morganelefay.com
Designer Liliana Casabal’s bridal collection ($1,000 to $5,000, including alterations) features luxe fabrics like silk, organza, taffeta, duchess satin, and chiffon. good value)
Buy new and “nearly new” wedding dresses at 40 to 90 percent off the retail price. After the wedding, you may sell the dress back through the site—even if it’s been altered. Dress prices range from $500 to $7,000. (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 threadwork (from $3,000).pronovias.com
These princessy ball gowns start at $1,100 and flaunt lace, bustier-style corsets, cascades of ruffles, floral embroidery, and flowing trains. By appointment only.
Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio516 Third Ave., nr. 12th St., Gowanus; 718-788-3849; rebeccaschoneveld.com
Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek’s romantic bridal line features figure-flattering silhouettes and a judicious use of elegant lace and luminous silk. Slink down the aisle in the old-Hollywood-inspired Harper gown ($1,938). Each design is customizable ($1,200 to $4,500). Fully custom gowns start at $2,400.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).
Resurrection217 Mott St., nr. Spring St.; 212-625-1374; resurrectionvintage.com
Brides searching for pristine couture dresses (from $850) and vintage jewelry flock to this upscale boutique, which carries designer looks from Chanel, YSL, Versace, and more. (good value)
Ritual377 Broome St., nr. Mott St.; 212-966-4142; ritualvintage.com
This collector offers original wedding dresses ($225 to $1,100) from the 1890s to the 1950s. Delicate Edwardian gowns and Gatsby-esque numbers are highlights. (good value)rkbridal.com
This 12,000-square-foot garment district shop carries dozens of brands at various price points, including Watters & Watters, Bari Jay, Alfred Sung, Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, and Alfred Angelo ($650 to $4,000). No appointment necessary. (good value)
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide