Bel Amour Bridal & Boutique 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Building F, Suite 104, Harvey, (504) 302-7797; www.belamourbridal.com There is a wide variety wedding gowns and bridesmaid, prom, special occasion and other dresses. The boutique offers consultations and alterations. Brands include Sophia Tolli, Maggie Sottero, Christina Wu, Private Label by G, Alexia, Mori Lee, Cameron Blake, Jovani, House of Wu and others.
The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave., Suite 102, Metairie, (504) 266-2771; www.mae-me.com The bridal boutique offers wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, mother-of-the-bride and flower girl dresses, as well as jewelry, shoes and accessories. The shop also offers wedding gown preservation. Brands include Justin Alexander, Mon Cheri, Sophia Tolli, James Clifford, Venus Bridal, MaeMe Couture, Jim Hjelm and many more.
Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 780-7090; www.bustlesandbowsbridal.com The boutique offers wedding gowns, special occasion apparel, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride dresses, shoes and accessories. Brands include wedding gowns by Essence of Australia, Stella York, Kenneth Winston, Ella Rosa and Anjolique Bridal. Bridesmaids dresses come from B2, Belsoie, Jim Hjelm, Liz Fields and Eden.
Just For Me Designs (504) 812-2519; www.bridaljewelry4u.com Custom-designed bridal jewelry and accessories are available for the entire wedding party. The business also offers veils, tiaras, hair combs, cake pulls and toppers and items for the flower girl. There is a wide range of colors and designs.
Pearl's Place 3114 Severn Ave., Met-airie, (504) 885-9213; www.pearlsplace.com Wedding gowns, bridesmaid apparel, mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl outfits are available from more than 50 manufacturers, as well as ball gowns and debutante, graduation and special occasion dresses. There also are wedding veils, jewelry and accessories. Alterations are free.
Southern Bridal 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 727-2993; www.southernbridal.net The bridal boutique offers wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride outfits, flower girl dresses, jewelry, headpieces, veils, shoes and tuxedos. Alterations are free on regularly priced clothing. Brands include Essence of Australia, Stella York, Eugenia Couture, Alfred Sung, Pronovias, Jasmine Couture and Anjolique.
Wedding Belles 3632 Magazine St., (504) 891-1005; www.weddingbellesstationer.com The bridal salon offers wedding gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel and LulaKate are among the brands carried here.
Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., (504) 866-9666; www.yvonnelafleur.com The full-service bridal salon in this women's boutique offers wedding gowns in designs ranging from traditional to contemporary. The store also has mother-of-the-bride dresses, women's fashions, sportswear, lingerie, custom-made hats, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Alterations are free.
Angelique Kids 5519 Magazine St., (504) 899-8992; www.angeliquekids.com The children's clothing boutique offers flower girl outfits, party clothes for boys and girls from birth to 16, as well as shoes and accessories. Brands include I Love Gorgeous, Malky & Co., Calamini, Elaine et Lena, Bloch and Blu Pony Vintage.
Formal Wear/ All-Occasion
Hemline 605 Metairie Road, Suite B, Metairie, (504) 309-8778; 609 Chartres St., (504) 592-0242; 3308 Magazine St., (504) 2694005; www.shophemline.com There is a range of clothing styles at this women's boutique, including cocktail dresses, formal wear, shoes and accessories.
Langford Market 907 Decatur St., (504) 586-3853; 2131 Magazine St., (504) 524-5168; www.langfordmarket.com The women's boutique, with locations in the French Quarter and Uptown, offers feminine clothing, accessories, shoes and gifts for the bride and her wedding party. Langford Market sells Maude, its private label, and offers a limited number of each design.
NOLA Couture 2928 Magazine St., (504) 319-5959; 542 St. Peter St., (504) 875-3522; www.nolacouture.com This local business offers New Orleans- and Gulf Coast-inspired silk neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, groomsmsn and bridesmaid gifts and women's accessories. Custom-designed wedding packages are available.
Trashy Diva Boutique 829 Chartres St., (504) 581-4553; 2048 Magazine St., (504) 299-3939; www.trashydiva.com The shop offers original vintage-inspired dresses and wedding dresses as well as an array of fascinators, jewelry and other accessories.
Lingerie/ Specialty Wear
Bra Genie 2881 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8638; www.thebragenie.com The bra-fitting salon and lingerie shop offers expert shapewear and bra fittings, as well as a wide variety of American- and European-made bras, panties, shapewear and swim suits in sizes 28AA to 48KK. The shop also stocks bustiers, strapless bras, trousseau lingerie and more.
Second Skin Intimate Apparel 701 Metairie Road,Metairie, (504) 322-2931 Bridal lingerie, bachelorette party gifts, shower gifts and bra fittings for brides and the wedding party are available. The store specializes in bra fitting and sells brands inluding Wacoal, Natori, LeMytere, Cosabella, Panache and more. Second Skin also holds lingerie showers and parties at the store.
Trashy Diva Lingerie Boutique 831 Chartres St., (504) 522-8861; www.trashydiva.com Vintage-inspired lingerie is available in a range of styles from makers including Mimi Holliday, Elle Macpherson, Mary Green and Lisa's Folly.
Feet First 4122 Magazine St., (504) 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com Women's shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories and products from local designers are the specialties. There also are men's silk ties and bow ties, scarves and wraps, jewelry, hair accessories, Spanx and more.
Trashy Diva Shoe Boutique 839 Chartres St., (504) 522-8200; 2050 Magazine St., (504) 265-0973; www.trashydiva.com Vintage-inspired shoes are available from designers including Betsey Johnson, Poetic License and Remix.
Al's Formal Wear 1801 Manhattan Blvd., Suite H, Harvey, (504) 368-1838; 3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite E, Metairie, (504) 885-3545 The groom and his groomsmen can buy or rent designer tuxedos and suits for weddings, receptions and parties at this national retailer. The shop also sells suits, shirts, ties, cummerbunds, shoes, hats, canes, belts, jewelry and accessories.
Durand's Tuxedo Consultants 321 N. Broad St., (504) 324-5099; www.durandstuxedo.com Tuxedo rentals and sales are available. The groom gets his tuxedo free with a wedding party of six or more. There are more than 100 styles of vests and color choices. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Lord West, Perry Ellis and Oscar de la Renta. One-day rentals are available, and there are discounts for groups.
J&L Formal Wear 931 Westwood Drive, Marrero, (504) 340-4544; www.jlformalwear.com Tuxedo rental and sales are the specialties at this men's store, which also offers vests, ties, shirts and shoes. Wedding packages start at $80, and wedding tuxedos come in black, ivory, brown, gray and white. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Jean Yves and After Six.
John's Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Met-airie, (504) 455-5353; www.johnstuxedos.com The store offers men's tuxedos and formal wear sales and rentals. Alterations are performed in the store, and last-minute fittings and alterations are available for out-of-town attendants. Brands include Perry Ellis, After Six, Ralph Lauren and Nola Couture.
Perlis Clothing 600 Decatur St., Suite 104, (504) 523-6681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; 6070 Magazine St., (504) 895-8661; www.perlis.com The specialty clothing store offers tuxedo sales and rentals, seersucker and white linen suits, free alterations, cufflinks, flasks and formal women's gloves.
Rome's Tuxedos 3213 17th St., Metairie, (504) 324-7227; www.romestuxedos.com The locally owned shop offers sales and rentals of a range of tuxedo styles (there's even one for a baby) by makers including Jean Yves and Perry Ellis. The store also has vests in a range of colors and styles, shirts, shoes, cummerbunds and other accessories.