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Bride Book Directory 2015 

Bride's resource guide makes it easy to plan your wedding, reception, honeymoon and nuptial-related parties

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Bridal attire

Bel Amour Bridal
Westside Shopping Center, 97 Westbank Expwy., Suite 370, Gretna, (504) 302-7797; www.belamourbridal.com This bridal shop is moving soon to the Westside Shopping Center in Gretna. It offers bridal, prom and ball gowns, free consultations, alterations and more. Product lines include Jade Couture, Mon Cheri, Maggie Sottero, Tony Bowes, Blush and more.

The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 266-2771; www.mae-me.com The boutique offers a wide variety of wedding gowns, dresses for mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids attire, flower girl dresses, wedding veils, hair accessories, jewelry, wedding cake pulls and toppers. Brands include Justin Alexander, Essence of Australia, Stella York, Mon Cheri, Sophia Tolli, Venus and others.

Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique
3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 780-7090; www.buslesandbows- bridal.com The bridal boutique has a wide array of wedding gowns, bridesmaid attire, dresses for mothers of the bride and groom and flower girl dresses, as well as jewelry, accessories and shoes. Product lines include David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Sophia Tolli, Jasmine Collection, San Patrick by Pronovias, Montage, Joan Calabrese, Badgley Mischka, Benjamin Adams, Touch Ups, Grace Footwear and more.

Linda Lee Bridal
3848 Veterans Memor- ial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-1889 The bridal shop offers a full range of special occasion wear, including wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, attire for mothers of the bride and groom and flower girl outfits, as well as debutante gowns, prom and ball gowns, graduation gowns, slips, accessories and jewelry. Alterations are available. Product lines include Rosa Clara, Moonlight Designs, Mon Cheri, David Tutera, Pronovias Barcelona and CoCo Couture.

Pearl's Place
3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-9213; www.pearlsplace.com The bridal salon and boutique features a wide range of wedding gowns, bridesmaid attire and other special occasion dresses, as well as wedding veils, accessories, and ball and prom gowns. Alterations, professional steaming and fittings are free.

Yvonne LaFleur
8131 Hampson St., (504) 866-9666; www.yvonnelafleur.com The women's clothing boutique has a bridal salon with a selection of wedding gowns, veils, a full range of women's clothing for all occasions, as well as lingerie, jewelry, hats, perfume and accessories. The boutique offers personal consultations and free alterations.

Children's clothing

Mignon for Children
The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 891-2374; www.mignonnola.com The children's boutique offers dresses for flower girls and outfits for ring bearers, as well as a host of costumes, toys and accessories.

Formal wear/All-occasion

Hemline
609 Chartres St., (504) 592-0242; 3308 Magazine St., (504) 269-4005; www.shophemline.com The women's clothing boutique offers evening wear, furs, shawls, shoes, gowns and accessories from makers including Alexis, BCBG, Nicole Miller, Aiden Mattox, Nightcap Clothing, French Connection, Trina Turk, Chan Luu, Alice and Olivia and others.

Perlis
6070 Magazine St., (504) 895-8661; www.perlis.com The 75-year-old family-owned clothier offers well-made, updated classic styles in casual and business apparel as well as formal wear. There's also a boy's department. The Magazine Street store offers rentals and sales of tuxedos and formalwear, an alterations department and a range of accessories.

Pied Nu
5521 Magazine St., (504) 899-4118; www.piednunola.com The Uptown boutique offers wedding bands and other jewelry by Cathy Waterman, and a bridal registry. It also has clothing, art, apothecary items, glassware by a variety of makers, bed and bath by Kerry Cassill and Matteo and more. 

Rubensteins
102 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6666; www.rubensteins- neworleans.com The men's clothing store offers tuxedos, formal wear and accessories for the groom and groomsmen as well as guests. Product lines include Canali, Zegna, Ralph Lauren, Black Label and Paul Betenly. Tuxedo start at $595.

Trashy Diva Clothing Boutique
537 Royal St., (504) 522-4233; 2048 Magazine St., (504) 299-8777; www.trashydiva.com The New Orleans-based women's clothing boutique offers vintage-inspired wedding dresses and special occasion attire, as well as fascinators, jewelry and bridal accessories.  Jewelry and accessories are from designers including Anne Koplik, Lorren Bell, De Luxe and others. The shop features original and vintage-inspired designs by owner Candice Gwinn.

Lingerie/ Specialty wear

Bonjour Lingerie
4214 Magazine St., (504) 309-8014; www.bonjour- lingerie.com The boutique hosts private bachelorette and bridal parties, which includes a private burlesque class. The store offers gifts, lounge wear and lingerie by makers such as Huit, Claudette, Mimi Holliday, L'Agent by Agent Provocateur, Addiction, Betsey Johnson, P.J. Salvage and more.

Bra Genie
2881 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8638; www.thebragenie.com The shop helps women find bras and foundation garments that fit perfectly. It offers a wide array of bras, bustiers, garters, panties, shape-wear, stockings, lingerie and bra-sized swimwear. Product lines include Prima Donna, Empreinte, Chantelle, Fantasie, Elomi, Simone Perele and more.

DL Creations
3205 Georgia Ave., Kenner, (504) 888-9461; www.blingdat.com The boutique offers custom rhinestone T-shirts for bridal parties, and there are several types of crystals, including Swarovski crystals, from which to choose. The shop also offers iron-on rhinestone appliques for DIYers.

Trashy Diva Lingerie Boutique
831 Chartres St., (504) 522-8861; 2044 Magazine St., (504) 522-5686; www.trashydiva.com The lingerie boutique offers a selection of foundation garments for wedding gowns and other outfits. The shop offers free bra fittings by a specialist and offers vintage-inspired lingerie, shape wear, custom corsets and swimwear in bra sizes AA to G. The shop also hosts bridal and bachelorette parties. Product lines include Gossard, L'Agent by Agent Provocateur, Lise Charmel, Maison Close, Huit, Stella McCartney and dozens of others.

Shoes

Feet First
200 Metairie Road, (504) 324-9124; 526 Royal St., (504) 569-0005; 4122 Magazine St., (504) 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com There are bridal shoes and footwear for every woman in the bridal party as well as the guests. The store also offers handbags, evening clutches, jewelry, shoe clips, fascinators, Spanx, hosiery, Nola Couture ties and bowties and fashion accessories. There is a wide range of brand names, including Pelle Moda, Nina, Corso Como, Hanky Panky, NuBra and more.

Trashy Diva Shoe and Acces- sories Boutique
829 Chartres St., (504) 522-8200; 2050 Magazine St., (504) 265-0973; www.trashydiva.com Vintage-inspired shoes, including bridal footwear, are available at this locally owned store. Designers include Betsey Johnson, Menbur, Remix and others, including classic styles as well as embellished shoes. The Chartres Street boutique also offers handbags, and vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories from designers Anne Koplik, De Luxe, Whiting and Davis and others.

Tuxedos

Durand's Tuxedo Consultants
321 N. Broad St., (504) 324-5099; www.durandstuxedo.com The shop offers tuxedo rentals, group fittings and same-day rentals. Durand's has a range of tuxedo styles, including full dress, tails or shawl. Special orders are available. Rentals include tuxedos, shirts, and a large selection of vests, shoes and fashion accessories. 

John's Tuxedos
3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5353; www.johns- tuxedos.com The men's clothing store offers rentals and sales of tuxedos, as well as other types of men's formal wear from designers including Michael Kors, Perry Ellis, Ike Behar, Ralph Lauren, Jean Yves and Allure.

Tuxedos To Geaux
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-5393; www.tuxedostogeaux.com The shop offers a complete package for the groom and groomsmen that includes a tuxedo, formal shirt, cummerbund and tie set or a suit shirt and tie set for $159 and includes lifetime alterations. The shop carries a range of brands and free alterations for tuxedos and suits; accessories also are available.

BRIDAL REGISTRIES/GIFTS

Gordon's
725 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9416; 7060 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 454-6810; www.gordonshome- decor.com The store offers gifts as well as party supplies and wedding accessories such as bridal bouquets, candles, ribbon, mesh and umbrellas for second lines. Gordon's also has home decor, accent furniture and seasonal merchandise and provides custom floral and framing services.

Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Company
1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 378-1000; www.hurwitzmintz.com The home furnishings store offers a wide range of furniture types and styles, as well as a full range of decorative items displayed in a 125,000-square-foot showroom. Brands in stock at the 91-year-old store include Thomasville, Century, Pulaski, Michael Amini, Universal, Lexington, Hooker Furniture and others.

Lizano's Glass Haus
730 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-1144; www.lizanosglasshaus.com The studio creates glass designs inspired by New Orleans culture, including fused art glass for the home. One collection features an artwork of three fused glass tiles bearing the wedding date, starting at $80, and wedding invitations encased in stained glass for $90. Custom designs are available.

Rudman's Card and Party Shop
741 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-1286; www.rudmans.com The shop offers custom-design services for invitations and stationery, and offers a wide range of greeting cards, stationery, gifts, garters, guest books, wedding serving pieces, frames, lace umbrellas, handkerchiefs, pens and wedding cake toppers. It also offers crystals, housewares, acrylic tableware, Colonial candles and more.

CATERERS/ WEDDING & EVENT PLANNERS

(See "Wedding, Party & Reception Venues" for additional catering services)

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.comCanal Street Bistro offers catering for pick up for parties large and small, with options including salads, hors d'oeuvres, jambalaya, gumbo, grits and grillades, a range of meats, pastas and side dishes. The bistro also offers on-site catering with customized menus at the restaurant for events with 20 to 70 guests.

ETC! Catering
1 Galleria Blvd., Suite 705A, Metairie, (504) 302-2616; www.cateringetc.comFull-service catering is available for all occasions, including weddings, receptions and other parties. Packages can be customized.

Lucky Dogs
517 Gravier St., (504) 524-6010; www.luckydogs.usThe storied New Orleans hot dog purveyor with a cart in the shape of a giant weiner in a bun is a local icon and offers quick food service for parties of all sizes.

Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7300; 3827 Baronne St., (504) 894-7444; www.martinwine- cellar.comThe retail wine and liquor store sells beer, wine, spirits, gourmet food and gifts and has a deli and bistro. Martin Wine Cellar also offers full-service catering with food, wine, a bar, bartenders, equipment and delivery.

Ralph Brennan Catering & Events
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 539-5510; www.ralphbrennancatering.comwww.ralphbrennancatering.comFull-service custom catering at the site of your choice is offered for weddings of all sizes as well as showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions. The business offers location scouting and venue management, food and beverage selection and service, decor and designs, flowers, wedding cakes, photography and videography, guest favors, security, valet parking, guest transportation and more.

Southern Hospitality Catering
3259 Chippewa St., (504) 897-0477; www.southernhospitality -catering.comSouthern Hospitality Catering is a full-service firm that handles all details of an event, including food, bar service, staff, venue booking, supply rentals, entertainment and floral designs.

Toulouse Gourmet
3811 Toulouse St., (504) 488-4466; www.toulouse- gourmet.comThe company provides full-service catering for wedding receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners and more. Toulouse Gourmet also is the in-house caterer for The Cannery event venue.

Weddings by Anthony Lala
(504) 908-7804; www.weddingsby- anthonylala.comAnthony Lala has been planning weddings for 35 years and offers comprehensive planning, coordination and supervision of weddings, receptions and parties.


DRY CLEANERS/DRESS PRESERVATION

Liberto Cleaners
4814 Prytania St., (504) 897-2161; www.libertocleaners.com The dry cleaner specializes in cleaning and pressing formal wear, bridesmaids dresses, cocktail dresses, evening gowns and debutante gowns. It also preserves wedding gowns.


FLORISTS

Beth's Flowers
2014 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 455-2353; www.bethsflowers- online.com Beth's offers wedding planners, flower arrangements for all occasions, wedding flowers, invitations, second-line handkerchiefs, garters, Champagne flutes and more.

Bouquet Boutique & Nosegay's
4931 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-1212; www.myonlyflorist.com Locally owned for more than 50 years, Bouquet Boutique & Nosegay's offers a full spectrum of services for weddings, including a free consultation with a bridal expert, bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, arrangements for church altars, table centerpieces and decorations for ceremonies, receptions and parties.

Fabulous Flowers
By appointment, (504) 909-0253; www.fabulousflowers.us The florist design studio specializes in weddings.

Federico's Family Florist
815 Focis St., Metairie, (504) 837-6400 The full-service florist has an on-site floral designer and provides custom creations for weddings, receptions, parties and other events. The locally owned business also offers cash-and-carry flowers and custom floral arrangements.

Sophisticated Styles Florist
3712 Williams Blvd., Suite D, Kenner, (504) 467-8400; wwwsophisticatedstylesflorist.net The retail florist provides full service on the wedding day, and personal consultants for brides planning special events. Fresh and silk flowers are available, as well as props for weddings, rental of plants and equipment. The florist also offers arrangements for all occasions.

Urban Earth
914 Terpsichore St., (504) 524-0100;  www.urbanearth- studios.com The floral design studio offers full event planning and design, flowers, floral arrangements and other decor.


INVITATIONS/ STATIONERS/ PARTY SUPPLIES

Abbey Printing
429 Wall Blvd., Suite 10, Gretna, (504) 392-7774; www.abbeyprinting.com The company provides custom-printed invitations for all occasions, including bridal showers, weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as wedding programs. The business also offers party accessories, and carries products by Carlson Craft, Birchcraft Studios and Stylart.

Backyard Printing & Second Line Handkerchiefs
1960 Surge Drive, Mandeville, (985) 231-7789; The company has a full-service screen-printing facility as well as a storefront. It offers custom-printed second-line handkerchiefs by the dozen, second-line umbrellas, embroidery services, cake pulls and charms and other wedding accessories.

Big Wheel Novelties
1210 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 3, Kenner, (504) 464-0523; www.bigwheel- novelties.com Personalized invitations and customized party favors are available, including can koozies, napkins, cups, shot glasses, ribbons and more. There also are beads, second-line umbrellas, boas, fringe, trim and sequin appliques.

Gem Printing Co.
1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-1762; www.gemprinting.com The full-service printing company personalizes invitations, cups, napkins, matches, second-line handkerchiefs, koozies, ring pillows, cake knives, toasting glasses, engraved attendant gifts, beer mugs, flasks, key chains, canvas bags, shower invitations, thank-you notes, guest books and pens, garters, unity candles, guest towels and more. Product lines includes William Arthur, Birchcraft Studios, Carlson Craft, Embossed Graphics, Lenox, Ivy Lane, Beverly Clark, Tatex Thermographers and more.

Scriptura
5423 Magazine St., (504) 897-1555; www.scriptura.com The couture paper goods store offers a full letterpress studio and in-house graphic artists to help create custom invitations and other types of wedding correspondence. There also is a large selection of luxury journals, pens, stationery and more from manufacturers such as Crane and Co., William Arthur and Bella Figura.

The Wedding Broom Co.
8228 Hickory St., (504) 865-9742; www.thewedding- broom.com The business offers wedding planning services as well as ceremony and party supplies including wedding brooms, favors, a wishing well setup, bouquets, centerpieces, umbrellas, wedding canes, bridal arches, candles, candy stations, wedding ring boxes, bridal runners, scented rose petals and more.


JEWELRY/ ACCESSORIES

Currents Fine Jewelry
627 Royal St., (504) 522-6099 Chic art deco-inspired original jewelry designs are crafted in gold and platinum.

Fisher & Sons Jewelers
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 885-4956; www.facebook.com/fisher.sons.jewelers There are rose gold and diamond engagement rings, custom-made engagement and wedding rings and more. The jewelry store offers bridesmaid accessories, and carries pearl and diamond bangles for bridesmaids for $125 each. Groomsmen's gifts include pewter flasks and engraveable sterling silver cufflinks.

Magpie
4529 Magazine St., (504) 891-1333 Magpie offers vintage and estate jewelry and specializes in art deco and Edwardian engagement rings, eternity bands and engraved wedding rings. The shop also offers vintage costume jewelry, including rhinestone pieces for bridesmaid's gifts and wedding ensembles.

Mignon Faget
Citywide; www.mignonfaget.com The internationally known jewelry store carries designs by Mignon Faget and John Humphries. The stores offer bridal jewelry and accessories, bridal party gifts, home decor. Faget's creations are inspired by New Orleans traditions, architecture, textiles and nature.

Mon Coeur Fine Jewelry
(504) 430-1239; www.moncoeurfine- jewelry.com The jewelry retailer offers engagement rings, wedding bands, vintage and antique custom-designed jewelry and gifts for the bride, groom and attendants. Lines include David Yurman and Tiffany, as well as estate jewelry and the personal jewelry collection of actress Kathy Bates.

Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers
5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-4653; www.ramseys.com The jewelry store offers engagement rings, wedding rings, wedding bands and bridesmaid gifts. Ramsey's specializes in diamonds and diamond jewelry and custom-designs wedding bands to match any engagement ring.

Symmetry Jewelers and Designers
8138 Hampson St., (504) 861-9925; www.symmetry- jewelers.com The Riverbend jewelry store specializes in custom-designed wedding and engagement rings by in-store artist Tom Mathis. The store also offers handmade jewelry in a range of styles from local, national and international designers.


LIMOUSINES/ SPECIAL SERVICES & RENTALS

All Southern Livery
102 Concorde Place, Mandeville, (985) 674-5858; www.allsouthernlivery.com The agency rents limousines, buses, SUVs, an antique Rolls Royce and personalizes transportation packages for any budget. The one-of-a-kind Rolls Royce has a limo-style backseat and satin curtains, and other vehicles are late models.

American Luxury Limousines
(504) 269-5466; www.americanluxury.com The company offers luxury ground transportation, including limousines, luxury vans and minibus shuttles.

Boogie Booth Photo Booth Company
(504) 457-8033; www.boogiebooth.com All-inclusive wedding packages include free delivery, setup and take-down, unlimited photo sessions, custom strip design, an attendant, a wide assortment of props, a free social media upload station and a DVD with all the images on it, as well as an online gallery.

Color Me Nola
(504) 813-0139; www.colormenola.com Local artist Kristy Oustalet offers live event paintings using a pop-up studio, where she paints during the party, interacting with guests and capturing the many people and details of the day. The couple then gets a custom painting commemorating the event.

Dan Burghardt Insurance
Citywide, (504) 441-7283; www.dbiagency.com There are six locations offering a full range of insurance products and a married rate discount. There also are combined insurance discount, pre-marital roommate discounts and more on auto, home, flood and business insurance from Progressive, Kemper, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna and other providers.

Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union
3105 Lime St., Metairie, (504) 454-8224; www.gnofcu.com The full-service financial institution offers a "MatriMoney" wedding registry program that allows family and friends to safely give the bridal couples cash gifts. The program includes registry cards for making deposits, free gift cards for gift givers to complete, account tracking and a online wedding guide with information including planning checklists and popular wedding venues. 

Luxury Limousines of New Orleans
4300 S. I-10 Service Road, Suite 210, Metairie, (504) 377-7452; www.luxurylimonola.com The transportation company offers a fleet of vehicles to accommodate wedding couples and their guests, including limousines, Suburbans, Cadillac Escalades, Mercedes luxury sedans, minibuses, limo buses and more.

Mandeville Ballroom Dance Studio
5150 Highway 22, Suite A5, Mandeville, (985) 966-0178; www.mandeville- ballroom.com The ballroom dance studio helps the bride and groom prepare for the first dance at their reception and the bride for the traditional dance with her father, with private and personalized dance instruction and choreography.

Nola Paparazzi Photo Booth
1704 Franklin Ave., Gretna, (504) 231-7972; www.nolapaparazzi.com The company offers photo booth rentals for weddings, receptions and other special events.


MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT BOOKING & PRODUCTION

Dat Band
3726 Dauphine St., (985) 248-9221; www.datbandla.com Professional live music is available with flexible band sizes ranging from four to nine pieces, including a horn section and female singer. There's a DJ who performs during band breaks. The bands perform all types of music, including dance tunes, rock, pop, jazz, R&B and more from the 1970s through today.

Funky Bone
53 Echezeaux Drive, Kenner, (504) 628-1277; www.facebook.com/funkyboneneworleans The traditional New Orleans jazz performers offer trios, quartets and bands of up to six pieces for stationary stage performances, or the Funky Bone Brass Band can be hired for weddings, second lines and other events.

Music by Fine Arts Ensemble
836 McCruice St., Mandeville, (504) 931-5450; www.finearts- ensemble.com Professional musicians provide live music for weddings, proposals, vow renewals, formal dinners and other parties, indoors and outdoors. There are solo acts, duets, trios, string quartets or a singer. Instruments include piano, organ, violin, cello, harp, flute and trumpet.

White Oak Productions
8428 Oak St., (504) 314-6680; www.whiteoak- productions.com White Oak offers booking of bands as well as event production for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and more. It arranges second lines, including permitting and a police escort, and provides sound setups and lights. Music types include jazz trios, string quartets, party bands, DJs and second line musicians.


SALONS/ SPAS/BEAUTY

Albert Brown Salon
3424 Magazine St., (504) 861-0090 The full-service salon offers bridal services and updos, makeup application, manicures and pedicures. There's jewelry, and product lines include Paul Mitchell, Mardi Gras and Queen & Debs.

Body Art Day Spa & Hair Salon
1974 Ormond Blvd., Suite G, Destrehan, (985) 764-9471; www.awesomesalon.com The salon offers wedding updos, makeup application, massages, facials, pedicures, manicures and body wraps. Ask about bridal party packages. Products and services include Lanza, Scruples, Vi-Peel, IPL photo rejuvenation, Botox and laser therapies. Body Art also offers sunless tanning, as well as smoking cessation and weight loss services.

Earthsavers
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-0225; The Premier Center, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.earthsavers- online.com The relaxation spa and lifestyles store offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, waxing and more. It sells a wide selection of skin-care, hair and body products, aromatherapy oils and burners, candles, apparel, shoes, cosmetics and more.

Electric Sun Tanning Salon
5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Suite B, (504) 398-7300; www.electricsuntan- neworleans.com The salon offers a bridal package in which the bride receives a free tanning session with the purchase of sessions for three bridesmaids. The salon offers UV tanning, Norvell airbrush sun-free tanning, booth spray tanning and more. Product lines include Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, Designer Skin, California Tan and Devoted Creations.

Esthetique Facial Spa
5702 Magazine St., (504) 896-1006; www.efacialspa.com Facials, massages, body waxing and makeup application are on the day spa menu, which specializes in threading, microdermabrasion, Brazilian and bikini waxing, deep-tissue massage and eyelash extensions. Esthetique offers spa packages for brides and wedding parties.

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Exceptional Dental
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 469-6333; 2521 Ames Blvd., Marrero, (504) 340-9696; www.drbourg.com The full-service dental clinic provides a range of services, including implants, family dentistry and cosmetic procedures.

Faces of Virtue Professional Makeup Artistry
220 Julia St., (504) 408-2794; www.facesofvirtue.com The studio offers airbrush and traditional makeup application for portraits, weddings and other special events. It also offers eyelash extensions and waxing services.

Hair Loft
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., Suite F4, (504) 895-2911; www.hairloftnola.com The full-service hair salon offers bridal packages and special event prices for hair and makeup services. The salon offers updos, blow-outs, cuts and styling, as well as makeup applications, airbrush makeup, eyelash application, eyebrow waxing and threading and more.

Make Me Up!!
3426 Magazine St., (504) 891-9688; www.makemeupnola.com The cosmetics and skin care boutique specializes in makeup application and lessons as well as makeovers for special occasions. Makeup application for the bride and wedding party is available, as well as facials, waxing and organic spray tans. Product lines include Too Faced, Kevyn Aucoin, Glo, Philosophy and more.

Medloss
Northlake Plaza, 1876 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (885) 633-5677; 4501 N. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, (985) 951-2020 or (504) 322-2618; www.medloss.net The clinic provides physician-assisted weight-loss programs and nutrition counseling.

My Spa By the Park
6312 Argonne Blvd., (504) 482-2219; www.my- spabythepark.com The full-service day spa and hair salon offers hair styling, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, waxing and chemical peels.

Planet Beach Uptown
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-8267; www.planetbeach.com The tanning salon and spa offers group spa days, bridal days, BOGO spray tans and Planet Beach's natural products line.

Premier Fitness
1909 Airline Drive, Metairie (504) 222-2736; 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Lakeway 3, Metairie, (504) 309-5252; www.bepremierfit.com The full-service health club offers private and group fitness training, a pool, boxing ring and trainers, a spinning studio, yoga center and Pilates studio. Premier Fitness provides cardiovascular training, strength training, a gymnasium, basketball, volleyball, steam rooms, hot tubs and more.

Remedy Room
1224 St. Charles Ave., 1-C, (504) 301-1670; www.theremedy- room.com The physician-run clinic offers infusion therapies to prevent illness and energize patients. The walk-in clinic (except Tuesday and Thursday, which is reserved for existing patients) includes an evaluation of the patients needs an an IV with vitamins and minerals to aid in rehydrating and detoxifying the body. Non-IV therapy also is available.

Spa Isbell
1245 Magazine St., (504) 595-5009; www.spa-isbell.com The salon and day spa offers spa packages, massage, body treatments, facials, microdermabrasion, nail services and hair services. Product lines include SkinCeuticals, Image, Moroccanoil, Eufora, Sudzz and Schwarzkopf.

Woodhouse Day Spa
4030 Canal St., (504) 482-6652; www.nola.woodhouse- spa.com The full-service day spa offers private rooms, bridal party packages, food and beverage set-ups for parties and treatments including massage, facials, waxing and nail services.

You Ca Tan
2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 464-6888; www.youcatan.com The tanning salon offers spray tanning and UV tanning stations, red light therapy, bronzers and skin products. Product lines include Versa Spa and Norvell.


TRAVEL AGENCIES & VACATION PLANNERS

Travel Central
3221 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-7000; www.travelcentral- vacations.com The travel agency assists with booking destination weddings and honeymoons and has agents that specialize in different locations. The agency works with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines, Sandals, Secrets and Karisma resorts and more.

West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission
11757 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, (225) 635-4224; www.stfrancisville.us The visitor information bureau provides information about all local wedding services and venues, from wedding and receptions at plantations to cakes, flowers and lodging.


WEDDING, PARTY & RECEPTION VENUES

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com There are five private dining rooms that open into a grand ballroom for ceremonies, receptions and other types of fully catered parties. The cuisine is Italian and bar service is available. Andrea's provides free limo service for the bridal couple and up to 10 others.

Annunciation Restaurant
1016 Annunciation St., (504) 568-0245; www.annunciationrestaurant.com A private party room at the restaurant accommodates up to 80 guests, and Annunciation provides food, wine and cocktails. The menu include Cajun, Creole and seafood dishes.

Austin's Restaurant
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; www.austinsno.com Several private dining rooms are available for parties with 10 to 90 guests. Menu packages feature New Orleans favorites, and there's a large wine list.

Bayona
430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; www.bayona.com Private rooms are available for small parties or you can rent the entire restaurant for a ceremony or reception. Food is provided by the fine dining restaurant's kitchen, and there is a selection of wines from which to choose.

Bistreaux at the Bank
610 Poydras St., (504) 212-5656; www.bistreauxat- thebank.com The venue is available for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and luncheons.

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com The seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the French Quarter has private rooms for 15 to 150 guests, or you can rent the entire restaurant, which features Creole cuisine. The restaurant has large picture windows that overlook Bourbon Street.

Brennan's
417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711; www.brennans- neworleans.com There are eight rooms for private parties, each decorated in New Orleans architectural traditions and ambience. Complete event planning services are available for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers and luncheons.

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com The restaurant hosts intimate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, luncheons and dinners. Chef Duke LoCicero offers traditional Italian favorites, Creole cuisine and seafood. There's a full bar with a long wine list.

The Cannery
3803 Toulouse St., (504) 486-8351; www.cannerynola.com Wedding parties can use the entire venue, which provides linen-covered tables, LED lighting, a stage, a private bridal suite, an on-site event manager and bridal attendant. Catering is provided by Toulouse Gourmet Catering. Valet parking and video packages are available.

Civic Theatre
510 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 272-0865; www.civicnola.com The theater and event space can host wedding ceremonies, receptions and other parties.

The Clearview Rooms at Clearview Mall
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-0202, ext. 226; www.clearviewmall.com Two event rooms are available for special events ranging from 30 to 120 guests, and the two rooms can be combined to accommodate up to 150 guests. Rentals are for four or eight hours, and catering is available from vendors in Clearview Mall's food court.

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave., (504) 207-9312; www.commanderspalace.com Special menus are created for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers and bachelor and bachelorette parties. The restaurant serves haute Creole cuisine, and offers personal party planning and decorating services.

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com The Creole restaurant has three indoor dining rooms that can be reserved for parties, or couples can have their wedding ceremony and reception in one of the French Quarter's largest outdoor courtyards. The restaurant offers packages for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and brunches.

The Crystal Plantation
2716 Indiana Ave., Kenner, (504) 467-1636; www.thecrystalplantation.com The reception hall offers on-site catering, an open bar, a full wait staff, security, a DJ and a wedding cake. The decor is old-style New Orleans, and there's a decorated private bridal party room with an antique fireplace. The venue also has two picturesque indoor fountains.

Desi Vega's Steakhouse
628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7600; www.desivegasteaks.com The restaurant specializes in prime beef and seafood, and can host cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, showers and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com The New Orleans-style steak house has six dining rooms and can accommodate events for 15 to 60 guests. It also has a swank bar for cocktails and a full service staff.

Eiffel Society
2040 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-2951; www.eiffelsociety.com There is 6,000 square feet of space available for private parties and lots of panoramic views overlooking St. Charles Avenue. The venue offers live entertainment, signature cocktails and catering. Eiffel Society, constructed of pieces of a restaurant originally located on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, has a garden with a catwalk and a gallery with a bar and a stage.

The English Tea Room
734 E. Rutland St.,Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtea- room.com Offering traditional British foods and more than 200 kinds of tea, the English Tea Room hosts customized bridal showers and events. The tearoom doesn't charge a fee to rent a space, and there are several rooms from which to choose.

English Turn Golf & Country Club
1 Clubhouse Drive, (504) 392-2200; www.englishturn.com English Turn has several locations for wedding ceremonies, receptions and related parties, some with views of the golf course. Linens and wedding cakes are offered with all reception packages.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
1751 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 944-5515; www.fgno.com The horse racing track and casino hosts Day at the Races parties, wedding receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Five Happiness Restaurant
3605 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com Rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and private parties get the full-service treatment at this popular Chinese restaurant and its events venue, the Imperial Room. Full catering and bar services are available.

Freret St. PubliQ House
4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; www.publiqhouse.com The Uptown bar and live entertainment venue offers catering assistance, custom drink packages and entertainment booking and production assistance for private parties. The bar offers a wide variety of draft and craft beers, frozen cocktails, specialty drinks, wine and sparking wine.

Garrett Field
701 S. Military Road, Slidell, (504) 523-0890; www.garrettfield.com The outdoor venue is situated on 130 acres of green pastures and swamp land. The owners of Race + Religious in New Orleans opened the equestrian event site, which was built in the 1950s.

The Hotel Modern
936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0900; www.thehotelmodern.com The boutique hotel has a variety of spaces available for special events, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal luncheons. On-site catering is available from Tivoli & Lee, which offers Southern cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Bellocq Lounge offers pre-Prohibition-style cocktails.

House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4990; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/pe This famous venue in the French Quarter offers spaces for events as small as a bridal luncheon or as large as a wedding and reception. The interior is decorated in folk art and the ambience is Southern juke joint. The House of Blues staff can provide live music and its specialty Southern dishes or a customized menu as well as bar service. An outdoor courtyard is also available. Packages include free save-the-date cards, souvenir posters and candle decor.

InterContinental New Orleans
444 St. Charles Ave., (504) 585-4353; www.icneworleans.com The full-service hotel has ornate spaces for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and departure breakfasts.

JW Marriott New Orleans
614 Canal St., (504) 527-6752; www.jwmarriott- neworleans.com The luxury hotel has a ballroom with crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies overlooking Canal Street. It can accommodate wedding ceremonies, receptions and other parties of up to 500 guests. There also are private rooms for smaller parties and inside/outside spaces suites and terraces.

The Jaxson
620 Decatur St., Suite 2B, (504) 586-1309; www.thejaxson.com The restaurant and special events venue specializes in custom menus, catering and event planning.

The Jefferson Orleans North
2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-6110; www.jeffersonorleansnorth.com The venue specializes in wedding ceremonies and receptions, providing a personal coordinator, on-site catering, two bars, a large dance floor and more.

Joey K's Restaurant
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; www.joey- ksrestaurant.com The neighborhood restaurant serves New Orleans cuisine, and a private room for receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons and showers.

La Thai Uptown
4938 Prytania St., (504) 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com The Thai-Louisiana fusion restaurant offers private rooms for weddings, receptions and other bridal parties for 75 to 100 guests. An intimate outdoor patio is available for small weddings, and customized menus are available.

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 778-2045; www.lakehousecuisine.com Located in a historic building, The Lakehouse offers catering and bar packages, as well as party planners. The staff also caters off-site events, with mobile kitchens and full bar services.

Latrobe's on Royal
403 Royal St., (504) 299-0601; www.latrobesonroyal.com Named for Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect who designed the historic French Quarter building (he also designed the U.S. Capitol and the Baltimore Basilica), Latrobe's on Royal has several spaces for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other parties, including the whisper dome, the bank vault and an enclosed courtyard. Catering is supplied exclusively by the John Besh restaurant group and customized bar packages are offered.

Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com The historic estate features a house museum and 8 acres of gardens featuring Louisiana irises and other native plants. Longue Vue can host bridal luncheons and teas, and is a popular spot for engagement and bridal photography shoots.

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretired- surfers.com The Attic at Lucy's provides a private space for parties, and the restaurant offers full catering and bar services.

Maison Lafitte
402 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 778-2045; www.maison-lafitte.com The events venue offers a historic setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and pre-nuptial parties. Maison Lafitte offers in-house catering services and bar packages, as well as party planning services.

Messina's at the Terminal
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., (504) 469-7373; www.messinas- terminal.com The terminal of the Lakefront Airport is designed in art deco style, and there are rooms for parties of all sizes, including the atrium, which can accommodate 750 guests. Messina's Catering and Events offers local cuisine, bar service and more.

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com Creole cuisine is the specialty at the French Quarter restaurant, which can host rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and more.

Moviesets
400 Garrett Road, Slidell, (985) 607-8349; www.moviesets- venue.com The reception and events venue is decked out floor to ceiling with movie props and 12 staged vignettes, many used in Louisiana-filmed movies including American Horror Story, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Django Unchained, Maze Runner and more.

Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St., (504) 525-2605; www.neworleanswaxmuseum.comLocated in the heart of the French Quarter, the venue has exposed cypress beams, historic brick walls and heart-of-pine floors. The staff customizes packages for each bride and has professionals on staff to help with the plans. The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests for seated dinners or 500 for cocktails in the 4,425-square-foot Legend room.

New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888; www.neworleanscity- park.comThere is a variety of locations for special events around New Orleans City Park for wedding ceremonies, receptions and bridal parties large and small. Ask about catering services.

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
859 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 613-2886; www.marriott.comThe riverfront hotel is housed in a renovated 19th-century cotton mill. The hotel has 25,000 square feet of space for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other parties large and small, and there are wedding event planners on site to help with details and coordination.

New Orleans Marriott Hotel
555 Canal St., (504) 581-1000; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyla-new- orleans-marriottThe 41-story hotel offers panoramic views of the city and the Mississippi River. It hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes, with 49 rooms and 80,000 square feet of event space, some overlooking the French Quarter. The grand ballroom can accommodate weddings with more than 3,000 guests, and there's an on-site team of event planners and caterers.

New Orleans Museum of Art
City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www.noma.orgThere are lovely spaces at the museum to have a wedding ceremony, reception or other parties, and venue and bar packages are available.

Nola Motorsports Park
11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, (504) 302-4875; www.nolamotor.comThe five party spaces available here capture the style of contemporary race track design and includes a 34,000-square-foot event center that has multiple levels, two bars, a commercial kitchen, outside seating and balconies that overlook a race track. The 1,700-acre venue includes a road course and rentals of exotic cars, a Go Kart track and more.

Painting with a Twist/Slidell
2132 Gause Blvd. E, Slidell, (985) 641-6433; www.paintingwithatwist.com/slidellThe venue hosts bachelorette and other parties in which participants sip wine and create a painting under the guidance of an artist. Paint, canvases, brushes and instruction are included.

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; www.palacecafe.comThe contemporary Creole cafe can accommodate parties as small as 10 or as large as 500 guests, with full catering and bar services. The cafe is located in a historic building on Canal Street and is part of the Dickie Brennan restaurant group.

Palmettos on the Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettos- restaurant.comThe wedding venue and restaurant specializes in wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners

Pearl Wine Company
3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 483-6314; www.pearlwineco.comThe wine store specializes in small-production wine, beer and liquor and has a full-service cocktail and wine bar that can be reserved for a bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette parties. An on-staff events specialist can help plan a martini party, wine tasting or other type of party. The store also provides libations for the wedding, reception and bridal parties, with free delivery.

Presidential Palace
1800 Vintage Drive, Kenner, (504) 467-3500; www.presidential- palace.comThe all-inclusive venue hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions and has a large dance floor. The venue is fully decorated, has a European flair and is 10 minutes from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthe- park.comThe restaurant owned by Ralph Brennan specializes in seafood and New Orleans cuisine, and offers private rooms, some with balconies overlooking City Park, for rehearsal dinners, receptions and other parties. There's also a full-service bar.

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comThe restaurant is housed in a historic building that has distressed brick walls and playful artworks as a backdrop for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and bachelor and bachelorette parties. The restaurant specializes in fresh Gulf seafood and seasonal signature cocktails.

Renaissance Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 412-2572; www.renaissanceartsweddings.comThe hotel has a ballroom, a sculpture garden in an open-air atrium and an art gallery with views of Tchoupitoulas Street and can host wedding ceremonies, receptions and other wedding-related parties.

Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel
817 Common St., (504) 412-2573; www.renaissancepere- marquetteweddings.comThe boutique hotel offers spaces for all wedding-related events, including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and farewell brunches. The hotel is in the Central Business District, a short walk from the French Quarter. There's a ballroom and party rooms overlooking the city. Catering is provided by MiLa.

Rock 'n' Bowl
3016 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.comThe storied bowling alley and live music venue hosts private parties and has a stage for live music.

Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.comThe sushi restaurant has a private party room where it hosts rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal showers. There's a large selection of premium cold sake, as well as all Japanese and sushi specialties. Off-site catering is available and includes custom sushi displays, as well as full-service sushi bars with chefs.

The Rose Garden
5616 Citrus Blvd., River Ridge, (504) 737-1300; www.therosegarden.comThe venue specializes in weddings and offers a wedding day coordinator as well as a DJ. Reception packages include food prepared in house, alcoholic beverages, a DJ, decorations, bride and groom cakes and more.

SMG — Club XLIV & Encore
Champions Square, (504) 587-3663; www.champions- square.comClub XLIV is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions and is located just steps away from Champions Square and the Superdome. Encore, connected to Club XLIV, provides an intimate space for a ceremony or additional space for guests. Wedding guests receive complimentary parking, and amenities include an illuminated bar, New Orleans artwork and an in-house sound system. LED Televisions allow customized videos and images, and the in-house caterer can customize packages. The venue can accommodate 50 to 550 guests.

The Sugar Mill
1021 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 586-0004; www.sugarmillevents.comThe venue can accommodate weddings large and small. There's a courtyard for small outdoor weddings or indoor space large enough for more than 500 guests. The raw space allows wedding planners a blank canvas on which to build a vision.

Tableau
616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; www.tableaufrench- quarter.comThe French Creole restaurant owned by Dickie Brennan is located next to Let Petit Theatre on Jackson Square and has a grand staircase that spans three stories of the restaurant. There are five private dining rooms on the second floor, balcony dining overlooking Jackson Square and courtyard seating.

Taravella Manor
5240 Taravella Manor Rd., Marrero, (504) 340-7797; www.taravellamanor.comThe reception hall is equipped with a full catering service, a Southern-style menu, an open bar, a professional wait staff and security.

Tomas Bistro
755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-0942; www.tomasbistro.comTomas Bistro provides an elegant but comfortable backdrop for dinners, receptions and cocktail parties and has an events coordinator on staff to help with the plans, including floral arrangements, audio-visual equipment, a full bar and several dining packages from which to choose.

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.comThe restaurant offers customized, full-service catering of wedding events including wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. The catering staff will handle everything from flowers to servers.

Vintage Court
75082 Highway 25, Covington, (985) 871-0495; www.vintagecourt- wedding.comThe venue specializes in weddings and hosts garden ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other parties.


WEDDING CAKES/BAKERIES/ CONFECTIONERIES

Gambino's Bakery
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-7500; www.gambinos.com The full-service bakery provides custom wedding and groom's cakes, dessert tables, wedding favors, decorative toppers and stands and cake pulls. Its specialties include custom designs, doberge cakes and king cakes.

The Kupcake Factory
819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 464-8884; 911 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 570-6420; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 267-3328; www.thekupcakefactory.com The bakery makes cupcakes and custom cakes from scratch, and offers wedding and groom's cakes, custom cupcake towers and displays and custom decor and flavors. The shop delivers and sets up all wedding orders and caters to out-of-town brides.

La Louisiane Bakery
5616 Heebe St., Harahan, (504) 739-7872; www.lalouisianebakery.com Wedding and groom's cakes are available, as well as edible wedding favors such as pralines, cookies and mini king cakes. The bakery also offers petit fours and dessert bar items including brownies, cookies and mini pastries.

Marguerite's Cakes
125 Commercial Square, Slidell, (985) 641-5802; www.margueritesweddingcakes.com The gourmet bakery offers wedding cakes, groom's cakes, tiered king cakes, assorted pastries and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Maurice French Pastries
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-0830; www.mauricefrench- pastries.com The bakery uses its decades of experience to create wedding cakes, specialty cakes, a variety of pastries and kugelhopfs in a wide range of flavors.

Sucre
3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277; www.shopsucre.com Sucre's artisan confectioners create wedding cakes, groom's cakes, specialty cakes, French macaron trees and chocolate party favors.

The Royal Cakery
10800 Morrison Road, Suite 106, (504) 246-2065; www.royalcakery.com The bakery specializes in wedding and groom's cakes, and also offers mini pastries, small cakes and cake stand rentals. The most popular type of wedding cake is traditional almond, but the bakery also offers carrot, lemon and red velvet wedding cakes. Most requested fillings include fresh strawberries, cream cheese, caramel and Amaretto.

Swiss Confectionery
747 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-7788; www.swisscakes.net The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes, wedding and groom's cakes and cakes for parties.

Zoe's Bakery
118 W. 32nd Ave., Covington, (985) 892-5570; www.fzoesbakery.com The bakery creates wedding and groom's cakes, and offers custom designs. Zoe's also has a variety of French pastries, mini pastries, breads and freshly baked desserts.


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS/ VIDEOGRAPHERS

John Alwert Photography & Video
By appointment, (504) 362-5942; www.johnalwertphoto.com John Alwert specializes in wedding photography and videography. The studio offers traditional and photojournalistic styles and has two still photographers covering every aspect of the wedding. Videography coverage includes DVD with a photo montage of the couple and a slow-motion recap of the ceremony and reception. The studio also offers albums for the wedding couple and their parents and a disk including all edited photographs and digital copies of the album.

LA Studios
2808 Athania Parkway, Metairie, (504) 669-5711 The studio offers full coverage of wedding and parties using still photography and/or videography.

Marc Pagani Photography
1216 N. Galvez St., (504) 343-5364; www.paganiphoto.com The studio specializes in wedding, portrait and events photography. The full-service studio offers wedding day coverage, online galleries, printing and photo albums.

Molly Maldovan Photography
(716) 698-3950; www.mollymaldovanphotography.com The photography studio provides full coverage of the wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready for the ceremony to the send-off. Extra offerings include a second photographer, an engagement photo session, a post-wedding photo shoot, an online photo gallery and a bound album of professionally printed photos.

On-Location Photography by Stewart Johnson
632 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, (504) 258-8600; www.on-locationphotography.com Photo-journalistic and traditional wedding photography styles are available. Stewart Johnson provides complete wedding day coverage with still photography, as well as wedding albums, prints, prints on canvas and a printable DVD.

Sonny Randon Photography
1900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-1215; www.sonnyrandon.com The photography studio provides full coverage of the wedding day, as well as engagement and formal photos. There is a wide selection of photo print sizes and album styles.

Studio Tran
(504) 258-7260; www.studiotran.com The photography studio has several photographers on staff to help commemorate your special day with photos. It offers coverage of events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, bridal portraits, wedding albums and more.

Welliver Productions
By appointment, (504) 831-5288; www.welliverproductions.com The award-winning video production company has been recording wedding day memories since 1977.

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