Acme Oyster House 724 Iberville St., 835-6410; www.acmeoyster.com Rehearsal dinners and other special occasions are welcome here, plus the New Orleans tradition offers off-premises catering.
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046
Specializing in catering events, Acropolis claims to have the best moussaka
in the city and serves a variety of grilled kabobs and lamb entrees and offers
four-course dinner specials.
Adler's 722 Canal St., 523-5292; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 523-1952; Oakwood Shopping Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 362-5969 A full range of jewelry for men and women is available at this 100-year-old business as well as a bridal registry, crystal and other fine gifts.
All the Best 3216 W. Esplanade Ave. N., Metairie, 835-1499 Decorative accessories for the home, gifts and custom framing services, plus wedding and gift registry.
Al's Formal Wear 3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3545; 1170 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 392-8900; www.alsformalwear.com Serving grooms for more than 50 years, Al's bills itself as the "Tuxedo Expert," with famous designers and generous wedding party discounts.
Andrea's 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583 Specializing in fine Italian cuisine; banquet rooms and catering services available.
Aquarians Restaurant 2501 Royal St., balcony level, 944-7770 Romantic atmosphere, divine food and service make this hidden gem a great place for a meal or private party. Catering available.
Arabella Fine Gifts 3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 727-9787 Offering the ultimate in fine gifts and home accessories. Gift registry is available.
Ashley's Adornments 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 11, Metairie, 780-7090; www.ashleysadornments.com Handmade jewelry and headpieces, Beverly Clark accessories, attendant gifts, cake pulls and handmade wedding party cards.
Aucoin Hart Jewelers 1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999 Offers an extensive selection of diamond engagement rings and wedding bands created by award-winning in-house designers and internationally known designers such as Scott Kay, Veragio and Tacori.
Azby's 5531 Magazine St., 895-1311 Fashion-forward women's clothing store offering apparel from casual to formal, as well as fashion accessories.
BGD Make Up Artistry By appointment, www.bgdmakeupartistry.com Makeup artist Brandy Gomez Duplessis helps brides and their attendants put their most beautiful faces forward at the wedding.
The Bead Shop 4612 Magazine St., 895-6161; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-0371 Full-service bead shop specializing in custom creation of bride and bridesmaid jewelry.
Belle Forche 1407 Decatur St., 940-0722; www.belleforche.com Private dining space for parties of up to 75 people; rehearsal dinners, small and after-reception parties and more.
Betsey Johnson 333 Canal St., Canal Place, second level, 525-1061 Fun and flirty women's apparel, shoes and accessories by designer Betsey Johnson.
Big Life II 3117 Magazine St., 895-8695 From tiki decanters to retro kitchen clocks, this little shop offers eclectic housewares and more fun things. Gift registry available.
Bliss Day Spa 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1997; www.dayspabliss.com Bridal party manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, or tan without exposure to the sun's damaging rays.
Blue Frog Chocolates 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707; www.bluefrogchocolates.com Offering a vast selection of wedding favors and chocolate party trays from the traditional to the avant garde.
Bombay Club 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com Rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette parties, receptions and after-reception gatherings are welcome.
Broussard's Restaurant 819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com Award-winning restaurant with picturesque courtyard perfect for weddings, receptions and special dining occasions. Private rooms and personalized menus available.
Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 This comfortable venue can accommodate rehearsal dinners with up to 50 guests, plus space includes private bar and private restroom. Off-site catering also available.
Chateaubriand Steakhouse 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 207-0016; www.chateaubriandsteakhouse.com Private rooms accommodate from 16 to 60 guests and are perfect for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and other events.
Chef Du Jour 315 Eliza St., 914-2821 Specializing in weddings with under 100 guests, private dinner parties, special occasions and other events.
Cut Loose Hair Studio 5537 Canal Blvd., 482-9938 A full-service hair salon specializing in updos and boasting a makeup artist who won five Alpha design awards in 2002; private room with refreshments for bridal parties.
Cuttin' Loose 7712 Maple St., 866-3110 Offering the latest in wedding hairstyles as well as Bio-Ionic Japanese permanent straightening and Goldwell International hair color.
Deborah E. Lesem D.D.S. 100 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-7700 Dentist providing a full range of family and cosmetic dental services, including bonding and whitening.
Decor Couture 4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060 Bridal, prom, mother of the bride, after-five attire, as well as home decorating items, dresses and more.
Dorignac's 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216 Gambit Weekly readers voted its bakery the best in a grocery store. Dorignac's custom decorates cakes for special occasions and offers a range of catering services.
Eclipse Hair and Body Studio 536 Bienville St., 522-3318 Salon, spa and wellness store provides hair design, color and cutting, nail services, facials, massage, skin care, and body treatments.
Elizabeth's 1525 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 368-9575 A full range of women's apparel from resort wear to formal attire, plus outstanding selection of shoes and uncommon accessories.
Event Co. 1600 Canal St., Suite 411, 539-9278; www.invitesandcalligraphy.com Creates exclusive and elegant invitations that will set the tone of a wedding day. Calligraphy services available.
Fairy 3634 Magazine St., 269-2033 Boutique featuring fun and affordable contemporary women's clothing and accessories.
Formals Etc. 6820 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3390; www.formalsetc.com Customers can rent, purchase or design their own wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower-girl attire, prom and special-occasion dresses.
Galatoire's 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Famed venue perfect for rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or bachelor party. Second floor can be reserved for large or small gatherings.
Gallier Hall 545 St. Charles Ave., 565-7457 Hold your wedding ceremony, reception or smaller parties inside this beautiful, historic New Orleans site.
Gentry 200 Broadway St., Uptown Square, 866-8608 Great selection of gifts, including bakeware, serving trays, picture frames an vases for the bride and groom and the bridal party.
Hans Luetkemeier 3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170 Specializing in antique, estate and special-order jewelry; giftware in silver, crystal and pewter; plus sterling silver wedding cake pulls.
Hopkins Blvd. Imports 8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 100, 864-0277 Retail shop offering furniture, accessories, gifts and garden accoutrements from around the world.
House of Broel 2220 St. Charles Ave., 522-2220; www.houseofbroel.com Full range of wedding attire and 35 years of experience in catering to Southern brides.
Hove Parfumeur Ltd. 824 Royal St., 525-7827; www.hoveparfumeur.com Antique lace handkerchiefs and fragrances made exclusively by Hove Parfumeur Ltd.
Jos. A. Bank 230 Carondelet St., 528-9491 Offering a full line of quality men's formal wear, clothing furnishings and sportswear.
Judy's 2727 Prytania St., The Rink, 891-7012 Original art, innovative home furnishings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, myriad gifts and more are available here.
Julie Neill Designs 3621 Magazine St., 899-4201 Personalized picture frames with the couple's name and wedding date, jewelry for wedding party, attendants' gifts, antique French pottery replica platters and serving dishes.
Juliet Custom Furnishings 2001 Magazine St., 525-9481 Specializing in custom furniture handcrafted from antique woods as well as custom linens and draperies, sofas and chairs, home accessories and art.
Just For a Day Bridal & Boutique 4312 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-5711 Full-service bridal boutique offers wide selection of wedding gowns as well as accessories, attendants' apparel and more.
Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry 3701 Magazine St., 896-9600 Uncommon contemporary jewelry designs from a variety of emerging and known jewelry artists.
Kelsey's Restaurant 3923 Magazine St., 897-6722 Progressive Louisiana cuisine served in an eclectic, elegantly casual atmosphere.
Kosher Cajun New York Deli and Grocery 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com Authentic New York deli and gourmet items as well as large selection of wines and baked goods.
La Doux Ladies Boutique 207 W. Harrison Ave., 482-1535 Comfortable, easy-to-wear fashions ranging from casual to cocktail as well as a wide array of unique accessories.
Ladybug & Chocolate 6107 Magazine St., 899-8120 Specializing in silk-screened designer chocolates for the ultimate wedding or party favor, plus fashionable non-edible gifts for the bride and groom.
Lakeview Fine Foods 801 Harrison Ave., 482-7333 Cakes for assorted wedding activities, catering menu for different parties before and after the wedding and a fine wine selection.
Loubat Equipment Co. 4141 Bienville St., 482-2554; www.loubat.com Wholesale dealer selling commercial kitchen equipment and supplies, but open to the public.
Linda Lee Bridal Boutique 3829 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1889; www.lindaleebridal.bigstep.com Full-service bridal salon with a range of wedding gown styles, women's attire and accessories.
Lucky Chance 301 Decatur St., 529-2045 Specializing in large groups and offering discounts with several meal packages for all occasions; featuring Asian-Creole cuisine.
Martin Wine Cellar 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300 A large selection of wines, liquor and other adult beverages, as well as a deli, catering services, gifts and more
Mary Viola Walker 3652 Magazine St., 558-9688 or 891-4122; www.mvwgallery.com Meshing interesting color with timeless style in limited-edition and one-of-a-kind pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry, handbags and home accessories.
Maurice French Pastries 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526 Custom-made wedding cakes are as good to eat as they are lovely to look at.
Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133 A uniquely New Orleans event venue, providing excellent local food and entertainment.
Monet's 1862 N. Causeway Blvd., Northlake Shopping Center, Mandeville, (985) 674-2442 A full-service florist specializing in weddings, special occasions and other events, plus uncommon home decorating items and gifts.
New To You Designer Consignment 2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-0029 New and consigned women's designer sportswear, formal attire and accessories at great prices.
Objets Trouves 3713 Magazine St., 897-5066 Offering unique and one-of-a-kind serving pieces and dinnerware, along with beautiful art and home furnishings.
Orient Expressed 3905 Magazine St., 899-3060; www.orientexpressed.com Distinctive gifts including antiques, small home furnishings, exclusive linens and tasteful accessories.
Patton's Salmen Fritchie House 127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell, (985) 645-3600; www.salmen-fritchie.com Offers catering as well as dining-in facilities, featuring a menu that mixes contemporary Louisiana flavors with the old.
Perlis 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661 Fine men's and women's clothing, from sportswear to formal attire with free alterations and a hassle-free, friendly environment.
Polynesian Joe's 869 Magazine St., 525-9301; www.polyjoes.com Private rooms for parties, including bachelor and bachelorette celebrations; catering and special drink prices are available.
R.J. Blinds By Design By appointment, 885-5922 Bringing the showroom to customers with wood blinds, shutters, woven wood shades, cell shades, Roman shades and drapes.
Ruby Ann Bertram-Harker 3003 Magazine St., 897-0811; 304 Chartres St., 525-1050 Freshwater pearls, gemstones and sterling silver in original designs of jewelry, cufflinks, money clips and more.
Russell's Cleaners Inc. 3401 Tulane Ave., 482-3153 Specializes in cleaning and restoring antique gowns, wedding dresses and beaded items.
Sabai 3115 Magazine St., 897-6211; www.sabaijewelry.com Filling needs from wedding rings to bridal gifts and more.
Sable V Glass Art and Contemporary Crafts 3420 Magazine St., 894-9444; www.sablev.com Glass art and contemporary crafts gallery featuring more than 150 artists from across the country.
Saia's Beef Room 2645 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 835-8555 Offering an intimate atmosphere for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private parties and special occasions for groups of 20 to 200.
Salon du Beau Monde 612 Julia St., 568-0050; www.salonbeaumonde.com A full-service hair salon that provides all you need for beautiful hair.
San Francisco Plantation 2646 Hwy. 44 River Road, Garyville, (985-535-2341 or (888) 322-1756; www.sanfranciscoplantation.org Open daily with guided tours of the historic plantation home grounds, including slave cabin and one-room schoolhouse.
The Savvy Gourmet School of Cooking 3816 Bienville St., 482-3726; www.savvy-gourmet.com Offers instruction -- hands-on or demonstration-style -- in a variety of cuisine styles for home chefs of all skill levels. Great for bridal showers, engagement or bachelorette parties.
Scriptura 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 328 Chartres St., 299-1234; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 137, Lakeside Shopping Center, 219-1113 Full-service stationer focused on providing customers the best invitations, wedding programs, napkins, menus and stationery for their special events.
Second Glance Resale Shoppe 5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 887-6070 Terrific bargains on home furnishings, furniture, clothing, accessories, jewelry, books, toys and more. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities' maternity programs.
Silk Road Collection 3714 Magazine St., 894-8540; www.silkroadcollection.com Specializing in Asian antiques, jewelry and home accessories.
Sugar Magnolia 1910 Magazine St., 529-1110; www.sugarmagnoliarestaurant. A feel-good spot with tasty cuisine and a good atmosphere for rehearsal dinners, parties and other special occasions.
Total Woman 3964 Magazine St., 891-3964; 736 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-9460; www.totalwomanla.com Offers a fashion-forward mixture of clothing, footwear and accessories for the discerning woman.
Tracy Ewell Cosmetics and Skincare 5500 Magazine St., 269-8490; www.tracyewell.com Specializing in makeup application and offering a variety of exclusive brands of fine cosmetics.
Trail's End Bed & Breakfast 71648 Maple St., Abita Springs, (985-867-9899; www.trailsendbnb.com Deliciously romantic 19th century home is perfect for small weddings, showers and family gatherings.
Weinstein's 4011 Magazine St., 895-6278 Women's clothing store specializing in designers whose apparel is not found elsewhere in the city.
Wyndham Metairie Hotel 4 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, 620-9406 (catering), 837-6707 (main); www.wyndhamhotels.com A full-service hotel in the heart of Metairie, offering easy access from I-10 and the airport and more than 5,000 square feet of banquet space.
Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666; www.yvonnelafleur.com Elegantly appointed, full-service bridal salon and boutique carries a wealth of wedding gowns as well as women's attire and accessories for all occasions.