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A resource directory for planning your big day

Apparel: Wedding Attire

Al's Formal Wear
3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3545; 1170 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 392-8900;
Serving grooms for more than 50 years, Al's bills itself as the "Tuxedo Expert," with famous designers and generous wedding party discounts.

Decor Couture
4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060
Bridal, prom, mother-of-the-bride and after-five attire as well as home decorating items, dresses and more.

Formals Etc.
6820 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3390;
Customers will find bridal, bridesmaids and party attire for all occasions, plus brides can receive a free wedding gown rental if 10 attendants purchase or rent their dress and shoes at the store. Options include renting, purchasing or designing your own dress.

Harold Clarke Design Ltd.
5234 Magazine St., 897-0770
This high-fashion design studio offers one-of-a-kind bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, all custom made, as well as veils, headpieces and accessories.

House of Broel
2220 St. Charles Ave., 522-2220;
A New Orleans standard for wedding apparel that's fashionable as well as affordable. Facilities also are available for receptions large and small.

Humbug/Brides by Liz
2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339;
This shop has provided personalized service for more than 30 years for bridal outfits, formalwear, dancewear and costumes.

J. Charles Bridal
3848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7733
This full-service bridal shop features bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses from such designers as Maggie Sottero, Demetrios and Montage.

John's Tuxedos
3600 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 455-5353;
This locally owned formalwear shop has a large in-store stock, with tuxedos and suits available for rental or purchase.

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.

Linda Lee Bridal Boutique
3829 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1889;
Full-service bridal salon with a range of wedding gown styles, women's attire and accessories.

Pearl's Place
3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213; www.pearl'
Promises the largest selection of couture gowns in the South.

Prima Donna's Closet
4409 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-3327
Consigned designer wedding gowns in sizes from 0 to 28 are available at great prices, as well as other apparel. Brides also can consign contemporary wedding gowns once the nuptials are over.

Yvonne LaFleur
8131 Hampson St., 866-9666;
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.

Apparel: Formalwear, Bridesmaid & Specialty Wear

3119 Magazine St., 269-2442
Affordable women's fashions in the latest styles are abundant here, with brands including Urban Outfitters, Reefs, to the max and many others.

Angelique Clothing
7725 Maple St., 866-1092
An upscale boutique that offers fashion-forward women's apparel for all occasions as well as a unique mother-and-daughter shopping experience.

5531 Magazine St., 895-1311
Fashion-forward women's clothing store offering apparel from casual to formal as well as fashion accessories.

Ballin's Ltd.
721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-0025;
With more than 20 years' experience, Ballin's continually provides the best fashion from New York, Milan, Paris and elsewhere as well as personal service and a bridesmaid boutique that includes brands such as Currie Bonner, Vera Wang, Watters & Watters, After Six, Marisa Baratelli and others.

Basics Underneath Fine Lingerie
802 Octavia St., 894-1000;
Offering a beautiful collection of fine lingerie, sleepwear, accessories and gifts for women, including lines from Aubade, Cosabella, On Gossamer, Le Mystere, Wacoal and others.

474 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-2021
A wide selection of party dresses by Mica, Robin Jordan, Mandalay and others, as well as unique bridal party gifts, wedding and shower gifts, jewelry and accessories.

Betsey Johnson
333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 525-1061;
An upscale shop featuring fun and flirty clothing for any occasion as well as a large selection of accessories, including shoes and handbags.

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.

House of Lounge
2044 Magazine St., 861-7644;
Custom-made bridal corsets, peignoir sets, lingerie and accessories are available, including kama sutra body potions, garters, hosiery, slippers, jewelry, tiaras and gifts for the bridal party.

Il Negozio
3607 Magazine St., 269-0130
A full range of clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts are available from designers such as Beth Bowley, Chaiken, Robin Jordan, William B, and Sue Wong.

Jeff's Haberdashery
Village Aurora Mall, 393-7074; 3321 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-5207
Both locations of Jeff's Haberdashery focus on high-quality men's suits, with tuxedos also available for purchase.

Jos. A. Bank
230 Carondelet St., 528-9491
Offering a full line of quality men's formal wear, clothing furnishings and sportswear.

Judith B's
2700 C. Metairie Road, Metairie, 838-7166
Junior, young contemporary and women's clothing is available in a range of styles for a variety of occasions as well as fashion accessories and jewelry.

115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888
A shoe boutique with personal service and outstanding shoe designs for weddings and other occasions from makers including Martinez Valero, Charles David and others. Also features handbags and jewelry.

New to You
2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 838-0029
For an wide selection at affordable prices, look through New to You's collection of new and consigned women's designer clothing and accessories. Clothes are available in sizes 0 to 18, and brand names include Prada, Dana Buchman, BCBG, and DKNY.

On the Other Hand
8126 Hampson St., 861-0159
A resale boutique featuring "gently worn" designer apparel for weddings and every other occasion, plus accessories and more.

6070 Magazine St., 895-8661 or (800) 725-6070;
Formalwear rentals for men is available as well as a full-service bridesmaid department that includes designs from Vera Wang, Watters & Watters, Jim Hjelm and Dessy. Complimentary alterations are available.

Pippen Lane Children's Clothing
2929 Magazine St., 269-0106
At this boutique you can buy dresses for your flower girls off the rack, or have a dress hand-smocked and hand-sewed at its Lylian Shop.

4866 Magazine St., 899-5905
Women's clothing store that provides classic, contemporary styles in apparel and accessories, with brands that include City, DKNY, New Frontier, White & Warren, Bentley Arbuckle and more.

102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666;
Men's clothing is the specialty here, with tuxedos and custom-made suits available for purchase. A selection of women's clothing can provide outfits for before or after the wedding.

3209 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 888-7722;
Spice up a bachelorette party with fun adult novelties, or create an unforgettable wedding night with beautiful lingerie, sleepwear, accessories and shoes.

Sweet Pea
607 Chartres St., 524-2244; 523 Dumaine St., 525-0550
A boutique featuring fashion-forward and young-at-heart women's apparel, accessories, jewelry and gifts for all occasions.

Total Woman
3964 Magazine St., 891-3964; 736 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-9460;
Offers a fashion-forward mixture of clothing, footwear and accessories for the discerning woman.

4011 Magazine St., 895-6278
Women's clothing store specializing in designers whose apparel is not found elsewhere in the city.

Bridal Registries & Gifts

All the Best
3216 W. Esplanade Ave. N, Metairie, 835-1499
A bridal registry is available, along with a wide selection of tabletop and decorative accessories as well as custom framing of bridal announcements and artworks. Personal service is a hallmark.

Arabella Fine Gifts
3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 727-9787
Fine gifts and home accessories are available in the showroom, which features antiques, garden accessories, a bridal registry, personal shopping services, gift wrapping and shipping, and will stage private shopping events with refreshments for organizations. Product lines include Nambe, Edgar Berebi, Annieglass, Orrefors and Kosta Boda.

Bella Nola
4838 Magazine St., 897-9499
Bella Nola offers captivating home decor, distinctive gifts and lighting sure to dazzle. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

3708 Magazine St., 891-6483;
Fine bed linens, sleep accessories and loungewear are available, such as 100 percent linen bedding, heirloom-quality quilts and custom-made beds. Also available are in-store and in-home personalized design consultations, bridal registry and special orders. Linen makers include Pillow Talk, Area, Matteo, Bella Notte, Pine Cone Hill and Savoy and others.

Bennett's Camera
3230 Severn Ave., 885-9050;
Customers will find everything photographic here, including cameras, lenses, photofinishing, albums and frames.

Cameron Jones for Your Home
2127 Magazine St., 524-3119
A half-decade of experience offering New Orleans contemporary accent furniture, barstools, lighting, home decorating accessories, works by a dozen local artists and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Charbonnet and Charbonnet
2728 Magazine St., 891-9948;
A 32-year-old mainstay offering antiques and custom furniture built from old Louisiana woods as well as a host of other home furnishings.

Chris Guarisco Design/ Collections II Uptown
3615 Magazine St., 896-7670
Uncommon antiques and art abound, including antique and European furnishings, accessories and unique vintage fabrics. Decorative painting and design consultations also are available.

Christopher's Discoveries
2842 Magazine St., 899-6226
An excellent source of gifts, featuring antiques, home decorating accessories and fun, exotic items.

The Watch & Clock Shop
824 Gravier St., 525-3961;
Offers a store full of timeless designs, including Fortis, Wittanauer, Hamilton, Bulova, Seiko, Citizen, Howard Miller Bulova, Westminster and antique grandfather clocks. In-store experts also repair all kinds of clocks and watches, both new and vintge.

The Craftivist
8227 Oak St., 314-0002;
A artists' gallery and gift shop featuring local arts and crafts, fair-trade imports, spiritual iconography and uncommon gifts for the bridal couple or the wedding party.

Doerr Furniture
914 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0606 or (800) 854-6766;
A full range of home accessories, including furniture, artwork, lamps, decorative accessories and expert advice have been offered here for 65 years.

Eclectic Home
8133 Oak St., 866-6654
Accent tables, lamps, chairs, pillows and unique gifts are just a few items available, plus design consultations for every environment.

Garden Gate
2918 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-6699
Home accessories are available, including furniture, antiques, mirrors, rugs and uncommon gift items, plus landscaping and a full-service garden center.

Hopkins Blvd. Imports
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 100, 864-0277
The buyers here hand-select one-of-a-kind items from villages and provinces in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Bali, China, the Philippines and other exotic locations. More than 10,000 items are available, including furniture, accessories, garden accoutrements and gifts.

Hove Parfumeur Ltd.
824 Royal St., 525-7827;
A long-time New Orleans favorite, offering fragrances created at Hove for men and women, plus antiques for the bed, bath and boudoir.

Hurwitz Mintz
227 Chartres St., 568-9555;
This 80-year-old furniture store offers fine traditional, transitional and contemporary furnishings, with shipping worldwide. There is also a complete design service, including drapery and carpet.

Interior Motives Design & Decor
2800 Hessmer Ave., Suite A, Metairie, 889-9677;
An interior design firm specializing in unique window treatments for the home or office. The business also carries many lines of furniture, bedding, lighting and accessories.

Janet Molero
200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 838-8303;
Find treasures for attendants among this unique collection of items from around the world including picture frames, keepsake boxes, candlesticks and gifts symbolizing New Orleans. Or select home furnishings or an interior-design consultation.

Judy at the Rink
2727 Prytania St., The Rink, 891-7018
A range of gifts and artwork are available by local and national artists such as Annieglass, India Stewart, Hasslock Studio and others, as well as home decorating items such as lamps, pottery, metalwork, glassware and more.

Julie Neill Designs
3908 Magazine St., 899-4201
Custom furniture and lighting for a couple's first home is available as well as personalized frames with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date on them as well as a wide selection of other wedding gifts, bridesmaid gifts and china.

Juliet Custom Furnishings
2001 Magazine St., 525-9481
Featuring Italian-made Fleur de Lis dinnerware, which is microwave and dishwasher safe, custom furniture handcrafted from antique woods, decorative accessories and more as well as design consultations, custom draperies and a bridal registry.

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.

Lighthouse Glass Gallery
743 Camp St., 529-4494
Always innovative artworks are housed in this lighthouse-shaped building in the Arts District, featuring unique functional and artistic creations in glass as well as paintings, jewelry and more.

5221 Magazine St., 899-2345;
A unique selection of beautiful accessories to accent any decorating style, including tabletop decor, stemware, candles, stationery and even bath products as well as furniture and accessories.

M.S. Rau Antiques
630 Royal St., 523-5660;
Since 1912, M.S. Rau Antiques has specialized in fine American, English and Continental antique furnishings, historically significant silver, flatware sets, paintings, sculpture, walking sticks, globes, clocks, porcelain, chandeliers. jewelry and more in its 25,000 square feet of showroom. All antiques are backed by a 125 percent guarantee.

New Orleans Custom Linens
3642 Magazine St., 899-0604
Offering a wide range of bedding, bath and tabletop linens, plus a host of special gifts for the bridal couple.

Norwalk -- The Furniture Idea
1828 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-5002;
Home furnishings store staffs design consultants ready to help clients realize their dreams. Products include furniture, drapery, art, lamps, floor and wall coverings and gifts.

Objets Trouves
3713 Magazine St., 897-5066
Featuring an eclectic mix of art, furniture, antique prints, linens, jewelry and gifts. Showing artist Isabelle Jacopin and specializing in objects created by local and regional artisans.

Prince & Pauper
2801 Magazine St., 899-2378
A home decorating mecca with an Indonesian flair, offering furniture, linens, lighting, tabletop accoutrements, antiques and other accessories in all price ranges.

Sable V Glass Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery
3420 Magazine St., 894-9444;
This gallery offers a wonderful selection of unique wedding gifts. A bridal registry is also available.

Silk Road Collection
3714 Magazine St., 894-8540;
Jewelry, antiques, art, home accessories and more, all imported direct from Asia.

5408 Magazine St., 899-8488
Colorful hand-painted furniture, lamps, glassware, photo frames and a host of other home decorating accessories in a variety of styles and price ranges, art, clothing, jewelry and gifts galore.

Villa Vici
2930 Magazine St., 899-2931;
Select an exquisite gift for the bridal couple from a selection of slipcovered and upholstered sofas, chairs and beds; Italian and French furniture reproductions; lighting and accessories. Interior design services also are available.

The Watch & Clock Shop
824 Gravier St., 525-3961;
A large range of clocks and watches are available, both antique and new. Repair services also are available, and a master watch and clockmaker is on staff.

Wilkerson Row
3137 Magazine St., 899-3311
Custom-designed kitchen cabinets, beds, accent furniture and other home furnishings as well as art, accessories, gifts and more.

Caterers & Event Planners

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583;
Specializing in northern Italian cuisine, Andrea's is open daily, including holidays. Daily lunch specials and Sugar Busters! items available.

Capdeboscq Catering Service, LLC
1000 Allo St., Marrero, 341-8890
This family catering business has more than 34 years of off-premise catering experience for a number of events, including more than 5,000 weddings. Two New Orleans locations add to the convenience.

Carrollton Caterers
4710 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-1611;
Onsite catering in a variety of styles is available at this wedding reception facility.

Cellars of River Ridge
1801 Dickory St., River Ridge, 734-8455
There are more than 2,000 choices of wine at this stop, plus gourmet cheeses and catering services.

Gabrielle Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-6233;
A small, intimate restaurant with upscale contemporary Creole cuisine. A private party space is available for wedding rehearsal dinners or bridesmaids' luncheon with customized menus.

In The Event, Inc.
5361 Pasteur Blvd., 283-8095
The event staff here will help you plan important components of your wedding day: cuisine, entertainment, attendants' gifts and more.

Food Art
801 Carondelet St., 524-2381
Full-service caterer and event planner that will help couples plan a perfect wedding, reception or other special event from the food to the location -- and lots in between.

3930 Euphrosine St., 827-2400
A full-service catering and event planning company that is a visionary in the preparation and presentation of gourmet cuisine. The company will prepare feasts for events for as few as two people or as many as 10,000.

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.

Martin Wine Cellar
3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300;
Full-service creative caterer for parties from two to 1,000 specializes in custom-designed menus. Specialties include baked Brie on croute, sesame-crusted seared tuna loin with plum sauce, and macadamia nut-encrusted shrimp with mango chutney. More than 2,500 wines and top-brand spirits are available, as well as bridal gifts and a registry. Artisan cheeses, caviar, smoked salmon and an extensive champagne selection also are available.

WW Catering Co. Inc.
4846 Magazine St., 895-3996
For 56 years, this Uptown catering company has offered expert service and fine foods cooked in-house, all served with style and grace.

Wedding Memories
By appointment, 228-7151 or 529-8889;
A full-service wedding planner, Wedding Memories also sells invitations, wedding accessories, shoes and jewelry. The business also will host a Bridal Extravaganza at the Louisiana Superdome on June 22 that will include information, vendors, entertainment, prizes and giveaways.

Florists & Balloons

Bouquet Boutique Florist
4408 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-1514;
A free one-hour consultation is available at this florist, which will pay personal attention to the floral and decorating details of your wedding day.

Days of Wine and Roses
750 Carondelet St., 524-9986
Since 1978, this downtown florist has provided stunning and unique floral arrangements.

Dunn & Sonnier Flowers and Antiques
2027 Magazine St., 524-3235
Owners: Roy Dunn and Stephen Sonnier
A florist and antique shop that specializes in interesting pieces, often made more intriguing when incorporated into floral displays with French, Italian, English and American antiques spanning three centuries.

Garden Trellis
8015 Maple St., 861-1953
Custom floral designs for weddings, receptions and parties, as well as a mixture of old and new containers, fresh-cut flowers, garden plants and designs for the home and garden.

Grow With Us Florist & Produce Market
143 Metairie Heights Ave., Metairie, 837-9449
Beautifully crafted bouquets and centerpieces are two of the specialties at this florist shop.

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.

Urban Earth
1528 Jackson Ave., 524-0100;
Artistic floral designs that are creative and unique are the forte at Urban Earth, which offers personal consultations and inspired visions to provide unexpected floral arrangements for all types of events.


By Invitation Only
3333 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-3373
One-on-one personal service for devising your perfect wedding invitations as well as finding bridal accessories. By Invitation Only offers hand calligraphy, personal consultations and unique ideas for stationery needs. Product lines include Crane, Jamie Ostrow, Elite, Birchcraft, Anna Griffen and many others.

Event Co.
1600 Canal St., Suite 411, 539-9278;
Creates exclusive and elegant invitations that will set the tone of a wedding day. Calligraphy services available.

Invitation Art by Kelley Brenner
By appointment, 887-0026
Specializing in invitations and stationary for weddings, Brenner will work with you to get exactly the look you want.

5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 328 Chartres St., 299-1234; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 137, Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 219-1113
Full-service stationer focused on providing customers the best invitations, wedding programs, napkins, menus and stationery for their special events.

Stationer of New Orleans
3947 Magazine St., 895-4868
For 25 years, this shop has helped brides set the tone for their wedding day with engraved, letterpress and custom-designed invitations. It's an authorized dealer for Crane's, William Arthur, Real Card Studio, Oblations and others.


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.

Ashley's Adornments
3501 Severn Ave., Suite 11, Metairie, 780-7090;
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
This jewelry store is popular with brides and grooms-to-be for its large selection of engagement rings and wedding bands from top jewelry designers, including original styles from Aucoin Hart's own award-winning craftsmen.

The Bead Shop
4612 Magazine St., 895-6161; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-0371
A full-service bead shop specializing in custom creation of bride and bridesmaid jewelry.

Boudreaux's Jewelers
701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-2602; 4550 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-1666;
This jeweler has been serving the engagement customer for more than 70 years. It provides an extensive selection of engagement and wedding rings in all price ranges, and also offers custom-made jewelry.

Fisher & Sons
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, 885-4956
A top-notch retail jeweler and manufacturer, Fisher & Sons offers custom-made platinum rings and 14-karat white and gold engagement and wedding rings.

Hans Luetkemeier and Son, Inc.
3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170;
Specializing in antique, estate and custom-designed jewelry, these craftsmen also offer many wedding items, including bridal party gifts and sterling silver cake pulls.

Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry
3701 Magazine St., 896-9600;
A jewelry gallery that offers distinctive solutions for luxurious needs with contemporary jewelry designs customers won't find elsewhere.

Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 832-0000;
Lee Michaels is an authorized representative of prestigious watch manufacturers such as Rolex, Baume and Mercier, Ebel, Cartier, and TAG Heuer, and carries jewelry by internationally respected designers such as David Yurman, John Hardy, Roberto Coin, Ambar, Gemlok, Mikimoto, and Alex Sepkus. Giftware brands include Steuben, Waterford, Baccarat, Jay Strongwater and Lunt Silver. There are also a master watchmaker and jeweler on site.

Mary Viola Walker
3652 Magazine St., 558-9688 or 891-4122;
Meshes interesting color with timeless style in limited-edition and one-of-a-kind pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry, handbags and home accessories.

Mignon Faget Ltd.
3801 Magazine Street, 891-2005; 710 Dublin Street, 865-7361; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place; 524-2973; (800) 375-7557;
This noted New Orleans artist and designer has created jewelry for more than 30 years. She now has expanded her collection to include Mignon Faget BRIDAL designs, including sterling silver cake pulls, a heart memory book, and several jewelry designs that are ideal for a bride.

Mon Coeur By Janet Bruno-Small
1537 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-2043
Bruno-Small focuses on creating unique designs in necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and specializes in all varieties of pearls. Her pieces are always one-of-a-kind and custom-fitted; bring your wedding dress with you to get the details just right.

Robert Norman Jewelry
618 Gravier St., 524-1548
Engagement and wedding rings, quality diamond creations and other jewelry, crystal, clocks and gifts are available.

Ruby Ann Bertram-Harker
304 Chartres St., 525-1050; 3005 Magazine St., 897-0811;
Custom jewelry designs for the wedding party are available by appointment as well as a large selection of affordable original designs by jewelry artist Ruby Ann Bertram-Harker.

Sabai Jewelry
3115 Magazine St., 899-9555; 924 Royal St., 525-6211;
Sabai now carries Alex Sepkus wedding and engagement rings in 18-karat gold and platinum. The shop also has a large selection of pearls for the bride as well as jewelry for bridesmaids.

Symmetry Jewelers & Designers
8138 Hampson St., 861-9925;
Specializes in original engagement and wedding rings by Tom Mathis, plus a selection of jewelry by local, national and international artists.

Limousine & Special Services

Dr. Elizabeth Kinsley
101 East Fairway Drive, Suite. 101, Lakeview Hospital, Covington, (985) 893-3737
A highly respected plastic surgeon who offers a complete range of services, including photorejuvenation to improve skin texture and remove age and sun spots, laser hair removal, laser spider-vein treatments and more, plus product lines from Image, Skin Medica and Endermologie.

Gray Line New Orleans
By appointment, (800) 535-7786 or 569-1401;
Charter vans and buses for groups are available, as well as sightseeing tours and destination management.

Linda Lee Jones
3100 Robert St., 813-9884
Provides classical vocal music that can add a high note to your wedding ceremony or reception.

London Livery
771 Prieur St., 586-0700
To get there and away in style, rent the white vintage Rolls Royce or a white stretch limousine that accommodates six, eight, or 10 passengers. Several motor coaches also are available and are ideal for transportation to or from your wedding/reception site.

New Orleans Music Events
1523 Dublin St., 866-8821;
A full-service entertainment production company with a varied pool of entertainment talent to perfectly match a couple's idea of the perfect music for their wedding, rehearsal dinner or any other event.

Orleans Chamber Singers
By appointment, 488-4685
Contact Steve Schwartz to hire a choir for your wedding or related special occasion. The Orleans Chamber singers provide professional, beautiful choral music at reasonable rates.

Russell's Cleaners Inc.
3401 Tulane Ave., 482-3153
A full-service dry cleaners that specializes in wedding gowns, antique clothing, beaded items and gown preservation. A professional tailor also is on site for alterations.

The Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour
Gray Line Lighthouse (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River), 558-1785;
This walking tour of the French Quarter mixes classic stories of New Orleans taverns and restaurants with facts about the unique concoctions made famous here. Makes a fun bachelor/bachelorette night on the town and can be combined with dinner reservations and cocktail gifts.

Party Supplies

Blue Frog Chocolates
5707 Magazine St., 269-5707;
A large selection of fine domestic and imported chocolates is available as well as uncommon favors and delectable party trays in several sizes. Personal service will help customers explore unique options for wedding events.

Loubat Equipment Co.
4141 Bienville St., 482-2554;
There's a large showroom full of commercial-quality tableware, glassware, flatware, china, cooking utensils, party supplies and equipment, all available at wholesale prices.

Perrier Party Rentals
109 Industrial Ave., Jefferson, 834-8570
High-quality products and competitive prices are the norm at Perrier, which rents chairs, china, glassware, silver, tables, linens and serving items for parties and other events. Delivery, set-up, breakdown and pick-up are available.

3209 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 888-7722;
Spice up a bachelorette party with fun adult novelties, or create an unforgettable wedding night with beautiful lingerie, sleepwear, accessories and shoes.

Reception & Event Sites

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200; 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 898-0667;
Specializes in rehearsal dinners and off-site catering, featuring the cuisine that has made the name famous.

310 Chartres St., 522-2426;
A location for classy rehearsal dinners and receptions. The restaurant is pleased to accommodate large parties of 100 to 200 people.

Belle Forche
1407 Decatur St., 940-0722;
Private dining space for parties of up to 75 people; rehearsal dinners, small and after-reception parties and more.

The Bombay Club
830 Conti St., 586-0972 or (800) 649-7711;
A romantic French Quarter location for memorable rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties and receptions for as many as 175 people. Private dining and group menus available.

Bourbon House
201 Royal St., 522-0111
A Dickie Brennan-owned restaurant with several upstairs private rooms that can accommodate sizeable receptions as well as large sit-down dinners catered by the restaurant's expert food staff.

Bourbon Vieux
501 Bourbon St., 586-1155;
A unique French Quarter setting for wedding festivities, including rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, engagement and wedding receptions. In addition to its Old World charm, historic, romantic ambience, Bourbon Vieux also boasts sweeping views from the largest balcony on Bourbon Street.

Broussard's Restaurant
819 Conti St., 581-3866;
Award-winning restaurant with picturesque courtyard perfect for weddings, receptions and special dining occasions. Private rooms and personalized menus available.

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., 529-2154
New Orleans Italian cuisine is available at this French Quarter spot, which is a great place for special occasion gatherings.

Cafe Volage
720 Dublin St., 861-4227
Located in an old cottage from the 1840s that has been remodeled into a cozy restaurant offering friendly service, Mediterranean cuisine and lots of specials. Seats 60 inside and 70 outside.

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.

Charley G's Seafood Grill
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Heritage Plaza, Metairie, 837-6408;
An accommodating space for private gatherings of five to 100 guests, with customized menus available, restaurant buy-outs, accommodations for audio-visual equipment, refundable deposits and no room charges.

310 N. Carrolton Ave., 207-0016;
From the refinement of its sauces to the warm beauty of its dining rooms, Chateaubriand can host your rehearsal dinner or small wedding reception.

Christian's Restaurant
3835 Iberville St., 482-4924;
This lovely former Lutheran church, built in 1914, provides a memorable setting for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other special gatherings. Its New Orleans Creole and classic French cuisine has made Christian's a recipient of the "Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award."

Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308;
The historic Columns Hotel gives events a sense of Old World charm, with wedding ceremonies in the garden and receptions for up to 300 people. All catering is done on-site.

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., 945-0742
A gracious venue offering a wide range of services, including bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, receptions, catering and complete bar service. Entertainment is available.

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., 522-2467
This steakhouse provides a hospitable venue for engagement, rehearsal and bridal dinners, with private rooms for up to 40 people.

Eastover Country Club
5690 Eastover Drive, 241-4400
A beautiful and tranquil location for wedding receptions of up to 150 people, full restaurant and bar services, and fine cuisine cooked on site.

English Turn
1 Clubhouse Drive, 392-9100;
Lovely surroundings and excellent venue for weddings, receptions and special parties.

Fairmont Hotel
123 Baronne St., 529-7111
The Fairmont's selection of party rooms guarantees a fit for any reception, whether it's for 50 people or 1,000. Three different catering packages are available.

3331 St. Charles Ave., 899-5313
Whether it's an engagement or rehearsal dinner, bridal brunch, or a reception, this Italian restaurant can provide everything from hors d'oeuvres to full dinners. The restaurant seats up to 80 people, and off-site catering is available.

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021;
The second floor of this longtime New Orleans favorite is perfect for private parties, and events are made more special with Galatoire's traditional cuisine and legendary service.

Gallier Hall
545 St. Charles Ave., 565-7457
Hold your wedding ceremony, reception or smaller parties at this beautiful part of New Orleans history.

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; (catering) 5900 S. Front St., 899-2460;
Book a bridal dinner at the restaurant or stop by the catering location to pick up gumbo and other New Orleans goodies to serve at your reception.

Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd., 566-9990;
Accommodations include 288 rooms and upscale suites with all the conveniences of home, including microwave and refrigerator. The hotel also features meeting spaces, full-service catering, a bar, deli, pool, business center and fitness area.

House of Broel
2220 St. Charles Ave., 522-2220;
A New Orleans standard for wedding apparel that's fashionable as well as affordable. Facilities also are available for receptions large and small.

Joey K's
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997
A neighborhood restaurant Uptown with a small banquet room that can accommodate intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners and other special events.

Kelsey's Restaurant
3923 Magazine St., 897-6722; www.
The spacious private room upstairs at Kelsey's can accommodate 60 people for a sit-down dinner, and larger receptions can be hosted downstairs.

4920 Prytania St., 891-3644
Available for special parties.

Latrobe's on Royal
403 Royal St., 299-0601
An historic setting for weddings, receptions or special parties, this architectural gem in the heart of the French Quarter is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Bar service available.

Louis XVI Restaurant Francais
730 Bienville St., 581-7000 or 200-3110; or
The restaurant's French Quarter courtyard is a romantic setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 400 guests. The courtyard has an overhead canopy to protect against rain, and the restaurant offers a variety of affordable wedding packages.

Magnolia Mansion
2127 Prytania St., 412-9500;
Centrally located one-half block from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, this mansion and courtyard are perfect for weddings, receptions and guest accommodations.

Marriott Hotel
555 Canal St., 581-1000; Courtyard by Marriott, 124 St. Charles Ave., 581-9005
Offering a full range of services for the wedding couple, rooms for guests, reception rooms and catering services.

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St., 524-9752;
The renovated second floor of this 206-year-old National Historic Landmark Girod House is a banquet, meeting and reception facility. The first floor is a family-owned and operated cafe since 1914. Specialties include a distinctive Italian muffaletta and the Pimms Cup.

New Orleans Athletic Club
222 N. Rampart St., 525-2375;
From private wedding receptions to corporate events, NOAC's historic ballroom is reminiscent of a world of grace and charm of a bygone era. With floor-length windows, wood floors and crystal chandeliers, the ballroom gracefully accommodates up to 250 guests.

4308 Magazine St., 894-9797
Delicious menus for parties and special occasions.

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St., 523-1661;
The Palace Cafe gives an upscale New Orleans flavor to your rehearsal dinner or reception, and can accommodate 250 people for a sit-down dinner.

Patton's Salmen Fritchie House
127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell, (985) 645-3600;
Offers catering as well as dining-in facilities, featuring a menu that mixes contemporary Louisiana flavors with the old.

The Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley/ 615 Bienville St., 523-1504;
A fine-dining restaurant located in the heart of the French Quarter, featuring contemporary Louisiana cuisine with Asian influences.

The Peppermill Restaurant
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266
The private room at the Peppermill is an ideal location for a mid-size rehearsal or bridal dinner. It accommodates 30 to 50 people.

The Pontchartrain Hotel
2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581;
A classic New Orleans backdrop for special events.

The Red Maple Restaurant & Lounge
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935
The staff at the Red Maple is expert at creating events, whether a rehearsal dinner or a reception. Private rooms accommodate up to 100 people, and the contemporary New Orleans cuisine will tempt any pallet.

Rene Bistro
817 Common St., 412-2580
The delicious cuisine at this French bistro can give you the elegant dinner or party you seek.

Ristorante Filippo
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008
Featuring fine classic Italian cuisine and a romantic, intimate atmosphere, including a private upstairs dining room for rehearsal dinners and wedding parties of up to 40 people.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
921 Canal St., 524-1331;
A luxurious spot for bridal parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions and honeymoons, this AAA five-diamond hotel is filled with turn-of-the-century antiques, paintings and artifacts. It also offers a 20,000-square-foot luxury spa, salon and fitness center, two restaurants, two lounges and lots of meeting space.

Rock N Sake
823 Fulton St., 581-7253
Off-site catering services include bringing a portable sushi station to the reception site for an uncommon cuisine offering.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
711 N. Broad St., 486-0810; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600;
An internationally respected restaurant that offers expert planning assistance and custom menu options for wedding showers, rehearsal dinners and more. The staff provides guests with warm hospitality and hosts with responsive, professional service.

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.

San Francisco Plantation
2646 Hwy. 44 (River Road), Garryville, (985) 535-2341
Enjoy a beautiful wedding and reception at the historical plantation, either outdoors on the lawn or in the gracious antebellum house.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal St., 525-2500;
A trusted name, the Sheraton promises attentive, personal service, beautiful settings, superb banquet facilities and catering.

134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991

Classic Italian cuisine is the specialty at this restaurant, which can accommodate rehearsal dinners, bridal parties and other special occasions.

1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 739-9875
This romantic hideaway specializes in intimate weddings for fewer than 100 people.

W New Orleans -- French Quarter
316 Chartres St., 581-1200;
Book rooms for the wedding couple or guests at this boutique hotel. The courtyard also is available for wedding ceremonies.

The Wine Loft
752 Tchoupitoulas St., 561-0116;
A wine bar that offers "celebration packages" for wedding showers, receptions and other parties that include gourmet cuisine along with your favorite wines and champagnes.

Women's Opera Guild Home
2504 Prytania St., 899-1945
Built in 1858, this Garden District mansion is a gracious setting for weddings, receptions and other special events.

Wyndham Metairie Hotel
4 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, 620-9406 (catering), 837-6707 (main);
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.

Salons & Services

Belladonna Day Spa and Retail Therapy
2900 Magazine St., 891-4393;
Offering an extensive menu of spa services, Belladonna also carries a unique selection of contemporary china, flatware and stemware as well as luxurious bath and body products for all occasions.

BGD Make Up Artistry
By appointment, 201 St. Charles Ave., 254-3653;
Makeup artist Brandy Gomez Duplessis helps brides and their attendants put their most beautiful faces forward at the wedding. Ask about all-day service.

Bliss Day Spa
200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1997;
Bridal party manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, or tan without exposure to the sun's damaging rays.

Brooks & Company Hair Salon
115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-1146;
A full-service hair salon offering quality hairstyling, haircutting, coloring and other beauty services.

The Cut Loose Hair Studio
5537 Canal Blvd., 482-9938
A full-service hair salon specializing in updos and offering the services of a makeup artist; 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.

Dr. Deborah Lesem
100 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-7700
For a pearly white smile on your wedding day, this dental office is offering $100 off the teeth bleaching procedure. The offer ends soon.

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-0300;
A relaxation spa and store with a therapeutic philosophy of service, and a full range of options, including manicures, pedicures, facials, massage, reflexology and other spa services. The Bride's Day Package includes a manicure, pedicure and therapeutic massage, and the business can accommodate bridal parties. Earthsavers also offers personalized gift options.

Eclipse Hair and Body Studio
536 Bienville St., 522-3318
A full-service salon, spa and wellness store in the historic French Quarter offering products by Aveda, Paul Mitchell, Tiji, MOP, Wella and Sebastian as well as hair design, color and cutting, nail services, facials, massage, skin care and body treatments.

H2O Salon & Spa
441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377
The spa offers full pampering services to relax the bridal party, and the salon offers a range of skin, hair and makeup services to have everyone looking their best.

JKL A Colourcutting Salon
3300 Severn Ave., Suite. B, Metairie, 885-8999
Specializing in hair coloring, JKL also provides expert haircutting and styling, makeup services and more.

Kenneth's Hair With Style
400 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-5556; 115 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-1211
Both locations have the professionals you need for perfectly coiffed brides and bridesmaids. Ask about special bridal packages.

Leslie's Studio
3400 Florida Ave., Kenner, 461-4759
Leslie's takes care of the details of looking your best with manicures, pedicures, updos and makeup services. It also carries a full line of Paul Mitchell products.

Make Up Art Cosmetic Studio and Day Spa
7736 Maple St., 862-0005
Specializing in cosmetic services as well as manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, microdermabrasion and hair services. Bridal parties are welcome and the studio offers exclusive product lines including Delux Beauty, Paula Dorf, Benefit, Kiehls, Astara and Fresh Cosmetics.

More Smiles -- A Dental Spa
7007 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-SMILE (7645);
A dental spa with one-hour whitening available, as well as porcelain veneers. Wedding party gift certificates and spa amenities are available.

The Oasis A Relaxation and Wellness Spa
1357 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-6772
With a focus on prevention and healing, The Oasis offers a full range of day spa services, including manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, peels, cellulite remediation and much more.

Pampered Soul and Body Day Spa
4826 Magazine St., 895-5333
A wealth of feel-good, look-great services are available a la carte (so you can tailor your own package), including manicures, pedicures, massage, reflexology, facials and waxing.

Paris Parker Salons and Spas
4900 Prytania St., 891-8874; 1400 Annunciation St., The Saulet, 528-1962; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 846-5256; 333 Canal St., Canal Place, 568-1124; 4900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 945-4404; (888) 990-2468
Featured in Elle, Vogue, and W, these salons and spas offer Aveda products and services, spa parties for bridal groups, and a Bridal Consultant to help you achieve your vision on your special day. New bridal packages are now available.

Rouge Beauty Boutique
539 Dumaine St., 525-8686
This beauty salon specializes in makeup to make sure you look your best for the wedding or photography session. You can take advantage of the "Beauty Bash" package, where the salon is closed to the public and beauticians focus exclusively on your bridal party.

Salon du Beau Monde
612 Julia St., 568-0050;
Brides can come to the salon to try out a hair and makeup look, and come back on the big day.

Salon Senoj
101 Aris Ave., Metairie, 835-500
A full-service day spa that offers skin care, Swedish and deep-tissue massage, body therapies, hand and face care and waxing services as well as masterful hair care and makeup services for individuals and wedding parties.

Salvador Joseph's Beauty Salon
5918 Magazine St., 895-5505
A one-stop beauty solution, accommodating all needs from your hair to your toes.

Spa de Pescay
8220 Maple St., 866-4888
A full-service day spa specializing in skin care and body arts, including facials, massages, body wraps, salt glow, manicures and pedicures, all with a personal touch.

Tracy Ewell Cosmetics and Skincare
5500 Magazine St., 269-8490;
Specializing in makeup application and offering a variety of exclusive brands of fine cosmetics.

Wedding Cakes

Haydel's Bakery
4037 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 837-0190
Select the right wedding cake for you by consulting with the bakers to plan a triple-decker delight or whatever else your heart desires.

Maurice French Pastries
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526;
A European bake shop that specializes in pastries, including custom wedding cakes and whimsical groom's cakes and other specialty delicacies. Delivery available.

Wedding Photographers & Videographers

Christopher's Photography
4521 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 454-1225
Special wedding photography packages of all sizes are available, tailored to the desires and budget of the bridal couple.

Jeff Pounds Photography
711 State St., 891-8888;
A photographer who provides more than just snapshots of weddings and parties, Jeff Pounds consults with his clients to understand what they are looking for in the photographs that will help them remember special days.

click to enlarge A white beaded bustier over a gracefully fitted skirt - with a train will make a picture-perfect wedding, - especially when teamed with a short veil and silver- - and-crystal crown comb, all from Yvonne LaFleur.
  • A white beaded bustier over a gracefully fitted skirt with a train will make a picture-perfect wedding, especially when teamed with a short veil and silver- and-crystal crown comb, all from Yvonne LaFleur.
click to enlarge Jewelry artist Mignon Faget has designed a special - set of eight sterling silver cake pulls on pendant - ribbons, $265 a set, that include (l-r) "Marriage," - "Eternal Beauty," "Luck," "Red Hot Romance," - "Prosperity," "Opportunity," "Stability" and "True - Love," all available at Mignon Faget Ltd.
  • Jewelry artist Mignon Faget has designed a special set of eight sterling silver cake pulls on pendant ribbons, $265 a set, that include (l-r) "Marriage," "Eternal Beauty," "Luck," "Red Hot Romance," "Prosperity," "Opportunity," "Stability" and "True Love," all available at Mignon Faget Ltd.


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