Bridal Attire

Bel Amour Bridal & Boutique 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Building F, Suite 104, Harvey, (504) 302-7797; There is a wide variety wedding gowns and bridesmaid, prom, special occasion and other dresses. The boutique offers consultations and alterations. Brands include Sophia Tolli, Maggie Sottero, Christina Wu, Private Label by G, Alexia, Mori Lee, Cameron Blake, Jovani, House of Wu and others.

The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave., Suite 102, Metairie, (504) 266-2771; The bridal boutique offers wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, mother-of-the-bride and flower girl dresses, as well as jewelry, shoes and accessories. The shop also offers wedding gown preservation. Brands include Justin Alexander, Mon Cheri, Sophia Tolli, James Clifford, Venus Bridal, MaeMe Couture, Jim Hjelm and many more.

Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 780-7090; The boutique offers wedding gowns, special occasion apparel, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride dresses, shoes and accessories. Brands include wedding gowns by Essence of Australia, Stella York, Kenneth Winston, Ella Rosa and Anjolique Bridal. Bridesmaids dresses come from B2, Belsoie, Jim Hjelm, Liz Fields and Eden.

Just For Me Designs (504) 812-2519; Custom-designed bridal jewelry and accessories are available for the entire wedding party. The business also offers veils, tiaras, hair combs, cake pulls and toppers and items for the flower girl. There is a wide range of colors and designs.

Pearl's Place 3114 Severn Ave., Met-airie, (504) 885-9213; Wedding gowns, bridesmaid apparel, mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl outfits are available from more than 50 manufacturers, as well as ball gowns and debutante, graduation and special occasion dresses. There also are wedding veils, jewelry and accessories. Alterations are free.

Southern Bridal 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 727-2993; The bridal boutique offers wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride outfits, flower girl dresses, jewelry, headpieces, veils, shoes and tuxedos. Alterations are free on regularly priced clothing. Brands include Essence of Australia, Stella York, Eugenia Couture, Alfred Sung, Pronovias, Jasmine Couture and Anjolique.

Wedding Belles 3632 Magazine St., (504) 891-1005; The bridal salon offers wedding gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel and LulaKate are among the brands carried here.

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., (504) 866-9666; The full-service bridal salon in this women's boutique offers wedding gowns in designs ranging from traditional to contemporary. The store also has mother-of-the-bride dresses, women's fashions, sportswear, lingerie, custom-made hats, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Alterations are free.


Children's Clothing

Angelique Kids 5519 Magazine St., (504) 899-8992; The children's clothing boutique offers flower girl outfits, party clothes for boys and girls from birth to 16, as well as shoes and accessories. Brands include I Love Gorgeous, Malky & Co., Calamini, Elaine et Lena, Bloch and Blu Pony Vintage.


Formal Wear/ All-Occasion

Hemline 605 Metairie Road, Suite B, Metairie, (504) 309-8778; 609 Chartres St., (504) 592-0242; 3308 Magazine St., (504) 2694005; There is a range of clothing styles at this women's boutique, including cocktail dresses, formal wear, shoes and accessories.

Langford Market 907 Decatur St., (504) 586-3853; 2131 Magazine St., (504) 524-5168; The women's boutique, with locations in the French Quarter and Uptown, offers feminine clothing, accessories, shoes and gifts for the bride and her wedding party. Langford Market sells Maude, its private label, and offers a limited number of each design.

NOLA Couture 2928 Magazine St., (504) 319-5959; 542 St. Peter St., (504) 875-3522; This local business offers New Orleans- and Gulf Coast-inspired silk neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, groomsmsn and bridesmaid gifts and women's accessories. Custom-designed wedding packages are available.

Trashy Diva Boutique 829 Chartres St., (504) 581-4553; 2048 Magazine St., (504) 299-3939; The shop offers original vintage-inspired dresses and wedding dresses as well as an array of fascinators, jewelry and other accessories.


Lingerie/ Specialty Wear

Bra Genie 2881 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8638; The bra-fitting salon and lingerie shop offers expert shapewear and bra fittings, as well as a wide variety of American- and European-made bras, panties, shapewear and swim suits in sizes 28AA to 48KK. The shop also stocks bustiers, strapless bras, trousseau lingerie and more.

Second Skin Intimate Apparel 701 Metairie Road,Metairie, (504) 322-2931 Bridal lingerie, bachelorette party gifts, shower gifts and bra fittings for brides and the wedding party are available. The store specializes in bra fitting and sells brands inluding Wacoal, Natori, LeMytere, Cosabella, Panache and more. Second Skin also holds lingerie showers and parties at the store.

Trashy Diva Lingerie Boutique 831 Chartres St., (504) 522-8861; Vintage-inspired lingerie is available in a range of styles from makers including Mimi Holliday, Elle Macpherson, Mary Green and Lisa's Folly.



Feet First 4122 Magazine St., (504) 899-6800; Women's shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories and products from local designers are the specialties. There also are men's silk ties and bow ties, scarves and wraps, jewelry, hair accessories, Spanx and more.

Trashy Diva Shoe Boutique 839 Chartres St., (504) 522-8200; 2050 Magazine St., (504) 265-0973; Vintage-inspired shoes are available from designers including Betsey Johnson, Poetic License and Remix.



Al's Formal Wear 1801 Manhattan Blvd., Suite H, Harvey, (504) 368-1838; 3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite E, Metairie, (504) 885-3545 The groom and his groomsmen can buy or rent designer tuxedos and suits for weddings, receptions and parties at this national retailer. The shop also sells suits, shirts, ties, cummerbunds, shoes, hats, canes, belts, jewelry and accessories.

Durand's Tuxedo Consultants 321 N. Broad St., (504) 324-5099; Tuxedo rentals and sales are available. The groom gets his tuxedo free with a wedding party of six or more. There are more than 100 styles of vests and color choices. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Lord West, Perry Ellis and Oscar de la Renta. One-day rentals are available, and there are discounts for groups.

J&L Formal Wear 931 Westwood Drive, Marrero, (504) 340-4544; Tuxedo rental and sales are the specialties at this men's store, which also offers vests, ties, shirts and shoes. Wedding packages start at $80, and wedding tuxedos come in black, ivory, brown, gray and white. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Jean Yves and After Six.

John's Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Met-airie, (504) 455-5353; The store offers men's tuxedos and formal wear sales and rentals. Alterations are performed in the store, and last-minute fittings and alterations are available for out-of-town attendants. Brands include Perry Ellis, After Six, Ralph Lauren and Nola Couture.

Perlis Clothing 600 Decatur St., Suite 104, (504) 523-6681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; 6070 Magazine St., (504) 895-8661; The specialty clothing store offers tuxedo sales and rentals, seersucker and white linen suits, free alterations, cufflinks, flasks and formal women's gloves.

Rome's Tuxedos 3213 17th St., Metairie, (504) 324-7227; The locally owned shop offers sales and rentals of a range of tuxedo styles (there's even one for a baby) by makers including Jean Yves and Perry Ellis. The store also has vests in a range of colors and styles, shirts, shoes, cummerbunds and other accessories.



Bridal Registries/ Gifts

Alpine Clocks, Watches & Knives 1102 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 234-9611; 1901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-8332 The shop sells, repairs and services clocks, watches, knives and cutlery and has a wide range of wedding gifts.

Cameron Jones 1305 Decatur St., (504) 524-3119 Contemporary furniture, gifts, local art, custom tables, area rugs and decorative accents are available.

Charvet's Garden Center 4511 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 888-7700; The retail garden center offers flowers, plants, gardening supplies, patio furniture, fire pits, gifts and more.

Frame City & Art Gallery 3544 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 4, (504) 887-9146; Custom framing services are available for art and wedding photographs. There also is art on display.

Hazelnut 2735 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8900; 5515 Magazine St., (504) 891-2424; There's an online bridal registry at this home decor and gift shop, which carries brands including Vietri, Beatriz Ball and New Orleans toile.

The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; The gift shop at this New Orleans-centric museum offers a variety of unique gifts, including reproductions of antique items and works by local and independent artists. The museum also is a good recommenation for guests visiting town.

Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Company 1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 378-1000; Founded in 1923, the home furnishings store has more than 125,000 square feet of space where it displays furnishings for every room.

Julie Neill Designs 3908 Magazine St., (504) 899-4201; Julie Neill specializes in custom, hand-crafted lighting, interior design services and gifts. The studio features the artwork of Jennifer Rodrigue.

LeMieux Galleries 332 Julia St., (504) 522-5988; The gallery offers a bridal registry for art and offers preservation framing for photographs and invitations and shadowboxing for memorabilia.

Lizano's Glass Haus Inc. 730 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-1144; The art studio, which recently moved to a new location, creates unique designs in glass inspired by New Orleans living. Special gifts inclde wedding dates commemorated in glass tiles and framed in salvaged cypress.

Loubat Foodservice Equipment 4141 Bienville St., (504) 482-2554; The restaurant supply showroom is open to the public weekdays and offers pots, pans, kitchen gadgets, cutlery, china, glassware and other kitchen equipment. Product lines include Vollrath, Dexter Russell, Libbey, John Boos and Progressive International.

Lucullus Antiques 610 Chartres St., (504) 528-9620; Specializing in 18th- and 19th-century French, English and American culinary antiques, Lucullus offers a personalized wedding registry and a range of gifts.

Nola Rugs 3944 Magazine St., (504) 891-3304; Hand-woven imported rugs come in a range of colors, designs and sizes.

Nordic Kitchens and Baths 1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-2300; Couples can make a wish list of appliances, grills and bath and kitchen products here, and design services are available. Brands include Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Gaggenau, Thermador, Miele, U-line, Bosch, KitchenAid, Modern Aire, Kalamazoo and more.

Silk Road Collection 2109 Magazine St., (504) 894-8540; The store offers a wide range of Asian antiques, home decor and other items to help create a theme wedding or honeymoon.

Studio Inferno 3000 Royal St., (504) 945-1878; This art studio creates decorative art objects influenced by New Orleans culture and made from recycled glass. Custom wedding cake pulls are available, and couples can work with the artists to design one-of-a-kind wedding keepsakes.

WhatsNew 824 Decatur St., (504) 586-2095; This gift shop specializes in gifts by local artists and items made in America. Offerings include Champagne toasting flutes, wedding cake server sets, personalized wedding gifts such as a plaque of the wedding invitation and locally designed lamps, jewelry, oyster plates, New Orleans-themed pillows and towels. Brands include Flambeau Lighting, Oysteria, Annieglass, Arthur Court, Paul Gruer, Niven Morgan, French Quarter Candles and more.



Caterers/ Wedding & Event Planners

(also see Wedding, Party & Reception Venues)

Besh Restaurant Group (504) 299-9777, ext. 303 or 304; The full-service catering company offers food and beverage services for events at the multiple restaurants owned by chef John Besh, as well as off-site locations. The company serves seated dinners and receptions for casual or fine-dining preferences.

Bill Laderer Catering & Special Events 407 Folse St., Harahan, (504) 296-2452; Founded in 1963, the full-service catering company can provide a location, lighting, entertainment, tent, tables and chairs and fresh New Orleans cuisine made with Louisiana products.

Breaux Mart Citywide; The locally owned grocery store has five locations in the metro area, offering fresh produce, a full range of groceries, a deli that takes special orders for events and a bakery that offers custom-designed cakes, as well as pastries, breads and confections. Breaux Mart also offers 800 wines and Champagnes, a variety of beers and a full stock of spirits. The floral department creates custom arran ents and bouquets and offers fresh-cut flowers and balloons.

Chateau Bleu Caterers 106 W. Hall Ave., Slidell, (985) 641-1610 A variety of cuisines is available at this catering company, which also provides food service, serving pieces, linens, glassware, place settings and paper products.

Dorignac's 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216; This neighborhood grocery store has a large wine and liquor selection, a full-service floral department with a designer on staff, a bakery department offering specialty cakes in a range of designs, and catering by Jezz's Kitchen — and Dorignac's delivers.

Hotel Le Marais 717 Conti St., (504) 525-2300 or (800) 935-8440; The boutique hotel in the French Quarter has 66 upscale guest rooms for the bridal couple and their guests, and its courtyard and bar and lounge areas are available for weddings, receptions and other parties with up to 150 guests. The hotel also has catering services.

LaBella's Catering 2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675; The full-service catering and event planner offers food and beverage services, decorative displays and unlimited rentals for any size group.

Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7350; The spirits emporium and deli offers full-service catering for weddings and showers, custom-designed menus, equipment rental, wines and spirits, servers and bartenders and delivery.

Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881 or (504) 488-1885; Sushi, sashimi, soups, salads, tempura, teriyaki, seafood dishes and more are available at this restaurant, which offers take-out (there's a drive-through window), delivery and catering services.

New Orleans Catering Inc. (504) 837-1075; The catering company provides local and regional cuisine cooked at the event site, beverage service and other items needed for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other events.

Nirvana Weddings (504) 874-5279 A full-service wedding consultant and planner, Nirvana Weddings can handle all the details for weddings and pre-wedding parties, from intimate ceremonies to lavish receptions. The company specializes in Indian-style weddings.

Old.New.Blue. 6117 Magazine St., (504) 655-0863; The wedding retail shop also offers wedding and event planning. There are invitations, stationery, wedding veils, garters, gifts for the bride and groom, jewelry, blushes, hair accessories, dyeable shoes, lingerie, handbags, second-line accessories, cake toppers, welcome bags, books and more.

Oro Multiservices 3814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (985) 885-6215 The full-service wedding planner handles as few or as many details as needed.

Palate New Orleans 8220 Willow St., (504) 864-2990; The catering and special event planning company specializes in regional and classic New Orleans cuisines served buffet-style, at formal or family-style dinners, as passed hors d'oeuvres and at a variety of cooking stations.

Patti Constantin Designs in Catering Inc. 131 Nursery Ave., Metairie, (504) 913-6866 Custom-designed menus of food made with fresh ingredients and presented artistically are the specialties at this catering company.

Pho NOLA 3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 941-7690; The Vietnamese restaurant offers catering, including platters of spring rolls, banh mi, fried rice, an on-site spring roll station and more.

Ralph Brennan Catering & Events 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 539-5510; Led by chef Steven Marsella, the catering division of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group uses local, seasonal ingredients to create custom menus for parties and wedding receptions for 12 to 1,200 guests at the location of your choice.

Rock-n-Sake 823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; The sushi restaurant offers off-site sushi stations (complete with a chef), custom sushi platters and more.

Rouses Supermarkets Citywide; This Louisiana supermarket chain's deli offers party-size finger sandwiches; gourmet platters; fruit, vegetable and meat trays; cheese platters; dessert trays and more. The bakery creates custom-decorated cakes and a wide range of confections. The liquor department offers a wide range of beers, wines and spirits.

Simply Amour Weddings (985) 222-4371; The weddings and events planning and design company offers consultations and wedding planning as well as day-of-event coordination.

Taste Buds Catering and Events 8301 Oak St., (504) 274-1336; Off-site catering options draw from the menus of Zea Rotisserie & Grill and Semolina restaurants, and the company also provides a range of venue options in Louisiana and Alabama.

Weddings By Anthony LaLa (504) 908-4804; In business since 1979, the wedding consultant and event planner provides personal service, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the wedding.

Wyndham Riverfront 701 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 524-8200; There's a courtyard with a tiered fountain and several other locations in the hotel where couples can exchange vows, have a reception, sit-down dinner or other parties. The Wyndham provides event planners to help with all the details, and the culinary staff of 7 on Fulton provides catering.



Dry Cleaners/ Wedding Dress Repair & Preservation

DeLuxe Cleaners 5325 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-7733; This third-generation Lakeview cleaners offers dry cleaning and laundry services, storage facilities and a 24-hour drop-off/pick-up locker. DeLuxe is experienced in cleaning all types of clothing, furs, evening gowns, tablecloths and bed linens.

Liberto Cleaners 4814 Prytania St., (504) 897-2161; Family-owned and -operated since 1932, Liberto specializes in the cleaning, heirlooming and preservation of new and antique wedding gowns. The business uses environmentally friendly methods of dry cleaning.

Metairie Cleaners Inc. 123 Focis St., Metairie, (504) 835-7980; In business since 1940, Metairie Cleaners offers professional dry-cleaning and laundry services, as well as alterations, heirlooming of wedding gowns, leather cleaning and shoe repairs.

Russell's Cleaning Services Inc. 3401 Tulane Ave., (504) 482-3153; 3704 Robertson St., Metairie, (504) 832-1546; The full-service dry cleaners offers heirlooming of wedding gowns, fur cleaning and glazing, leather cleaning and rug and draperies cleaning and repairs, in addition to everyday dry-cleaning and laundering services.

Young's Dry Cleaning 905 Harrison Ave., (504) 872-0931; There's a full range of dry-cleaning services available, including wedding gown preservation.



Carrollton Flower Market 838 Dublin St., (504) 866-9614; The florist specializes in English garden style and creates a full array of floral arrangements for weddings and nuptial-related parties.

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 wedding, receptions, parties and other events. The locally owned 37-year-old business also offers cash-and-carry flowers and custom floral arrangements.

Le Grand the Florist 537 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 362-5757; Get a complimentary consultation at this florist, which offers event planning, floral arrangements, centerpieces for weddings and receptions and rentals of wedding equipment and decor. The shop also offers Lampe Berger lamps and oils, candles and gift baskets.

Sophisticated Styles Florist 3712 Williams Blvd., Suite D, Kenner, (504) 467-8400 or (888) 467-9336; Traditonal and contemporary floral designs are the forte of this business, which can create fresh or silk-flower bouquets for the bride and wedding party, ceremony and reception. Citywide delivery is available.

Villere's Florist 750 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-3719; 1415 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-9101; Fresh flowers, wedding bouquets and arrangements, boutonnieres, nosegays, corsages and more are available for indoor, church, home or garden weddings. There is a large selection of roses, orchids, tropical flowers, exotic flowers, lilies, gardenias, daisies and more. The Metairie location also offers silk flowers, decorations, green and blooming plants and more.



Invitations/ Stationers/ Party Supplies

Abbey Printing 429 Wall Blvd., Suite 10, Gretna, (504) 392-7774; The company offers printing of wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, shower invitations, wedding ceremony programs and more. It also offers accessories for the wedding ceremony and reception. Brands include Carlson Craft, Birchcraft Studios, Stylart and Tatex Thermographers.

Big Wheel Novelties 2712 Florida Ave., Kenner, (504) 464-0523; www.bigwheel- The party supply store offers wedding and party invitations, personalized party and reception favors, customized cups and koozies, second-line umbrellas and handkerchiefs (the shop will custom-decorate them) and a showroom full of wedding favor samples.

Gem Printing Co. 1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-1762; The business prints wedding invitations, party invitations, personalized cups, napkins, glasses and more. The shop also offers second-line handkerchiefs, wedding cake knives, ring pillows, unity candles, guest books, singing pens, garters, flower baskets, key chains, magnets and more.

Rudman's Card & Party Shop 741 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-1286; Wedding and other types of invitations are available, as well as stationery printing, wedding programs, plain and imprinted napkins, second-line handkerchiefs, lace umbrellas, cake pulls, garters and other wedding accessories.

Scriptura Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 137, Metairie, (504) 219-1113; 5423 Magazine St., (504) 897-1555; The store's graphic artists can custom-design invitations for weddings and other events, and the store offers an array of stationery, desk accessories and paper products from around the world. The store offers invitations, save-the-date cards, thank you notes, cards, programs, custom napkins, custom cups, guest books, New Orleans-themed items, journals, writing papers, pens, handmade photo albums and gifts.

The Wedding Broom Co. 8228 Hickory St., (504) 865-9742; Wedding services and supplies offered here include wedding brooms, party favors, second-line umbrellas, cane flower arrangements, bouquets, a wishing well, bridal arch and more.


Jewelry/ Accessories

Adler's Jewelry Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 523-5292; 722 Canal St., (504) 523-5292; Experienced bridal consultants are available to help couples select engagement and wedding rings as well as items for their bridal registry, gifts for wedding attendants, showers and other special occasions. In addition to a full line of jewelry, the store offers china, crystal, silver and home accents.

Boudreaux's Jewelers 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-2602; 4550 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-1666; The family-owned and -operated jewelry store offers a range of diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, diamond and gemstone pieces, watches and crystal gifts. The store also will create or locate any piece of jewelry a customer wants.

Dominique Giordano Jewelry Design (504) 895-3909; Designer Dominique Giordano produces her own contemporary jewelry collections and custom-designs engagement rings. She creates wearable art from her New Orleans studio and accents her designs with semi-precious and precious gemstones, pearls, silver and gold.

Fisher & Sons Jewelers 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4956; The store specializes in jewelry sales, design and repairs. An in-house designer can create unique engagement rings, matching wedding sets for the bride and groom and more. It also has attendant gifts and wedding presents, as well as engraving services.

The Hamilton Jewelry Co. 113 Lapalco Blvd., Suite 105, Gretna, (504) 391-0111; The jewelry retailer and manufacturer specializes in wedding ring sets and custom-designed jewelry. The full-service diamond and jewelry store sells a variety of jewelry and performs repairs and watches and other items. Brands include Wright and Lato, Camelot Bridal, True Romance and ForumDesigns.

Marion Cage 3719 Magazine St., (504) 891-8848; Designer Marion Cage presents her own jewelry, as well as creations by Carla Caruso and Rebecca Overmann. The shop specializes in contemporary fine jewelry and offers wedding bands for men and women and a range of bridal jewelry.

Mignon Faget Ltd. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., First level, (504) 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2244; 3801 Magazine St., (504) 891-2005; Jewelry designed by Louisiana artist Mignon Faget is available for the bride and bridesmaids, and there also are wedding cake pulls, crystal Champagne glasses, tuxedo studs and cufflinks and gifts for the bride and groom.

Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-4653; Specializing in diamonds, Ramsey's says it has the largest engagement ring selection in the South and offers a wide range of diamond wedding bands and bands for men. Custom-design services also are available, as well as jewelry repair, engraving and cleaning.

Sabai Jewelry Gallery 3115 Magazine St., (504) 899-9555; This local jewelry gallery offers uncommon designs in sterling silver, gold, vermeil with perils, semi-precious stones, fossils and minerals.

String A Bead 1525 Lapalco Blvd., Suite 16, Harvey, (504) 368-6675; 4409 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 780-7575; Customers can make jewelry for the bride, bridesmaids or attendant gifts from pearls, crystals, gemstones and charms. The shop also sells cake pulls.

Symmetry Jewelers and Designers 8138 Hampson St., (504) 861-9925; Local, national and international jewelry designers' creations fill the cases, and in-house jewelry artist Tom Mathis specializes in engagement and wedding rings. Symmetry also offers custom-design services, repair and restoration of jewelry, as well as scepters, crowns and other Carnival accoutrements.

Wellington & Co. 505 Royal St., (504) 525-4855; The jewelry store offers fine jewelry, estate and antique pieces, semi mounts and loose stones. The shop also buys jewelry and gold. In addition to the Wellington & Co. line of jewelry, the store also carries Tacori.



Limousines/ Special Services

American Luxury Limousines (504) 269-5466; Luxury ground transportation is available for the bride and groom, wedding guests and party goers, including traditional limousines, deluxe vans and minibuses.

Boogie Booth Photo Booth (504) 457-8033; The photo booth rental company, which specializes in weddings and corporate events, provides photo booths and green screens for special events. The booth comes with a range of props and features a monitor on the outside that plays a live slide show of all the pictures taken at the event.

Brides and Basketball 1261 Esplanade Ave., (504) 491-7463; The company produces bridal shows with NBA teams (it has produced shows for four years with the New Orleans Hornets-turned-Pelicans), and everyone who buys a ticket to the bridal show gets a free ticket to see the Pelicans. Wedding vendors display their products and services in the concourse of the New Orleans Arena during a basketball game.

Celebrity Limousine Service (504) 888-5466; All cars at this 29-year-old limo business are luxury editions equipped with privacy windows, TV, VCR, CD player, stereo, bar setups and mood lighting. Car types include luxury sedans, a Rolls-Royce, and regular and stretch limos and buses that accommodate as many as 24 passengers.

Cigar Factory New Orleans 206 Bourbon St., (504) 568-0168; 415 Decatur St., (504) 568-1003; Only premium cigars rolled at either of the company's two French Quarter factories are sold at the smoke shops, and visitors can see rolling masters at work wrapping up a variety of tobaccos in a range of sizes and wrappers. The factory also provides master rollers for wedding receptions, bachelor parties and other events. In addition to cigars, the store sells smoking accessories including cutters, humidors, T-shirts and hats.

K9 Second Line 4819 Bienville St., (504) 457-8204; The dog walking and pet sitting service can take care of pets while the bridal couple enjoys a honeymoon or other trip. The business offers animal-ajustment advice for couples who are combining pet families, pet bathing and more.

Mandeville Ballroom Dance Studio 5150 Hwy. 22, Suite A5, Mandeville, (985) 966-0178; The dance studio offers dancing lessons for the bridal couple's first dance, the father-daughter dance and bridal party dance. Private, semi-private and group classes are available.

Mrs. Vintage 5500 Prytania St., Suite 212, (504) 301-9330; The rental boutique and event styling company specializes in vintage furniture and props for weddings, photoshoots and events. The shop offers one-of-a-kind, vintage and handmade props, as well as furniture and decorative accents.

Patina Shoe Parlor 2036 Magazine St., (504) 920-9167; This full-service shoe repair shop repairs and restores handbags, briefcases and shoes. Patina also provides shoe shining for large and small private events. The shop specializes in exotic leathers.

Scriptly Speaking By appointment, (985) 951-9005 There are more than 15 scripting styles, ranging from traditional to modern, with which the business can hand-address wedding invitations, envelopes, rehearsal dinner invitations, bridal luncheon announcements, save-the-date cards and more. Scripting style can be matched to your wedding papers and invitations.

The Tent Man 2123 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 624-7368; Special events rentals from this firm include a large inventory of stylish and sophisticated tents, event planning services, custom layout designs and on-site consultations. The Tent Man rents tents of all sizes, Italian-style bistro lights, designer sidewalls, chandeliers, tables, chairs, stages, dance floors, climate controls, specialty linens, chair covers and more.

Unique Transportation 4412 Craig Ave., Metairie, (504) 382-2001 or (504) 455-1115; The 15-year-old company offers luxury transportations for the bride and groom, including vintage Rolls Royce automobiles, Bentleys and more.

Weddings Noir 1261 Esplanade Ave., (504) 491-7463; The company publishes a wedding guide for multicultural brides, focusing on the beauty of ethnic brides, including African-American, Hispanic, Indian and Asian women.

West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission 11757 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, (800) 789-4221; The tourist commission provides information about wedding venues and destination weddings in St. Francisville, including plantation homes, bed and breakfasts, catering services and more.



Music/ Entertainment Booking/ Production

Crescent City Soul Band 425 Park Ridge Drive, (504) 737-6717; The party band specializes in wedding reception entertainment, but also performs for wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties and plays second-line music.

Music by Fine Arts Ensemble (504) 931-5450; The ensemble includes violin, cello, harp, flute and trumpet, or there are solo artists, duets, trios, a string quartet, singer, piano, organ and more for wedding ceremonies and receptions, parties and other events.

White Oak Productions 8428 Oak St., (504) 314-6680; or The locally owned entertainment booking and production company has 30 years of experience in all aspects of staging live music, DJs, jazz trios and second-line parades for weddings, receptions, parties and other events. White Oak maintains working relationships with a long list of entertainers.


Salons/ Spas/ Beauty

Aidan Gill for Men 550 Fulton St., (504) 566-4903; 2026 Magazine St., (504) 587-9090; The men's barber shop and specialty men's retail store offers old-fashioned hot-towel shaves and haircuts, as well as a wide range of toiletries, men's accessories, gifts and bow ties.

Amie Krake Esthetics (504) 621-7067 The lash-extension specialist applies individual lash extensions and offers facials, waxing services, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and acne treatments. Product lines include Lavish Lashes, Glo Therapeutics and Skin Script.

Belladonna Day Spa & Retail Therapy 2900 Magazine St., (504) 891-4393; The spa menu features therapies including massage, body buffs, microdermabrasion, hydrotherapy, body rituals, aromatherapy and packages. The spa also offers makeup application, manicures, pedicures, waxing and other services. The retail store includes jewelry, home decor, bed and bath items, baby and pet items and more.

Brantley Hair Studio 4409 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 889-0884 Hairstyling and airbrush makeup application are the wedding specialties, and the services can be delivered at the salon or the event site.

Buff Beauty Bar 720 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2833; The beauty bar, spa and salon offers manicures, pedicures, facial peels, waxing, makeup application, eyelash extensions, blowouts and hairstyling. Product lines include Morroccanoil, Dr. Dennis Gross, Spa Ritual and Julie Hewett Cosmetics.

CBD Dental Care 316 Baronne St., (504) 525-9990; Zoom! whitening and Night White teeth bleaching services are available, as well as general dentistry.

City Beach Tanning Salon 3000 Severn Ave., Suite 3, Metairie, (504) 888-0017; The salon specializes in airbrush tan applications and also offers conventional sunless tanning. City Beach also offers a variety of tanning lotions, sunglasses, jewelry and accessories.

Cut Loose Hair Studio 5537 Canal Blvd. (504) 482-9938 The full-service Aveda concept salon provides a slate of hair care ser- vices, including haircutting, coloring, highlight and styling. It also does styling and makeup application for special occasions, and sells a range of Aveda products.

Deborah E. Lesem 100 Robert E. Lee Blvd., (504) 286-3880; The family dentistry practice serves entire families, with a focus on preventative and cosmetic dentistry. Services include teeth whitening and bleaching, teeth straightening, repairing chipped or uneven teeth and more.

Dianna Thomas-Weder at City Looks Salon InterContinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave., (504) 535-5161; City Looks salon at the InterContinental Hotel offers hairstyling, including updos, blowouts, curl styles, coloring, highlights, tape-in extensions and more, eyebrow shaping and waxing, facial waxing, makeup and eyelash application. Hairstylist Dianna Thomas-Weder has specialized in wedding hairstyles and makeup for 10 years.

DiLeo Dental Group LLC 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 105A, Metairie, (504) 455-5410; - The family dental practice offers teeth whitening with Zoom!, as well as a full range of dental services.

Eagle Family Dental Inc. 7023 Read Lane, (504) 244-0177; The family dentistry practice offers general dental care, as well as teeth whitenings, cleanings, in-office bleaching and other needed 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; For more than two decades, the relaxation spa and lifestyles store has provided products and services to help their customers enhance their beauty from the inside out. Spa services include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, waxing and more. The stores feature a wide selection of skin-care, hair and body products, aromatherapy oils and burners, candles, apparel, shoes, cosmetics, baby items and more.

Electric Sun Tanning Salon 5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 398-7300; Wedding packages are available in which the bride tans free with four members of her wedding party. UV or UV-free tanning procedures are available, and products include Designer Skin, Ed Hardy, Devoted Creations, Australian Gold and more.

Esthetique Facial Spa 5702 Magazine St., (504) 896-1006; The day spa offers facials, massages, threading hair removal, makeup application, and hair removal for small areas or the whole body. Specialty services include fertility massages, Brazilian waxing and microdermabrasion.

Fifi Mahony's 934 Royal St., (504) 525-4343; The boutique specializes in creating an unforgettable look for brides and bridesmaids. There's a full-service hair salon offering hairstyling, extensions and more, and makeup application, lash application and nail services are available. The boutique sells wigs, cosmetics, jewelry and fashion accessories.

Fini — A Beauty Boutique 6250 Gen. Diaz St., (504) 304-0633; Stila-brand cosmetics are available here, as well as makeup application, clothing, jewelry and fashion accessories. The boutique also offers airbrush tanning and Fantasy Tan airbrush tanning products.

Katie Malone Makeup Studio 5715 1/2 Magazine St., (504) 895-5571; The cosmetics studio offers bridal makeup applications in its studio or at the wedding site. The shop also offers airbrush tanning, eyebrow arching, makeup lessons, color consultations, false eyelash applications and more. Product lines include Juice Beauty Organic Skincare, Fantasy Tan, Face Stockholm, Amazing, PRIMA and more.

Lovejoy Day Spa and Shop 200 Metairie Road, Suite 101, Metairie, (504) 828-1997; Bridal makeup application, manicures and pedicures, facials and more are available, and brands include Ahava, Murad, Dermaware and more.

Lupo Center for Aesthetic & General Dermatology 145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Suite 302, (504) 288-2381; The full-service cosmetic and medical dermatology practice offers skin rejuvenation treatments including injectables, laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and skin tightening/fat melting, as well as treatments for acne and other skin conditions. The office carries skin care products including Dr. Mary Lupo Skin Care System, Anthelios, Avene, Clarisonic, CLn, EltaMD, Latisse, Philosophy, Replenix and more.

Make Me Up! 3426 Magazine St., (504) 891-9688; The cosmetics boutique offers makeup application for the entire wedding party, false eyelash application and lash extensions, airbrush makeup, spray tanning, facials, waxing and brands including Smashbox, Too-Faced, Kevyn Aucoin, Glominerals, Paula Dorf, Black Jack and NuFace.

Mariposa Salon and Spa 3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 484-0440; The full-service beauty salon in Mid-City offers complimentary bridal consultations for hair and makeup, updos (including veil placement), extensions, waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures, airbrush makeup, eyelash applications, keratin treatments and haircutting, coloring and styling. Product lines include Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, GK Hair and Glominerals. There also are champagne cocktails for bridal parties, and the bride's services are free when five other people book services with her.

NaturaLashes 3200 Severn Ave., Suite 120, Metairie, (504) 885-6228; Founded by a registered nurse, the eyelash and wax bar specializes in semi-permanent eyelash extensions and waxing. The business also offers Revita Lash and cologne from France.

Nola Pilates and Xtend Barre New Orleans 140 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 484-8880; Bridal packages include Pilates equipment and mat, Xtend Barre, TRX, spinning, "Piloxing," yoga and Zumba class options to get the bridal party in shape for the wedding.

Planet Beach Contempo Spa 1600 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-8267; 3910 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 363-8266; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-8267; The contemporary spa offers self-automated services and high-quality skin care, wellness and stress relief, massages, facials, UV therapy, spray tanning, teeth-whitening products, nutrition and weight management, hydration therapy, redlight therapy and more.

Salon Maia 2007 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 846-5142 Hairstyling and makeup applications are available on location at the event, and the hair salon carries products by Pureology and Redken. Other hair services are available at the salon.

Sharon Meyer 3434 Prytania St., Suite 310, (504) 897-5899; The cosmetic and medical dermatology practice offers creams, injections and cosmetic procedures to make women and men feel and look better.

Southern Aesthetics 3815 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, (504) 779-7749; Cosmetic surgery and medi spa services are available, and there are special bridal packages for airbrush tanning, Botox and wrinkle filler. Other services include skin rejuvenation, eliminating sun damage and spots, laser hair removal, vein removal and products include Neocutis, Results RX, Cosmedix, Elta and Tizo sunscreen.

Spa Atlantis 740 Gravier St., (504) 566-8088, 536 Bienville St., (504) 566-8087; The full-service day spa and salon offers manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, body treatments and haircutting, coloring and styling. Product lines include Dermalogica, OPI, 100% Pure and Davines.

Spa Isbell 1245 Magazine St., (504) 595-5009; The full-service spa and hair salon offers manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, hair styling and makeup applications for individuals and wedding parties. Product lines include Moroccanoil, L'Oreal, Keratin Complex, Elizabeth W. Image, Skinceuticals, Glo Minerals, Schwarzkopf and Get Fresh.

Stardust Salon 1904 Magazine St., (504) 525-7777; The hair salon offers Keratin Coppola treatments, which includes a keratin treatment and blowout express. Product lines include Bumble & Bumble, Morroccanoil, Kevin Murph and Keratin Complex.

Twisted Hair Salon 4824 Prytania St., (504) 309-7791; The hair salon provides updos and blowouts for individuals or bridal parties, as well as hair extensions and dreadlocks, makeup application, facial waxing, haircuts and hair coloring. Product lines include Eufora, Keratin Complex and Knotty Boy.

Woodhouse Day Spa 4030 Canal St., (504) 482-6652; The Mid-City spa has a cozy but elegant environment for enjoying manicures and pedicures, foot treatments, body treatments, massages, waxing, facials, or the signature four-handed massage, Minkyti facial or the Woodhouse Escape with five specialized treatments. Ask about the spa's bridal packages and all-day experience.



Travel Agencies & Vacation Planners

Lagniappe Travel Services 1100 Poydras St., Suite 2050, (504) 582-2220; The travel agency specializes in customized destination weddings and honeymoons.

Travel Central 3221 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-7000; The travel agency specializes in destination weddings as well as honeymoon cruises, European vacations and Caribbean trips.


Wedding, Party & Reception Venues

Andrea's Restaurant 3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; The restaurant features five private banquet rooms, including some with a dance floor, for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers and other parties. Chef Andrea Apuzzo also offers on- and off-site catering, a large selection of Champagne and other spirits. The staff arranges all the necessities, including a limo, DJ, ice carvings and wedding cake.

Antoine's Restaurant 713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; Opened in 1840 and located in the French Quarter, Antoine's provides opulent 19th-century charm in its 14 dining rooms that are uniquely decorated with different themes. The restaurant can accommodate small parties or events with as many as 700 guests.

The Attic at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 259-3259; The Attic, located above Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar, is a casual and funky venue for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions and other events, and full-service catering is available, as well as seasonal crawfish boils. The Attic has a separate entrance, fully stocked bar and dining area. The Attic also offers tables, chairs, white linens and a sound system for live music or a DJ.

Audubon Garden Cottage 5503 S. Saratoga St., (504) 669-1880; This bed-and-breakfast cottage has a private garden and provides breakfast and beverages for the newlyweds. The room also comes with a microwave, coffeepot, toaster, wireless Internet, cable TV and a DVD player.

Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5301; A variety of venues are available for weddings, receptions and parties, including the Audubon Tearoom, spaces in the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and more. There also is a full range of catering on- and off-site catering services.

Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; Austin's serves fresh Louisiana seafood and prime steaks in an upscale environment for lucheons, banquets, rehearsal dinners and other events for 10 to 100 guests. The restaurant has a large wine list, and menu specialties include filet Austin, herb-crusted scallops, jumbo lump crab au gratin and oyster Fitzgerald.

The Balcony 4738 Utica St., Metairie, (504) 885-8001; The elegant venue has marble floors, crystal chandeliers and cathedral ceilings and provides monogrammed china and silver flatware, damask table linens and chair covers, floral arrangements, a wedding cake, bridal suite with private dining, Bose sound system, DJ, 19-foot video screen and security. The venue also provides full-service catering and beverage services. Packages begin at $8,400.

Bayona 430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; Chef Susan Spicer's flagship restaurant hosts rehearsal dinners, receptions and other special events at its French Quarter restaurant, which includes a full bar and a courtyard.

Beau Chene Country Club 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville, (985) 845-3571; Wedding and reception venues overlook a lush golf course, and chef Hosie Bourgeois prepares American, New Orleans and international specialties for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner and other events. The country club spaces can accommodate parties of up to 400 guests. All brands of liquor, beer and wine are available.

Bombay Club 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; The restaurant and martini bar has five private dining and banquet rooms available at the adjacent Valentino Conti House, a historic building with 14-foot ceilings, a wrap-around balcony and period furnishings, and can accommodate up to 175 guests for rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding receptions and other events. Chef Ricky Cheramie and his staff provide full catering services.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel 717 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-2222; The grand Orleans Ballroom provides a historic backdrop for a wedding ceremony, and there are several venues for receptions with up to 300 guests. The French Quarter courtyard can provide outdoor dining and cocktails for up to 150 guests. The hotel provides a complimentary bridal suite, a private attendant for the bridal couple during the reception, a wedding coordinator to help in planning — and a free night's stay for the couple's first anniversary.

Cafe Giovanni/ Giovanni On the Go 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; Chef Duke LoCicero prepares Creole-Italian cuisine in the restaurant, and Giovanni On the Go is a wedding and special events service that provides personalized planning for the bridal couple, whether the event is at the restaurant or another venue. The service offers cuisine, photography, entertainment, seated dinners, buffet-style dinners and passed hors d'oeuvres and full bar services.

Cafe Opera 541 Bourbon St., (504) 648-2331; Casual dining in an elegant atmosphere is offered at Café Opera inside the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in the French Quarter. Cuisine ranges from bouillabaisse done Cajun-style to sea scallops, lamb chops and more. Reserve space for a luncheon, bridal shower or other event.

Carmelo Ristorante 1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 7, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; The family-style Northshore restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine and specializes in prime steaks, veal, fresh seafood, homemade pasta and pizza. Private rooms include a cozy wine cellar with a 27-inch flat-screen television for up to 20 guests, or other venues for rehearsal dinners, receptions or other parties for 100 or more guests. Off-site catering also is available.

Chateau Golf and Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-1351; There is a variety of venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, showers, luncheons, dinners and cocktail parties. The club offers a reception package that includes three hours of continuous food service, an open bar, a wedding and groom's cake, attendants for the bridal party and candle centerpieces. Special services available include ice sculptures, gumbo and sushi food stations, a candy buffet, French pastries and more.

Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel 2001 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9966; Suites and guest rooms are available for wedding couples and their guests. There is a restaurant and bar on site, complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Club XLIV and Encore at Champions Square 1500 Girod St., (504) 587-3663; The wedding and special events venue at Champions Square near the Superdome is a popular wedding ceremony location, and has added the 8,400-square-foot Encore for receptions and special events. Club XLIV has modern furnishings, specialty lighting, illuminated bars, audio and video services and more.

Courtyard on the Ridge 407 Folse St., Harahan, (504) 737-6660; The full-service banquet hall provides New Orleans cuisine, second-line parades and more for your wedding ceremony and reception, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, showers and other events.

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 463-7017; The full-service hotel has venues for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties, as well as a full range of catering services. The hotel offers discounted rates on rooms for the wedding guests.

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; The French Quarter restaurant focuses on preparing beef with a New Orleans touch. Private party spaces include views of the French Quarter and elegant and eclectic furnishings including an antique sword collection and more. Party spaces are available for parties of 10 to 60 guests.

Eiffel Society 2040 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-2951; The storied building on St. Charles Avenue features a museum with a bar, a garden with a catwalk and lots of views to act as backdrops to wedding ceremonies, receptions and other events for as many as 500 guests. The full-service catering arm of the Eiffel Society handles all the details, from food to serving pieces, and catering menus include local favorites and global cuisines.

The Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-9200; The mansion provides a full range of wedding services, including outdoor ceremonies and receptions for as many as 400 guests.

Emeril's Delmonico 1300 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-4937; The Emeril Lagasse-owned restaurant offers creative multiple-course menus with optional wine pairings for special events, which can be sit-down meals or reception-style service. Live music is available. The restaurant serves classic Creole cuisine, with house-made charcuterie, dry-aged steaks and more.

Emeril's Restaurant 800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393; Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District offers classic dishes such as New Orleans barbecue shrimp, andouille-crusted drum and banana cream pie. The restaurant has private rooms for special events, which can be seated dinners or reception-style service, and live music is available.

English Turn 1 Clubhouse Drive, (504) 392-2200; The plantation-style setting of this luxury golf club and community makes for an elegant wedding. The club has a range of locations for wedding ceremonies — including the Grand Ballroom with sparkling chandeliers, the Garden Room with a glass ceiling or other spots. The catering staff can prepare sit-down dinners, buffet service or passed hors d'oeuvres, and all servers wear formal attire. There's an attendant and complimentary Champagne for the bride and groom, and the wedding cake comes from Haydel's.

Fair Grounds Race Course 1751 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 948-1285; The horse-racing track has a variety of venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and other events for 20 to 700 people. Catering and beverage services, as well as several extras such as being featured in the winner's circle, souvenir logo cocktail glasses and more are available.

Federal Ballroom 147 Carondelet St., (504) 587-2088; This all-inclusive wedding and event venue is a destination wedding specialist and has wedding planners and coordinators on staff.

Felipe's Taqueria 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; The Mexican restaurant with Latin American-inspired cocktails offers private spaces for wedding parties, rehearsal dinners and other parties, and provides food, drinks and entertainment.

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

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter 541 Bourbon St., (504) 524-7611; The Four Points has venues and services for all types of events related to weddings, including bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding ceremonies, including a courtyard option, and receptions. There also are 100 guest rooms with balconies and lots of views of the French Quarter.

Harrah's New Orleans 228 Poydras St., (504) 533-6522; The staff at Harrah's can plan and produce any type of event, from a large wedding to a small shower, and offers a complete range of services, including catering, wedding cake, music, floral arrangements, guest rooms, party themes, photography and more.

Heritage Grill by Ralph Brennan 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900; Located in the Heritage Plaza office complex, Heritage Grill provides spaces for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, wedding receptions and other parties. There's free parking, and chef Steven Marsella can customize a menu, or couples can choose from special group dining menus he already has created.

Hotel Mazarin 730 Bienville St., (504) 581-7300; The Queen Anne's Courtyard is a popular space for wedding ceremonies (it has a retractable canopy for inclement weather), with receptions often held at the Historic La Louisiane, which can host seated dinners for 125 or receptions for up to 225 guests. Wedding cakes come from Haydel's Bakery, and catering is provided by the hotel's chef, Agnes Bellet. Rooms also are available for wedding guests.

The Hotel Modern 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0900; The boutique hotel offers event spaces and on-site catering for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement and bachelor parties and other events. Modern Southern cuisine is provided by Tivoli & Lee, which uses locally sourced and organic products. Beverage service is povided by Bellocq, a pre-prohibition-style lounge.

Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; French Quarter style meets New Orleans tradition in the grand ballrooms available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. There also are other rooms available for parties, sit-down dinners and other events. Rooms are available for the bridal couple and their guests.

House of Blues 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4988; The Voodoo Garden, the Parish, the Music Hall or Foundation Room — all decorated with colorful folk art — are available for weddings, receptions and other parties. The House of Blues has on-site coordinator, logistics manager, food service and service staff that can provide everything except photography. Some hotels associated with the House of Blues offer specials for people who hold events at the music venue.

House of Broel 2220 St. Charles Ave., (504) 494-2220 or (504) 522-2220; The historic mansion and courtyard are available for weddings, receptions, rehearsal parties and more. Complete wedding packages include food service featuring hand-passed hors d'oeuvres and a buffet, wedding cake, an open bar and DJ. Specialties include mini muffulettas, catfish bites, crabmeat capers, cream cheese phyllo cups, shrimp remoulade, oyster patties and stuffed mushroom caps.

Hyatt French Quarter 800 Iberville St., (504) 565-4566; The ballroom and foyer at the hotel can accommodate as many as 200 guests at a wedding reception. The space features a private entrance from Canal Street. Couples also can choose a garden courtyard for receptions of up to 300 guests. In-house catering is available, with specialties including food stations such as the Louisiana Seafood Fest with crab, shrimp and crawfish cakes; bananas Foster shooters, mini king cakes, candy stations customized to match the bride's color scheme. The hotel's wedding package includes uplighting, specialty linens, draping and Chiavari chairs.

Jefferson Orleans South 2536 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-6105; Full-service catering is available at this traditionally themed wedding ceremony and reception venue. Catering options include gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a potato bar, pasta station and chocolate fountain. Ice sculptures are available.

Joey K's 3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; An upstairs party room with a wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine Street is available for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and other events for up to 60 guests. The restaurant serves home-style cuisine.

Joy Theater 1200 Canal St., (504) 528-9569; The former 1947 movie theater-turned-multipurpose venue is available for wedding receptions, dinners, parties and other events. The in-house catering team can help plan the event and serve refreshments. There's also a 28-foot screen to show a video or photos, a stage, flexible seating configurations and audio/visual equipment.

Kyoto 4920 Prytania St., (504) 891-3644; The Japanese restaurant offers a wide range of menu choices, from grilled mushrooms to barbecue squid, tempura dishes, noodle soups, sushi, sashimi and more, as well as a lively atmosphere for small groups. Larger private parties can be booked on Sundays, when the restaurant normally is closed.

The Lakehouse 2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; The restaurant hosts private events and has setups for buffets and bars upstairs and downstairs. It also has several picturesque spaces for wedding ceremonies. Banquet and off-site catering are available.

Larosetta 348 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 259-4220; There are private rooms for rehearsal dinners, showers and other parties, and various catering options are available. The restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine, seafood and steak.

Latrobe's on Royal 403 Royal St., (504) 299-0601; 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 places 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.

Loews New Orleans Hotel 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3300; The hotel offers wedding ceremony and reception spaces including the Louisiana Ballroom and Parish Hall, which can accommodate up to 350 guests, and other indoor and outdoor locations. (The hotel is adjacent to the outdoor Piazza d'Italia). A professional event planner is available to help with the details. The wedding couple gets the wedding suite for free on their wedding night, and Balance Spa offers discounts for bridal parties.

Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; The 210-seat Warehouse District restaurant and bar, opened by former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, has several sports-themed private rooms and a French-style courtyard for bachelor parties and other events. The menu features Mississippi Delta comfort food with Creole influences.

Martinique Bistro 5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495; The Caribbean-French cuisine, made with local produce and seafood, is available for on- and off-site catering. Rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and private parties can be held in the restaurant or its adjoining courtyard.

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe 500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; The French Quarter restaurant and bar located in a historic building hosts rehearsal dinners for 40 to 60 guests and receptions for 50 to 135 guests. There are dining rooms and a courtyard. Specialties include muffulettas, Pimm's Cups and Sazeracs.

New Orleans Athletic Club 222 N. Rampart St., (504) 525-2375; This historic building has an elegant upstairs ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto balconies that is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Other party locations include a rooftop area, library and bar.

New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896; There are several places in this natural setting for a wedding ceremony, reception, pre-nuptial event and more. City Park also provides catering and service staff. Spaces for rent include the Botanical Garden, Storyland, Carousel Gardens, Popp Fountain and more.

New Orleans Museum of Art City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; The city's oldest arts institution has a number of spaces inside and outside the museum where couples can stage a wedding, including the adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden with 60 sculptures from 20th- and 21st-century artists.

New Orleans Opera Guild Home 2504 Prytania St., (504) 267-9539; Adorned with antiques and paintings, the house offers indoor and outdoor options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners and other events. The staff can help customize events that include your caterer, event layout and flowers.

NOLA Restaurant 534 St. Louis St., (504) 522-6652; The Emeril Lagasse-owned French Quarter restaurant features funky decor and an eclectic menu of Creole and Acadian cuisine, with classic Vietnamese and Southwestern influences. There are private rooms for special events and the restaurant offers creative multiple-course menus with optional wine pairings. Live music is available. Specialties include Miss Hay's stuffed chicken wings, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, fried chicken breast and banana pudding layer cake.

Nuvolari's Restaurant 246 Girod St., Mande-ville, (985) 626-5619; The restaurant has private rooms for rehearsal dinners, showers and luncheons for 50 to 80 guests. The 30-year-old restaurant specializes in Italian cusine, fish and steaks.

Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant and Inn 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, (225) 265-2151; The National Historic Landmark hosts small wedding ceremonies and receptions with buffet-style or seated dinners. Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and bridal portraits are available.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9650; The staff at this Warehouse District museum works to create one-of-a-kind wedding experiences, and there's an on-site representative to help with details. Wedding and reception venues include Goldring Hall, which has a four-story atrium and a rooftop terrace, and the Patrick F. Taylor Library.

Omni Royal Crescent Hotel 535 Gravier St., (504) 527-0006; The boutique hotel offers blocks of rooms for wedding parties and out-of-town guests as well as venues for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, pre- or post-wedding breakfasts and cocktail receptions.

Palace Cafe 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; Contemporary Creole cuisine and a location in the historic Werlein music store on Canal Street make Palace Cafe a popular venue for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, bachelor and bachelorette parties and other events. Private rooms can accommodate 12 to 200 guests, and catering includes the restaurant's cuisine and a large menu of wines and spirits.

Pearl Wine Co./Pearl Wine Bar 3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 483-6314; The wine bar hosts bridal showers, luncheons, "manis and martinis" parties, bachelor parties and more. The wine company has more than 600 different wines, more than 300 choices of craft beer and dozens of specialty liquors. Special orders are available.

Pine Lily Retreat 26064 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 768-6069; The women-only retreat house hosts bridal showers, bridesmaids weekends, bridal luncheons and teas and other events. The retreat is set among oak and pine trees and has three bedrooms, two full baths, a veranda, living room, dining room and game and crafts room.

Presidential Palace 1800 Vintage Drive, Kenner, (504) 467-3500; The all-inclusive, fully decorated reception venue has a menu of 35 pass-around foods, four buffets, a dessert station, an open bar, police security, DJ, candlelight dinner for the bride and groom and a chef.

Race and Religious 510 Race St., (985) 768-2956; The events venue has three buildings and a courtyard where it can host weddings, receptions, parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and other events. The private residence can accommodate parties of up to 275 guests and has guest rooms for 10 people. Customized packages are available.

Ralph & Kacoo's 519 Toulouse St., (504) 522-5226; The French Quarter restaurant offers three large private dining rooms, an array of menus and an on-site coordinator. The restaurant specializes in receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and other wedding-related events.

Ralph's on the Park 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-5100; Rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and wedding receptions can be staged here, with a professional staff helping couples create customized menus and a personalized party plan. All party rooms have access to a wrought-iron balcony overlooking City Park, there's elevator access to the second floor, and complimentary valet parking.

Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St., (504) 539-5508; The casual seafood restaurant in the French Quarter offers a variety of fresh seafood selections, a raw oyster bar and classic New Orleans dishes. The restaurant can accommodate 250 guests for full-service dining or 500 guests for a cocktail reception, and hosts rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, showers and receptions.

Rex Room on Bourbon Street 401 Bourbon St., (504) 581-6665; Guests at weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other parties have private access to a large wraparound balcony that overlooks Bourbon Street. The Rex Room offers a full-service call-brand bar and bartender, as well as a variety of food choices.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans 921 Canal St., (504) 524-1331; The luxury hotel offers a comprehensive selection of indoor and outdoor sites for wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners and other parties. The Rtiz-Carlton wedding planners manage the details, and the catering staff takes care of the refreshments.

Riverview Room The Shops at Jax Brewery, 600 Decatur St., Fourth floor, (504) 525-3000; The Riverview Room emanates charm with elegant furnishings, open terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mississippi River from the fourth floor of Jax Brewery. It's available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and private parties of 125 to 400 guests. There are indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces with seating for up to 250 guests. The chef prepares specialties such as crawfish risotto and baked brie with praline sauce and strawberries.

Rock 'N' Bowl 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700; The legendary bowling/music venue hosts rehearsal dinners, parties and wedding receptions.

The Rose Garden 5616 Citrus Blvd., River Ridge, (504) 737-1300; The full-service caterer and event planner offers a complete wedding service, including food and beverages, an event coordinator, traditional and new cuisines made with local ingredients and a site for wedding ceremonies, receptions and parties for 50 to 500 guests.

Rosy's Jazz Hall 500 Valence St., (504) 896-7679; The former music club presents a charming backdrop for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other events. Rosy's offers a coordinator to help with event details, and in-house catering with a menu that includes a range of cuisines.

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300; The on-site wedding coordinator helps with the details of weddings, receptions, bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners. There are several picturesque locations for a wedding ceremony and reception, including a courtyard with a fountain. Custom-designed wedding cakes are available, as are wedding packages.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe 2001 Burgundy St., (504) 525-9355; There's a semi-private room at the Marigny restaurant that can be reserved for bridal showers, a Champagne brunch or post-wedding party. The entire restaurant can be reserved for events in the evenings.

Ruth's Chris Steak House 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-3600; The restaurant offers private dining rooms for bridesmaid luncheons, showers, rehearsal dinners and more. The restaurant also will cater your event off-site. Ruth's Chris specializes in steaks and caters its menu to include guest favorites.

Saints & Sinners 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; The French Quarter restaurant and bar has facilities for bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding showers and nuptial ceremonies.

Sandro's Trattoria 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; The restaurant has a full catering menu of drinks and Northern Tuscan cuisine, including osso buco, eggplant lasagna and seafood.

Southern Oaks Plantation 7816 Hayne Blvd., (504) 245-8221; The plantation house and grounds provide an elegant backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Gourmet catering is available, with specialties including crawfish pasta, praline chicken and seafood beignets.

The Steak Knife Restaurant and Bar 888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981; This full-service Lakeview restaurant and bar offers casual fine dining for rehearsal dinners and events for up to 40 guests Tuesday through Thursday. Specialties include steaks, seafood and veal.

Steamboat Natchez 600 Decatur, Suite 308, (504) 569-1431; The New Orleans riverboat hosts engagement parties, wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and elopements. Catering and entertainment are available.

Tableau at Le Petit 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; Classic dishes are revisited at this new addition to the French Quarter dining scene. The restaurant, which shares space with Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre, has spaces that are just right for popping the question, bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, including five private rooms, a courtyard and a balcony overlooking Jackson Square.

Terrell House 1441 Magazine St., (504) 237-2076; The bed and breakfast can accommodate the wedding couple overnight, and hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions on the grounds.

Vianne's Tea House 544 Girod St., Mande-ville, (985) 624-5683; The international tea house, tea pub/bar and restaurant provides a range of services for small weddings and parties.

Vincent's Italian Cuisine 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; Classic Italian cuisine and fresh local seafood are the specialties at this Uptown restaurant, which hosts rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and other parties, with table service or buffet.

Visions Men's Club 4000 Downman Drive, (504) 240-0069; Bachelor parties are a specialty of Visions, and the bachelor receives free admission and a wristband good for five free drinks. Two full-service bars, which double as a continuous stage with fixed seating, give every patron a good view of the entertainment.

Warehouse Grille 869 Magazine St., (504) 332-2188; The upscale restaurant, bar and event space hosts indoor and outdoor wedding receptions and other parties and provides catering and event decorations. An in-house events staff helps with the details. The beverage service includes obscure brands of adult and non-alcoholic beverages.

W Hotel 316 Chartres St., (504) 581-1200; 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; The hotels offer blocks of rooms for wedding guests as well as spaces for wedding ceremonies, rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and bachelor and bachelorette parties. Catering services are available.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill 1525 St. Charles Ave., (504) 520-8100; There are several private banquet rooms available for seated dinners for 20 to 120 guests or a cocktail-style reception for up to 150 guests. The cuisine is American.



Wedding Cakes/ Bakeries/ Confectioneries

Bittersweet Confections 725 Magazine St., (504) 523-2626; The pastry, confectioneries and coffee shop specializes in artisan cakes and chocolates. The confectioner provides custom-designed wedding cakes, groom's cakes, cupcakes, party favors, gift baskets, dessert stations at an event, and personalized chocolates and packaging. Bittersweet specializes in custom cakes and handmade chocolate truffles.

Gambino's Bakery 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-7500; 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.

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

Maurice French Pastries 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-0830; French chef Jean-Luc Albin honed his skills at top hotels and restaurants before buying Maurice French Pastries in Metairie. He combines fresh ingredients and 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; Sucre's artisan confectioners create wedding cakes, groom's cakes, specialty cakes, French macaroon trees and chocolate party favors.

The Sweet Life Bakery 6268 Vicksburg St., (504) 371-5153; The full-service bakery and specialty cake shop offers wedding cakes, groom's cakes, dessert tables for receptions, party favors, cupcake towers and mini pastries.

Swiss Confectionery 747 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-7788; 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; Wedding and groom's cakes, dessert tables and favors are available at this bakery, which specializes in pastries and specialty cakes.


Wedding Photo-graphers/ Videographers

Eau Claire Photographics 641 N. Alexander St., (504) 432-7879; Elegant, modern wedding journalism is the specialty at this studio, which provides wedding albums and photographic coverage of the wedding ceremony and reception.

NOLA-NYC Wedding Videography (504) 945-2247; The company provides fine arts videography of the wedding and reception.

On-Location Photography by Stewart Johnson 632 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, (504) 258-8600; Stewart Johnson photographs weddings, receptions, parties and other events and provides wedding albums and prints.