Set the Stage

An era of romance is reborn at The Roosevelt New Orleans, offering a new generation of brides an experience of vintage elegance. Starting with a sense of arrival in the palatial lobby adorned with original crystal chandeliers, gilded columns, mosaic tile and majestic appointments, each bride takes a journey back to the age of glamour and of a bygone era.

Buy your engagement ring at Adler’s, and the store puts 10 percent of its value toward your wedding registry, with the irresistible bonus of completing sets of china, stemware or flatware by giving the eighth set free. Adler’s proudly offers Crane’s stationery, invitation design and matchless bridal party gifts. Three citywide locations, a searchable bridal registration on-line, and a national reputation for quality, selection and service make Adler’s the wedding source specialist.

To create the ring of your dreams, visit Kenneth Friend Jr., president and owner of family-owned Friend and Company, who designs and crafts unique custom jewelry. Newly christened the exclusive jeweler to the New Orleans Saints, the personal assistance in selecting china, crystal, sterling flatware and gifts from a wide range of celebrated designers honors their tagline, “Where Registering is an Event.”

Known for its fine diamond, pearl and gemstone jewelry, Hiller Jewelry, in business since 1918, is located on Metairie Road and is owned and operated by the Joseph Biderman family. Known for their custom design work, Hiller keeps a master goldsmith on site and creates custom, handcrafted, personalized jewelry. Fashion jewelry by designers Alexis Bittar and Stephen Dweck are affordable, fabulous gifts for the modern bride and her party.

Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry specializes in gems, timepieces and giftware by the world’s most distinguished designers and craftspeople. Ryan Berg manages his family’s two New Orleans locations at Canal Place and Lakeside Mall. Gift ideas for the wedding party include pearl studs, monogrammed jewelry boxes and money clips.

M’Adele Irvin opened RSVP Stationers in 1991, aspiring to design memorable invitations that serve as an elegant reminder of your event and keepsake of your wedding. Engraved invitations and card stock include classics designed by Crane, Vera Wang and William Arthur, as well as inspired party invites for bridal luncheons, showers and the rehearsal dinner.

The Old World charm and elegance of Scriptura offers an inspired environment to start the planning process. Sister-owners Margaret and Sallie Jones couture wedding and party invitations are regularly featured in national publications, and their New Orleans themes are cleverly imagined. The personal attention, expertise and creative approach the staff brings to each meeting with the bride fuels the pre-nuptial excitement with save-the-date, thank-you notes and all invites in between.

Melissa’s Fine Pastries creates custom-designed specialty cakes from scratch, using local ingredients like Pontchatoula strawberries, Steen’s Can Syrup, locally grown citrus and New Orleans Rum. Pastry Chef Melissa Samuels has crafted a very personal experience for the bride-to-be, starting with a salon cake-tasting and design consultation, combining all aspects of your event to come up with an extraordinary, delicious cake.

Glenn Vesh’s Perfect Presentations has provided expert guidance in the creation of stunning events in New Orleans since 1980. From the initial consultation, their master designers create the right look for the right space, in line with the bride’s specific taste and budget. Intimate knowledge of local venues guarantees easy installation and flawless execution, allowing the bride to enjoy her special day without worrying about the logistics
Mimi, the largest Vera Wang Bridal retailer in the South, continues to emphasize superb after-the-sale service. Expert alterations by seamstress Dami Behlar are free, and the store has updated their Web site, adding the most recent information regarding the Vera Wang collection, links and alerts to the designer’s semi-annual trunk show dates.
At Wedding Belles, sisters Amy Casbarian and Mary Roddenbery have embraced boutique design companies that are unique to this area, offering a wide selection of modern, flattering, fresh styles. Fabrics and craftsmanship are classically beautiful, price points moderate and service pressure-free. The bridal party is never an afterthought, with styles from in-demand designers like Lela Rose and Jenny Yoo. From initiating the order to shipping dresses to out-of-town bridesmaids, the service enhances the experience.

In continuous operation since 1932, Town and Country is the area’s oldest bridal salon.

Owners Cullom and Lisa Swords feature many exclusive designs for the bride and her wedding party. Girls who fell in love with the store as bridesmaids often return as brides, and the salon’s three full-time in-house alterations experts can fit any gown and deliver it on time.

John’s Tuxedos is locally owned and operated, serving New Orleans customers since 1984. With a Web site that includes tutorials, a delivery and pickup service for out of town guests, on-site tailoring and in-stock inventory, John’s handles last-minute adjustments and requests with ease to guarantee the perfect fit.

Located in Old Metairie at Friedrich’s Square, Elizabeth’s offers chic and elegant – as well as upscale casual – apparel, shoes and accessories perfect for special occasion events. Party frocks, evening gowns and suited looks in exquisite styles and fabrics with personal service to match distinguish owner Sal Trentacoste’s beautiful boutique.

Customize your wedding favors with New Orleans-inspired designs by NOLA Couture. Sewn labels with your name and wedding date can personalize silk neckties, pocket squares, sashes, scarves and clutches. Monogrammed tote bags with ribbon accents to match groomsmen’s ties are new items and are available pre-stuffed with local goodies for the wedding party! Owner and designer Cecile Hardy gives a portion of each sale back to the community via her favorite nonprofits.

Chatta Box Boutique, about to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary, is the place to find the perfect party dress to wear to the wedding, the events that lead up to big day and even the honeymoon. Mother of the bride formals, semi-formals and cocktail dresses from red-carpet designers like Yansi Fugel and Mandalay make the family-owned women’s clothing store on Veterans in Metairie a shopping destination for the bride, her family and friends.

On a shopping spree at Brenchley Shoes and Accessories in Mandeville, the bride-to-be will find a mind-blowing selection of designer shoes, bags, jewelry and sunglasses to complete her trousseau in style. Owner Katherine Greiner’s discerning array of merchandise includes Stuart Weitzman’s Bridal Collection for the perfect “I Do” shoe. Super hot Double Happiness jewelry, Elaine Turner and Badgley Mischka bags, as well as Christian Dior and Gucci sunglasses top the must-have accessories list.

Pippen Lane’s aisle-worthy inventory features high-end children’s special occasion clothing as well as the perfect accessories, heirloom gifts and toys for ring bearers and flower girls. Owner Annabeth Goodman’s array of classic looks for the youngest wedding guests includes handmade Lylian suits and dresses, and offers its very own display area revealing an ethereal selection of frothy frocks in exquisite fabrics as well as a fully stocked children’s shoe department adjacent.

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