AL'S FORMAL WEAR
3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3545
A large selection of tuxedos by makers such as Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Perry Ellis and others. Discounted invitations, gifts and more.
ALL THE BEST
3216 W. Esplanade Ave. N., Metairie, 835-1499
Specializes in home decor and offers a wedding registry, gift wrap, custom-framing and mirrors, accessories. gifts and more.
AN EVENT TO REMEMBER
1526 Duffosat St., 894-0818
Full-service event planner specializing in total coordination of weddings and private and corporate special events.
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583
Italian cuisine will delight the palates of guests at bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and other parties. Off-site catering available.
721 Dante St., 866-4367; 1400 Poydras St., New Orleans Shopping Centre, 561-1100; www.ballinsltd.com
Bridesmaids' and mothers' dresses, and clothing for other special occasions from designers such as Vera Wang and Watters & Watters. Bridesmaids' gifts a specialty.
900 Harrison Ave., 488-7474
Complete selection of cuisine for a variety of tastes, all in a family atmosphere. Party facilities and catering available.
BARRY SOILEAU'S SALON AND DAY SPA
2111 St. Charles Ave., Avenue Plaza Hotel, 529-8007 or 800-535-9575; www.barrysoileausalon.com
Range of services from haircutting, coloring and perms to facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures and massage therapy.
BELINDA'S NAIL & SKIN CARE
4866 Magazine St., 895-9900
Full-service spa specializing in beauty packages. Bridal parties are welcome, and there's a special bride gift for parties of 10 or more.
301 Burgundy St., Suite E, 586-9313; www.blacktieservice.com
Providing highly trained and personable professional waiters, bartenders and kitchen staff for any event.
BLUE FROG CHOCOLATES
5707 Magazine St., 269-5707; www.bluefrogchocolates.com
Vast array of delicious confections from around the world. Personalized party favors and gifts for wedding attendants are available.
830 Conti St., Prince Conti Hotel, 586-0972
Martini bar and restaurant in an upscale rich English atmosphere with a scrumptious menu for on-site parties and off-premises catering.
701 Metairie Road, Old Metairie Village, Metairie, 831-2602; 4550 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 626-1666
Full-service jewelry store offers expert advice and a large array of jewelry for engagements, weddings and after, as well as gifts and accessories.
BOULE PRIME HOUSE
1201 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 809-0969
A wine and martini bar that claims to be the Northshore's finest steakhouse. Provides take-out meals as well as on- and off-site catering.
2904 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5565; 9647 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 737-8146; 4553 Gen. Meyer Ave., 366-3218
Friendly employees will make your shopping easy. Take advantage of the gourmet deli, fresh bakery products or the fresh flower section.
BROOKS & CO.
115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-1146
Full-service salon offers haircutting, color, styling, makeup application, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, massages and bridal party services.
117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Traditional and romantic French Quarter setting for wedding celebrations and great food. Private rooms available by reservation.
1011 Decatur St., 522-5565; www.cafesbisa.com
Century-old restaurant offers authentic Creole cuisine, New Orleans atmosphere, live jazz Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday jazz brunch.
2127 Magazine St., 524-3119
Home decorating boutique with contemporary accent furniture, local arts and crafts, design services and more at competitive prices.
331 Canal St., 522-9200
Upscale shopping center with shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Williams-Sonoma, Mignon Faget and more. Complex also includes Wyndham Hotel.
4710 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-1611
A New Orleans tradition for 20 years, the Carrollton hosts weddings, receptions and private parties of all types.
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354
Private banquet room seats up to 50. Parties include fresh floral decoration. Also offers three off-premises catering packages.
By appointment, 455-8700; www.louisianacastle.com
Replica of an English castle on 10 acres of land in Franklinton makes a perfect setting for weddings, receptions, parties and overnight stays. Outside caterers allowed.
480 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-5795; www.casualhomeneworleans.com
Home decorating store offering selection of luxurious furniture, accessories and artwork. Bridal registry available.
701 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, 734-2244; www.champagnepalace.com
Decorated "palace" and botanical garden is ideal setting for weddings, receptions and parties. Packages include catering, open bar, DJ and more.
5701 Magazine St., 899-7303
Specialty foods retail store and gourmet takeout eatery offers full-service catering for a variety of events large and small.
125 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 283-2800 or 283-3333; www.realpages.com/chinarose
Chinese chefs prepare a variety of authentic specialties for private parties in China Rose's banquet room as well as catering off-site events.
1 Palm Drive, 483-1701; www.neworleans.com/citypark
A host of venues for weddings, receptions and parties, including sites in the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Casino Building and Popp Fountain.
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
Picturesque hotel with 20 guest rooms, full-service catering, live jazz in the ballroom Tuesday and Wednesday, and Sunday jazz brunch.
4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060
Wedding fashions from designers such as Rex Lester and Mica are available as well as a bridal registry, home accessories and gifts.
SELENE EAGAN, STATE FARM INSURANCE
2131 Magazine St., 524-7008
Full-service State Farm agent provides insurance for home, automobile, life and health.
5501 Magazine St., 899-9864; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152; 3414 Hwy. 190, 674-1133; 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, 875-0300; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; www.earthsaversonline.com
Lifestyle store offers natural skin and body products, accessories and gifts. Day spa has full range of therapeutic services. Bridal packages available.
ECLIPSE HAIR AND BODY SALON
536 Bienville St., 522-3318
Specializing in weddings, this Aveda concept salon offers makeup application, all kinds of hair services and a host of spa therapies.
EYEWEAR YOU WEAR BY SO'MODA
312 Dodge Ave., Jefferson, 733-9853; www.somoda.com
Unique hand-painted eyeglasses holder is a gift of art that can be personalized for any occasion or wardrobe.
THE FAIR GROUNDS CORP.
1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515
Renovated grandstands offers great site for receptions and wedding parties, with full-service catering available.
FIVE HAPPINESS IMPERIAL ROOM
3511 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com
Specializing in traditional Chinese functions, banquet facilities can accommodate up to 200 people. Off-site catering available.
FRENCH QUARTER FLORIST
223 Dauphine St., 523-5040; www.frenchquarterflorist.com
Retail French Quarter flower shop specializing in European and exotic floral designs. Fruit, cheese and gourmet gift baskets also available.
200 Broadway St., Uptown Square, 866-8608
Bridal registry available. Choose from uncommon decorative accessories, gifts for wedding attendants, kitchen items and more.
1631 7th St., 896-1895; www.bbonline.com/la/glimmer
Bed and breakfast in a playful Garden District home is a perfect place for friends and family to stay when they visit New Orleans.
GRIFFIN ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY
By appointment, 343-0134
An agency that coordinates entertainment services for all types of events, large and small.
THE GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486
French Quarter restaurant that prepares gumbo in all ways possible. Great site for lunches and small dinners, plus catering-to-go.
HANS LUETKEMEIER & SON
3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170; www.hlas.com
Master gold and silversmith, loose diamonds, wedding bands, antique and estate jewelry, vintage watches, bridesmaids gifts and much more.
509 Dumaine St., 588-9050; www.hotchocolatestore.com
A huge variety of XXX-rated chocolates, Kama Sutra products, adult novelties and apparel. Specializes in custom-designed erotic cakes.
HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 529-2624; www.hob.com
The Parish room at this popular live-music venue, restaurant and bar is available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other events.
HOVE PARFUMEUR LTD.
824 Royal St., 525-7827; www.hoveparfumeur.com
Creating fragrances since 1931, Hove now offers antiques for the boudoir, bed and bath, including trousseau linens (viewed by appointment).
HUMBUG!/ BRIDES BY LIZ
2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339
Bridal gowns, dresses for the wedding party, accessories and formal wear for both men and women as well as costumes and dancewear.
JACK SUTTON FINE JEWELRY
331 Canal St., Canal Place, 522-8080; www.jacksuttonfinejewelry.com
Top-quality jewelry, exquisite diamonds, name brand watches and more from a three-generation-old business.
JEFF POUNDS PHOTOGRAPHY
711 State St., 891-8888; www.jeffpounds.com
Specializes in wedding photography and fine portraiture.
JUDY AT THE RINK
2727 Prytania St., the Rink, 897-6565
Retail shop featuring the work of numerous local and national artists, a full-service bridal registry and gifts ranging from $12 to $600.
JULIE NEILL DESIGNS
5419 Magazine St., 899-4201
Unique wedding gifts, bridesmaid's presents, wedding albums, hand-painted furniture, customized picture frames, jewelry and more.
JUST FOR A DAY
4312 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-5711
Designer bridal gowns, bridesmaid's dresses, formal wear, and mother-of-the-bride apparel at reasonable prices, plus on-site alterations.
KATY BEH CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY
3701 Magazine St., 896-9600
Jewelry artists from across the country create unique designs in rings, necklaces, bracelets and more for this jewelry gallery.
5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0228
Large variety of off-premises catering available, including a chef who will prepare sushi at your wedding reception or cocktail party.
207 W. Harrison Ave., 482-1535; www.ladouxboutique.com
Cocktail dresses, honeymoon outfits and fashion-forward apparel for all occasions, plus as variety of jewelry, handbags, gifts and accessories.
LAKEVIEW FINE FOODS
801 Harrison Ave., 482-7333
Delicatessen and catering department assists with off-site catering needs, and the bakery provides cakes of all sizes for all occasions.
LAKEVIEW GALLERY & FRAMING
910 Harrison Ave., 482-2606
A quaint frame shop that performs innovative and high-quality work and offers a variety of jewelry, gifts and decorative home accessories.
509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534
American Creole cuisine served in a 50-year-old cottage with attractive landscaping makes Le Parvenu perfect for bridal luncheons and parties.
DR. DEBORAH LESEM, DDS
234 W. Harrison Ave., 488-4577
Specializing in family and cosmetic dentistry with teeth whitening, bonding, crowns, bridges and other dental techniques.
LINDA LEE BRIDAL
3829 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1889; www.lindaleebridal.bigstep.com
Specializing in bridal events, Linda Lee offers personal wedding consultants and a huge selection of apparel at affordable prices.
MARTIN WINE CELLAR
3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300
Large selection of all kinds of alcoholic beverages, expert advice about specific libations and off-premises catering services .
MICHAUL'S LIVE CAJUN & JAZZ MUSIC RESTAURANT
840 St. Charles Ave., 522-5517; www.michauls.com
A Cajun food restaurant and music venue that will tailor your reception or rehearsal dinner especially for you.
MIGNON FOR CHILDREN
2727 Prytania St., the Rink, 891-2374
Beautiful children's clothes -- starting with infant wear -- for weddings, special events and playtime, plus lots of accessories, costumes, toys and more.
1537 Metairie Road, Metairie Antique Mall, 831-2043
Artist/owner Janet Bruno-Small creates a variety of fine jewelry and accessories and is an expert in restoring beading, fringe and more.
MONET'S/ MONET'S 2
3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 674-2442; (Monet's 2) 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-2441; www.flowersbymonets.com
Original floral creations for weddings, receptions, bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and other events. Also home accessories and gifts.
214 Royal St., 523-3341
A picturesque hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, it offers banquet facilities for receptions or parties and full-service catering.
MO'S RIVERBEND CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301
Full-service, innovative catering on- or off-site, providing a menu that includes seafood and traditional New Orleans cuisine.
MR. JOHN'S STEAK & SEAFOOD
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697
Seafood and steak restaurant on the streetcar line offers facilities and menus for bridesmaid's luncheons, rehearsal dinners and more.
500 Chartres St., 525-2431; www.napoleonhouse.com
Classic New Orleans and south Louisiana favorites as well as eclectic dishes are among offerings on the catering menu. Party facilities available.
NEW ORLEANS STEAMBOAT CO.
2 Canal St., Suite 2500, 586-8777 or 800-233-2628; www.steamboatnatchez.com
The authentic steamboat Natchez can be the scene of a picturesque wedding for gatherings of from two to 1,000. Catering available.
NEW TO YOU DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT
2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-0029
Designer clothing at affordable prices in a consignment store that carries formal and cocktail apparel, plus sizes, maternity, accessories and more.
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, 828-1925; www.nicolemiller.com
For the first time, this Lakeside store is offering bridal gowns and a full-service bridal department. Also an array of formal and casual wear from designer Nicole Miller.
ONE 2 ONE
712 Adams St., 862-0010
Full-service salon offers facials, skin and body treatments, hair styling, haircutting and coloring, massages, nail care and more.
ORIENT EXPRESSED IMPORTS
3905 Magazine St., 899-3060
Specializes in wedding gifts, tabletops, hand-embroidered linens, smocked flower girl dresses and home decorating accessories. Bridal registry.
PAMPERED SOUL & BODY
4826 Magazine St., 895-5333; www.pamperedsoulandbody.com
Group parties available as well as manicures, pedicures and other hand- and foot-care services, massages, lash and brow tinting and more.
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141
Customized party platters, special dishes, party trays, salads, pastas and desserts to make parties a heavenly success.
PARIS PARKER SALON
4900 Prytania St., 891-88869; Aveda Lifestyle Store, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 846-5256; 6505 Spanish Fort Blvd., 282-8166
Full-service Aveda concept salon with a range of hair and body services, makeup application and day spa services. Wedding parties welcome.
3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213
A full-service bridal shop offering designer collections of wedding gowns, bridesmaid's dresses and other apparel at reasonable prices.
400 E. Wm. David Pkwy., Metairie, 833-2120
Full-service event planners dedicated to creating memorable celebrations. Customized or themed catering menus available.
541 Decatur St., 586-1414; www.ristorantecarmelo.com
Authentic Italian restaurant serves cuisine from the Old Country with a wine list voted among the best in Louisiana by the Restaurant Association.
8025 Maple St., 861-9044
Dental practice helps give customers the brightest smiles for their wedding day and after with tooth whitening and other oral care services.
ROBERT FRESH MARKET
5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; 4001 Canal St., 488-0536
Delivering quality products at the best prices, this store provides specialty and gourmet items, prepared meals and catering services.
701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-7787
Authorized Crane dealer for traditional, engraved invitations. Also offers a range of themed invitations, stationery products and gifts.
RUDMAN'S CARD AND PARTY SHOP
741 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1286; www.rudmans.com
Old-fashion personal service, invitations from two dozen makers, and merchandise from 200 vendors, including linens and gifts.
RUSSELL'S CLEANERS/ RUSSELL'S CLEANING SERVICES
3401 Tulane Ave., 832-1546
Carpet and upholstery cleaning, fire and water restoration, and other types of household cleaning. Also a full-service dry cleaner.
607 Harrison Ave., 488-4339
Huge selection of mother-of-the-bride or -groom and grandmother dresses, plus free alterations and a variety of fashion accessories.
SAIA'S BEEF ROOM
2645 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 835-8555
Specializes in rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, private parties and other special occasions with a hearty, delicious menu.
5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 328 Chartres St., 299-1234
Full-service stationer features invitations from Crane and other makers as well as paper and writing products, one-of-a-kind invitations and gifts.
SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
4145 Canal St., 488-3053
Full-service hair salon featuring bridal and bridesmaid's up-dos, free wedding consultations, and even Sunday appointments (by request).
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000
Offering banquet packages for any occasion, including wedding receptions, luncheons, cocktail parties and more.
5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412
Get a tan for your wedding and honeymoon, without ever burning. In addition to tanning beds, Sun Daze has swimwear, leisure apparel and more.
331 Canal St., Canal Place, 523-1297
Official retailer for some of the world's finest gift makers, including Swarovski, Ladro, Santini and others.
3209 Edenborn St., Metairie, 888-7722
Adventurous apparel, including shoes, exotic "funwear," lingerie, swimwear, leather items, adult toys, oils, party supplies and videos.
SYMMETRY JEWELERS & DESIGNERS
8130 Hampson St., 861-9925; www.symmetryjewelers.com
Custom handmade wedding and engagement rings created by in-house artists. Also jewelry and accessories by local and international artists.
TOMMY'S FLOWER SHOP
1029 Chartres St., 522-6563
Specializing in weddings and special events, shop buys directly from plant producers for a large selection of cash-and-carry fresh flowers.
474 Metairie Road, Metairie, 219-1741
Major lines of china, crystal, and silver by makers including Lenox, Waterford, Wedgewood and others as well as accessories and gifts.
TWO LANES TRAVEL
737 State St., Suite A, 899-8040; 800-809-1301
Specializes in vacations, honeymoons and excursions to Central and South America, Baja, Calif., and other locales.
8120 Hampson St., 314-6377
Specializes in women's fashions made from hand-woven Thai silk and offers custom-fitted wedding and bridesmaids dresses and other fashions as well as jewelry and accessories.
333 Poydras St., 525-9444
Hotel with unique decor and a culinary team specializing in French cuisine with a New Age twist. Full-service catering and banquet facilities available.
CHRIS WILLIAMS/ ZOEICA IMAGES
By appointment, 522-4037
Specializing in black-and-white photography, landscape and commercial photography.
YVONNE LA FLEUR
8131 Hampson St., 866-9666; www.yvonnelafleur.com
Bridal dresses in exclusive designs at affordable prices, as well as dresses for the wedding party, handmade veils, hats, jewelry and accessories.