Match Makers: NYC Wedding Vendors
by Joanna Citrinbaum, 08/17/2011
The Look of Love
With all eyes on the bride during her walk down the aisle and throughout the wedding, finding a gorgeous gown is, truly, a labor of love. If you're looking to save money and do good in your quest for a dress, visit The Bridal Garden. The appointment-only, not-for-profit bridal boutique sells designer dresses at up to 75% off retail prices. Gowns and accessories are donated by the designers themselves, as well as by stores and individuals, and all proceeds go toward education for New York City children. If you've said no to every dress you've ever seen, however, make an appointment at the City's own famed Kleinfeld. With gowns in more than 1,500 styles, you're sure to find the dress of your dreams. Fans of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress know that Kleinfeld sells accessories and features on-site tailoring, but many aren't aware that the salon also stocks menswear, as well as offers honeymoon travel services.
Contrary to the anticipation of seeing the wedding gown is the dread of wearing a bridesmaid dress. This isn't the case at J.Crew Bridal Boutique. The preppy-cool brand debuted this one-of-a-kind shop, dedicated to weddings and the events that surround them, in 2010. There's attire here for everyone in the wedding party, but the bridesmaid dresses are what stand out the most. As for what the other half of those in the ceremony are wearing, the groom and groomsmen needn't look further than Brooks Brothers. With a plethora of high-quality tuxes, suits, ties, bowties, suspenders, pocket squares, handkerchiefs, cuff links, watches, belts, socks and shoes from which to choose, they'll be well-groomed from head to toe.