It’s your special day, and everything needs to be perfect. Turn to our guide for the resources to create the loveliest wedding yet.

Bridal Apparel and Tuxedos

For dressing Dallas brides and grooms, their attendants, and mothers, the most often recommended names include custom designers, traditional bridal and formal wear shops, and the bridal salons of finer department stores.

AL’S FORMAL WEAR 6713 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 214-368-6439

Al’s Formal Wear is a seasoned and reliable resource for designer tuxedos and accessories. They offer assistance in planning and coordinating your wedding. Al’s holds 17 offices in Dallas/Fort Worth, although the chain boasts a total of 50 places including other states.

BRIDESMAIDS’ COLLECTION 14999 Preston Road at Belt Line, Dallas 214-788-4482 5000 South Hulen, Fort Worth 817-346-6455

This full-service boutique offers a large collection of designer gowns, shoes and coordinating accessories for weddings and other formal occasions. Featured designers include Watters and Watters, Bill Levkoff, Christian Dior, and Cathy’s Concept.

CURRIE-BONNER FOR BRIDESMAIDS 6918 Snider Plaza, Dallas 214-739-6477

As the name implies, Currie-Bonner specializes in serving always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Design your own attendants’ dresses by mixing and matching your favorites from the selection of styles and array of fabrics.

KATHRYN BAUMAN 6923 Snider Plaza, Suite A, Dallas 214-265-1321

Custom designer Kathryn Bauman creates specialty dresses for the bride, her mother, and her bridesmaids. Her Park Cities shop in Snider Plaza is a popular one for Dallas brides seeking a unique look.

Michael FAIRCLOTH AT LILLY DODSON 31-33 Highland Park Village, Dallas 214-528-0528

This custom couture designer is said to be on a par with James Galanos. Michael Faircloth can create a tailored suit or the most elaborate gown. He is particularly appreciated by mothers of Dallas brides and grooms looking for a smart look for that special occasion.

MISTER TUXEDO 6625 Snider Plaza, Dallas 214-363-1871

NEIMAN MARCUS BRIDAL SALON 1618 Main Street, Dallas 214-741-6911

The Neiman Marcus bridal salon, located in the downtown store, is a traditional favorite. Here you’ll find the most recognized designer names in the bridal apparel industry as well as a full line of custom design services. The Neiman’s tradition of impeccable service endures.

PATSY’S, A BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 4244 Oak Lawn, Dallas 214-528-1227

This boutique has been in its Oak Lawn location for five years. The consultants have a commitment to personal service and pledge toensure that every detail of the wedding day is perfect. While the boutique itself isn’t large, the dressing rooms are luxurious.

SHEERS, THE BODY WEAR BAR 4266 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas 214-528-7292, 1-800-SHEERS-O

On the day when every detail matters, elegant underpinnings for the modem bride and her attendants should not be overlooked. At Sheers, owner Stacey Dorfman offers fine hosiery, foundations, and lingerie to make any bride feel like a princess.

THE BRIDAL SALON AT STANLEY KORSHAK 500 Crescent Court, Ste. 142, Dallas 214-871-3611

The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak is a full service salon offering fine wedding and bridesmaids gowns, as well as custom millinery and a complete line of bridal accessories, The salon boasts both in-house designer Patti Flowers, who creates custom gowns for weddings and special occasions, and Nina Nichols Austin, who is also among Dallas’ best known wedding consultants.

WAITERS AND WATTERS 4320 Spring Valley Road, Dallas 214-991-6994

The leading bridesmaid vendor in the country, Watters and Waiters combines sophisticated styling, good fabrication, and great prices. The designers are committed to purist styles that look as great in size 12 as in size 2.


You want your wedding cake to be a delight to the eyes and the palette.Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, these cake designers can create the piece de resistance for your wedding reception.

A SPIRITED CAKE! 3014 Monticello, Dallas 214-526-8135 ’

Elaine Luttrell’s beautiful and mouth-watering brides’ and grooms’ cakes come highly recommended, and bear such delicious names as Italian Wedding Cake, White Chocolate & Liqueur, Princess Cake, Italian Cream Cake, Orange Mannalade & Lemon, Double Fudge Devil’s-food, and Chocolate Liqueur & Walnuts.

CAKES OF ELEGANCE 9205 Skillman, Suite 111, Dallas 214-343-CAKE

Carol Beshears’ cakes, which feature handmade, porcelain-type flowers matched to the colors of your wedding, were the choice of a D staff member for her reception. “The cake designers were very easy to work with on my custom design; in fact, they went all out The flowers on the cakes matched the ones I used in my wedding. Both cakes were beautiful and tasted terrific.”

FROSTED ART/NEIMAN MARCUS 3132 Skyway Circle South, Irving i 214-258-0644

Another recent D bride made her selection from Frosted Art because it is the bakery that supplies all of the area NeIman Marcus baked goods, “I wanted the Neiman Marcus guarantee of quality, and that’s exactly what I got. The cake was exquisite in both design and flavor!” she reports. “And 1 could charge it on my Neiman’s credit card!”

IDA MAE’S CAKES P.O. Box 365, Jacksboro 817-567-3439

For a cake that supports the adage that everything’s bigger in Texas, Ida Mae’s Cakes are a Texas tradition. Elaborately embellished with sugar flowers, fruits, and vegetables, the cakes are towering works of art guaranteed to make your wedding guests ooh and ah.

LE GATEAU CAKERY 3128 Harvard, Dallas 214-528-6102

Jackie Spratt’s cakes are a favorite of Dallas brides. It’s no wonder with mouthwatering flavors like Italian creme, spice or chocolate amaretto cream, and white chocolate truffle fudge.


Hands down, the ultimate name in grooms’ cakes is Sarah jane Francis, who has been called the “grande dame” of chocolate cakes. You haven’t seen chocolate until you’ve seen one of her cakes lavished with big, round chocolate curls.


Both wedding planners and hostesses in Dallas highly recommend these sources for all your calligraphic needs:

CALLIGRAPHIC ARTS, INC./ SUSIE-MELISSA CHERRY 3502 Gillespie. Dallas 214-522-4731

JULIE WILSON 214-528-7512

SUE BOHLIN 214-686-4420

TEEL GRAY 214-311-6905

Ceremony and Reception Sites

Many Dallas hotels, restaurants, and clubs are well suited for handling arrangements for bridesmaids luncheons, rehearsal dinners, and receptions. If you are looking for a non-traditional backdrop for your wedding ceremony or your reception, consider one of these settings. They’ll help you to create a truly unique ambience.

ADOLPHUS HOTEL 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas 214-742-8200

ALDREDUE HOUSE 5500 Swiss Avenue, Dallas 214-823-2972

ARLINGTON HALL IN LEE PARK 3401 Turtle Creek at Lemmon, Dallas 214-670-8748

BELO MANSION 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas 214-220-0239

BIBLICAL ARTS CENTER 7500 Park Lane P.O.Box 12727, Dallas214-691-4661

CITYPLACE CONFERENCE CENTER 2711 North Haskell, #Ste. 100, Dallas 214-828-7050

DALLAS ARBORETUM The Camp House 8617 Garland Road, Dallas 214-327-8263

DOUBLETREE HOTEL Doubletree Campbell Center 8250 North Central Expressway, Dallas 214-691-8700

HALL OF STATE Fair Park, Dallas 214-421-4500

HOTEL ST. GERMAIN 2516 Maple Avenue, Dallas 214-871-2516

HYATT REGENCY DALLAS AT REUNION 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas 214-651-1234

THE MAINSION ON TURTLE CREEK 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas 214-559-2100

THE MELROSE HOTEL 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas 214-521-5151

MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER 2301 Flora Street, Dallas 214-670-3285

PERKINS CHAPEL Southern Methodist University, Dallas 214-768-3035

SAMMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas 214-520-7788

THE STONELEIGH HOTEL 2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas 214-871-7111

THE TOWER CLUB Thanksgiving Tower, 48TH floor 1601 Elm Street. Dallas 214-220-0403

UNION STATION 400 S.Houston, Dallas 214-712-7270

THE WESTIN HOTEL AT THE GALLERIA 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas 214-450-2916

THE WHITE HOUSE 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas 214-991-9333


To keep the level of stress in your life at a minimum, turn to someone who knows the business.

SHARON COSTON 214-352-0609


SALLY JONES 214-521-3119

Florists and Designers

The following list of florists and designers can help make chose long-held wedding fantasies come true.

BIFULCO’S VANISHING SCULPTURES Ice Sculptures 4008 Commerce Street, Dallas 214-826-6930

CHANTAL GUNN DESIGN 7115 Shook Avenue, Dallas 214-324-1294

DR. DELPHINIUM DESIGNS 5806 Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-522-9911

GALE SLIGER PRODUCTIONS 1261 Profit, Dallas 214-637-5566

HOWARD ECKHART 1914 Commerce Street, Dallas 214-747-0025

I Love Flowers 4347 West Northwest Highway, Dallas 214-357-9577

LUTHER MENKI P.O. Box 50427, Dallas 214-824-0092

RUSSELL GLENN FLORAL DESIGN 2114 Farrington Street, Dallas 214-742-3001

SPECIAL OCCASIONS 7707 Cliftbrook Drive, Dallas 214-233-3114

TERRY INMAN DESIGNS 2811 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas 214-526-0912

THE GARDEN GATE 817-329-5036

WINN MORTON DESIGNS 1921 Noltomis Road, Lancaster 214-227-0177

ZEN/JUDY BLACKMAN Two Turtle Creek Village 3858 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 149 214-526-9736

Hair and Makeup

Whether it’s fot a portrait sitting, an engage-ment party, or the big day itself, trust a professional to give you your best look.

ESTEE LAUDER SPA Neiman Marcus, NorthPark 214-891-1280

Try the “Beautiful Bride Countdown,” a schedule of spa specialties beginning two months before your special event.

JACQUES DESSANGE 5330 West Lovers Lane #110, Dallas 214-357-8448

This hair salon, with offices in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Dallas, offers special bridal packages.

KlM ROZELL 214-363-9088

Many Dallas brides and fund-raising chairmen check Kim’s calendar before they even schedule their big event.


Preserve your memories by safely cleaning and storing your special attire.

AVON CLEANERS 4347 Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-521-4803 6301 Hillcrest, Dallas 214-521-9927

DEE AND HATTIE SPECIALTY CLEANERS 804 South Beacon, Dallas 214-826-2965

FISH BURN’S FABRIC CARE CLEANERS 3200 Ross Avenue, Dallas 214-826-4101


For invitations to your wedding, we suggest these misted sources.

BARBARA PASCHALL, R.S.V.P., INC. 5600 West Lovers Lane, Ste. 234, Dallas 214-350-7787

CAMPBELL STATIONERS 8318 Preston Center Plaza East, Dallas 214-692-8580


MARJ’S STATIONERY Inwood Village 5560 West Lovers Lane, Ste. 240, Dallas 214-351-4921

NEIMAN MARCUS 1618 Main Street, Dallas 214-741-6911

NotthPaik Center 214-363-8311

Prestonwood 214-233-1100

PAPYRUS Dallas Galleria 214-386-8744 NorthPafk Centre, Dallas 214-265-7187

RANDALL MORGAN VILLAGE STATIONERS 17 Highland Park Village, Dallas 214-521-8240

STANLEY KORSHAK 500 Crescent Court, Ste. 100, Dallas 214-871-3600

THE PRINT SHOPPE 5019 Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-350-1902

TIFFANY & CO. Dallas Galleria 214-458-2800

WILLIAM ERNEST BROWN 524 NorthPark Center, Dallas 214-691-5686


Whether you’re shopping for bridesmaids’ gifts, jewelry for the bride, or the rings you’ll exchange on that special day, you’ll find great selections at these Dallas stores.

BACHENDORF’S JEWELERS Dallas Galleria, Level 1, Dallas 214-392-9900

CORRIGAN’S JEWELERS/ZALE CORPORATION 901 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving 214-580-4000

DE BOULLE 5550-A Preston Road, Dallas 214-522-2400

DlAMONTRIGUE 5100 Belt Line Road, Ste. 404, Dallas 214-934-1530

MATTHEW TRENT, INC. 2530 Cedar Springs, Dallas 214-871-9170

RICHARD D. EISEMAN JEWELS 514 NorthPark Center, Dallas 214-361-0341

TIFFANY & Co. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1020, Dallas 214-458-2800

William Noble Rare Jewels 100 Highland Park Village #370, Dallas 214-521-7805


For bridal portraits or for your wedding photo album, you need a photographer who will capture the joy of the moment. Try one of these.

BOVIS PHOTOGRAPHY 581 West Campbell Road, Dallas 214-238-9900

JAMES FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY 8411 Preston Road, Ste. 118. Dallas 214-368-0990

JIM ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY 5600 West Lovers Lane #212, Dallas 214-351-3200

JOHN DERRYBERRY PHOTOGRAPHY 5757 West Lovers Lane #310, Dallas 214-357-5457

JOHN HAYNSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY 86 Highland Park Village, Dallas 214-559-3700

JOHN TILLEY PHOTO 4551 West Lovers Lane. Dallas 214-358-4747

LARRY SENGBUSH PHOTOGRAPHER 6611 Snider Plaza, #109, Dallas 214-363-3264

McWHIRTER PORTRAIT GALLERY 8414 Preston Center Plan, Dallas 214-739-8581

Planning Resources

Weddings are big business in Dallas and several informative publications are available to help guide your planning. Here are a few of our favorites:

Bride & Groan is a full-color, glassy magazine published by Judy and Will Sindecuse Hayden for Dallas-Forr Worth couples. Available on newsstands for $4.25, the current issue is a 112-page Winter 1994 Wedding Planner published by Bride & Groom Magazine, Inc.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Weddings: The Coopwood & Fields Consumer Planning Guide, fifth edition, is a 301-page book with information based on research conducted by editor Gerri Samuels of Wauconda, Illinois, and a team of mystery shoppers, who reviewed more than 400 businesses.

1994 Dallas/Ft. Worth Bridal Directory: A Comprehensive Listing of Area Wedding Services and Merchants, published by Creative Ventures Publishing ($9.95), is a 184-page advertising directory with descriptions provided by the advertisers of their businesses and services.

Entertaining In Dallas: A Guide to Sources and Facilities 1994 is published by Carol Fraser Hall, who has devoted 25 years to community service and chaired some of Dallas’ most prestigious galas and events. Though not targeted directly to brides, the recommended companies and services have been tested by some of the cities’ most discriminating hostesses. Available in bookstores and from Panache Press, P.O. Box 7044, Dallas, Texas 75209 ($16.95 plus $1.40 tax and $2.00 postage and handling).


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