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BridesmaidAid.com has ventured south of the Mason-Dixon line and travelled to ATLANTA! Here's the scoop on where to perform all of your bridesmaid duties:   

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Where to Buy Your Bridesmaid Dress

Atlanta has dozens of bridal shops, but Penelope has found the best ones for you. She likes Bridesmaids Bow-Tique in South Buckhead (2140 Peachtree Road, NW, Suite 340; Phone 404-355-8535; Hours Tu/W 11am-6pm, Th 11am-7pm, Fri/Sat 10am-5pm. Saturday appointments recommended). It's a full-service store with over 500 bridesmaid styles, including Dessy, Watters & Watters, and Vera Wang. You can also visit a great discount store called New Natalie's Bridals (919 Chattahoochee Ave. NW; Phone 404-352-1616; Hours W-Sat 10am-6pm, Th 10am-8pm, Sun 1-5pm). Many people have recommended Bridals By Lori (218 Sandy Springs Place, NE; Phone 404-252-8767: Hours M/Tu/Th 10am-8pm, W/F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm. Open Sundays only in January, February, and March). For more budget-conscious bridesmaid dresses, can check out David's Bridal (3505 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth; Phone 770-418-1030; Hours M-F 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm).

Maybe you've been blessed with a bride who is letting you choose your own dress. Lucky you. Depending on how much money you want to spend, you have several options. The easiest thing is to check out the department stores. You'll find a wide selection (and reasonable prices) at both Rich's and Macy's (both have locations throughout the Atlanta area, check for locations and hours). If you have more money to burn, you can browse at Saks Fifth Avenue (3440 Peachtree Road NE; Phone 404-467-5451; Hours M-F 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7:30pm, Sun 12:30-5:30pm), which carries some pricier bridesmaid dresses (including Vera Wang and Nicole Miller) starting at about $200. You can also search their regular dress departments. Also try Nordstrom (4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE; Phone 770-394-1141; Hours M-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-6pm), where you will enjoy excellent service and quality clothing, not to mention a fabulous shoe department where maybe you'll find just the right shoes for your bridesmaid dress.


Where to Throw a Bridal Shower
or Bachelorette Party

There are so many options in Atlanta-ranging from old-South-style ladies-only teas to wild girls' nights out. Here are Penelope's picks:

SPA DAY

In a hot city like Atlanta, a cool, soothing afternoon at a spa makes a super bridal activity. Escape the Buckhead crowds at Jolie Day Spa (3619 Piedmont Road; Phone 404-266-0060: Hours M/Tu/F/Sat 9am-6pm; W/Th 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm). In addition to basic treatments, the spa also offers funky treats like Thai massage and microderm-abrasion facials. Facials start at $60; massages start at $65. If you like stone therapy massage, let the staff unknot (no pun intended) your stressed-out muscles at Spa Sydel which has five locations throughout the Atlanta area (check their website for individual locations and hours). Facials start at $60.

A POTTERY PARTY

Discover your inner creative genius (and make some funky dishes for the bride-to-be and her husband, and for yourself!) at Buckhead's Wired and Fired (279 East Paces Ferry Road; Phone 404-842-1919; Hours Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri/Sat 11am-midnight). It's a popular bachelorette party spot, and for $25/person you get 2 hours of pottery time (materials included). Best of all, it's BYOB. Call in advance for a reservation (you will need to make a 50% deposit).


BACHELORETTE DINNER

Atlanta has lots of restaurants, but not all of them are great for a party. Don't fear, Penelope has found some gems for you. Fuel up for a girls' night out at Zocalo, a sexy Mexican restaurant with outdoor dining (187 10th St.; Phone 404- 249-7576, Hours M-Sat 5:30-11pm, Sat. 5:30pm-12am, Sun 10:30am-10pm); Fratelli di Napoli Ristorante, a reasonably priced Italian restaurant that's great for groups (2101 Tula St NW; Phone 404-351-1533; Hours M-Th 5-10pm, Fr/Sat 5-11pm, Sun 4-10pm); or Imperial Fez, a pricier Moroccan restaurant complete with festive belly dancers (2285 Peachtree Rd. NE: Phone 404-351-0870; Hours 6-11pm daily).

Want drinks before dinner? Penelope recommends The Leopard Lounge (84 12th Street; Phone 404-875-7562; Hours Tu-Th 4:30pm-3am, F/Sat 4:30pm-4am) which features upscale digs and great cocktails.

Not up for footing a large restaurant bill? Consider hosting a pot-luck dinner (and bring your own cocktail mixers) at someone's apartment. Or, if the weather's nice, how about an al-fresco picnic with drop-dead views of the Atlanta skyline in Piedmont Park ? The park also hosts events like outdoor movies in the summer; check their website to see what's going on…it might make a fun girls' night out!

THE OLD SOUTH

There's no better place than Atlanta to enjoy some Southern-style food and hospitality. For an authentic Georgian experience, head outside of Atlanta to Magnolia Restaurant in Stone Mountain Village (5459 East Mountain Street, Stone Mountain, GA, 770-498-6304). With a minimum of 25 guests, you can have an elegant tea for $14.95 per person; the regular Sunday brunch (11:30am-2pm) is $13.95/person. Or, pretend you're Scarlet O'Hara and her gang at Sullivan House a beautiful antebellum estate in Powder Springs which is a popular rental for bridal showers and luncheons. Call their office at 770-439-6600 to inquire about a bridal shower.

If you'd rather stay in Atlanta (and are willing to foot a larger bill), we recommend the proper English tea at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead (3434 Peachtree Rd. NE (check address); Phone: 404-237-2700; Hours). Or how about a Sunday brunch ($17.95/person) at Ray's on the River (6700 Powers Ferry Road; Phone 770-955-1187; Sunday brunch 11:30am-2:30pm), overlooking the 'Hooch?


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Rooting for the Braves is a holy activity in Atlanta. If the bride is a fan (and she doesn't want a "girly" shower), how about taking her to a home game at Turner's Field? Check out the Braves' official Web site for ticket information. Afterwards, chown down on burgers, hot dogs, and fries (hey, you can diet tomorrow to fit into those dresses…) at another Atlanta institution, The Varsity (61 North Avenue NW; Phone 404-881-1706; Hours Sun-Th 9am-11:30pm, Fri/Sat 9am-12:30am).

LOOKING FOR A MORE RAUCOUS EVENING?

Is your Southern bride a bit too wild for these ideas? Here are some randier options:

To kick of the evening, have drinks at Café Tu Tu Tango 220 Pharr Road; Phone 404-841-6222; Hours Sun-Thurs 11:30am-11pm, 11:30am-1am Fri/Sat) where the bartenders are total hotties. There are also tons of bellydancers and musicians to liven things up even more. Lots of bachelorette parties start out here. And, it's right across the street from Bell Bottoms (see below).

If you and your gal pals want to dance, we recommend the very happening (noisy and sweaty, catering to mostly a 20something crowd, be forewarned…) Club 112 (2321 Cheshire Bride Rd; 404-261-0155; Hours W-Sun 9pm-3am). Does the bride like '70s and '80s tunes? Put on your grooviest clothes (think Marcia Brady) and head over to Bell Bottoms (225 Pharr Road NE; Phone: 404-816-9669; Hours: Fri-Sat 9pm-3am)

Not a bachelorette party without some strippers, you say? Head over to the Coronet Club. This "adult entertainment" club is used to entertaining bachelorette groups. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but, hey, you're the one looking for naked guys to dance around in front of the bride...

Before you call it a night, surprise the bride with some naughty lingerie from Intimacy (3500 Peachtreet Rd. NE; 404-261-9333, Hours: M-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-5:30pm) or Victoria's Secret (3393 Peachtree Rd.; 404-365-8860; Hours M-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-6pm). If her fiance is waiting for her at home, then he gets a special treat as well. J

Where to Buy the Gifts

IIt's easy to buy engagement, shower, or wedding gifts if the couple is registered at any of the following major stores. Shop in person (or make your life easier and buy the gift online--everyone does it these days) at Tiffany & Co.(Phipps Plaza at 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW; Phone 404-261-0074; Hours M-F 10-6, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6); Crate & Barrel (Lenox Square Mall at 3393 Peachtree Road NE; Phone 404-239-0008; Hours 10am-9pm daily); Macy's (various locations; check their website for store locations and hours); Restoration Hardware (Lenox Square Mall; Phone 404-240-2844; Hours M-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-6);REI (1800 NE Expressway, Phone 404-633-6508; Hours M-F 10-9; Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6); Target (3535 Peachtree Rd. NE; Phone 404-237-9494; 8am-10pm daily); Rich's (various locations); JC Penny (various locations); Williams-Sonoma ( 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Phone: 404-812-1703, Hours 10am-9pm daily)


Looking for a more unique gift? Penelope loves the funky wares at Urban Cottage (3211 Cains Hill Pl.; Phone 404-760-1334; Hours Tu-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm), where you can find reasonably priced gems like French pottery and unique rugs.

Where Else to Look

Still haven't found what you're looking for in Atlanta? For more information about Atlanta than you'd ever possibly need to know (including shops, restaurants, nightlife, and much more), we suggest you consult atlanta.citysearch.com, accessatlanta.com, or atlanta.about.com.

Hey everyone! BridesmaidAid.com's next "City of the Month" stops include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Got any hot tips for us? Send them to penelope@bridesmaidaid.com.

 

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