Oct 042015
NYC Highest Rated Florists

Photo: Courtesy of Ivie Joy Floral Arts + Events

To help you find the best wedding vendors for your big day, we've teamed up with Wedding Wire to bring you hundreds of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors across the country! Not only that, but we've got photos, booking info and real brides' reviews of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors in your area. But some of these vendors are rated so highly, that we just had to bring them to your attention. Check out the highest-rated wedding florists in New York City below, and click through to see what real brides have to say.

Ivie Joy Floral Arts + Events
Big Apple brides will fall in love with the city-chic, romantic style of Ivie Joy arrangements, which incorporate fresh-from-the-garden, overflowing blooms juxtaposed with glamorous details and tons of sparkle. The look is both organic and luxe and has couples ecstatic: "The results far exceeded our expectations.To give you a brief idea of the grand and exceptional work Ivie Joy provided us, imagine this: An organic, lush-nature-meets-Manhattan theme. There were ferns, fiddleheads, and an array of flowers and candles in exotic fashion. We say 'exotic' because there isn't any arrangement we've seen quite like it! Ivie and her team created such stunning and elegant work. Even the bridal car had flowers! It was truly a spring wedding!" Read real brides' reviews here!

Designs by Rose
With a name like that, you know that Rose, the owner of this family-operated wedding decorating company, is truly a floral designer at heart! The breathtaking bouquets and lush arrangements that come out of Designs by Rose have a romantic, luxe quality to them — think darling details like floating candles, scattered rose petals, glitzy gems, and greenery chandeliers. Plus, they're unexpectedly budget-friendly — a true anomaly when it comes to planning an NYC wedding! Read real brides' reviews here!

Cress Floral Decorators
After over 107 years of growing and arranging their beautiful blooms, Cress Floral Decorators has had generations of women — from grandmothers, to mothers, to daughters — carrying their bouquets down the aisle when their turn comes to wed. Their classic style, which uses timeless blossoms like calla lilies and clean white roses to exude an unmistakable elegance, has brides continuously clamoring for their chic centerpieces: "Tom and Lori Cress's artistry and commitment made my daughter's wedding absolutely beautiful! We will never forget their generosity and the love with which they decorate. The flowers were absolutely works of art and so many people commented on them all night long and after. It is completely obvious that these people have been in this business for generations!" Read real brides' reviews here!

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Bride & Blossom
This floral company obviously knows that no bride is complete without her blossoms — and the ones here are as beautiful and unique as each individual bride herself! The designers at Bride & Blossom have a knack for tapping into their clients' personalities and translating that into fairytale floral arrangements — from succulents for the stylish, to orchids for the exotic, to pretty peonies for the hopeless romantic. What's even more swoon-worthy is that Bride & Blossom only works two weddings at a time, guaranteeing you a boutique-like experience. Read real brides' reviews here!

Flowers by G Bella
Flowers by G Bella's feminine yet dramatic aesthetic results in beautifully bright blooms and extravagant arrangements for the Cinderella wedding of your dreams. Plus, brides can't help but fawn over Flowers by G Bella owner, Maribel, and her attention to every flawless detail: "I couldn't believe how invested she was in our flowers. She made sure to keep us updated with every change in detail to our bouquets. I swear she was more worried about them than I was — which is something you want in a florist! The end result was simply stunning." Read real brides' reviews here!

See even more beautiful blooms and graceful greenery on our New York City Wedding Florists page!

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Sep 302015
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

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If you think about, no one knows the inside scoop on all things NYC wedding better than a Manhattan bridal salon owner. (And for good reason: If you're comfortable enough to shimmy topless into countless bridal gowns with them, we imagine they've also heard a ton of your wedding small talk, too). We sat down with Gabriella Risatti of Soho-based Gabriella New York for this very reason. Gabriella's fashionable, but calm space houses several of-the-moment designers, in a space that exudes relaxation. And now, the NYC bridal maven is sharing her own expert advice on your dress shopping experience. So take notes. These not-to-be-missed tips will keep you totally zen when shopping for your dream gown.

There's no reason to feel intimidated when wedding dress shopping
"When I lived in California, two of my best friends got engaged and I went dress shopping with them. I was disappointed with the overall experience, particularly that many of the salons didn't have the gowns out on the floor to see. I wanted to create a bridal salon that was intimate, friendly, and not intimidating. I had a vision of what I thought a bridal salon should be and decided that day that I was going to create it. 10 years later, Gabriella New York opened."

When you are shopping for your wedding dress, the most important thing you can do is keep an open mind. If your bridal consultant recommends a gown for you, try it on — even if you think you won't like it. We see women fall in love with gowns they never thought they would all the time!

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Don't be shy about your Pinterest boards!
"Social media has changed the (bridal) landscape in a great way. Many of our brides come in with Pinterest boards, for example, which really helps us get a clear idea of what they want to look like on their wedding day. Brides are just getting more and more creative as well. They come up with the coolest ideas!" Remember to bring as much inspiration as you like to your appointment; a photo really speaks a thousand words.

You CAN get an intimate dress shopping experience in New York City
"When we started out, we only had 5 designers. Now we carry 10 and we have moved into a larger space with more fittings rooms. Overall, our vibe has remained the same and we work very hard to stay true to our original mission of creating a warm environment with amazing gowns. Even though I've now worked with hundreds and hundreds of brides, I still cry when they cry and get just as excited for them when they tell me about their wedding!" So look for a salon that has a warm vibe; it will make your experience so much more relaxed.

Shop Outside Your Neighborhood
If you have the chance to shop around, do it. "If anything, we have attracted brides from a wider area of the city and the country. In the beginning, we didn't see too many women from uptown, but now we are seeing brides from all over the city. I love meeting them, they all seem to have such interesting careers and lives. I am constantly impressed with these women! My seamstresses always tell me that I have the nicest brides and I couldn't agree more!"

Browse New York City's most fashionable bridal salons on our NYC Dresses page!

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Sep 282015
The Jane Ballroom NYC Bachelorette Party Venues

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New York City is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to have a bachelorette party. With some of the best dining, nightlife and entertainment options at your fingertips, you'll be sure to have a memorable weekend!

Where to Party
The Jane Ballroom has two bar areas and an awesome dance floor for those who want to party the night away dancing on couches and singing along to hit songs spun by some of the city's best DJ's. The atmosphere is lively, similar to a nightclub, but the high ceilings and amazing décor give it a much classier feel.

Insider tip: The line to get in gets insanely long late at night; your best bet is to book a table or show up early around 9 or 10 p.m.

Where to Stay
The James Hotel offers modern accommodations right in the heart of Soho. They have an awesome rooftop pool (a rarity in Manhattan) and its downtown location makes hip bars and restaurants super accessible.

Insider tip: Check out the hotels bar, JIMMY, and take in the amazing views while sipping a watermelon tequila swizzle!

Where to Dine
La Esquina is a favorite amongst BRIDES editors for a fun night out on the town! This ultra trendy restaurant has ambient lighting, great music and an upbeat bar area — if you're lucky you'll spot a celebrity. Staff favorites include the elotes callejeros (grilled Mexican street corn) and tinga de pollo tostadas.

Insider tip: This restaurant books up quickly, so be sure to set a calendar reminder to make reservations as soon as the window opens (21 days to the date if your party is less than 9 people, 30 days if its more).

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Where to Relax
Bliss Spa Soho is the perfect place to get mani's with the girls while recovering from a wild night out. The atmosphere is modern and girly and it's in a great location if you want to go shopping after.

Insider tip: Prices are a bit steeper than your typical walk-in NYC nail joint, but it's worth it to splurge on a place that you know is reputable and super sanitary.

Where to Try Something New
Queen of the Night is hands down one of the best things to do in NYC. We don't want to give too much away, but we will say that it is not your typical "dinner theater" experience — the food, performers, and venue are absolutely out of this world.

Insider tip: Arrive on time, keep an open mind, and don't ruin the surprise by reading reviews ahead of time! Go for premium tickets if you want the entire group to sit together, although we recommend getting standard tickets and splitting up into groups of two or three throughout the general seating area.

Want to see more NYC venues for your wedding, bridal shower, or bachelorette party? Check out our New York Venues page to find the perfect location!

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Sep 262015
NYC Fashionable Wedding and Shower Venues

Photo: Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios

If you're a New York City bride in-the-know, chances are you've heard of Gabriella Risatti and her chic, namesake bridal salon. Her amazing Soho space caters to the style-obsessed New York City bride that craves well-curated gowns with amazing customer service, but also just wants to have fun when picking out her wedding dress! We adore Gabriella New York's laid-back, yet on-point vibe, so we were thrilled to sit down with her to "talk shop" about all things Manhattan weddings — from dresses and venues, to her likes and gripes on the NYC wedding scene.

Gabriella's Top Picks for an Amazing New York Bridal Shower
"Of course it depends on the number of people, but two of my favorite unexpected spots for bridal showers are the solarium at Margaux — the restaurant at the Marlton Hotel — and The Fat Radish on the Lower East Side, where I had my shower. The solarium at Margaux is extraordinary due to the amazing natural light. Even in the middle of winter you feel like you're outside. The Fat Radish is such a hip New York spot with an amazing brunch menu and plenty of fun cocktails to keep things festive. Your guests will be impressed with your ability to pick a spot they've never heard of!"

As For What to Wear?
"I love the idea of a white or ivory jumpsuit for a bridal shower at either location mentioned. A jumpsuit is a bit more fashion forward and edgy than a dress, which just feels right in NYC."

Rehearsal Dinner Locations Your Guests will Gush Over
"I've never been myself, but one of my lucky brides had her rehearsal dinner at Per Se, which sounded pretty amazing. For the rest of us who aren't quite so lucky, I absolutely love the carriage house at Palma in the Village or Lure in Soho. The carriage house at Palma is amazing because you truly feel like you've stepped back in time and are in someone's actual home right in New York City. Lure in Soho is a fun, upbeat spot in a killer New York location with unbelievable food. You can't go wrong in either."

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Epic New York City Wedding Venues You Must See
"There is truly nothing like getting married in Central Park for a true New Yorker — even a downtown dweller like myself. There are several different locations within the park where you can get married and they are all special in their own way. What is more romantic than getting married in Central Park in the spring?! Another one of my very favorite spots for a wedding in New York is Angel Orensanz. It's just an absolutely unbelievable space unlike anything else in the city. I love the fact that it's on the Lower East Side — one of my favorite neighborhoods — and that it has such history in the city."

A Quintessential Spot for a Post-Wedding Brunch
The Metropolitan Club across from Central Park is a really special space and would be ideal for a wedding brunch. Very New York! I see a short white dress at The Metropolitan Club. "Lady Stardust" by Amy Kuschel feels timeless and beautiful, just like the venue."

Find even more fashionable city venues for every wedding festivity on our NYC Venues page!

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Sep 232015
Atelier Isabey Wedding Invitations Interview

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Custom wedding invitations can be majorly gorgeous — but to get there, you definitely need to jive with your designer. There's a ton of back and forth in the creative process, so finding the right artist that "gets you" as a couple is often the most important part of the deal.

BRIDES had 10 minutes to chat with the ever-gracious and uber-talented Margot Hallac of the luxe New York City invitation studio, Atelier Isabey. We loved dishing with her on all the pretty details behind gorgeous wedding invitations — and what it takes to lock in a great groove with your stationery designer. Here are her top tips!

The best invitation designs aren't "modern or classic" — they're timeless.
"It's important to create an invitation that is visually beautiful, sophisticated, enticing to guests and most important of all, timeless. No matter how cool the design may look, every couple should make sure it's not just a passing trend that they may look back on and regret."

Detail is everything.
"It's not about the style of your wedding invite, it's about the detail that goes into it. We have a range of designs that appeal to many personal styles: classic, modern, artsy, destination, ethnic, etc. What they all have in common is that each piece is painstakingly designed with the closest attention to detail and printed with only the very best of materials and techniques."

Atelier Isabey Invitations Interview

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Want something unique? Consider mixed media invites!
"If you're looking for an out-of-the-box invite, consider mixed-media printing! We just did a wedding invitation for a Saudi princess, merging watercolor painting, hand calligraphy, foil stamping, and laser cutting. It combined all these special printing techniques in a way we've never done before."

Trust your designer's expertise
"As a designer, nothing is more exciting than a client saying 'I trust you, just go for it!' That's because it gives us the creative latitude to experiment and push ourselves above and beyond anything we've done in the past. Our most innovative work has stemmed from clients who were confident in our abilities and open to ideas they hadn't necessarily seen before."

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Tap your invitation designer's unique resources
"Ask about a designer's creative experiences. For me, my background really inspires my work. One of my father's ancestors was a famous painter who created portraits for French nobility (think: Napoleon and Marie Antoinette). So when I create invitations for our couples, I feel connected to my family. I think it's wonderful knowing we're creating art couples can keep and cherish forever."

Atelier Isabey Margot Hallac Interview

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Get inspired by design outside of the 'wedding world'
"For destination wedding ideas, I've been very inspired by editorial design, like gorgeous magazine spreads you would find in Vogue... There are so many details in a wedding weekend, so it's a wonderful opportunity to make it look like a fashion editorial spread!"

Pick a designer who (truly) loves what they do
"It's always about love. For us, not only do we love weddings, but we love working together. My husband Steve and I got engaged in 2007. I was working at several of the largest branding agencies in New York, so when it came time to design our invites, it was something I felt confident I could do. I knew I wanted something unique and creative, but still incredibly elegant. I fell in love with the process and was soon asked to design invitations for other brides, eventually starting out my own company, Atelier Isabey. The demand was huge so very soon afterwards, Steve, (who actually worked in finance!), decided to join me and bring his expertise in business management to our team. We balance each other perfectly, I run and direct all the creative while he is the business and logistics brains behind our brand."

Browse our New York City Invitations page to see dozens of stationers and designers!

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Sep 212015
Wedding at Locanda Verde

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As much as we love a lavish blowout, there's something very chic and modern about having a City Hall wedding, followed by an intimate celebration. Need evidence? It's how the ultimate New York girl, Carrie Bradshaw, decided to wed her longtime love. For brides who are looking to follow her lead, we've compiled a stylish how-to guide on how to have the perfect New York City Hall wedding.

1. Get your marriage license first, and then go back for the ceremony.
N.Y.C. requires that couples must wait 24 hours after they obtain their marriage license before getting married. No appointments are accepted so marriage ceremonies are performed on a first-come-first-served basis during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Manhattan). The fee to obtain the marriage license is $35 and the fee for the marriage ceremony is $25.

2. Bring a friend or two, but not too many.
The marriage ceremony at City Hall requires the presence of at least one witness who is over 18 years of age. "However, don't bring a huge crowd with you," says wedding planner Ashley Douglass. "There will already be other people at City Hall and having too many people in your party can quickly feel overwhelming."

3. Be strategic about what day you go.
Thursdays and Fridays tend to be busier days at the Marriage Bureau so avoid those peak times (and lines) — and go as early as possible. "Also avoid the days right before a holiday weekend. Many people will try to get married right before a holiday in order to have a mini-honeymoon over the long weekend," says Douglass.

4. Hire a photographer you love.
Bring a professional photographer who already has experience shooting at City Hall. "Hiring a professional to capture these special moments is essential," says planner Tracy Taylor Ward.

5. Don't scrimp on flowers.
Carry a bouquet that you love and have your groom wear a coordinating boutonniere," says Ward. Additionally, if you're inviting a friend or two to be bridesmaids, make sure that they carry bouquets.

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6. Take portraits at iconic N.Y.C. locations.
One of the best parts of getting married in New York is that you have the city as your backdrop. After your ceremony, make sure you schedule time for portraits. "From the steps of historical museums to the beautiful Conservatory Gardens at the north end of Central Park, there are so many wonderful options to choose from all over the city," says Ward.

Locanda Verde Restaurant NYC

Photo: Chris Knight

7. Plan a reception for your friends and family.
Whether you're thinking of hosting a post-ceremony brunch à la Bradshaw, or an intimate dinner party at a later time, invite your family and friends for a celebratory meal. One of the easiest ways to do this is to host your reception at a restaurant.

"Restaurants are, generally speaking, easier to book for events than traditional wedding venues," says Marie Lyons, Director of Events at Noho Hospitality Group. "For dinner parties, usually booking three to six months in advance is adequate. If you're booking a lunch — for example, if you get married at 11 a.m. on a weekday — then it's usually even easier to get a reservation."

Be sure to send a proper invitation to those you are inviting to the reception. "Use the wording 'wedding reception' to indicate that the invitation is for the party, not the actual ceremony," advises Douglass.

8. Consider the balance between food and ambiance.
"The great thing about hosting a reception at a restaurant is that you can really make the food your centerpiece," says Lyons. "Pick a restaurant that serves food you really love. If the cake and desserts are very important to you, then look for a restaurant that has a notable pastry program."

Equally as important, consider the ambiance and mood of the room that you're booking. "I am a huge fan of the private dining rooms that are part of Andrew Carmellini's restaurants — Locanda Verde, The Dutch, and Lafayette (where the photos above were taken). Across the board their spaces are very well designed yet unpretentious, while providing great service, creative food, and all around exceptional ambiance," says Ward. "I also gravitate towards sophisticated yet cozy wine cellars, such as Il Buco and Del Posto, or contemporary upscale private dining rooms, like Restaurant Daniel, Eleven Madison Park and The Four Seasons Restaurant."

9. Know if you need to hire a florist or coordinator.
"Private dining spaces are usually already beautifully decorated and there's no need for rentals as the restaurant provides everything from furniture to linens to the wait staff," explains Lyons. "However, if you want additional décor — such as specific centerpieces — then you will need to hire a florist. Work with the restaurant to see if there are any required vendors you need to work though."

Browse New York City vendors, venues and more on our New York Weddings page!

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Sep 172015
Best NYC Wedding Venues Manhattan Penthouse

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To help you find the best wedding vendors for your big day, we've teamed up with Wedding Wire to bring you hundreds of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors across the country! Not only that, but we've got photos, booking info and real brides' reviews of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors in your area. But some of these vendors are rated so highly, that we just had to bring them to your attention. Check out the highest-rated wedding venues in New York City below, and click through to see what real brides have to say.

Manhattan Penthouse & Alger House
The city-chic Manhattan Penthouse stands on famed Fifth Avenue, conjuring up images of Breakfast at Tiffany's and old-school New York City glamour in a trendy loft space that features a ballroom, grand piano, beautiful oak floors, and giant windows offering panoramic Manhattan views. The venue's other location, Alger House (a 1906 converted carriage house), is a more intimate space with an antique aura — full of unique artifacts, chandeliers, sky lights, and stained glass. Both are breathtakingly beautiful and unmistakably New York. Read real brides' reviews here!

Liberty House
If you're looking for a city view when saying "I do," then check out the stellar sights seen from Liberty House. With a dazzling view of the Manhattan skyline from its wrap-around terrace and the dramatic floor to ceiling windows in their grand ballroom, Liberty House is a dream come true for Big Apple brides: "Our guests were blown away by the Liberty House. The location is out of this world and the food is plentiful and delicious. Several guests have said our wedding was the best one they have ever attended, in large part due to the outstanding quality of the Liberty House!" Read real brides' reviews here!

Stroudsmoor Country Inn
Stroudsmoor Country Inn is only an hour outside of the city, but with all its country-chic elements, breathtaking views, and old world charm, it seems worlds away. This sprawling property boasts several ceremony and reception location options (including a stone castle, a rustic chapel overlooking the Cherry Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a restored barn in the lush surrounding forest, and a stately, elegant mansion), all looking like something straight out of a fairytale. Plus, Stroudsmoor offers all essential wedding services "under one roof" — such as photography, event planning, registry coordinators, floral designers, and bridal hair and makeup artists — for an unbelievably stress-free wedding day. Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Yale Club of New York City
This 22-story historical collegiate clubhouse, with its neoclassical and timeless design, is the picture-perfect venue for nuptials dripping with understated elegance. And their luxurious rooms and amenities for out-of-town-guests, in-house catering and wedding cake designers, and post-wedding brunch and rehearsal dinner spaces, make for some very blissful brides: "The most magical day! My husband and I still can't get over how phenomenal our wedding was at the Yale Club. For our 1920's themed wedding, I think our guests truly felt like they were at a Gatsby party! We are so happy that we got to celebrate our marriage at the Yale Club and our guests were so happy too — everyone had smiles on their faces the entire time! It was such a treat to experience!" Read real brides' reviews here!

Brooklyn Winery
This warm, romantic space is actually a fully-functioning winery, so Brooklyn brides can sip on house-made wine at their rustic reception. Featuring barn wood walls, vintage 1940's wallpaper, and midcentury adornments, the space's candlelit glow is soft and inviting, making the floor-to-ceiling barrels of aging wine a magical backdrop for your "I do's." Read real brides' reviews here!

Browse our New York City Venues page to see even more beautiful locations for your big day!

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Sep 152015
NYC Wedding Bakeries Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

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Getting married in New York City? Here are our favorite local wedding cake bakers who will whip up the confection of your dreams.

Ron Ben-Israel Cakes (Above)
Master cake designer Ron Ben-Israel is known for his impeccably executed cakes and stunning, intricately hand-crafted sugar flowers you'll swear are real. Read real brides' reviews here!

Best wedding cake bakers in Los Angeles

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Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
Dessert designer to the stars, Sylvia Weinstock creates jaw-droppingly gorgeous cakes embellished in the most stunning sugar flowers. She only uses buttercream to frost her confections (not fondant), so air-conditioning is a must to ensure it won't melt. Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Best Wedding Cakes Cheryl Kleinman

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Cheryl Kleinman Cakes
Brooklyn-based industry vet Cheryl Kleinman sculpts her chic, streamlined cakes using fondant, marzipan, and buttercream icing; inside, you'll find delectable flavors like hazelnut-almond, apricot pound cake, and old-fashioned banana. Read real brides' reviews here!

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NYC Best Wedding Bakeries Lael Cakes

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Lael Cakes
Emily Aumiller of Lael Cakes proves that vegan and gluten-free confections can taste (and look!) delicious. Her beautiful wedding cakes are made using alternative flours like millet, tapioca, and brown rice, and she makes her food-coloring dyes from scratch (her red-velvet cake gets its color from fresh beet juice!). Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Best Wedding Bakeries A White Cake

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A White Cake
With a background in interior design, it's not surprising that Lauren Bohl White's confections feature crisp, precise patterns and have a clean, architectural quality. She also runs a sister company A Simple Cake, known for its more wallet-friendly wedding confections. Read real brides' reviews here!

Browse through even more wedding sweet treats on our New York City Cakes page!

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Sep 142015
Bella Figura Classic NYC Wedding Invitations

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Classic New York City brides who want to take their guests' breath away, turn to these couture stationery designers to create whimsical watercolor paintings, intricate and architectural boxes, and custom etched monograms that put the art into invitations.

Bella Figura (Above)
While they are actually located in a 100-year-old warehouse in Central New York state, Bella Figura is notably one of the most renowned stationery designers for New York City weddings, due to their passion for time-honored letterpress techniques. They print using antique cast-iron presses, and the self-described "paper, time, and patience" that yield classic and elegant wedding invitations with a decidedly romantic touch and feel. In addition to churning out over 325 gorgeous designs (and counting!), Bella Figura practices progressive green printing, by using tree-free paper and recycled envelope liners, and also houses a generous charity initiative, where they donate a portion of sales to environmental organizations. Read real brides' reviews here!

Classic Wedding Invitation Designers Ceci New York

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Ceci New York
Known as a pioneer of luxurious fine paper design, Ceci New York's name has become eponymous with stylish wedding invitations. For over 11 years, Ceci has fostered her love of paper, design, and innovation into a global brand that works with fashionable couples all over the world, to create original pieces that uniquely brand their love. Some recent Ceci New York designs include an elevating box (it raises upon opening), several commissioned watercolor paintings, an invitation set featuring innovative foil stamping, laser cutting and envelope converting, a storybook/enchanted garden style suite for a library wedding, and a gilded Texas wedding complete with a branded dance floor and lighting. With every wedding, Ceci New York strives to go beyond the monogram to personalize a couple's love and showcase its unique beauty. Read real brides' reviews here!

Regas NYC Classic Wedding Invitations

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Regas is the brainschild of Meredith Kurosko, a past Saks Fifth Avenue art director who first discovered her love of fine stationery design when creating her sister's wedding invitations in 2004. She vigilantly honed her talents working at grand NYC weddings in order to open her design studio's doors in 2009, and has since built her staff to include a passionate team of artists who share her love of telling a story through a complete design system. The Regas studio thrives on getting to know each client's history and translating it into a custom design — first with beautiful mood boards, and later with original sketches and paintings that add a delightful hand-crafted, yet elevated, quality to their work. Read real brides' reviews here!

East Six Classic NYC Wedding Stationary

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East Six
Marina and Stacy's bi-coastal design studio was initially born of a childhood friendship — they met when they were six years old on the Upper East Side (hence the name, East Six)! After culminating years of mutual experience in the art, design, and fashion worlds, the old friends developed their first boutique design studio in NYC to cater to couples that wanted to incorporate their discerning style, beautiful story, and stunning wedding day vision into all facets of their stationery. With a roster of clients all over the world (and several industry accolades to boot), East Six opened their LA studio space in 2012. Both studios work diligently on a six-step design process to assure that every bride's vision is expertly elevated and perfectly executed for her big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

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NYC Classic Wedding Invitations Atelier Isabey

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Atelier Isabey
Atelier Isabey's founder, Margot Hallac, has artistic attention to detail in her blood. Her great grandfather was a famous French miniaturist painter during the early 19th century in Versailles, who counted Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte as esteemed clients. Several generations later, Margot continues a tradition of artistry specializing in creating couture invitations and social stationery for a discerning clientele that is looking for quality design and finely crafted stationery to complement their special event. Margot and her husband, Steven, are passionate about beautiful design, fine typography, high craftsmanship, and luxurious handmade materials that reflect the mood and personality of individual people, and have designed invitations and stationery for a notable elite including high-profile clients, celebrities, and royalty. Read real brides' reviews here!

Judy Paulen Designs NYC Classic Wedding Invitations

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Judy Paulen Designs
With over 30 years experience in both invitation design and party planning, Judy Paulen Design provides a unique perspective to the New York City wedding invitation world by understanding both the logistical and the aesthetic ends of event design. The family-run business offers invitations, save-the-dates, menus, and programs that have a classic vibe, yet modern sensibility. While the studio can create a completely customized piece, they also curate an assortment of designs from leading stationery brands such as Checkerboard, Dauphine Press, Wiley Valentine, and William Arthur. In 2004, Judy Paulen Designs opened their retail location inside Bloomingdale's 59th Street, where they are able to offer their assortment of stationery and invitations to a broader clientele. Read real brides' reviews here!

Lela New York Classic Wedding Invitations

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Lela New York
Known for their beautiful, couture boxed and gatefold invitations, Lela New York strives to break the mold by going beyond paper-only designs for brides who gravitate toward luxe elegance and unique presentation. Currently, the design house is elevating their signature designs by mixing other materials, such as silver or gold foil, metal, silk, acrylic, and glass into their pieces. Lela New York brides come from as far as Dubai, Europe, and Africa but the designer's favorites are clients who are in love and constantly radiate happy energy. Lela claims to thrive on that excitement, as it inspires unique creations worthy of her clients' dream weddings. Read real brides' reviews here!

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NYC Rooftop Wedding Venues Midtown Loft and Terrace

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Whether you're here to party, marry, or hang with your new husband, the city that never sleeps has something for everyone. Here's where to sleep, eat and what to do in the Big Apple for your bachelorette party, wedding or honeymoon.

The Bachelorette Party
Stay: Wythe Hotel
Check out Brooklyn by checking in to this buzzy hotel by Williamsburg's waterfront. Hit the hood's hot spots, all in walking distance, then head back to the see-and-be-seen rooftop bar in time to score a table.

Eat: Gallow Green
Hit the all-you-can-nosh brunch at this restaurant atop Chelsea's McKittrick Hotel (home to popular Macbeth offshoot Sleep No More) and chill to live jazz while throwing back Bellinis and cold fried chicken with honey sauce.

Do: No. 8
Strap on the stilettos and buckle up for a bacchanalian dance party among the Beautiful People. (Jourdan Dunn's a fan.) The ballroom provides the glamour; the rec room has a laid-back boho vibe.

See More: Wedding Invitations Slipped Your Mind? See Where to Go for the Chicest Invites in NYC

The Wedding
Stay: Viceroy New York
Steer out-of-town guests to this sleek hotel with a primo Midtown location and roof bar overlooking Central Park. Bonus: Every room comes with a free Uber ride. (A safe trip home for all!) Doubles from $264; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com.

Eat: Dirty French
Have your rehearsal dinner at this happening Lower East Side restaurant at the Ludlow Hotel and you'll impress guests with tasty global twists on French bistro fare and inventive cocktails. (Chai bourbon, anyone?)

Do: Ellis Island
For iconic I do's, wed with a view of the skyline, then party in the grand Immigration Museum. Or score points with your hipster friends by saying your vows at Brooklyn's industrial-chic Green Building or SoHo's cozy-cool Housing Works bookstore.

The Honeymoon
Stay: The Towers at the New York Palace
Spend your newlywed nights at this hotel within a hotel featuring private elevators, an attendant to unpack your things, and chauffeur service in a Maybach. Baller. Doubles from $495; newyorkpalace.com.

Eat: Il Buco
Descend into the cavelike wine cellar of celebrated Italian eatery Il Buco for killer vino and sexy Mediterranean dishes that change daily. For dessert? A romantic stroll down the cobblestones of Bond Street, hand in hand.

Do: Queen of the Night
This decadent interactive dinner-theater show at the Paramount Hotel is so hot, Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent were seen slow dancing together at a performance.

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