Photo: Courtesy of Bella Figura
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!
Photo: Courtesy of Ceci New York
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!
Photo: Courtesy of Regas Studio
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!
Photo: Courtesy of 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!
Photo: Courtesy of 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!
Photo: Courtesy of Lela New York
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!