NYC Bees – Share your vendors!

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 4
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wedding date: October 9, 2010

Venue: Ceremony at St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, Reception at Giando’s on the Water.  Giando’s definitely gets 5 stars! I can’t bring myself to rate a church, since that seems a big sacreligious, but St. Stan’s is gorgeous!



Caterer: Giando’s on the Water, 5 stars.  Great food, large portions, and very attentive staff!

Coordinator: Hollie Holmes of Exquisite Affairs Productions (although I think she has since left the company) 5 Stars!  She was a huge help in keeping me organized before the wedding, and made sure everything ran smoothly the day of, so I had nothing to worry about.

Photographer: Ryan Brenizer. Absolutely amazing!  I’d give him 10 stars.  Everyone raves about our photos!  Ryan is so easy to get along with, and was like an unobtrusive ninja capturing our day.

DJ/Band: Carol Moore of A Starry Night.  5 Stars!  LOVE her!  So many DJ’s out there are totally in your face and obnoxious.  Carol is not one of those types.  She was so nice and tasteful, and knew how to keep the party going without getting into guests faces.

Florist: 3 stars. We used Pedestal’s, per our venue’s recommendation.  Our first floral designer that we worked with, Vito, was great.  Unfortunately, he got into an accident a few months before our wedding, so we had to switch to Virgil.  Virgil does amazing work, and I loved our bouquets and centerpieces, but he was incredibly hard to get in touch with, and it was difficult for us to travel out to the LI showroom to see him.

Cake: Penny of Sugar Couture.  Hands down, the most beautiful, best tasting cake I’ve ever had.  We got SO many compliments on our cakes.  I had several guests call me up after the wedding to get her contact info.

Penny also introduced us to the idea of using cookies that double as escort cards as the favor.  They were a huge hit, and tons of people complimented me on such a unique idea!

Officiant: Father Curley, a priest from my childhood parish in Manhattan, was gracious enough to come out to Brooklyn to precide over our ceremony, which was in my husband’s parish. He was awesome!

Dress: 4 Stars! My dress was a Lazaro, bought at Kleinfeld’s.  I had a great experiance at Kleinfeld’s! Dianne, my consultant, was wonderful, as was Mariella, who did my alterations. I wish I could wear my dress all the time!

Shoes: Eddy, by Bagdley Mischka.  Bought on sale on! 4 stars. Super comfortable, and gorgeous! Only 2.5 inches high, so I didn’t tower over people too much.

Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: By Jim Hjelm, bought from Pearl’s Place.  My girls loved it, and Pearl’s Place has great service! 4 stars! (photo by my mom, not our photographer)

Hair & Make-up: I used Maureen Pedala for makeup, and her sister, Claudia Pedala for hair.  I absolutely loved them both, and I highly recommend them!  I loved them both so much that I hired them for the full day, and treated my mom and bridesmaids to their services as well! πŸ™‚

(we switched up my hairstyle for the reception!) πŸ™‚

Invitations: I made our invitations myself, using pocketfolds from CardsandPockets.  They also did the printing on the invite and inserts for me.  Highly recommend them! 5 Stars!

Rings: My engagement ring was custom made by Little King with lots of input from my now husband.  I got the sapphire and diamond ring of my dreams!  Although it did take them longer than anticipated for the ring to finally be complete, so my husband had to delay the proposal unfortunately. πŸ™  3 stars, due to delays, but the ring itself is 5 stars!


My husband and I orded our wedding rings from Brilliant Earth. I give them 5 stars!

Post # 5
45 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I just for married last weekend and was SO happy with my vendors in general – please feel free to reach out if you want more details! I would have no hesitation in recommending any of the below.I felt like we had an amazing team working with us on the day.


You can see our wedding pictures here if you’re interested. I’ll be selling my dress in a few weeks too – street size 4-6.

Post # 7
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Here’s a list of vendors from our wedding. I don’t have pictures yet and I’m still working on reviews. All very amazing vendors!



Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Some of our favorite vendors we used πŸ™‚

  • Wedding date: August 28, 2009
  • Venue: Bridgewaters (down by the South Street Seaport, loved bing down by the water but sortof wide open, not so intimate)
  • Caterer: Chinatown Brasserie (yum dim sum! It was delicious and so much more low-maintenance. Be prepared to stay hands-off, though…no bossing these guys around)
  • Photographer: Gruber Photographers (can’t tell you how beautiful those photos were)
  • Florist: Big Apple Florist (5 stars! Check out our blog post on their site)
  • Rings: Michael C Fina

Post # 9
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Here you go all my fellow city brides! Who doesn’t love a classic New York wedding?   Kiss

Post # 10
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We planned our wedding in 4.5 months, so the vendors on this list are people who can really execute. πŸ™‚  They all worked with me extensively online rather than in person – I had just moved to SF but was planning an NYC wedding.

  • Wedding date: Nov 12, 2011. 
  • Venue:  Harold Pratt House, 5 stars – Beth and Madison are lovely. Fee includes table & leather folding chair rentals. You also have to pay $1000 for security, which seemed silly. Don’t plan on using their AV, it can’t handle an iPod. 
  • Caterer: Gracious Thyme, 5 stars.  I was living in CA so only my Darling Husband went to the tasting; Lisa sent me a box of consolation macaroons. So thoughtful!! They booked the rentals for me but let me pay directly (avoiding duplicate tax), at their suggestion. Impeccable service, delicious food. Allowed us to do pay-per-consumption liquor, which was awesome since a lot of our guests don’t drink but we wanted to offer a full bar anyway.
  • Coordinator: Bellafare, 1000 stars. I got their month-of package and I can’t rave about them enough. Absolute godsends, consummate professionals, incredibly helpful.  Lauren & Kristin will make the trains run on time. They are also talented designers, and helped me pull together a table design in 3 weeks after our florist unexpectedly quit.
  • Photographer: Three Winks Studio, 5 stars. Stacy is based in Utah but even with travel fare her rates are fantastic. Our photos are amazing – I’ll put some up on the recap board here. She has tons of weddings up on her blog. I love her details shots.
  • DJ/Band: Sly Blue, 5 stars, swing & blues band. They played a set during cocktail hour with just part of the band, great for mood music. Brought their own AV equipment.
  • Florist: Verde. 5 stars. Oh-my-god amazing for an incredible price. Bellafare found them with 3 weeks notice after our other florist unexpectly quit. Highly, highly recommend.  
  • Cake: A Simple Cake, 4 stars. It was good but not amazing, honestly. A little dry.  Super convenient to order, though – you can book the design online – and a great price.  
  • Officiant: Our clergyman.
  • Dress: Alexander McQueen for the ceremony & dinner with a veil by Honeycomb Veils (I found antique edge lace and she made it to spec). Reception dress was handmade by a friend, reception birdcage veil made by me.   
  • Shoes: Louboutin for the ceremony & dinner, Miu Miu flats for dancing. 
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Whatever shade of grey & style of dress they wanted, and they all looked lovely.
  • Hair & Make-up: Styled By Jen
  • 4 stars – she was talented and had incredibly reasonable rates, but I was looking for guidance (I don’t wear makeup) and there really wasn’t any. Her execution is fantastic, but be prepared to spell out exactly what you want (I did with my hair, and loved it). I think her hair skills are stronger than makeup.

  • Stationary: DIY design, letterpress invitations by Mercurio Brothers (5 stars), all other paperware DIY.
  • Rings: My engagement ring is antique and I didn’t want a band. His is titanium, and from eBay. 

I have a lot of DIYs and details up on my blog.  Happy to answer any questions about NYC vendors…it can be really tough to find people with reasonable rates in this town.  πŸ™‚ 

Post # 11
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Super useful! Will post mine…

Post # 12
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Angel Orensanz Foundation

  • Wedding date: Sept 5th, 2010
  • Venue:  The Angel Orensanz Foundation GOD, I LOVE THEM!  It’s one of those places that you either “get it” or you don’t.  I’m from the Lower East Side and grew up walking past the Ornesanz, it was my dream venue with the history and the old architecture.  They left up an art show we admired for our cocktail & reception, since we’re an art oriented family (hubby was an art professor, I worked in a gallery, come from family of writers/actorspainters/musicians) and it was so cool. Love that the rental includes all the important things that add up as incidentals–chairs, tables, plates, flatware, etc.  5 out of 5
  • Caterer & Coordinator: Tasteful Events Catering, LI 4 out of 5 stars
  • Photographer: 5 out of 5 stars Don Sung is the man.  He was a lot of fun and the pictures were beautiful. Unobtrusive but was able to capture all the important moments.  I was actually happy to have him around.  Was referred to me by a friend and I in turn recommend him highly to anyone who asks. He’s shooting my cousin’s wedding later this year.
  • DJ/Band: NYParty Productions – my DJ had to cancel for the first time in his 20+ years! BUT he found us a replacement with a friend of his who was an incredible DJ.  Frank was amazing.  I mean legit knocked my socks off, we had the best party ever! As a former club kid, the music was the most important element to my planning and till this day we still get compliments on what a fun wedding we had.  Danced all night, he wasn’t a cheeseball trying to talk a lot, either. Was on point with all the types of music, spanning decades, genres, languages.  Loved him.
  • Florist: Flores del Valle in Bushwick, Bklyn, 4 stars. Got exactly what I wanted for a price that you cannot beat with a stick. Had 10 centerpieces and 3 bouquets, 4 boutonnieres, 2 corsages with roses and seeded eucalyptus for under $1,000.  Delivery was on time, and even though the shop was in the process of MOVING locations, the owner assured me that all would be well and she executed my vision beautifully. More like 4.5 stars, would have given 5 but my bouquet was *slightly* smaller than I thought it would be.
  • Cake: Mazur’s Bakery in NJ–they’re friends of my in laws and are known for their wedding cakes in Northern NJ: 5 stars!  We sent faxes and emails with the exact style of scrollwork I wanted on the cake and it was as beautiful as I dreamt of and more.  The cake tasted like gourmet devil dogs, it was so good I almost died.
  • Officiant: Friends of the family who are interfaith ministers and a happy, cooperative, and loving married couple.  It was personal, funny, quirky, and special to us.  We’re not religious, and it was important to have the entore thing be very “us” and personal.  It was beautiful–even my most hardened dude friends cried during our ceremony, and we had plenty of laughs, too.
  • Dress: David’s Bridal –and I’d do it again! I didn’t want to be fussy for something I was going to wear once for less than a full day.  I just wanted to look pretty & be comfortable and have money in my budget for more important things.
  • Shoes: Blue kitten heels from DSW
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: David’s Bridal
  • Hair & Make-up: I’m a beauty pro–did my own hair and had a close friend who is a famous MUA do my face because I wasn’t going to trust anyone else to do it and my own hands were shaking!  Had another MUA pal that I share work with go to the Orensanz’s bridal suite to do my mom and BMs as a gift.

  • Stationary:
  • Rings: K&D International Jewelers in Astoria, Queens. We bought our rings there, and they became good friends of ours–we even invited them to the wedding!  They lent me 10 carat vintage Harry Winston diamond earrings & a beautiful diamond and white gold necklace for the day (can you say dripping in diamonds!?)  They have so many interesting and unique pieces, you can easily get lost perusing their cases.

Post # 13
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My turn! Finally!

  • Wedding date: 3.10.12
  • Venue: reBar. 5 stars. People RAVED about the food. If you are a non-traditional couple, this is your place, because people were constantly telling us it was so “us.”
  • Caterer: food from reBar – 5 stars
  • Coordinator: Veronica (from reBar). 5 stars (to all the staff). The staff was the primary reason we chose reBar. They made us feel relaxed from day one and are nothing but nice to everyone.
  • Photographer: Konrad Brattke. 5 stars – he is awesome, reliable, more than prompt, energetic, and knows how to get great shots in the NYC neighborhood. Seriously recommended
  • DJ/Band: n/a (iPod)
  • Florist: n/a (used glass flowers from Corning Museum of Glass and they looked beautiful!)
  • Cake: used pie from an upstate NY bakery (The Cookie Factory)
  • Officiant: had a friend ordained
  • Dress: rschone (local seller from etsy). 5 stars – it was sheer dumb luck that she happened to live in Brooklyn when I originally ordered. She let me come look at the dress during the process and I actually got to pick it up from her instead of having to have it shipped. She was extremely nice to work with and everyone was asking where my dress was from the entire day.
  • Shoes: Bergdorf Goodman (Kate Spade). Bought online.
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: They chose their own
  • Hair Stylist: Sissi Chan – 5 stars. She is hands down the best. Nice, professional, and did such an amazing job on my mom and me.
  • Make-up artist: Sissi Chan
  • Invitations: ordered from vistaprint
  • Rings: Darling Husband got his from The Clay Pot, Brooklyn. (Mine is a family heirloom). The Clay Pot gets 5 stars. The people there don’t work on commission, so they don’t pressure you and are so patient when dealing with you. And they have such an amazingly beautiful handmade selection. If and when my ring falls apart (it’s from the 1800s and I don’t know how long I’ll be able to wear it for) I will definitely go there to get a new band.

Post # 14
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KateinNYC:  I’m looking at so many of the same vendors as you are for my 2013 wedding! I’m having it at the Foundry and looking into Real Food Catering. I’m still in the really early stages of communication with them but if you can provide any insights on how they were like to work with (pricing, food quality, service, DOC services, etc) that would be amazing!

I’m also looking at booking Sachiko but I think that would be futher out in the future closer to the wedding. How early did you have to book her?

Post # 15
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


  • Wedding date: 8/12/11

  • Caterer: Fiesta Banquets

  • DJ/Band: Friend of the Family

  • Florist: n/a – I did the centerpieces

  • Cake: Fiesta Banquet Provided

  • Officiant:  Family Member

  • Dress: David’s Bridal

  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: David’s Bridal


Post # 16
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am guessing there are many more NYC brides out there! Can we get your input as well? It’d be tremendously helpful!!!

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