With a high-quality inventory, Alpine has worked with the likes of Ellen Degeneres and Ivana Trump. From the necessary (sets of invitations, thank-you notes, RSVP cards, and envelopes) to the elaborate (beveled-edge menus with hand-calligraphed guest names), almost everything is produced in-house. Prices vary; Alpine never charges a design fee.arthursinvitations.com
This full-service, Union Square-area emporium features personal consultants and custom-printed suites. In-house calligraphers and graphic designers make sure that couples find what they want among the plethora of options-otherwise, they’ll do special orders. Prices range from $700 to $5,000 for a set of 100 four-piece invitations.bernardmaisner.com
Maisner, a professional calligrapher, is lauded for his ornate writing; beautiful, decorative detailing; and high-quality paper. His work is refined but also exudes personality. Services include calligraphy, design, and full-service engraving. Engraved wedding sets start around $3,000 for 100. Hand-addressed envelopes cost $3 to $5 per line.
This quaint, nineteenth-century-style print shop uses letterpresses dating as far back as 1844 to make custom stationery and invitations. Announcement cards ($375 for 50), four-piece invitations ($1,100 for 100), and reception cards ($245 for 100) are all printed on Crane & Co. paper.
Buchanan-Smith LLC325 W. 38th St., nr Eighth Ave., Ste. 1502; 646-472-5099; buchanansmith.com
Founder Peter Buchanan-Smith searches for the "uncommon beauty of common things" in each of his lively designs. Well-established in the graphic-design world-Buchanan-Smith has served as creative director for Paper Magazine and won a Grammy for his design of a Wilco album-he recently started bringing his fresh ideas to the world of invitations. Prices upon request.cartier.com
Couples love Cartier’s Social Stationery, which harks back to Jazz Age glamour. For weddings, the style is classic, conservative, and very high-end (they only offer engraving). Prices upon requestcecinewyork.com
At this award-winning studio, brides can choose from more than 60 ready-to-order designs from the new White Label collection, or meet with owner-designer Lisa Hoffman for made-to-order personalized invitations. A set of 100 four-piece invitations starts at $1,500 for ready-to-order, and $2,200 for couture designs.
Get whimsical and clean letterpress invitations-a delight to those bored with formal design houses-from this former Kate Spade designer.crane.com
This Massachusetts-based company, which produces the paper for U.S. currency, has been making top-notch traditional cotton stationery for more than 200 years. Crafty couples love Crane’s DIY blank program kits, which come with pre-scored, pre-drilled cards and sheets tied with ribbon. From about $750 for 100 engraved wedding invitations and response cards.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Bella Figura
509 West Fayette Street, Studio 135 Syracuse, New York 13204 ; Tel: 866-699-6040 ; bellafigura.com
With over 325 designs and counting, Bella Figura offers one of the most extensive collections of letterpressed, foil stamped, and digitally printed wedding invitations in the world -- with styles ranging from vintage to modern to traditional and everything in between.
- Fancy That
12 West 57th Street, Suite 403 New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 212-957-0005 ; www.fancythatnyc.com
Fancy That NYC designs the most unique and amazing invitations you can imagine. Always brimming with bright ideas, interesting concepts and sentimental design. Fancy That never fails to amaze through genuine collaboration and superior execution.
- Vera Wang Papers
The modern, sophisticated style of Vera Wang is captured perfectly in Vera Wang Fine Papers, a collection of couture stationery that is inspired by the designer’s bridal and ready-to-wear lines and epitomizes the exquisite, unexpected details for which she has always been known.
- Village Invites
10 East 39th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10016 ;
Tel: 212-220-6199 ; www.villageinvites.com
The Village Invites has Manhattan's best selection of wedding stationery. Planning the perfect wedding? Choose the perfect invitation from our letterpress, engraved, thermographed, and offset designs, ranging from elegantly traditional to wildly unique. Our expert consultants/ graphic designers will gladly assist you in creating your dream invitation.