The Los Angeles Party Planning Guide
Pulling together the right event mix—whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or a party for no real reason at all—is all about a certain special sauce. Great food and drinks, spot-on music, maybe a few extra shenanigans and flowers for fun, plus a great photographer to capture it all. Below, our Los Angeles Rolodex of great vendors.
Be A Heart1423 Mohawk St., Silver Lake | 480.459.1716
This design studio is really a jack-of-all-trades—Erica does everything from graphic design and logos to framed prints to, yes, stunning, modern wedding invitations. Don’t forget to ask about her whimsical, curvy calligraphy, which she does for invitations, menus, place cards, and more.
Jonathan Wright & Company7404 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood | 323.931.1710
Jonathan Wright offers beautiful 19th century-esque engraved style stationery and custom letterpress for those who value the power of a written note. They're great with everything from a basic thank you card to ornate wedding invitations.
Poste & Co.923 20th St., Santa Monica | 323.457.4220
Lily Lasuzzo produced trailers (Up, Mamma Mia, Sex and the City) before turning her creative talents to invitation design. (She discovered her passion for paper products when she was planning her own wedding, and, not satisfied with the custom options available, decided to make her own.) Poste & Co. does event branding for essentially every occasion from kids’ birthday parties to showers and weddings, and styles range from classic to clean and whimsical.
Sugar Paper225 26th St., Brentwood | 310.451.7870
Known for modern and beautiful letterpress stationery, Sugar Paper also does do great holiday cards, wedding invitations, and monogramming. The tiny shop (in the Brentwood Country Mart) also offers cards and paper goods from Rifle Paper Co., Kate Spade, and more.
The Chain Press| [email protected]
The best businesses are born out of need. The Chain Press is one such example. Masterminded by Naoise McGee, an Irish émigré who missed handwritten letters, the company celebrates old-fashioned craft and encourages the simple gesture of sending a note or invitation on proper stationery. McGee works with clients to create designs and monograms that reflect their personalities and passions. Aside from bespoke personal stationery, the Chain Press also designs custom wedding invitations, announcement cards, even accent pieces for the home, all handmade by McGee—a one-woman show—on a midcentury Vandercook cylinder press in her new Los Angeles atelier.
Tiny Pine Press Letterpress Stationery| 818.625.3723
Tiny Pine Press isn't actually all that tiny: They've been in the business of classic, handmade letterpress goods for over a decade. While it's often our go-to for custom menus, invites, and place cards, their repertoire also includes calling cards, personalized stationery, and branding materials.