Hi I'm Joy - Owner and the Creative Force at The Stationery Bar! Welcome and I hope we become fast friends because I love all things sparkly and girly (just wait until you step into my showroom) but also romantic and timeless. I truly believe in the whole experience from the moment we meet to the moment you pick up your invitations - it's something that I wanted when I was planning my wedding and so I strive to give that to each bride that walks through my doors.
Although I am city born and bred - I have been in love with Long Island since I moved here 12 years ago when I got married. I opened my showroom in 2018 although I have been designing invitations for the last 10 years. My husband is the owner of the Six Juice - a natural fresh fruit and vegetable juice company with a juice bar in Sayville, so my home is crazy town at all times with 2 businesses growing at the same time! But I wouldn't change it for the world.
The Stationery Bar is your premier choice for high end wedding invitations on Long Island. Work with me directly to create a custom package perfectly reflective of your love story. I hope to see you soon!
The Wedding Industry
I graduated from City College with a degree in graphic design and advertising. I grew up in downtown Manhattan and stayed home for school - this was great for me because I was engulfed in art and began working as a graphic designer while still in school. I used to design Disney furniture for kids - think Disney princesses!
I fell in love with the wedding industry while designing my own invitations - it was then that I knew this was for me. While working for others I never felt truly fulfilled, it wasn't until I ventured off on my own that I fell in love with what I do. I love the love story and being a part of that is amazing, being able to help a couple tell their perfect love story is why I do what I do.
The Wedding Memories
Actually, my favorite wedding memory is my very own. My husband and I got married right in our town of Bay Shore. It was the perfect October evening for a wedding on the water. It was the best day of my life, we just had fun! Fun with each other and with our best friends and family.
I specialize in custom wedding invitations - therefore I do not use books because I believe wedding invitations should 100% be what you want and should represent your style and taste. I use the best and most luxurious materials from double thick cotton card stock to handmade paper, acrylic, velvet, silk and even leather. I also provide all kinds of printing from digital to letterpress, foil stamping, embossing and engraving.
All of your wedding stationery should look like they are from the same family - from your save the dates to your day of stationery, seating charts and signage.
The only way to ensure the best of the best is to customize every detail.
I opened my showroom in 2018 although I have been designing invitations for the last 10 years. Throughout the years I failed to find an anyone who could offer the level of customization that I wanted which is the primary reason I designed my own invitations 12 years ago. Everything I saw at the time looked exactly the same - nothing special, nothing that felt like me, no glam showroom where I could go and look, feel and touch. Everything looked and felt basic and cookie cutter.
If I was looking for that kind of specialty, then I knew other brides were looking too. I wanted to be the business I was looking for and offer the level of service and design that I expect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should we mail our wedding invitations?
A: 8 weeks prior to your wedding is ideal.
Q: How do we make sure guests know who and who is not invited in a household?
A: Everyone invited to your wedding should be listed on the wedding invitation envelope, including children.
Q: Can I just order the exact number of invitations that I need?
A: I always recommend 10-15 extra invitations (the post office loses mail all the time!)
In all the crazy planning you may accidentally leave a family member off of the list.
I guarantee your mom and mother-in-law will want 3 invitations each as keepsakes! LOL
Ordering a small number of invitations after your set is already printed and assembled is crazy expensive - always try to avoid this!
Q: Ummm I don't know what I want, can you helpppp?
A: Of course, I can - I will ask a bunch of questions to get an idea of your style and wedding vibe. I may ask to see pics of your dress and flowers also - then leave the rest to me!
I'm a dog mom! I have a Pit Bull and a Cane Corso Lab mix - they couldn't be more different from each other (one is always in doggie HYPERDRIVE and the other is a STAGE FOUR clinger) but are oh so very much best friends. I love spending time with them and the hubs (our perfect little family). Orange Theory is my jam! If you're a Bay Shore local and an Orange Theory member we probably have taken class together - catch me on that tread!