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Black-Owned Businesses in NYC for Your Chic Wedding or Party

From fashion, music, performing arts, and so many other industries, Black-owned businesses in NYC have become world-wide trend-setters in their fields, and the events industry is no exception. In the city “where dreams are made of” there’s no shortage of talented Black-owned event companies and venues to bring your dream wedding or special event to life —  each with a unique set of skills and experiences.

For a while, I’ve felt that finding these amazing Black-owned businesses to support and hire for an event has been a difficult task — without knowing someone who knows someone, or having luck down an Instagram rabbit hole, there are too few curated resources where the information is easily accessible to everyone. 

We’ve assembled this starter list of Black-owned businesses in NYC in an effort to elevate the incredible work of these accomplished event professionals, and to help consumers find their perfect match for event partners and venues. 

Our hope is to continue to grow this list as a resource for hosts planning every type of celebration — from weddings and milestone birthday parties to baby showers and corporate events. Please email us if you know of other Black-owned businesses to support in New York or would like to be added to this list.

Black Event Planners

Events by Mona Lisa

Black and white wedding portrait | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Events By Mona Lisa

New York, NY

  • Boutique firm offering month-of planning, partial planning, and full-service planning — with options for a custom-tailored package to suit the specific needs of each and every client
  • Events by Mona Lisa specialize in weddings, celebrations, and private events across the country 
Events By Mona Lisa

Events By Mona Lisa

New York, New York

Guerdy Design

Glass archways at the end of a wedding aisle with white florals overhead | PartySlate
photographer: JSP

New York, NY 

  • With over 13 years of event design and production experience, Guerdy Design shows an impressive attention to detail and creativity; the team believes that your event should let your personality shine through
  • Based in New York and Miami, Guerdy Design boasts experience in every type of event — from style-forward weddings and holiday parties to birthday gatherings and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Guerdy Design

Guerdy Design

New York, New York

HerKreations

Blue and gray balloon installation and an icy blue tiered cake | PartySlate
photo courtesy of HerKreations

New York, NY

  • HerKreations is a planning and wedding design company renowned for their creativity and talent for producing immersive experiences
  • Plan and design weddings and other social events in New York and New Jersey
HerKreations

HerKreations

New York, New York

Kayla Belle Events

Wedding reception table arrangements with a gold dance floor and white florals | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Kayle Belle Events

New York, NY

  • Kayla Belle Events is a planning and floral design company with a focus on imaginative details and elegant designs
  • Plan and design wedding and social parties in New York City
Kayla Belle Events

Kayla Belle Events

New York, New York

Fallon Carter Weddings & Events

Bride and groom dancing with greenery draping down | PartySlate
photographer: LOVE+WOLVES

New York, NY

  • Beautifully handles every event and travel detail for personal celebrations that explore interesting destinations — and practices giveback as chair of Wish Upon a Wedding New York
  • Fallon Carter Weddings & Events specializes in classic destination events with a contemporary twist, curating every type of celebration from weddings to meditation retreats
Fallon Carter Weddings and Events

Fallon Carter Weddings and Events

New York, New York

Kbelle’s Design

Candy themed birthday party with pink and blue decor | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Kbelle’s Design

New York, NY

  • KBelle’s Design is a planning and design firm with a boutique approach and focus on specialized details that reflect every client’s unique style and personality
  • Design and produce weddings, special events, and destination celebrations around the globe
Kbelle’s Design

Kbelle’s Design

New York, New York

PIEvents and Co

Mr. & Mrs. table with the Eiffel tower in the background | PartySlate
photo courtesy of PIEvents and Co

New York, NY

  • The multi-cultural team at PIEvents and Co offers coordination and design services with an artistic eye for colors, textures, and design
  • Plan weddings, corporate events, and social celebrations in the United States, Caribbean, Guadeloupe, as well as destinations weddings across the globe
PIEvents and Co

PIEvents and Co

New York, New York

Priceless Event Planning, LLC

Icy blue animal statue and background | PartySlate
photographer: Danni Davinchi

New York, NY

  • Full-service planning event company committed to creating wow-worthy, one-of-a-kind events that dazzle with creativity
  • Priceless Event Planning, LLC plans luxury weddings, “epic kid events,” elegant celebrations, and themed events with imaginative décor
Priceless Event Planning, LLC

Priceless Event Planning, LLC

New York, New York

Victorious Events NYC

Bride and groom cutting the eight tier wedding cake | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Victorious Events NYC

New York, NY

  • Boutique wedding and design firm with a mission to create beautiful events that fully capture each client’s style and personality 
  • Plans personalized weddings in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and destinations worldwide  
Victorious Events NYC

Victorious Events NYC

New York, New York

Black-Owned Florists & Design & Décor Companies

Alexis Denise Floral Design

Autumn theme arch balloon installation | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Alexis Denise Floral Design

New York, NY

  • Boutique full-service floral designer that creates gorgeous floral arrangements with a “garden-style” vibe
  • Alexis Denise Floral Design creates beautiful florals for weddings, fundraisers, and social events throughout New York and New Jersey
Alexis Denise Floral Design

Alexis Denise Floral Design

New York, New York

À Votre Service Events

White table arrangements with mini tree decor | PartySlate
photo courtesy of À Votre Service Events

New York, NY

  • Boutique firm with imaginative floral and event designs produced in-house — using organic and premium flowers of the highest quality
  • À Votre Service Events is available for weddings and other social events in the NY/NJ/CT/PA area, as well as destination weddings and events
À Votre Service Events

À Votre Service Events

New York, New York

Brooklyn Blooms

Bride and grooms first kiss | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Brooklyn Blooms

New York, NY

  • A premier florist that “draws inspiration from fashion, nature and art” to create florals tailored to individual style and personality
  • Brooklyn Blooms designs florals for weddings and social events, along with custom arrangements for special occasions
Brooklyn Blooms

Brooklyn Blooms

New York, New York

Kat Flower

Wedding Bouquet Featuring Anemone Flowers by Kat Flower in Brooklyn, NY | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Kat Flower

New York, NY

  • A Brooklyn-based floral design studio that elevates the beauty of each individual bloom through “thoughtful and natural design” as well as seasonal elements
  • Kat Flower designs floral arrangements for weddings, events, stylings, and special projects both in New York and elsewhere
Kat Flower

Kat Flower

New York, New York

Diva Blooms

Cirque Du Sophia purple and pink flower arrangement | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Clariel Francisco Event Planning

New York, NY

  • Floral and event design company specializing in creating customized events that wow with spectacular florals, event furniture rentals, and more
  • Diva Blooms designs beautiful intimate and large-scale events both in and out of the tri-state area
Diva Blooms

Diva Blooms

New York, New York

Our hope is to continue to grow this list as a resource for hosts planning every type of celebration…

Preston Bailey

photographer: André Maier Photography

New York, NY

  • Premier event designer known for his star-studded client roster and his ability to use the most recent technologies to transform any venue into a “theatrical” environment and experience
  • Preston Bailey designs weddings and celebrations worldwide, along with full-scale art installations
Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

New York, New York

The Style Marc

photographer: André Maier Photography

New York, NY

  • Internationally-recognized event design and production studio renowned for their elegant events that boast a modern twist
  • The Style Marc designs and produces weddings, corporate events, milestone celebrations, and destination events all over the world
The Style Marc

The Style Marc

New York, New York

Black Photographers

AJ Gonzalez Photo

photographer: AJ Gonzalez Photo

New York, NY

  • Professional photographer with warm relationship with clients and innate ability to capture tender emotional moments
  • AJ Gonzalez Photo shoots wedding, special events, and portraits; based in New York City
AJ Gonzalez Photo

AJ Gonzalez Photo

New York, New York

Alakija Studios

photographer: Alakija Studios

New York, NY

  • An internationally-recognized photography boutique, Alakija Studios focuses on storytelling to express each client’s most important stories and memories with a timeless aesthetic and artistic design
  • Based in NYC, shoots multicultural weddings, editorial campaigns, and documentaries all over the world
Alakija Studios

Alakija Studios

New York, New York

Amarachi Ikeji Photography

Home outdoor wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Amarachi Ikeji Photography

New York, NY

  • Amarachi Ikeji Photography is a fine-art wedding photographer who has “dedicated her life to studying all things fashion, interior design, and elegant imagery which allows her the perfect eye for the smallest details”
  • Takes on a limited number of wedding each year in New York City, Philadelphia, and Europe
Amarachi Ikeji Photography

Amarachi Ikeji Photography

New York, New York

Amy Anaiz Photography

Bride and groom in white and gold | PartySlate
photographer: Amy Anaiz Photography

New York, NY

  • Amy Anaiz Photography is an intimate portrait and editorial wedding photographer who is “keeon on creating beautiful, joyous, and heartfelt imagery that tells a story”
  • Shoots weddings and engagements — along with family, social, and editorial photos — all over the world
Amy Anaiz Photography

Amy Anaiz Photography

New York, New York

Anée Atelier

photographer: Anée Atelier

New York, NY

  • Woman-run photography boutique, Anée Atelier, focuses on editorial-inspired images and “knowing how to influence a moment with a graceful, unobtrusive presence”
  • Shoots weddings, social events, and engagement photos all over the world
Anée Atelier

Anée Atelier

New York, New York

Joshua Dwain Photography

photographer: Joshua Dwain Photography

New York, NY

  • Joshua Dwain Photography is a husband-and-wife photography team who capture their clients’ most intimate moments to show authentic interactions
  • Shoots weddings and engagements in New York City and Washington DC, in addition to national and international locations
Joshua Dwain Photography

Joshua Dwain Photography

New York, New York

Kesha Lambert

photographer: Kesha Lambert

New York, NY

  • Kesha of Kesha Lambert Photography, an award winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, believes in “carving out time to learn about the people that we work with and seeking out opportunities to connect with them and their history”
  • Shoots weddings, engagements, events, and portraits both in New York and across the globe
Kesha Lambert

Kesha Lambert

New York, New York

Linda McQueen Photography

photographer: Linda McQueen Photogrpahy

New York, NY

  • Linda of Linda McQueen Photography was born in Haiti, speaks fluent Creole and French, loves multicultural weddings, and “commits to 30 weddings a year to provide a wonderful client experience”
  • Based in New York and has documented weddings in Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas, and elsewhere 
Linda McQueen Photography

Linda McQueen Photography

New York, New York

Petronella Photography

photographer: Petronella Photography

New York, NY

  • Petronella Photography is an award-winning international wedding and marriage proposal studio that “specializes in helping multicultural, interracial, interfaith and mixed couples celebrate their love in a modern way”
  • Based in the New York area, Philadelphia, and Washington DC; photographs weddings all over the world
Petronella Photography

Petronella Photography

Jersey City, New Jersey

Black-Owned Videographers

Luxor Wedding Films

photographer: Samantha Clarke Photography

New York, NY

  • Kalechi Noel, founder of Luxor Wedding Films, boasts an MFA in directing and storytelling which contributes to his cinematic style when producing unique and memorable wedding films
  • Captures and produces “Hollywood-style” wedding films in New York (side note: wife, Linda McQueen is also on our list under photography)
Luxor Wedding Films

Luxor Wedding Films

New York, New York

Black-Owned Restaurants & Venues

J Loft

photo courtesy of J Loft

New York, NY

  • This sleek all-white venue (including gorgeous white marble floors) is the perfect spot to project your dream event, from weddings and birthday parties to baby showers and dinner parties
  • We adore how endlessly customizable J Loft is, allowing you to infuse your personal style
  • Hosts love the friendly and flexible owners of this chic space
J Loft

J Loft

Brooklyn, New York

SEE ALSO: Black-Owned Businesses in Chicago to Hire for Your Stunning Wedding or Private Event


Brooklyn Chop House

photo courtesy: Brooklyn Chop House

New York, NY

  • Owner of Brooklyn Chop House, Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins (a former music executive) pays tribute to his former close friend Biggie Smalls by honoring him throughout his restaurant space – while combining traditional chop and cantonese cuisine
  • Perfect for small wedding receptions, birthday dinners, and more; party hosts laud their attentive service
Brooklyn Chop House

Brooklyn Chop House

New York, New York

Minton’s Playhouse New York

photo courtesy of Minton’s Playhouse

New York, NY

  • This Harlem spot founded in 1938 by the saxophonist Henry Minton is famous for its live jazz performances and delectable American fare
  • Minton’s Playhouse New York is perfect for a birthday brunch or rehearsal dinner with a side of top-notch entertainment

 

 

Minton's Playhouse

Minton’s Playhouse

New York, New York

Ponty Bistro

Ponty Bistro dining area | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Ponty Bistro

New York, NY

  • With two locations (in Gramercy Park and Harlem) Ponty Bistro serves up French and African dishes in a charming, chic space
  • This spot is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, birthday gathering, baby shower brunch, and more
Ponty Bistro

Ponty Bistro

New York, New York

Black-Owned Catering Companies

Dining With Grace

Mini plates of appetizer | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Dining With Grace

New York, NY

  • Grace Odogbili, owner of Dining with Grace — an elegant African caterer — draws raves for her beautiful and creative dishes as well as her giving community spirit (helping feed homeless families in NYC)
  • With eclectic menus spanning from Pan African fare to Mediterranean and Caribbean dishes, this caterer is perfect for weddings, corporate events, and more
Dining With Grace

Dining With Grace

New York, New York

Fleurimond Catering

Valentines day intimate dinner date | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Fleurimond Catering

New York, NY

  • Fleurimond Catering is a full-service caterer offering French, Italian, Caribbean, and Latin cuisine that guests will want to take home with them
  • Specializes in creative wedding and corporate catering in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington DC, and Maryland
Fleurimond Catering

Fleurimond Catering

New York, New York

Harvest & Revel

photo courtesy of Harvest & Revel

New York, NY

  • A focus on nutritious, flavorful, and sustainable cuisine makes Harvest & Revel a unique and feel-good choice for special event catering
  • This catering team is skilled at providing delectable fare for weddings, corporate gatherings, birthday parties, anniversaries, and more — and can offer recommendations for venues, floral designers, photographers, and more
Harvest & Revel

Harvest & Revel

New York, New York

Melba’s Catering

photo courtesy of Melba’s

New York, NY

  • Founder Melba Wilson was born and raised in Harlem, and she proudly opened Melba’s Restaurant in the neighborhood she calls home and can often be found greeting customers personally
  • Book Melba’s Catering to provide American comfort food for your gathering for 10 to 10,000 people, or book one of the restaurant’s private event spaces to enjoy both their food and ambiance
Melbas Catering

Melbas Catering

New York, New York

Black-Owned Bakeries

BCakeNY

photo courtesy of BCakeNY

New York, NY

  • Born and raised in Germany into a multicultural family, Miriam Milord worked for a prominent art gallery before founding BCakeNY
  • A favorite of high-profile celebrities, BCakeNY has created custom celebration confections for DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and more
BCakeNY

BCakeNY

New York, New York

Gooey on the Inside

photo courtesy of Gooey on the Inside

New York, NY

  • The perfect crispy on-the-outside and ooey gooey on-the-inside cookies for every event
  • Gooey on the Inside  serves memory-making cookies all over NYC (but the team can also arrange for pickup or shipping for further afield celebrations)
Gooey on the Inside

Gooey on the Inside

New York, New York

Lovely Layers

photo courtesy of Danni Davinchi

New York, NY

  • Atlanta-born Chef Antoinette is a classically-trained pastry chef who puts a southern twist on the cakes and treats she produces at Lovely Layers
  • Chef Antoinette’s attention to detail means that no custom design or over-the-top request is too extravagant, from baby shower cake pops to milestone birthday party cakes 
Lovely Layers

Lovely Layers

New York, New York

Snooky’s Custom Cakes

photo courtesy of Snooky’s Custom Cakes

New York, NY

  • Founder Dana Alexander started her journey by baking her grandmother Snooky’s famous carrot cake recipe, which is still a favorite flavor of customers today
  • Snooky’s Custom Cakes is known to produce custom cakes and desserts for celebrities, including Madonna and Wendy Williams
Snooky's Custom Cakes

Snooky’s Custom Cakes

New York, New York

Black-Owned Entertainment Companies

The Band Method

photographer: Gavin Howarth Photography

New York, NY

  • Founder Andrea Smith actually founded The Band Method in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago before  making her way to New York City where she had previously spent time in New York as a Broadway and band performer 
  • The Band Method takes a unique approach to event entertainment, focused on details like costume changes, custom arrangements and playlists, and more
The Band Method

The Band Method

New York, New York

From fashion, music, performing arts, and so many other industries, Black-owned businesses in NYC have become world-wide trend-setters in their fields, and the events industry is no exception.

DJ DSRE

photo courtesy of DJ DSRE

New York, NY

  • International entertainer DJ DSRE is originally from Amsterdam, but has traveled to Aruba, Las Vegas, St. Maarten, and more to perform
  • DJ DSRE has performed for celebrities like Madonna and MIssy Elliott, as well as some of the world’s biggest brands like Facebook and Microsoft
DJDSRE

DJDSRE

New York, New York

Freckled Dragon Entertainment

photo courtesy of Freckled Dragon Entertainment

New York, NY

  • Freckled Dragon Entertainment is a DJ and photobooth entertainment company with multiple DJs, MCs, and hosts to choose from who have experience in New York hotspots
  • Serving the New York Tri-State area, this team’s modern photobooths include custom décor that mixes furniture, art and more
Freckled Dragon Entertainment

Freckled Dragon Entertainment

New York, New York

Honey+Vinyl

photo courtesy of Honey + Vinyl

New York, NY

  • Honey+Vinyl with their tagline “Your story, Our sound” uses your personal stories to create the perfect event soundtrack spanning international song choices
  • These performers are set apart by their deep experience in driving nostalgia and creating the perfect mood for every situation
Honey+Vinyl

Honey+Vinyl

New York, New York

MikeMusic

photo courtesy of MikeMusic

New York, NY

  • MikeMusic is named for its eponymous founder who took on the nickname when he filled in playing any and all instruments as needed for a merengue band (whereas others were named for their particular instrument, he played them all)
  • Mike’s wide-ranging musical experiences and interests make for a DJ who’s able to create any mood for any type of celebration
MikeMusic

MikeMusic

New York, New York

Black-Owned Invitation & Print Companies

By Dami Studios

photo courtesy of By Dami Studios

New York, NY

  • As the owner, Dami focuses on creating luxury custom invitations for weddings, engagement parties, and celebrations of all kinds, as well as stationery, menus, paper goods, and gifting
  • By Dami Studios is located in Harlem, but the team can work with clients via email no matter where they are located
By Dami Studios

By Dami Studios

New York, New York

Black Hair & Makeup Stylists

Ashely Brignolle LLC

photo courtesy of Ashley Brignolle LLC

New York, NY

  • Luxury makeup artist Ashley Brignolle uses airbrush makeup and high-quality beauty products to ensure a flawless and long-lasting look
  • For larger bridal parties and groups for events, Ashley can bring a full team of hair and makeup artists to any destination
Ashley Brignolle LLC

Ashley Brignolle LLC

New York, New York

People also ask…

How many black-owned businesses are there?

The list of black-owned businesses is ever-growing, and this list isn’t exhaustive. Please email us if you know of other Black-owned businesses in NYC to support or would like to be added to this list. Consider hiring a diverse event team for your next celebration.

How do I support a minority-owned business?

Perusing the wedding and event vendors on this list is a great first step. Explore their creative work and beautiful locales by clicking through to their PartySlate profiles. Click the “heart” icon to save your favorites and reach out for more information right from this article through “contact vendor” or “contact venue.”