Jonathan Arnold, Dempsey & Carroll


Courtesy of Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll opened in New York City in 1878 and soon earned a reputation for providing the finest engraved stationery. For over 130 years, Dempsey & Carroll have been producing personalized engraved stationer, wedding invitations, announcements and boxed sets of themed cards. We spoke with General Manager, Jonathan Arnold, and asked him for his expert tips and trends he's seeing in wedding invitations. Here's what he had to say: —Anne Chertoff

The wedding invitation is the first detail of the wedding guests will see. In addition to date, time and location, are there any other important details it should have written on it or that is should convey?

The most important thing is that the invitation conveys the personalities of the bride and groom. The invitation sets the tone for the entire event, from the quality of the invitation to how much care and thought have been put into it. Traditional wording formats may appear rigid, so it is important to realize all of the design possibilities. The extent to which a couple can make the invitation reflective of their personalities plays a big role in how the invitation is received. This can be accomplished through the size and stock of the invitation, as well as through ink colors, typefaces, monograms and other design elements. If you can't find a motif that you like in your stationer's library, you may want to ask him about custom designing one for you.

The RSVP card can be printed/styled in a variety of ways—with a M____, meal options, blank cards—is one style better/preferred over the others?

Meal options can sometimes be useful, depending on the type of dinner you intend to have. However, the simpler the response card, the more elegant. We usually recommend...

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