In the Mail: A “When-to” for Wedding Invitations

The beginning of a new year marks the beginning of a new wedding season.  Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles answers some of the frequently asked questions about the most optimal timelines for ordering and sending wedding invitations. 

Congratulations! You’re getting married, you’ve locked down your dream location, and now you need to spread the word. Here are a few tips for a wrinkle-free work flow that will result in perfectly timed wedding paper.


When is the best time to send Save the Dates?

Save the Dates are usually sent anywhere between six and twelve months before the event. Consider sending them out on the early side if your wedding is in a location with limited flights and accommodations such as Aspen or St. Barts. If the wedding is located in New York City, six months ahead is usually fine. Be sure to include the hotel block information with the Save the Date and not later with the invitation because that’s when guests need it most. If everyone is invited to Friday night festivities and Sunday brunch, call it a “Save the Weekend” so that your lucky guests will know to book a longer weekend.


OK, my Save the Date is in the mail! When do I need to start the wedding invitation process?

Trusty sources say that invitations should be posted between six and eight weeks before the wedding, but here at Dempsey & Carroll, our clients generally prefer eight weeks out. Working backwards, producing fine engraved papers with hand finishes takes about six weeks and calligraphy of the envelopes takes  a minimum of two or three weeks. For design time, allow about three weeks. Faster results are certainly possible when required, but to get the most enjoyment out of the process, come to see us at least five months in advance of your big day for a stress-free, luxurious experience of a lifetime!


And what about the paper I need for the day of?

We usually start working on menus, welcome notes, ceremony program booklets, escort cards, and place cards right after we send the wedding invitations to print. All the paper then has a congruent feel for a perfectly polished wedding!


Real Weddings: Claudia & Georg

Real Wedding: Claudia & Georg

September 19th, 2015

Rainbow Room

New York, New York




On an absolutely glorious September Saturday, lovely couple Claudia and Georg were married with the bluest skies and the sublime New York City skyline as their backdrop. 200 dear friends and family came from all corners of the globe to share this spectacular day at the incomparable Rainbow Room.



As night fell on Manhattan, the blue glow of the majestic Empire State Building served as a constant presence in so many of the views.



Using our stately Baron Gray ink for the timeless Italian Script adored by Claudia’s parents, Bruce and Ferne, Dempsey & Carroll was delighted to engrave the most classically handsome invitations. The edges of each extra thick card were beveled by hand and then laid with silver foil, which served as an introduction to the exquisitely restored rooms that crown the center of New York and Rockefeller Center. The envelopes finished with luxurious yet subtle light gray tissue linings, nestled the cotton stock of the invitation and was soothing to the touch.




Sophisticated papers for a brilliant couple. Congratulations, Claudia and Georg!



Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

Venue: Rainbow Room