For Him: The Orion Bar

Mary Jurek Design

Rustic elegance characterizes the Orion Collection, distinguished by its naturally-shed water buffalo horn tapered handles. Hand polished to a smooth sheen by our master artisans and joined with our signature hand-hammered stainless steel, this dramatic collection is the perfect blend of rustic appeal and luxury craftsmanship.  It’s no wonder it has become an instant favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts who love to entertain.

Available through Kasaboo Home, Gore Dean Home and Life Moderne

The Silhouette Bar


A throwback to turn-of-the-century glamor, Mary Jurek’s Silhouette collection uses waves of high-polished stainless steel reminiscent of silver to turn everyday pieces into works of art. Statement home décor pieces in unlikely places become common place—and life is brighter all over the home

Available through Gore Dean Home and Life Moderne

SANTE FE by Mary Jurek

Mary Jurek Design

Inspired by images of the serene desert, the Mary Jurek Santa Fe Collection decorates soulful shapes with red carnelian and blue and green onyx stones. Brilliantly unencumbered vases, trays and accessories capture home decorating in a style, like the desert, with a unique beauty all its own.

Available thru Gore Dean Home, Kasaboo Home, and  Life Moderne

The Necessities for Brides & Bridesmaids!

We found this great Blog Post and thought we would share! The clutch and tote are a great brides’maid gift- stuff with the must haves for that day and  mini champagne!
Available through Babe on Broadway and Gore Dean Home
Wedding Season is coming fast y’all and that means a lot of beautiful women are getting married or going to be in wedding parties.
Almost a year ago I got married to the love of my life. The whole day went by so fast and every moment was a fairytale. Your wedding is easily the best day of your life- that’s why it’s important to have a checklist of everything you need. Looking back on this day, I felt I had such wonderful ladies around me helping to make sure everything went smoothly. (which it did) This isn’t the case for every bride. Your wedding is very exciting and fun, but it’s stressful at the same time. Whether you’re a bride or bridesmaid, it’s super important to be prepared. If you’re not prepared, that’s a recipe for a disaster!  Whether you get a stain, you start sweating uncontrollably (totally happens), or you need to do some make up touchups, you need to be ready for any situation. To make sure things go smoothly on the big day, make sure you (the bride) or a bridesmaid have the following things in hand on your wedding day.
Couple of months prior to the big day it’s important to find a gift for your Matron/Maid of Honor & Bridesmaids. They have worked so hard to help you on your big day and a thank you gift is always a good idea! Some of your wedding party might have traveled a long way or you may even have a pregnant party member, (totally was my wedding party) so it’s important to make them feel special too! I always struggle finding something that they all would like and most importantly use again!

This Fold Over Clutch from Sloane Ranger is the perfect gift to give your wedding party. I’m so obsessed with Sloane Ranger’s clutch because of the gorgeous woven canvas and the trendy wooden tassel. This clutch is perfect for the day of the wedding and even throughout the evening. Give this as a gift or use for yourself! Either way the Fold Over Clutch from Sloane Ranger is so darling for any style type.
**It’s big enough to fit the little necessities listed below too. ​
  13 “Simple” Things You Must Have… & You Never Thought You’ll Need! 
1. Earring Backs 
These are a must have because earring backs are the worst to loose when you drop them! Having some extras are perfect to have for the bride or bridesmaids.
2. Oil Absorbing Sheets
No matter how much setting spray you might use, makeup can get icky when it’s been on your face all day. These sheets are like magic!  Keep your face looking fresh all day with the oil absorbing sheets. (perfect for hot and humid days)
3. White Chalk 
Never know when you might have a stain on your white dress. Chalk can help hide the stain. 
4. Portable Steamer
Some venues might not have a steamer, make sure to check before the big day. Being in your dress all day, chances are the dress might get some wrinkles. This is a must for all those bridesmaid dresses!
​5. Deodorant 

The day of your wedding is a long day full of pictures, nerves, and lots of dancing. The bride and her wedding party need some deodorant. This is a must for those hot summer weddings.  It’s always a good idea to reapply even if you put some on in the morning. 
6. A Small Snack
A lot of brides find that they forget to eat on their big day. You start to get busy with pictures and all pre wedding festivities and out of no where you’re starving! Bring a granola bar or something small to tie you over. 
7. Double-Sided Tape
Wardrobe malfunctions happen to the best of us. Having some fashion tape to help solve all those nightmares is key!  I actually used double sided fashion tape to hold down one of my garters (I had two I pre-warned my husband about before the wedding) from slipping off throughout the day! 
8. Change of Shoes 
Standing all day in heels is just painful. On the day of my wedding I had my wedding party change into flats and I changed from my sparkly heels to cowgirl boots. If you’re not into that look, having a pair of cute little flats are a perfect change of shoe. Just keep in mind you don’t want wear flip flop’s or you will hear that “flip flop” sound when y’all walk. I have linked a perfect foldable flat to change into for later in the night. 
9. Tooth Brush and Tooth Paste 
As a dentists’ daughter, this is just a must!  As a bride you need to brush your teeth because your about to kiss your husband! For all y’all bridesmaids, you too need to brush those pearly whites because your going to be talking to a lot of people. You’re in the wedding party! Plus we don’t need anyone with food in their teeth for pictures!  Breath mints for later in the night isn’t a bad idea either!
10. Tide To- Go Pen
Accidents happen and it’s better to be prepared than not! While the white chalk hides the stains, Tide To-Go Pens help to get rid of them! 
11. Phone Charger 
You’re not going to be on your phone on your wedding day, but it’s perfect for the next day while your in the hotel with your new husband! Having a phone charger is needed for all your bridesmaids to have because they will be the ones documenting your perfect day.
12. Extra Pair of Panties 
A girl always needs extra panties! You just never know when you need a fresh pair of panties. This goes for all the girls in your wedding party. It might seem like kind of  a personal thing to bring, but the ones I linked come in all different types. The greatest thing about these is that they’re one size! 
13. Sewing Kit 
You never know if there will be a popped off button or a small rip. A sewing kit is a must have so wardrobe malfunctions don’t happen.

Now brides & bridesmaids, the questions is…where do I put all these necessary things? Sloane Ranger has the perfect bag for you! This Jet Setter Tote is perfect as an over night bag, carry on, honeymoon bag, or just a tote that can hold a lot of things for the big day. The best part is it still looks cute at the same time! The Sloane Ranger Jet Setter Tote is the perfect size storage bag for all the necessities you’ll need for the day of your wedding.
Five reasons why this bag is the PERFECT bag:
1. This jet setter comes in different colors and prints.
2. The material is a heavy canvas thats light enough for travel.
3. Jet Setter Tote is durable with adjustable and removable straps and vegan leather handles.
4. The tassels at the end are so darling y’all!
5. The price of the tote is “tote-ally” affordable.

The most important thing to remember is that your big day is more important than anything you can bring…. Soak in every moment! During the day step aside and away from everything, just so you and your husband can take a moment to soak it all in. The day goes by so fast so make sure you two take a few minutes away, for just the two of you, to reminisce all the beautiful things and people around you. This is so important! This was advice that was given to me from a dear friend of mine and I’m so glad Colin and I did this. We actually went on a small walk together away from the party and sat on a bench along the golf course. This moment was something I’ll remember forever. So brides, don’t let the night take you away, take it all in with your new hubby!


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The following questions are those commonly asked and are provided for your quick reference.

Questions About Invitation Etiquette


Why should I choose engraving rather than thermography?

Of the two, engraving is of much higher quality. Thermography is certainly an option and delivers a well-rendered typeface, but as in all levels of distinction, there is a discriminating difference. In the process of engraving, pressure is applied from behind the paper leaving a telltale ‘bruise’ on the back. The more skilled the engraver, the more gentle the bruise. Thermography is strictly a surface treatment. Another tactile distinction between engraving and thermography is the somewhat exaggerated feel of thermography versus the subtly engraved word in ink with a matte finish. Thermography was developed as a less costly alternative to engraving. If your budget allows, we recommend you choose engraving.



Should my wedding invitation be “traditional” or “something different?”

It all depends on the ceremony and your own personal style. Your wedding invitation acts as an ambassador, representing the atmosphere of the event and should be designed accordingly.


What exactly is a “traditional” invitation?

A traditional invitation harkens back to the 18th and 19th centuries when entertaining was almost always formal. The most traditional invitation is a simple Ecru foldover with a script typestyle reminiscent of hand-written invitations. Black or Grey ink is most commonly used. This form of invitation is enclosed in an inner envelope with a loose sheet of tissue to prevent the ink from smudging during its delivery. The inner envelope is addressed with the invitees’ name only, as in ‘Mr. Brown’ and was designed to be hand-delivered to the recipient. The outer envelope, often damaged in transit, was typically discarded by the butler

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What does R.s.v.p. stand for?

Repondez s’il vous plait, or “please respond” in French. To use the word “please” with R.s.v.p. is therefore redundant. Contact information may be provided near the R.s.v.p. if you do not think everyone knows where to call or write his or her response.Should the outer envelope be lined?

Traditionally the outer envelope is not lined; however, some people prefer to have a lining in the outer envelope as well as the inner envelope.

What is blind embossing?

Blind embossing is colorless engraving. It is a subtle form of personalization and is a sophisticated alternative to traditional contrast engraving. It looks equally elegant with a monogram or a name.

Recently the United States Post Office made a change regarding embossing and has declared it will not return letters with a blind embossed return address.

Is there an accepted protocol for formal wedding invitations when it comes to parents who have divorced?

No, it is a matter of personal choice as to whether parents and stepparents names are to appear on the invitation. Some general guidelines are that the mother’s name comes first (and her spouse if she has remarried) followed by the father (and his spouse if he has remarried).

Do you use the bride’s full name if the mother of the bride has remarried and the bride’s father’s name does not appear on the invitation?

Yes, this is the only case in which the bride’s complete maiden name is used on the invitation.

Is it “honour” or “honor”, “favour” or “favor”?

The English spellings of “honour” and “favour” are usually preferred. But again, this is a matter of personal choice and should reflect the formality of your invitation and event.

Should the words “black tie” appear on formal invitations?

Traditionally, the time of day and the location would determine the appropriate attire for a formal wedding. After six o’clock in the evening, black tie is assumed, although the casualness of contemporary times seems to require guidance on what to wear. Therefore, “black tie” may be included on the invitation simply as a courtesy.

What would be a dignified way to portray a less formal wedding while retaining a traditional effect?

An engraved invitation on heavy card stock would still be traditional but not as formal as a folded invitation. A symbolic motif at the heading and a vibrant ink color or border accent would also make the invitation less formal, while still traditional. In this case, you would not use two envelopes, but a colorful liner would be attractive for the envelope. Select a typeface that is less formal (for instance, a simple script). If you do not see a typeface you like on our web site, please call us and we will provide additional choices.

What is the key ingredient to an impressive invitation?

Paper quality is the truest mark of a fine invitation. Your paper should be 100% cotton for its rich texture. Paper quality is the first thing one notices. The next sign of a well done invitation is typesetting and engraving that reflects the spirit of the celebration.

Should a bridal registry be noted on the invitation?

No, this information is generally obtained through discreet inquiry.

What is the best way to enclose directions to the event?

The directions should be clearly stated and /or drawn on a separate enclosure. It is thoughtful to include the phone numbers of local inns. It is best to keep ancillary information, such as directions and lodging on a smaller-sized card compared to the size of the invitation itself. Traditionally this material is sent as a different mailing, as with a Save the Date.

Is calligraphy a must for addressing engraved envelopes?

For the pure traditionalist, calligraphy is a must. However, as times and styles change, other alternatives, such as computer calligraphy, are increasingly acceptable. The most important rule of thumb is that the handwriting be bold and self-confident. Never use a ballpoint pen for addressing, but rather a good, felt nibbed pen that will render a strong appearance and a boldness of declaration. Never use printed labels for such a significant occasion.

Is it assumed single invitees will bring a guest?

Unless you have extended a verbal encouragement for them to do so, or addressed your inner envelope as ‘Miss Brown & Guest,’ it is unacceptable for a single invitee to bring a guest.

When should thank-you notes go out for shower and wedding presents?

As soon as possible. It is considered in poor taste to allow them to lag over six weeks from the receipt of gifts. However a sincere note of thanks is always appreciated, regardless of the time that has elapsed.

Specifications to consider

Your bespoke wedding and celebration papers are only limited by your imagination. We’ve provided some classic and modern choices below to help you start the process. We are available at your convenience for a private consultation. It will be our pleasure to help you plan and design your papers for your special day.

All of our wedding and celebration invitations are available in either a flat or foldover format. The flat card is similar to our Classic Correspondence Card in thickness. With the very traditional foldover format, the text is printed on the front, and the inside is left blank.

  • Classic. The Classic is the most traditional size, and the Classic foldover is our most traditional invitation.
    • Flat or Foldover: 4-1/2″ x 6-1/4″
    • Inner Envelope: 4-9/16″ x 6-1/2″
    • Outer Envelope: 4-11/16″ x 6-11/16″
  • Embassy. Larger than the Classic, the Embassy is our most popular size.
    • Flat or Foldover: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
    • Inner Envelope: 5-3/4″ x 7-3/4″
    • Outer Envelope: 5-7/8″ x 7-7/8″
  • Empire. The Empire is our largest size of wedding invitations.
    • Flat or Foldover: 6-1/2″ x 8-3/4″
    • Inner Envelope: 6-3/4″ x 8-15/16″
    • Outer Envelope:     7-1/16″ x 9-3/16″
  • Other Sizes. Sometimes our clients prefer to create wedding invitations from other sizes of stock we carry. These options can make a wedding invitation more modern. These sizes do not have inner envelopes, but they can be made from any of our paper colors.
    • #3 Card or Foldover: 4-1/4″ x 6-3/8″
    • #5 Card: 4-7/8″ x 7-1/8″
    • #7 Card: 3-3/4″ x 7-1/4″

Additional Options

Beyond the size of your invitation, there are many other options to consider:

Paper Color. All of our invitations are available in two paper colors: White or Ecru. Ecru paper is the most traditional for a wedding invitation.

Paper Thickness. Sheets of Dempsey & Carroll’s standard 1-ply paper, which features our watermark and is used for note sheets and letter sheets in our social stationery line, are used for the folded invitation. These sheets can then be bonded together to create thicker cards for our flat wedding invitations. The flat invitation is also available in a 4-ply thickness (see our Deluxe wedding line) and in a 6-ply thickness (see our Opulent wedding line).

Ink Color. Though Black ink is the most formal, a medium to dark Grey is one way to soften the look of your invitation. Vibrant color can also be used to create a more modern or informal look. All of our standard inks are available, and we can also match any color of your choosing.

Motifs, Crests, and Monograms. The entire range of Dempsey & Carroll signature motifs is available to adorn your invitation. Popular motifs using metallic ink include the seashell, bee, fleur-de-lis, and doves, among others. Any of our standard motifs can be run in a custom color, though some of our dies are created specifically for metallic ink.

Dempsey & Carroll can also work with you to create a die based on a family crest, event logo or custom design. Our engravers will create a separate die for each color in the design, as well as a “bump,” which raises the image up from the paper. Joint and single monograms are another way to graphically personalize your invitation.

Typeface. In the product pages on our web site, you will find many of our most popular typefaces, but we have dozens from which to choose. You may view them by clicking here.

Beveling, Gilding, and Paneling. Wedding invitations on card stock, from 3- to 6-ply, can be beveled, which means cutting the edge at an angle. Beveled and non-beveled edges can be painted a metallic color, called gilding, or a matte color. A panel, which is an embossed “frame” near the edges of the paper, is usually used only when there is no other edge treatment.

Envelope Liners. Tissue is the traditional lining for the inner envelope. We offer a range of complementary matte and tissue colors but can also line envelopes with one of our custom printed liners or with other papers you provide.

Other Pieces to Consider (BTW wedding stationery makes a great Shower idea)

The invitation is only one part of a wedding stationery wardrobe. You may consider ordering other components at the same time:

  • Save the Dates
  • Response Cards and envelopes
  • Reception Cards
  • Directional Cards for enclosure with the invitations
  • Programs
  • Place Cards, Escort Cards (which provide a table number) and Menu Cards for the reception
  • Bridal shower invitations
  • Personalized bridal party gifts
  • Foldover Notes for Thank Yous
  • Joint stationery for after the wedding: cards, sheets and calling cards
 GoreDeanHome proudly recommends Dempsey&Carroll as your invitation provider.
We are happy to help with Shower ideas and gifts for bridesmaids and Groomsmen.