At Dauphine Press we sincerely value you, our exclusive retailers, and hope that this page serves as a valuable tool to help sell our product. Dauphine Press is founded on the principle that every invitation we design should be as unique as the client who commissions it. With all of the MANY options at your fingertips a good reference tool is indispensable. Though most of what you see here is available in our portfolios or was sent to you via email, we hope it is helpful to have it all in one place! If there is something you want us to add to this page, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Mona Coffin, Exclusive Retailer Sales & Support for Dauphine Press, is here to collaborate with you, our exclusive retailers, to help you grow your business. To get in touch with Mona directly, please contact her via email at email@example.com
July 31, 2013 - HELP YOUR WEBSITE RANK HIGHER FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS
- Add geographic terms to your existing website content. Search engines will pick up the term and help you rank better for that search phrase.
- If you maintain a blog, add local search terms there too!
- Approach other bloggers with articles and ideas that would be of interest to their readers. Guest blogging is a great way to show your expertise, create a link exchange and possibly reach new readers/customers. Links coming into your site from the outside is a determinant in getting better search engine placement.
July 24, 2013 - PRINT ADS MAY STILL WORK, BUT HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
Before the digital age, print was the established advertising vehicle to attract wedding customers. Engaged couples would call for an appointment or stop by a retailer to view invitation albums. This was the primary way that couples were exposed to invitations for the first time, which usually resulted in a sale. Now they go directly to your website. Unfortunately, there is no way to track how somebody who typed in your website address found out about you. However, one tip is to acquire a second domain name that you feature on all ads and point it to your current website. This will allow you to partially quantify if you are receiving a response from print advertising.
July 17, 2013 - DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER WEDDING VENDORS
Invitations are not always the first item on a couple’s planning to-do list, which means that other vendors are in a great position to refer you to their clients. Wedding Planners, Stylists, Caterers, Photographers, Florists and Bridal Salons will likely see couples before you do. Reach out to these vendors in your local area via social media and even in-person to develop a relationship with them. Through this new relationship they will learn that you have high quality invitations and a superior level of customer service to that which they would experience online. Be sure to return the favor and share their contact details with your clients by creating a referral list or displaying business cards of those same vendors.
July 10, 2013 - BE PROACTIVE ABOUT GETTING REVIEWS
Encouraging your clients to review you on Google, Yahoo, Yelp, WeddingWire and/or the Wedding Channel can produce several major benefits. When a potential client sees your profile alongside those of your competitors, with more positive reviews, this can inspire them to click onto your listing over the others. Secondly, continuing to increase your number of reviews can actually elevate your ranking on Google and Yahoo.
July 3, 2013 - TRANSFORM YOUR WEBSITE INTO A VIRTUAL SALESPERSON
The goal of an invitation retailer’s website is to entice brides and grooms to make an appointment and/or visit the shop. Include calls to action that support this intention – provide contact information on every page, suggest making an appointment in numerous locations, create a simple form on your website that allows clients to feel they can contact you any time of the day (even at 2am!). The truth is that the form does not have to synchronize with your calendar. Instead, it provides your potential client with the psychological feeling of accomplishment and commitment.
June 26, 2013 - THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
Use photographs on your website that appeal to the newly engaged by quenching their thirst for differentiation. In addition to featuring images from more exclusive and upscale brands, have your own custom designs professionally photographed for use on your website, Facebook and Pinterest pages. You can get permission from your clients or take photographs positioned in a way that ensure names are not legible. Another way to get elegantly styled photographs is to contact the wedding photographer and ask if he/she would take an additional shot of the wedding invitation for you in exchange for editorial mention and a link to his/her site. For access to all of our professional photographs, visit the “marketing” section below.
September 27, 2013 - Two New Executives Join The Dauphine Press Team
We are pleased to announce that two new executive team members have joined the Dauphine Press family. We are proud to welcome Mona Coffin as Exclusive Retailer Sales & Support and Abbey Malcolm as Creative & Managing Director. These additions coincide with our recent move of all operations to the east coast.
Mona Coffin comes to Dauphine Press with 25 years of extensive printing knowledge. Prior to joining our team, Mona spent seven years as a Dealer Service Representative for William Arthur Fine Stationery. In her new role as Exclusive Retailer Sales & Support, Mona will head business development and will collaborate with you, our exclusive retailers, to help you grow your business.
As Creative & Managing Director, Abbey Malcolm will lead our design team in developing new product lines as well as managing all day-to-day operations. Pulling from her experience with Martha Stewart Living, Target, Barneys NY and developing her own stationery line, Abbey will be instrumental in helping us design and launch all future product.
We are excited for you to become familiar with Mona and Abbey through their work at Dauphine Press!
Eric Schuster and Glenn Schuster
Owners, Dauphine Press
September 18, 2013 - Dauphine Press 2013 Timeless Custom Holiday Collection Available
View the online catalog here
Download the PDF version here
As you know, our holiday collection works in combination with our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that we can create any design your clients can dream up!
We are delighted to be launching this year's catalog with faster turnaround times for orders placed before November 1st. First proofs arrive in no more than two business days and printing time frames are 7 business days for letterpress cards and 10 business days for letterpress + foil cards. Orders with lots of embellishments (like colored envelopes and painted edges) will still have longer production times of up to 15-20 business days.
June 13 - A Sales Contest Everyone Can Win!
Your opportunity to extend our Spring Promotion through the end of 2013!
How much can you influence your clients? How about doing an experiment with Dauphine Press for one month and seeing how your passion for our products can help inspire your clients to choose a quality invitation from our product line while enjoying substantial savings?
For the next month, from June 15th to July 15th, any Dauphine Press retailer that sells five or more orders using our amazing Spring Promotion will have the same promotional incentives extended to them for the remainder of the year for any order received. And, those incentives can be used to extend the promotion in your store and have an advantage over your competitors or strictly enjoy the savings on your invoice and substantially elevate the profitability of any order you place through the end of 2013.
Here’s all you have to do:
Send us an email letting us know you want to extend the Spring Promotion through July 15th and participate in the “Five Order Experiment”!
There’s no risk in signing up . . . just benefit! By responding to this email and letting us know you want to participate, you automatically get the Spring Promotion extended for your customers through July 15th. If you place five orders between June 15th and July 15th we will extend the promotion through the end of 2013 for you!
Yes, this means that we are extending our Spring Promotion through July 15th and through the end of the year if you meet the five order goal from June 15th to July 15th! Please feel free to call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
April 5 - SPRING PROMOTION GRAPHICS
Dear Dauphine Press Retailers,
We are thrilled with the feedback we have received from all of you on our Spring Promotion and are delighted to see that it is already bringing in new wedding orders!
You can download a couple tools to help you promote these valuable offers. Included are two graphics that you can post on your websites, blog, Facebook page, Twitter and/or Instagram. CLICK HERE to download them!
Here is some suggested copy to accompany those social media messages. Please use it as you see fit or to add to your original copy.
Just as no two occasions are exactly alike, the same should be true of the invitation. Each design created by the team at Dauphine Press is unique to the client who commissions it, so why not also create your own unique promotion to go with it! Now through June 30th when you place your Dauphine Press wedding invitation order you can choose from four different offers.
1. One free matching note card for every invitation ordered. Thank your guests with style. Complimentary 1-color note cards with any wedding invitation order. Matching blank envelopes included.
2. 30 free invitations with your order of 100 invitations. A perfect insurance policy for a growing guest list. Order 100 or more letterpress wedding elements and receive 30 free! Receive 100, pay for 70.
3. Free personalized tags to add elegance and style to the packaging of your guest wedding favor. Tags will coordinate with your wedding invitation design, using the same paper and ink.
4. 15% off any invitation order. Now your dream wedding invitation can fit into your budget. Discount applies to printed pieces only. Embellishments not included.
Choose from one of these valuable offerings with wedding invitation orders placed April 1-June 30, 2013.
March 29 - SPRING PROMOTION!
Dear Exclusive Dauphine Press Retailer,
We want to partner with you to inspire your brides to purchase Dauphine Press invitations by subsidizing strong incentives that we encourage you to promote enthusiastically based on their strong perceived value.
Knowing this time of the year is opportune to capture orders for Summer and Fall weddings and some orders take time to cultivate, we are expanding this promotion to three full months. We understand that you have a lot of different types of clients and we wanted to give you the opportunity to tailor this promotion to their needs, just as you will be tailoring their design to suit their event!
Our Spring Promotion includes four different options. You and your client can select the promotion that is the best fit for them. We've made a few suggestions too as each promotion tends to lend itself to a different part of wedding planning.
Choose from one of these valuable offerings with wedding invitation orders placed April 1-June 30, 2013
1 | ONE FREE MATCHING NOTE CARD for every invitation ordered. Thank your guests with style. Complimentary 1-color note cards with any wedding invitation order. Matching blank envelopes included.
2 | 30 FREE INVITATIONS with your order of 100 invitations. A perfect insurance policy for a growing guest list. Order 100 or more letterpress wedding elements and receive 30 free! Receive 100, pay for 70.
3 | FREE PERSONALIZED TAGS to add elegance and style to the packaging of your guest wedding favor. Tags will coordinate with your wedding invitation design, using the same paper and ink.
4 | 15% OFF ANY INVITATION ORDER. Now your dream wedding invitation can fit into your budget. Discount applies to printed pieces only. Embellishments not included.
These incentives may not be applied to orders placed before the promotion started.
As it is a promotion to directly stimulate new sales, these incentives are not valid for orders already in-house or as an afterthought to a new order already placed during the time of the promotion. To be eligible for an incentive, all you need to do is include the option you want on your order form when placing new orders (free tags, free note cards, 30 free or 15% off!). The wholesale value of the promotion will be automatically deducted from the invoice.
This promotion commences on April 1 and concludes on June 30. During this time you can apply one of the offers to any wedding stationery order.
We encourage you to share the details with your potential customers via any marketing avenue you participate in. Arriving via USPS within the next week is a point-of-sale piece for you to display as you see fit.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to a successful promotion!
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December 13, 2012 - Don't forget to sign up for our sample program using these special, hidden retailer links
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October 30, 2012 - Free Letterpress Gift Tags with Every Holiday Order
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• Click here to view the FULL Timeless Custom Holiday Collection on our blog!
July 20, 2012 - Our 2012 Updates have shipped! - Download our training tools "ISSUE No. 1, GETTING STARTED" for tips on unpacking your new shipment below.
• Click here if you are a new Dauphine Press retailer & are receiving the new album
• Click here if you are an existing retailer of the Custom Wedding Portfolio II & are receiving the 2012 Update
• Click here if you are an existing retailer of only the Custom Wedding Portfolio I & are receiving the 2012 Update
Jan. 25, 2012 - Dauphine Press Retailer Newsletter - Issue No. 1 (Sent via email) - Click here to view
Jan. 25 2012 - Social Media: Share your client's wedding photos for social media exposure!
Download a printable file to email to every Dauphine client. We'd love showcase your Dauphine Real Wedding and link back to your store on our blog, facebook, twitter & more!
Jan. 5, 2012 - Alert: Waste Not Paper to discontinue Fig, Khaki & Cobalt in 2012
Contact us with questions or for help in finding an alternative.
Oct. 12, 2011 - Alert: Envelopments discontinues Robin’s Egg (Sent via email) Contact us with questions »
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Working with Dauphine Press
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Design Library Custom Elements
Use these PDFs to tailor your client's stationery to their extraordinary event!
- Paper and ink Download printable file »
- Change the motifs, patterns and monograms Download printable file »
- Change the fonts Download printable file »
- Painted edges, duplexing, foil stamping and decorative die cuts Download printable file »
- Ribbon, colored papers, envelopes, liners, backer cards, belly bands and pocket folders Download printable file »
- View examples of our favorite embellishments Download printable file »
Completing the order form
Work with your client to select a design and format from either of our Wedding Portfolios. Invitations may be ordered as shown or you may use the Design Library to help your client customize their suite by selecting different design elements. If you have any questions, please call us: 888.869.0659. Narrowing down the options at this stage is essential to helping your client avoid additional time and money on extra proof fees later in the process.
Completing the text form
Dauphine Press requires all text to be submitted digitally via our Digital Text Form or email. If you are unable to submit your text digitally, a $100 typesetting fee will be added to your invoice. Please note that typesetting may add time to the proofing process. We require all final text before we can begin design. Please be sure to double check any questionable spelling, grammar and punctuation details and proofread carefully. The Digital Text Form helps minimize typing errors and having the final text at the start of the order will help it move through the design phase quickly.
Placing the order
Fax the order form to Dauphine Press (707.776.0795) and send the completed text form to us via email (email@example.com). Within one business day we will confirm receipt of your order and email you a Sales Order confirming all pricing. When you submit the completed order and text forms, the design phase begins. Please note that both elements are required to move to the custom design phase. Any delay in submitting these will push back the time line. One of our designers will review the information and contact you if there are any questions.
Once you have submitted the completed order and text forms, Dauphine Press will provide a complimentary custom designed, color proof based on the information supplied in your forms. This proof will be sent via email within 2-3 business days. If necessary, a second proof for any minor text edits is also complimentary.
Any additional minor text edits after the second proof or any major text edits after the first proof will incur a proof fee of $25 per printed piece requiring edits (i.e. invitation, response card, reception card, etc.).
Minor text edits are defined as simple tweaks to existing copy and layout (i.e. adding or removing a word, correcting misspellings, correcting capitalization, changing color, etc.).
Major edits are defined as any edits that require considerable rework to the design (i.e. changes in layout, font selection, motifs, dimensions, etc.) or major text revisions (i.e. adding large amounts of copy, flowing in new copy, etc.) and will incur proof fees any time after the initial proof.
Printing Turnaround Time
Once we receive your signed approval, your order will print and ship within 10 business days. You will receive confirmation of receipt of your faxed approval within one business day. Orders ship per the method and shipping address indicated on the order form. If you have requested specialty printing or hand-assembly for your order, please allow up to an additional 5-10 business days.
Specialty Printing, Special Orders & Hand-Assembly Turnaround Time
Any orders with foil or painted edges will require a 15 day turnaround from approval. If your order also includes special orders and/or hand-assembly additional time may be needed.
Hand-Assembly and Embellishments
Once the printed pieces are complete, our skilled team will undertake any hand-assembly (i.e. lining envelopes, setting grommets, mounting invitations on pocket folds, tying ribbons, stuffing envelopes, etc.) which you have ordered. This process can take up to and additional 5 business days.
In order to meet the production times for orders with embellishments (colored papers, decorative papers, pocket folds, backer cards, ribbons, etc.) the following will take place:
- Embellishment orders are immediately placed when your order is received.
- You will be notified if an item is back ordered or out of stock.
Please note that if your client removes an item or changes the quantity on their order that includes specialty paper and/or embellishments from outside suppliers, they may be subject to a 15% restocking fee, rush shipping fees and/or delayed ship date if additional quantities are needed.
Many of our stores choose to order items outside of the choices shown in our Design Library from some of our vendors (Envelopments®, Waste Not Paper®). We will continue to supply these items, but we cannot guarantee availability. We follow the same procedure above for these items.
Our standard method of domestic shipping is UPS Ground. All orders ship out of Hempstead, NY. Please review the following shipping guidelines to estimate delivery for ground shipping:
To AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY: 4-6 business days
To AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI: 3-4 days
To All Other States: 1-2 business days
To Puerto Rico: 5 days
Once the order is ready to ship, our Client Services department will send you the final invoice via email confirming all sales costs.
Letterpress printing gives a beautiful, three-dimensional impression in paper unsurpassed by any other print method.
In letterpress printing we ink a raised surface that is pressed into soft cotton paper. The amount of impression can be varied, though we normally use a great deal of impression when printing wedding invitations and special announcements. Our printing is done on 50-year-old printing presses — subtle irregularities are inherent in the process. No two pieces are entirely identical, and letterpress printing is not an exact science. Subtle variations in inking, color, impression and position are to be expected.
The designs in our albums featuring foil stamping are available only in the sizes and foil placement combinations shown. However, you may change the variable content as needed to create a custom design (i.e. a response card with foil can be converted in to an announcement or save the date of that same size). The letterpress + foil pricing grids are based on the designs shown in our albums. For custom sizes and designs not shown in the album, please contact Client Services for a quote (707.776.0790).
Painted edges are available for any card printed on our premium letterpress paper, with or without rounded corners.
We recommended 236 lb. cover premium letterpress paper for best results. All jobs that have painted edges will be shipped with a complimentary protective tissue insert to protect edging from offsetting onto other printed pieces during mailing. Please note that edge painting is a hand-applied process and is subject to slight variations in ink color.
blind letterpress/blind hit (printing without ink)
This process requires a medium to heavy line weight or graphic to create a distinctive impression. Please avoid designs with fine details for blind letterpress. Contact Client Services if you would like us to confirm whether or not a graphic will reproduce well using blind letterpress. Note that a run of blind letterpress is considered a color press run. For example, an invitation with black ink plus blind letterpress would be priced as a 2-color piece.
Two week turnaround: A proof will be generated in 1-2 business days and your order will ship within 5 business days of sign off.
We cannot process 2-week rush orders that require special orders or hand-assembly. Contact Client Services if you have a potential rush order as there are times during the year, during busy season, when we may not be able to accept rush orders. Please note that additional charges apply for a rush.
No Liner: Early envelope requests must be placed at time of order. A proof will be generated in 2 business days and envelopes will ship within 5 business days of sign off.
With Liners: Early envelope requests with liners require a special order and hand-assembly by the Dauphine Press production team and therefore require a longer lead time. A proof will be generated in 2 business days and envelopes will ship within 10 business days of sign off.
Dauphine Press cannot process requests for early envelopes mid-order; however, we can expedite shipping of envelopes separately for an additional fee to cover shipping and handling, once the order has printed.
changing quantities on an existing order
Dauphine Press will change the quantity on an existing order at any time before it goes to print, simply contact Client Services.
Please note that if your client removes an item or changes the quantity on their order that includes specialty paper and embellishments from outside suppliers, they may be subject to a 15% restocking fee, rush shipping fees and/or delayed ship date if additional quantities are needed.
Ink Colors and Color Proofs
Inks shown on your digital (pdf) proof are a close approximation of the selected colors and are not an exact match. Computer monitors vary in color representation. Please refer to the physical ink swatches in the Design Library for the best color reference. Letterpress is a very different process from standard offset printing and variations in ink coverage, depth of impression, paper color and texture all make for the subtle irregularities inherent in the process.
Custom Ink Colors
Should you not find an appropriate ink color in the Ink Palette section of our Design Library, you can request a custom ink mix for any uncoated Pantone solid color. Please see embellishment pricing for additional cost.
Most printed pieces can receive double-sided printing. Double-sided items may include multiple colors on the front, but
we recommend only one color on the reverse side. For the best results and deepest impression we suggest that you consider our double-thick, 236 lb. stock, for double-sided printing. Please see embellishment pricing for additional cost.
Printing on Envelopes
Printing of the return address on outer envelopes is complimentary with invitations, announcements, response sets and note cards. When a client requests a graphic be added to the front of the envelope, a charge will be added to the invoice. Please see embellishment pricing for additional cost. Forgoing return address printing will not result in discounted price.
Providing Your Own Artwork
Dauphine Press accepts Adobe Illustrator and InDesign files (CS3 or earlier). Please make sure fonts are outlined and images are embedded. When providing a motif or logo, please submit vector art or bitmap tiff files at 1200 dpi sized at 100% of print size. Please verify artwork resolution before submitting. Please note that we cannot letterpress print photos or color halftones.
Press wash charges will be incurred when adding colors to a print order that are not used on the primary piece i.e. invitation card. One and two color pricing assumes the same colors used on the primary piece will be carried through all printed pieces within an order. Ordering a secondary piece printed in a color not used on the primary piece requires a press wash. Please see embellishment pricing for additional cost.
Additional postage may be required when mailing large, square and/or multiple part invitation suites as well as post cards. Please consult your local Post Office for the correct postage for your invitation suite.
Textured Background Maps: Dauphine Press offers a selection of background maps for many popular wedding destinations. Existing maps can be found in the motif section. You may also contact Client Services to see if your client’s location already exists or if custom design will be required. To have a new map created for your special location there is a charge of 1-3 design hours based on complexity.
Custom Street Map Illustration: Dauphine Press does not offer custom map illustration, but will refer you to an illustrator from our preferred vendor list. We are also happy to print your custom artwork, which we can enhance with motifs from our Design Library.
Orders with Photographs
We have shown a few designs in our albums with tipped on photographs. Dauphine Press does not print nor assemble photographs. We recommend you consult an online provider for this service. Please be sure to include the size of your photograph on your order form and/or custom design worksheet before the design process begins.
Orders with Pocket Folds
Orders with Envelopments® Pocket Folds of any size require an Envelopments® outer envelope in the corresponding size and
color to match your invitation paper stock. These will automatically be included in your order at no additional charge.
Submit your wedding photos and receive fun mail! (January 2012)
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