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Client Customization – Art Deco Wedding Invitation

This stunning Art Deco design is one of our most asked about designs and we are thrilled to be sharing a gorgeous customization with you! The opulent and dramatic black and gold color palette really shows off the traditional Art Deco frame and timeless fonts. This couple stayed pretty true to the original design printing gold foil on a black card, but then dressed it up with some great embellishments.


Adding a black pocket folder, to frame the main invitation and enclose their entire suite in one plentiful package, was their first customization. From there, they added ancillary cards that featured the same motifs, but used them in different ways {like a single corner instead of all four} and also swapped the color palette by printing black letterpress ink on gold paper. With everything tucked into a gold pocket folder and mailed in a matching gold envelope, these wedding guests were bound to be wooed!

We would love to help you embellish your favorite design. Embellishments are like jewelry – it’s such a simple way to dress things up. Contact us or your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to see all of your embellishment options and create your custom invitation for your wedding day!

A.M. Inspiration {brights and books}

Translating a client’s dreams and ideas into print is one of my favorite things to do. It’s such a rewarding process! It’s no different designing for an engaged couple, a baby announcement or a birthday invitation … even when it’s for my very own daughter. Meryn has always been a big fan of books, so when we were coming up with ideas for her birthday party, we decided to have it at Storybook Land. Storybook Land is an incredible amusement park for little ones with themes throughout the park that are relative to classic storybook fables. I still love it today as much as I did when I was little!


With the party destination set, I turned to Meryn for her thoughts on color palette. It was no surprise that she selected bright, neon colors. We decided to combine the bright, neon palette with a fun liner pattern {reminiscent of art created by a child} and a ditsy floral. We designed the main birthday invitation to resemble a classic storybook cover, complete with fun, childlike fonts {called Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack!}. To complete this sweet set, we designed a bookmark favor printed in three colors on both sides.

We would love to help the next time you’re designing an invitation for one of your loved ones or as you celebrate your love! Contact us or visit your local retailer to start the process of turning your dreams and ideas into print!

Client Customization – Floral Letterpress Save the Date Card

Decorative floral patterns and motifs are always a traditional choice for wedding stationery. Today’s Client Customization takes detailed peony and hydrangea motifs {two quintessential wedding flowers!} and pairs them with other classic touches in a unique format to create a custom save the date.


The letterpress printed floral motifs framing each panel of this trifold save the date card in a soft neutral fall into the background behind the classic black letterpress text. A combination of a script font and an all caps serif complete the look highlighting essential wedding guest details – travel directions, accommodation suggestions and the vital wedding weekend timeline.

This combination of design elements would complement any wedding decor. With small changes such as the color of the florals, the motifs chosen or the size and format of the card, you could easily create your own custom design to suit your unique event. With our Custom Wedding Portfolio II and the assistance of one of our exclusive retailers, you can create a one-of-a-kind wedding stationery suite for you and your event!

Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Two, Modern}

We’re  back with our next post in our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines! It is very important to finalize the wording on your wedding invitations before you have us begin the design process. It’s going to be in print and will be something that you will keep always, so it is best to focus on the wording alone as your first step in the process. Plus, getting this tough task out of the way means that the design process can be all about making it look good and complement your wedding decor!

As we noted in our last post, we’ve broken it down to four main sections: the invitation line, the couple, time + place and additional details.

In our first post of this series we covered traditional wording and the common rules of etiquette for the Invitation Line when your parents are hosting {paying for} the wedding. For today’s post, we will be covering a modern interpretation of the Invitation Line. More and more we see brides and grooms hosting their own wedding and excluding the tradition of having their parents listed on the invitation.

We’ve gathered a collection of examples to show you how an invitation comes together when the couples’ parents’ names are not included. You may choose this for a number of reasons, but we often see couples select this option when they are hosting their own wedding, when the family politics are just a tad too complicated to spell out on an invitation or when the couple wants to keep things simple and keep the focus of the invitation {and their wedding day} about them and their new union!

As with the traditional version, the second element of the Invitation Line with a modern twist is also the actual invitation or call to action. Just after the listing of the hosts, you’ll want to include “request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of …” or “invite you to celebrate the marriage of …”. It’s pretty much the same for both traditional and modern wording, with a few exceptions. With the modern versions, you will see the addition of phrases such as “because you have shared in their lives …” and “together with their families …” appearing before the names of the betrothed and in place of the parents names. We’ve collected a few examples to show you how these come together!


Our Yountville suite incorporates modern wording and a modern look. Here you see the use of “because you have shared in their lives” along with “through your love and friendship” to really involve the guests in their special day.


Our Greenwich wedding suite makes a bold statement with the names of the couple listed first in a decorative script typeface.

Calistoga letterpress wedding invitationA great way to include your family, but not include all of the names of the parents is to choose words like the ones shown on our Calistoga wedding suite, which begins with “together with their families” before the names of the couple. And below on our Pacifica wedding invitation, you see this wording again, but in a classic layout for those wanting modern wording, with a traditional look.

Pacifica letterpress wedding invitation

This series has been a ton of fun for us to put together. We love sharing the tips and secrets we have learned over the years as well as go through old samples for lots of gorgeous inspiration! Feel free to contact us with any questions or topics you would like us to cover.

Letterpress Holiday Cards – Free Rush Printing!

holiday card offer

It’s that time of year again! School is back in session and the countdown to the holidays has begun! We are offering free rush printing on all custom letterpress holiday card orders placed by 11/15/15. We’ll rush, so you don’t have to!

Now, the best part … choosing and customizing your design for this year! We have updated our holiday catalog for you to peruse and select your favorite design elements. Just give us a call or visit a retailer to place your order and you will have your holiday cards in-hand before you know it!

Terms & Conditions: Complimentary rush applies to letterpress printed holiday cards. Eligible orders will ship 5 business days following proof approval. Cards with foil stamping and/or embellishments and upgrades are not eligible for this complimentary rush offer. Orders must be placed prior to 11/15/15. Good on orders up to quantity 300.


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