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Client Customization – Joie de Vivre Holiday Card

You often hear designers say that the hardest pieces to create are the ones you use for yourself. The key is finding the right inspiration! You also hear us talk a lot about our exclusive retailers – all of the talented stationers around the globe that are an extension of us and help couples create their wedding stationery every day – and how much we love working with them and appreciate their expertise. Seems simple, but we used them as our inspiration. Knowing that, like us, they love what they do every day, have a passion for creating the best printed pieces for very special events and as a result get to live what they love!

Feeling that this really is the key to a happy life – live what you love – we created our Joie de Vivre holiday card.  Using this French phrase and making it beautiful felt like the perfect sentiment to extend to all of our retailers for the New Year. We turned to our beloved Custom Wedding Portfolio II for additional inspiration and customized a design in the same way we encourage every Dauphine Press bride and groom to do. First, we selected the layering details from our Rutherford wedding invitation where the vibrant font is printed over a subtle all-over floral pattern. Then, we paired it with the petite die-cut card from our Calistoga suite and a brand new design was born.

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What in your life is inspiring you when it comes to dreaming up the perfect holiday card? Is it a trip you took this year that you want to share with your family and friends at the holiday? A new addition to the family? Something exciting you are anticipating in the new year {a wedding, perhaps?}? We would love to hear your ideas, and with the help of one of our exclusive retailers, help you create your perfect greeting.

Have you seen our Timeless Holiday Collection yet? It is based on our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that customizing is easy and enjoyable! There are just three steps:

1. Browse our holiday card designs and get creative! Pull elements from any design you see or from the details in our design library to create a holiday card that is unique to you and your family.

2. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to place your order. Through this process you will gain their experience and knowledge to help you refine your holiday card design. Seeing the album in person, you can also feel the papers, choose ink swatches and add your favorite embellishments.

3. Approve your proof and receive your cards in 10* business days! Once the retailer places your order our team of true designers will create a unique design especially for you within 2 business days. Once your proof is approved, your holiday cards ship in less than two weeks!

*The fine details on The Fine Print: Most designs shown in the collection include letterpress or letterpress + foil stamping. For orders placed before November 1, 2013, these two categories will ship within 10 days from proof approval. All letterpress cards ship in 7 business days and letterpress + foil cards ship in 10 business days. Cards with additional embellishments, such as colored envelopes and edge painting, can take up to 15-20 business days. And, your proof always reaches you in two business days!

Happy Holidays!

Client Customization – Charming Elegant Date

The big date! Every couple falls in love with their wedding date and our Elegant Date design celebrates exactly that. Our exclusive retailer, Kyle Fine Stationery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, helped their client design a new take on our Elegant Date design. We love seeing couples take advantage of our complimentary custom design process that is built into our Custom Wedding Portfolio program – especially when it results in a gorgeous new design like this one!

This couple chose to keep the format of the original design that allows the wedding date to stretch across the card as the focal point. Changing the font used for the date, to a script with a thinner line, gives the card an overall lighter feel. To add depth, an all-over cross-hatch pattern, originally found on our Cloverdale suite, was layered beneath the copy in a beautiful robin’s egg letterpress ink. The final personal touch is the charming dragonfly motif perfectly placed under the arched copy.

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What is your wedding date? Have you fallen in love with it yet? It’s a little like a bride-to-be writing out your soon-to-be new last name, isn’t it?! Visit your locate Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to customize wedding stationery that celebrates you as a couple and highlights your special date!

We have a special treat for you on this customization too … if you’re like us, you are always hearing {and saying!} that wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests get of what is in store for them on the big day. We love when things come full circle and we finally get to see the official wedding photos to prove this point once again. Here’s a link to the gorgeous photos that tie in with this very Charming Elegant Date customization. Enjoy!

Suite Spotlight – Marinwood Letterpress Holiday Card

Just last month we released our 2013 Timeless Custom Holiday Collection of letterpress and foil stamped holiday cards. We wanted to take some time and share with you all that you can create using our Holiday Collection. The process works just like our Custom Wedding Portfolio where you can build any design to suit your style. You can use any of our existing designs {holiday or wedding!} or build a design from the ground up using all of the design elements offered in our design library.

The Marinwood Holiday trifold we are highlighting today is a great example of taking inspiration from our existing designs and adding personal touches to create a unique-to-you design. Using our Marinwood save the date trifold as inspiration, this holiday card and moving announcement takes on a completely new look. The jolly message on the first panel, in standout vintage lettering, is a welcomed greeting for friends and family during the holidays. The recipient is then treated to a sweet surprise when they unfold the card to reveal a gorgeous 2-color letterpress vintage pattern printed on the center panel. Just like the inspiration piece, when placing a family photo over the center, the detailed design acts as a decorative frame. The last panel is used for another timely greeting and a smartly placed moving announcement. Color palette is key to this design as well – the perfectly selected red raspberry and willow inks complete the festive look!

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Creating a unique design with our Custom Wedding Portfolio can be a very fun process – one that always results in a gorgeous piece of stationery that is an extension of you! Teaming up with one of our exclusive retailers, like For Heaven’s Sake in Beaumont, Texas who helped create this gorgeous design, is the perfect place to start.

Remember, our Timeless Holiday Collection is based on our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that any design can be customized for no additional charge! There are just three steps:

1. Browse our holiday card designs and get creative! Pull elements from any design you see or from the details in our design library to create a holiday card that is unique to you and your family.

2. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to place your order. Through this process you will gain their experience and knowledge to help you refine your holiday card design. Seeing the album in person, you can also feel the papers, choose ink swatches and add your favorite embellishments.

3. Approve your proof and receive your cards in 10* business days! Once the retailer places your order our team of true designers will create a unique design especially for you within 2 business days. Once your proof is approved, your holiday cards ship in less than two weeks!

*The fine details on The Fine Print: Most designs shown in the collection include letterpress or letterpress + foil stamping. For orders placed before November 1, 2013, these two categories will ship within 10 days from proof approval. All letterpress cards ship in 7 business days and letterpress + foil cards ship in 10 business days. Cards with additional embellishments, such as colored envelopes and edge painting,edge painting, can take up to 15-20 business days. And, your proof always reaches you in two business days!

Happy Holidays!

Store Spotlight – Nolte’s Bridal

We are just delighted to share a true treasure with you today! Michael Nolte of Nolte’s Bridal in Kansas City is one of our exclusive retailers who is creating amazing wedding stationery with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. One reason we have so much fun working together is that Michael plans events from start to finish. So, not only is he creating gorgeous stationery, he is also designing every detail, large and small, of the most incredible events {Don’t worry! We will be sharing some Real Dauphine Press Wedding photos with you in an upcoming post!}. First up, an overview of some of our favorite details from a few of our most-loved wedding suites we’ve created together:

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Traditional, classic and elegant all done in a modern way is how we would describe the stunning custom wedding suites we get to create for Nolte’s Bridal and their clients. We interviewed Mr. Nolte to learn a little more about the man behind this amazing body of work:

What inspired you to open Nolte’s Bridal?
Thirty three years ago I was evolving from a career in wedding photography, an event designer, as well as owning both a florist business and a couture gown salon. I was “The Wedding Guy” 24/7. Through the decades I filtered down my talents into wedding coordinating and gown design.

What did you do in your life before Nolte’s Bridal?
I have degrees in Communication and Photo-journalism. I use them every day as I work with anxious brides and stressed out parents.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
I am a tactile guy. I love super soft expensive sheets, smooth silk satins and high end card stock.

What is the Nolte’s Bridal stationery design aesthetic?
I’m a devotee of the classics but love tradition with a twist. So just a couple of elements i.e. a motif, edge painting, a patterned liner … that gives the thick stationery a subtle “Wow!” factor.

What inspires you?
I really like realistic fruit and floral designs (think Williamsburg, Della-Robbia or botanicals, Mario Buatta chintz.) I am never drawn to modern wedding invitations as I think they look too “corporate.”

What trends are you loving in wedding stationery?
There are several: foil stamping, metallic liners, combination of fonts scattered through-out the suite (as opposed to just one used consistently), letterpress and 230 lb. paper.

What are the must haves for weddings in your area?
I am seeing a decline in the interest of pockets and bows that tie/smash on invitations, but an increase of interest in additional pieces used for the After Parties and Farewell Brunches. Those two phases of the wedding weekend are becoming very popular in Kansas City – having a slightly different mood, but keeping a coordinated look in those invitations ensembles is a nice touch.

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And now, check out even more of those beautiful invitations, including custom variations of our Chalk Hill, Broadmoor and Rutherford designs. With design changes like swapping out a 2-color design for a classic, charcoal gray, 1-color design or the addition of a timeless gold foil and an oversized invitation, Michael Nolte creates exactly the caliber of restyled work we hope for utilizing our Custom Wedding Portfolio II palette!

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We say it time and again, but the best part of what we do at Dauphine Press is working with great talents and people who have a passion for stationery and weddings like we do. It’s something we just can’t keep to ourselves and love sharing with you! So, here’s even more – a fun Q&A with Michael from the Nolte’s Bridal blog.

If you are in the Kansas City area looking for custom Dauphine Press wedding stationery or interested in completing your vision of the perfect wedding, Nolte’s Bridal is a must!  And, if you’re looking for a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, like Nolte’s Bridal, in your area, we have many talented stationers around the globe to help you design your very own custom wedding stationery.

Client Customization – Autumnal Ainsley Update

We talk about the weather and seasons a lot around here, don’t we?! Those two elements are important for weddings and for the couples planning them, so they’re important to us too! We know that fall is a favorite of many and we love seeing all of the blog posts and Instagram updates of people celebrating this new season. We especially love the thought of all of the couples out there who have planned weddings this fall and how this shift will elevate their excitement over their pending nuptials. Soon, all of our fall couples will be able to celebrate the hard work they have put into planning all the fine details of their wedding day, honoring the most special union between two people!

We thought we would jump right in, join in the fun, and share a charming update to our Ainsley suite that is the perfect customization for a fall wedding. For any of you enjoying the new season, or if you’re planning a fall wedding, we know you will love how our exclusive retailer, Papel New York in Brooklyn, customized this letterpress wedding invitation suite for their bride and groom.

A few weeks ago we shared the original Ainsley design with you and how the color palette was perfect for that late summer/early fall wedding. Inspired by the Ainsley design in our Coral Weddings album, Raegan at Papel New York did what she does best. With just a few design changes, she completely transformed this design. With a simple ink color change, script font selection and motif choice, this version is now completely ready for fall! The fun die-cut shape is still the focal point of this suite and will likely be the first thing your guests notice, but this version includes a tone-on-tone rust and espresso color palette that brings an added layer of elegance to the overall design. Paired with the decorative script font for the bride and groom’s names and swapping out the decorative monogram for the charming oak tree motif, this letterpress wedding invitation suite is a gorgeous twist on traditional.

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Just as Raegan at Papel New York transformed our Ainsley design, we have a list of amazing retailers who are ready to help you design your very own custom wedding invitation suite. Whether you are inspired by the seasons, a design or two in our album or if you have dreamed up something completely unique, the expert consultants at all of our exclusive retailer locations can help you transform your idea into a reality!

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