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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!

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!

Client Customization – A Traditional Take on Stinson

Our Stinson letterpress and foil wedding invitation suite is one of our most talked about designs. Printed on our Elegant duplexed stock in a shimmering pyrite color, we have seen many couples use this very contemporary design as inspiration. Working with their local retailer, Sweet Paper in La Jolla, California, this couple created a brand new look with just a few simple changes. With our Custom Wedding Portfolio, these changes don’t add any cost to the order — in fact, these changes actually make this version an even more budget-friendly choice! Let’s take a look …

The first customization selected was to switch from the metallic paper stock to our cotton letterpress stock. This instantly gives the suite a softer and more traditional feel. Mixing a classic, neutral color palette of black and buttercream letterpress inks with a fun script font, a completely different look is achieved. We especially love how the black ink balances with the white cotton paper and places the bride and groom’s names center stage on the invitation while highlighting the floral motif and simple border details.

As mentioned above, one of the best parts of making changes like these is that there is no additional cost to do so! The custom process built into every design ordered from our Custom Wedding Portfolio also allows flexibility to fit into any budget! So, visit one of our exclusive retailers, like Sweet Paper, to start the design of your custom wedding suite today and take advantage of the free custom design we offer with every order. You can change the color palettetypefacepatterns and motifs on any suite and there is no additional cost!

Client Customization – Sweet Patterned First Birthday Invitation

This sweet first birthday party invitation was for one lucky little girl!  Sent our way by the amazing team at Inscriptions on the Boulvevard in Forth Worth, Texas, this precious piece was originally inspired by our Yountville birthday card design. The original design features a monogram as the focal point and a fine allover pattern accent. Knowing their inspiration, and after hearing the perfect quote they wanted to include, our design team suggested a single-sided version that incorporated the pattern of our Meadowood suite and a delicate border. After modifying the Meadowood pattern from a 2-color design to a 1-color design and letterpress printing it in our shell ink behind a fun mix of playful typefaces in espresso, a custom design was born!

Did you know that any of our wedding invitation designs can be modified {free of charge!} to create stationery for any type of extraordinary event? Explore our letterpress and foil wedding invitation galleries to find your favorite elements. Then work with any of our exclusive retailers to create a custom design of your own!

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