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Suite Spotlight – Ivy Letterpress Wedding Invitation

January is such an exciting time of year for us! It’s the time of year when when wedding planning really starts to ramp up! That means that we have couples {just like you!} and our retailers sharing endless numbers of new “wedding visions” with us – the vision that each unique couple is dreaming up for their own wedding day.

We’re a visual group and love how inspiration boards can really help couples develop the overall look and feel for their big day. Inspiration boards have to be the number one wedding planning tool these days! Our designers also use inspiration boards to create new designs. For every one of our designs, we had a particular wedding vision in mind when the design was created. This is what our Suite Spotlight posts are all about! We share with you the inspiration board behind one of our favorite custom wedding invitations. We think it’s exciting to see the full process so we want to share! Plus, if you’re a bride or groom just getting started on your inspiration boards and planning, maybe this peek into our process will help you start pulling your vision together.

Typically, the viewers of our inspiration boards initially react to the color palette featured. When it comes to our Ivy invitation suite, we feel that with the inclusion of the hydrangea blue, it shows a modern take on a traditional wedding color palette. With olive green chosen as the neutral and used for the wedding invitation wording, the pale blue backer card adds pop of color. You wouldn’t normally think of pale blue acting as a pop of color, but our team pulled it off in a stunning way!

Take a peek at the inspiration behind our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation:

Dauphine Pres Suite Spotlight - IVY

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Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - IVY

Our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation is a true classic! It is a design that is very versatile and gives an overall romantic vibe as well as touches of whimsy with the spiraling tendrils that fall behind the wording. Your choice of font used on this invitation can take this design from traditional to casual – one perfect for anything from an outdoor event to classic church nuptials. The fine details in the ivy motif used on the invitation and note card, along with the vintage engraving design used on the response card, really show off the deep impression of the letterpress printing!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start pulling together your own wedding color palette and inspiration board? We can’t wait to hear from you and “see” what makes your wedding design uniquely you! Visit your local Dauphine Press retailer to get started on turning your vision into the perfect letterpress wedding invitation!

Suite Spotlight – Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

All of us at Dauphine Press are buzzing about the Thanksgiving holiday this week. With plans to travel to spend time with family, hosting large groups in our homes and celebrating the warmth of the season – we are all really looking forward to diving into this holiday and enjoying every second of it. We wanted to be sure to share some of that warmth with you this week with our Suite Spotlight on our Bloom invitation. What better way than to go back to a classic design in a time-honored color palette!

Our Bloom design has an overall traditional feel with a letterpress printed script font in our warm cocoa brown ink. The oversized, offset flourish in bold persimmon gives this design the perfect pop of color and interest – one that will certainly have guests take notice and look forward to an event filled with beauty and personal touches. The presentation of our original Bloom design is where those personal touches start. The cocoa pocket folder and layers of magnolia and poppy colored ribbons allow guests to unwrap this gorgeous package as their anticipation builds.

Inspiration Board for the Dauphine Press Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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Dauphine Press Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Are you thinking of going with “traditional with a twist” for your wedding invitations? Is this inspiration board, filled with warm autumn colors, your ideal wedding palette? Want to add your own personal touch to our Bloom design? Meeting with one of our exclusive retailers and exploring our Custom Wedding Portfolio is the perfect place to start.

Keeping in the spirit of the season, we can’t leave this post without mentioning how thankful we are for all of our exclusive retail partners and the wedding couples we have the pleasure of working with every day. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to work with amazing individuals across the country on custom stationery that brings only happiness to everyone who sends or receives them. We are so thankful that we get to work and share our passion with you every day!

One final Thanksgiving note: Our office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the holiday weekend, but we look forward to hearing from you on Monday, December 2nd.

Suite Spotlight – Tayla Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Our Tayla letterpress bat mitzvah invitation design is a beautiful balance of sweetness and spirit! The lovely allover floral pattern, coupled with the flowing typeface adds a bit of sophistication to this fresh and youthful letterpress design. The linear envelope liner, colored envelopes and pocket on the reverse of the oversized invitation add even more pop and interest to this suite.

The inspiration board we are sharing with you today for this playful design displays that same balance of sweetness and spirit and sophistication and youthfulness, we feel is great for any young girl celebrating her bat mitzvah.

Inspiration Board for the Dauphine Press Tayla Letterpress Invitation

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Dauphine Press Tayla Letterpress Invitation

Tayla also transforms beautifully into a wedding invitation suite. Playing with all of the design elements, like swapping out colored papers, liners and ink colors or changing the font or background pattern on the invitation, make this letterpress suite the perfect starting point for your unique stationery.

Dreaming up all of the options for Tayla has us thinking about this recent post on The Perfect Palette. Color has so much power and we love Chrissy’s blog for celebrating that. Can you imagine our Tayla suite in shades of orange and aqua? How about traditional black and gold? Layers of neutrals would be so stunning, wouldn’t it?

Any of our exclusive retailers can help you explore all of the {endless!} options for designing your stationery wardrobe – whether it’s for a bat mitzvah, wedding or holiday invitation!

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!

Dauphine Press - Suite Spotlight - Marinwood

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.

Another great part of the process is finding inspiration to help you define your favorite design elements, color palette and overall look and feel of your new card. Take a peek at our Pinterest boards for even more inspiration like the elements our design team pulled together for the perfect vintage holiday card, just like the Marinwood Holiday trifold.

Dauphine Press - Suite Spotlight - Marinwood

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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!

Suite Spotlight – Ainsley Diecut + Letterpress Wedding Invitation

September is the perfect time for a wedding! Well, any time of year is perfect for a wedding, but September is the perfect time for an Ainsley wedding! Our Ainsley design has the perfect formula for a late summer wedding – one where hints of fall are sprinkled throughout the details. As our design team’s inspiration board displays, the salmon and tobacco palette speak a little to both seasons! Salmon has the ability to go light and bright {which is essential for those hot summer days} but is also beautiful when paired with a deeper shade that reminds us all of the approaching season.  And, tobacco is a great neutral to pair with any shade, any time of year. The mix creates an event with gorgeous depth!

Inspiration Board for Ainsley Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite featuring die cut shape

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Dauphine Press Ainsley Letterpress Wedding Invitation featuring detailed die cut edges

The focal point of our Ainsley design is the fun die-cut shape of each card, which makes this suite unique from the others your guests may be getting in the mail. Paired with a vintage pattern and personalized monogram surrounded by a decorative frame, this suite is fitting for any celebration. The mix of fonts on our original design feel traditional with a touch of whimsy!

A selection from our Coral album, this design allows you the flexibility to swap out any of the fonts or mix up the color palette to suit your event, all while benefiting from the smaller price tag the Coral album provides.

To meet Ainsley in person and view the rest of our letterpress wedding invitations, take a look at the locator on our website to find the exclusive Dauphine Press retailer near you. All of our retailers are stationery experts and can help you personalize your very own wedding stationery suite.

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