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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Chelsea & Aaron

We had the pleasure of working with Chelsea and her Mom in-person. Always such a treat to sit down in our Stone Harbor stationery store and really get to know a bride when designing their wedding stationery. Plus, delivering the final pieces in-person is one of our favorite things!

We describe this wedding as traditional, elegant and full of charm … take a look at the beautiful images captured by Kaitlin Noel Photography:

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The fine details they selected – a color palette of black and white with touches of gold – made for a traditional look.

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The way they used these elements throughout – black letterpress ink for fine, detailed scripts, gold painted edges, all the way to classic black dresses for bridesmaids – was the epitome of elegance.

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And, the thoughtful touches, such as using china with calligraphy {matching the invitations, of course!} for table numbers, and a custom envelope liner inspired by a favorite China pattern – brought it all together on a beautiful day for this charming, thoughtful couple. We’re thrilled to play a small role in such a gorgeous, timeless event!

We would love to work with you too on creating your ideal wedding stationery. Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers so we can sit down in-person, over email or phone and we can start bringing your ideas together into one gorgeous stationery suite!

CREDITS: Wedding Photographer: Kaitlin Noel Photography | Wedding Ceremony: Lutheran Church of Our Savior | Wedding Reception: Congress Hall in Cape May | Stationery and Invitations: Dauphine Press

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Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Four, The Couple}

We wanted to kick off the New Year with more Tips & Advice from our design team. We know that so many couples really start focusing on the fine details of wedding planning in January and we’re here to help!

In our Wedding Invitation Wording series, we’ve covered the first of four main areas of your invitation – The Invitation Line. Today, we’re moving on to the most unique portion of the invitation – The Couple. This is the first place that guests look when they receive an invitation in the mail, asking themselves “who is the lucky couple?!

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Over the years, we have seen many unique ways to display names of brides and grooms. Our best tip here is to let your Invitation Line guide you. If you started down a traditional path, it is best to keep things consistent and go the traditional route for listing your names.

Today we are sharing inspiring options to help you decide on the best solution for your wedding invitations.

TRADITIONAL
The most traditional way to display your names is using your first and middle names. Since most traditionally worded invitations include the names of the bride’s parents, her last name is already listed. In this case, it is suitable to just include the bride’s first and middle names. For the groom’s name, you would list his first, middle and last names and include Mr. at the beginning. Our Magnolia Corners and Occidental wedding invitation suites are perfect examples:

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A contemporary twist on the traditional invitation is to include the last name of the bride and groom, even if the bride’s parents are listed at the top of the invitation. You can see a great example in our Chalk Hill suite, which also includes the groom’s parents names listed below his name.

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The format used on our Chalk Hill invitation is also a great example for traditional same-sex marriages, where the “bride comes first” traditional etiquette isn’t necessary.

MODERN
For the modern wedding invitation, when the couple is hosting, they often choose not to include the parent’s names. In this case, you may want to include any variation of your names – using one or all three – first, middle and last names. Just make sure you do the same for both parties to keep things consistent. Here are a few examples:

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The Calistoga wedding invitation suite displays the first and last names of the couple.

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Our Bloom wedding invitation suite includes the first, middle and last names of both the bride and groom.

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Vreeland wedding invitation lists just the first name of the bride and groom.

CASUAL
When it comes to names, the casual version isn’t too far from the modern version. Here are some of our favorite {and the most fun!} ways to display your names on your wedding invitations:

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We love the use of the belly band on our Monterey invitation. It takes the traditional wording on the invitation {the first and last names of the couple are printed on the invitation} and layers a casual air over the entire invitation with just the “Celebrate with Alicia and Richard” line on the belly band. This letterpress printed band is also very helpful in keeping all the pieces in this suite in one tidy bundle. And, as a bonus, adds a splash of color to the suite.

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One last casual option to consider {well, this could work for any style of wording} is choosing a horizontal format as shown on our Charlotte invitation so that the couple’s names sit side-by-side – a true visual representation of today’s modern union!

With so many options, you really can’t go wrong. You just need to choose the combination that feels right for you and your soon-to-be spouse! If you want advice, or want to run what you’re considering by an expert, feel free to reach out and contact us or one of our exclusive retailers. We would be happy to help you check this to-do off your list!

We’re half way there! Next up are the Time + Place and Additional Details.

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Client Customization – Lovely Lavender Letterpress Invitation

We love the way the subtle lavender touches add dimension to this Vreeland wedding suite customization. This invitation utilizes, what we call in letterpress printing, a “fill.” Looking at the etched floral motif, you can see that there is a solid layer of lavender ink printed beneath it, which gives it a hint of color and differentiates it from the blind printed lattice in the background.

Starting with that lovely touch on the main invitation card, this suite includes many other pretty layers that will be sure to have guests excited for the big day. The neutral color palette, elegant shimmery pocket folder, the different uses of the signature etched floral motif and the luxe belly band wrap up the entire invitation into one pretty package.

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We would love to help you design your own pretty package for your wedding invitations. Contact us or get in touch with your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to gather inspiration and ideas from our Custom Wedding Portfolio.

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Get The Look – Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

GTL-Pantone-1GTL-Pantone-2GTL-Pantone-3We wait patiently each December for Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. Were you as thrilled as we were to see two (!) colors chosen for 2016? We love that Pantone changed the game a little this year. Their choice of two colors fed our love of choosing color palettes. When designing wedding invitations, one of our favorite steps is finding the perfect color combination and Pantone has done exactly that with their choice of Rose Quartz and Serenity.

We were inspired to use these two colors on an invitation, of course! We chose our Calistoga wedding invitation suite and transformed it into a look that creates a calming and beautiful overall feel with a balance of warm and cool tones. What better expression of a marital union – balanced, calm, beautiful?

In the two versions above, we are showing two ways to create this look. We have our existing color palette of letterpress inks and we also offer custom ink colors. There is a little bit of an up-charge for custom ink colors, so you can choose the best option for your budget. For the version using our existing color palette, we are suggesting a combination of our Rose and French Blue letterpress inks. The copy is split evenly between these two colors and then we added a splash of the Rose on the geometric pattern covering the back of the invitation and framed it all in a French Blue painted edge! For the custom version, we’re suggesting pastel PMS 9281 for Rose and PMS 7451 for Serenity.

Are you thinking of using the Pantone Color of the Year for the Wedding of the Year (yours!)? If you would like to see us transform your favorite design with this color palette, contact us or one of our retailers to start the design process.

 

10% Off Letterpress + Foil Stamped Wedding Invitations!

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We wanted to kick-off 2016 with a special offer for couples getting married this year! We know that the end of the holidays often launches a new countdown to the big day. It’s your year! Now celebrate with 10% off your custom wedding invitation suite! Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to begin designing your letterpress and/or foil stamped wedding invitation suite!

The fine details: Offer valid through January 31, 2016 | Discount applies to printed pieces only, envelope liners and embellishments not included | Retailers must note promo code on order form: 10OFF2016 | Applies to orders placed on or after January 1, 2016 | Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts

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