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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.

Dauphine Press on Bravo TV!

We have a slightly different post for you today. This one is brought to you by Team Dauphine Press, rather than Abbey herself. You see, our Abbey was the recipient of the ultimate surprise party and part of the My Fab 40th series on Bravo TV and well, we pretty much had to take over the blog to share this with you. Abbey loves what she does, as owner of Dauphine Press, and she’s happy to talk about design and stationery all day long … but this is different.

Abbey was more than happy to work with her friend Gina’s husband to plan a surprise party for Gina – but there was a twist to the plans and the party was for Abbey too. Abbey gladly helped with the planning and loved designing the invitations {more on those in a second!} but when you ask Abbey about that moment when she realized this party was a surprise for her too, she clams up.

Abbey is the real deal. She works hard, creates amazingly gorgeous designs, she’s a great boss, wonderful friend and tons of fun. We know a lot of our blog readers are current retailers and couples who only get to see the business part of Abbey. We think you will love getting to know all of Abbey {though she’s worried about what editing can do to a person’s real personality, but in her case we’re pretty sure it’s impossible to make her look bad} and we’re confident that in the end you will love her as much as we do. So, we twisted her arm and wrote this post this week.

The My Fab 40th episode with Abbey and her friend Gina airs tonight at 10pm EST on Bravo TV. We hope you will join in the fun and watch along with us! If you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek.


Now, on to the invitations! These were personal, a gift from Abbey to her good friend {not knowing they were for her too!} so she made sure that every detail was perfect. The party was Great Gatsby themed so the invitations were opulent and detailed. The main invitation card was foil stamped in Rose Gold on the front with a striking type treatment and the back was foil stamped with a custom art deco pattern in Rose Gold and Black {New Pattern-156 in the Design Library}. It was also duplexed with Savoy Brilliant White on the face and a shimmery Coral stock on the back and then edge painted in black. The invitation was mailed in a black envelope with a shimmery Coral envelope liner and printed in more Rose Gold foil for the return address.

If you would like to see a sample of the invitation in person, contact one of our retailers and request a copy. Retailers, that goes for you too! If you would like a copy, just send us a quick email or give us a call.

OK, we will let Abbey get back to her regular blog plans. It has been fun sharing this with you and we hope you enjoy the show!

Team Dauphine Press

Client Customization – Updated Classic Letterpress Wedding Invitation

We have a special place in our hearts for a tasteful update on a true classic. Today’s client customization was created from scratch for this couple. Starting with their favorite double-thick 236# cotton letterpress stock then printing a classic layout with a monogram at the top, followed by a mix of a serif and a traditional script typeface in bold black ink. There’s nothing like the look of deep black letterpress on a fresh white stock – this combination really lets that deep letterpress impression shine!


Two final touches that we absolutely adore are the subtle shell painted edges and the black twine binding all of the cards in this suite together to create a true gift for guests when they open their mail.

What is your version of an update on a true classic? Or, would you rather skip the traditional elements altogether and go with something trendy? No matter your style, our Custom Wedding Portfolio II gives you all the tools you need to create the wedding invitation of your dreams – whether you decide to create it from scratch, using the wedding album as inspiration or team up with one of our exclusive retailers to get their expert advice!

Client Customization – Magical Wedding Rehearsal Invitation

We love the concept and overall feel the combination of design elements evokes on this invitation. What better way to have guests anticipating a “magical night under the stars” than with gold foil stamped stars, a blind letterpress impression of a tropical palm tree, gold edge painting and a fanciful script!


This invitation is a perfect example of a couple making the most of every piece of stationery in their wedding suite. If your heart is set on a traditional wedding invitation, but you’re feeling the pull to do something unique, why not have fun with your rehearsal dinner or Sunday brunch invitation? We’re here to help you define every piece of stationery for your wedding. Visit your local stationer and Dauphine Press retailer to get their expert advice on finding your design style!


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