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Ultimate Eye Candy – New Lookbook Pages!

Here at Dauphine Press we are all about two things – high end print techniques and custom design. In the past couple of weeks we have been highlighting a bunch of our favorite new print techniques, but today we want to talk about custom design! Every couple deserves a unique wedding stationery suite. No matter how simple they say they want to keep things initially, every couple ends up putting in many hours on all of their wedding details, big and small.

One of the most important elements is getting guests to your big day and conveying the right feel for your festivities. The design of your wedding stationery is a very important step. At Dauphine Press, we set out years ago to create an experience for all brides and grooms to do just that – create their very own, unique look without having to spend thousands with an independent designer. Using the Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, thousands of options are there for you to use at no additional charge.

Our albums include a carefully curated collection of design created by our design team. When creating these designs we take many things into consideration – a true Dauphine Press look, making the most of our print techniques and wedding trends. Even though we take the time to pull these designs together, it is always our expectation that couples will change *something* on our designs. Often times though, couples may be nervous about making those changes since it can be tough to visualize. With our new lookbook pages, all of that worry is gone.

Sitting side-by-side with each suite in our album are hundreds of additional ideas from our design team to help you create the perfect suite for your wedding and special event. There are changes big and small shown. We show everything from changing ink colors and fonts to swapping out print techniques and adding backers, duplexed colored papers and edging. This new tool also provides a visual for a range of budgets, showing that a 2-color letterpress and foil design in the album can easily be switched to 1-color letterpress – and that the results can be equally as stunning.

You can view all of our lookbook pages by visiting any of our exclusive retailers or visiting the gallery section of our website.

lookbook pages

Above photo by Brookelyn Photography.



letterpress wedding invitations, foil stamp, die cut

As you can see, these new lookbook pages not only add 400+ new designs to our Custom Wedding Portfolio, but they also provide an immense amount of inspiration. Each design in our gallery has a link to view the additional pieces in the suite & the customized variations in the suite. Enjoy!

Customize your suite – with foil stamping!

With each new custom design element we feature, I’m tempted to say it’s my favorite and our newly refreshed foil palette is no exception. Every wedding deserves a little sparkle, but for couples who aren’t looking for traditional silver or gold — our new colored foil options are the perfect fit.

When we launched foil stamping in May 2011, we started with a traditional palette. Over the past year+, foil paired with letterpress has become very popular here at Dauphine Press. This year with the addition of our new colored foil options {not to mention how fabulous they are with our new duplexing options!}, we can’t wait to see all of the customizations you come up with. Take a look:

New Foil Stamping ColorsNew Foil SwatchesThis is simply the foil stamping swatch page from our Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, but isn’t it divine?!  To see all of these options in person, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer.

New Foil Stamping Colors

So far we’ve shown you modern colored foil paired with intricate motifs and patterns for the perfect balance of romantic and modern in our Hamilton and Fairfield designs (back patterns pictured above), but are you ready for monochromatic modern elegance?  Keep a lookout for our next blog post too — we’ve saved the most talked about design for last. We know you’ll love it and we can’t wait to see how you customize it for your extraordinary event.

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Meet Our New Foil + Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Fairfield

Today’s new invitation suite, Fairfield, has me sitting up straighter and speaking with a soft voice. This suite is so refined and sophisticated that it whisks me away from my desk right to this perfectly romantic inspiration board and extraordinary event.

Our team pulled together a few of our favorite new custom design elements to create this romantic suite — from the lattice pattern in Mist foil to the Luxe Board duplexed stock in London Fog featuring our new Caramel opaque ink in a traditional calligraphic typeface and finished with gold edge painting. It doesn’t get much more regal and bridal than this!

Fairfield Suite

We have really been enjoying the flexability of our new custom design elements. With the opaque inks and colored foil to match any palette and our new colored papers {more to come on our new colored foil and colored papers very soon!} we feel we could create just about anything you dream up!

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Meet Our New Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Calistoga

Starting with our new Calistoga wedding invitation suite, we are sharing the new designs we launched at The National Stationery Show in New York this past May. We wanted to give each new design an individual post to share with you the details behind the design and our team’s vision of this suite. All of our new designs are now in the hands of our exclusive retailers if you’re dying to see these in person.

Calistoga incorporates a few of our newest custom design elements {keep an eye on the blog for even more of these new details!} — the large monogram letterpress printed in our new Apricot ink makes a bold yet elegant statement that pairs perfectly with the coordinating Apricot edging and delicate geometric pattern in our new Sea Glass ink on the back of the double-thick premium letterpress stock. You can’t miss the new die cut shape on the response card, which is the perfect finishing touch to any suite!

This is a traditional design with a modern twist that could work for any event, but the below board represents the romantic, ray-of-sunshine event our team had in mind when creating this original design.

Calistoga Suite

I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a guest at this wedding. It also has me thinking about all of the different possibilities for customizing this design though. Want a real sneak peek in to what is to come? All of our new designs are now in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II gallery! We will be giving each of them their own post over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes out for even more eye candy!

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Dauphine Press at NSS 2012, Part One

We had an amazing time at (and preparing for) the National Stationery Show last month. We are thrilled to share some photos of our booth with you today!

Our booth was designed in tandem with You + ME, who were amazing to work with. We had so much fun with this creative process – it was almost like planning a wedding – complete with invitations, decorations, “dessert” and party favors!

Here is a photo tour of our booth! All photography by Brooke Fits of Brookelyn Photography.

This year we created a welcoming lounge area right in the center of our booth where our guests could relax, enjoy a bite of chocolate and get a preview of our newest designs!

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitation - National Stationery Booth
One our favorite parts of the entire project was the paper cake table created with You + ME! The cakes were made from our new patterns, papers and foils and were delicious (to behold). This table also featured four of our new suites (all of which you will be seeing much more of soon!).

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
We’ve been loving everything foil since we added it to our line last year and were thrilled to invite retailers to SHINE! with Dauphine Press in 2012.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
Our amazing retailers are truly the backbone of our business so we took the opportunity to show off THEIR beautiful projects. These are just a few of the many real weddings we featured in our booth.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
And finally, a few of our favorite details: Our take-away for our exclusive retailers was a gold logo bag | LOVED the florals in mercury glass vases (more SHINE!) provided by You + ME | We received the most amazing response to our satin ribbon display | We had such a fun time showing off our hand painted edges – a technique we just debuted last year and recently expanded to 56 colors!

Stay tuned for more details on our new offering debuting on our site in mid-July! We can’t wait to share it with you!


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