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Designer’s Desktop {Kentfield Bat Mitzvah}

The design we are sharing with you today in our Designer’s Desktop series is one we are quite fond of. We love how changing out one small element for another results in a big impact.

Our original Kentfield wedding invitation design consists of a hand-tooled French engraving cuts border around traditional wording with a pretty floral on the outer edge of the card. If florals aren’t your style, we swapped out the floral pattern for a small lattice pattern. The result is still soft and sweet, perfect for shifting the wedding invitation into a Bat Mitzvah design!

If you have an idea for a small change to one of our designs that will make a big impact on your own personal design, just let us know! We love to collaborate with our clients to create new designs – like transforming any of our wedding invitations into Bat Mitzvah invitations, shower invitations, etc. Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to begin the design process.

Designer’s Desktop {Monterey Baby Announcement}

We designed our Custom Wedding Portfolio II so that brides and grooms could find a ton of great inspiration for their wedding stationery and also easily bring to life the wedding invitation design they had been dreaming up. A bonus to creating a process so flexible and full of options was that the design elements could easily translate to special events beyond weddings.

Today in our Designer’s Desktop series we share a sweet baby announcement with you that was inspired by our Monterey wedding invitation suite.

The signature sunburst from the Monterey wedding invitation is placed at the top of this announcement and within it is the first initial of this sweet baby girl. Beneath the sunburst is her birth name in a graceful script. This letterpress printed design includes two playful ink colors – lemon and rose.

How would you use our Custom Wedding Portfolio for your special non-wedding events? Let us or one of our exclusive retailers walk you through the process and show you how easy it is to create a custom design for an occasion!

Designer’s Desktop {Pink + Pearl Save the Date}

We’re back with another design from our Designer’s Desktop series. Since our design team is always creating new variations of the designs displayed in our wedding album, we want to share some of our favorite versions that we have created over the years. We hope that they will inspire you when designing your wedding stationery!

This square save the date design incorporates elements from our Fairfield wedding invitation suite using the sweet border detail on the front of the card. We love the combination of the festive script font in a bright fuchsia letterpress ink and the fine border stamped in a subtle pearl foil. On the back of the card. A detailed pattern is again stamped in the pearl foil adding lots of refined shimmer. A fuchsia painted edge completes the look.

Do you want to bring this design to life? Contact us or one of our retailers to personalize this look with your wedding details, color palette and favorite all-over pattern.

Before and After – Custom Occidental Invitation Suite

We have a fun visual for you this week. We wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison of an invitation from our Custom Wedding Portfolio and the custom design it inspired.

Our original Occidental letterpress wedding invitation suite is regal and formal. The large format card incorporates a design that highlights the thick cotton paper with a tactile, all-over letterpress pattern in a neutral color. Balancing the subtle pattern is a stately monogram and delicate script in a deep blue.

Wanting to emphasize the detail in the lace-like pattern, we reconstructed it as a decorative border on the custom design (right). Printing the new border in a deep jewel tone turns it into a focal point and frames the details of your special day.

Turning the background pattern into a border also allowed us to print this new design in one ink color. This impacts your budget {in a positive way} and also keeps this suite feeling traditional.

Dauphine Press Wedding Blog Post - OCCIDENTAL

You can see more design transformations by clicking on the Customized Variations link {under Inspiration, when viewing any suite} to inspire you. These Customized Variations utilize the design details from our wedding album to inspire you to create a custom design.

With all of the choices in our Custom Wedding Portfolio, there are so many ways to completely transform a design. Our exclusive retailers are experts at helping you figure out what you love about your favorite inspiration designs and are amazing at helping you create a custom design. It’s a fun process and we can’t wait to see what you create!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Emily & Erik’s Nantucket Wedding

One of the first steps of wedding planning is finding the perfect location. Once you have that decision made, everything else seems to fall in place. When that location is a special place like Nantucket, we find that many couples can’t wait to share this detail with their guests.

We’re thrilled to share a real wedding with you today of one of those very special weddings in Nantucket, photographed by Brea McDonald.


Emily and Erik worked with our exclusive retailer Parchment and choose a traditional layout for their wedding invitations and prominently displayed a hand-crafted map of Nantucket Island for their letterpress stationery. With the map placed perfectly at the top center of the invitation, guests were sure to take note at the first glance that this was going to be a memorable affair.


Their wedding stationery was letterpress printed on our Savoy Natural White stock in a classic and nautical pairing of French Blue + Marine inks. With a minimalist double line border framing the main invitation card, the lighter blue of the island motif and the names of the bride and groom really stand out. Rounding out the suite are additional nautical motifs that illustrate the uniqueness and charm of Nantucket.

Let us highlight your location on your wedding stationery! Or, would you prefer to highlight your chosen wedding flower, pattern and/or color palette? We can make it all work and customize it to you and your event. Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to get started on your very own custom stationery design.

CREDITS: Photography: Brea McDonald and Becky Zadroga | Ceremony Venue: Sconset Chapel | Reception Venue: Westmoor Farm | Catering and Tent: Simply with Style | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Linen/Rentals: Placesetters Inc. | Hair: Hair that Moves | Make-up: Joya Beauty | Band: Sultans of Swing | Wedding StationeryDauphine Press


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