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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

Client Customization – Fancy Foil Stamped Save the Date

Using our Fairfield invitation pattern as their inspiration, the couple behind today’s Client Customization created a design that is the epitome of “traditional with a twist”. Our Fairfield pattern is set as a foil border detail, framing a classic save the date design with the client-created monogram and script font. The “twist” this couple designed – along with their local Dauphine Press retailer Carolyn at The Write Touch in Jacksonville, Florida – is a layer of pale pink letterpress ink (our shell) under the gold foil border. We love the dimension the printed solid creates under the foil stamped border!


What is the “twist” you’re looking to add to your wedding and invitation design? Bring your inspiration to a Dauphine Press retailer and work with our team to create your custom stationery that is sure to be just as gorgeous as this foiled beauty!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Savoy Brilliant White, 236# | Ink: Shell letterpress | Foil: Reflective Gold | Fonts: Antoinette, Caslon OpenFace, Cantabile | Embellishments: Gold edge painting, Envelopments 24k envelope | Inspiration: Fairfield wedding invitation suite

Client Customization – Chalk Hill Letterpress Wedding Rehearsal Invitation

Rustic meets romantic on our Chalk Hill wedding stationery suite, which makes it perfect for events that range from casual to formal. We love the color palette change on this version, inviting Kelsay and Bruce’s wedding guests to their rehearsal dinner. The French blue and copper inks beautifully highlight the winding florals and calligraphic fonts on their custom invitation, menu and place card.

Client Customization - Bentley (Chalk Hill)

Have you thought about the stationery for your secondary wedding events? Any of our designs can be customized for a wedding rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or farewell brunch. With our Custom Wedding Portfolio you can easily design stationery for every event you’re planning with results that will have your guests anxiously awaiting every step of the way! Visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to get started on your wedding stationery suite today!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Jennifer + Brandon

Today’s bride, Jennifer, said it best herself:

“It is so wonderful to see all the details come together and look more outstanding than I could have ever imagined.”

It’s that moment that every bride longs for. In the name of love, every minute of planning comes together on your big day. We’re thrilled to be sharing those details from Jennifer’s wedding to Brandon today.

Real Dauphine Press Weddings - Jennifer + Brandon

Jennifer and Brandon teamed up with Stacy McCain Event Planning to create an enduring affair for their guests. From the venue, to the florals, the brides accessories and the paper details, every element fell perfectly into place with effortless beauty.

Real Dauphine Press Weddings - Jennifer + Brandon

Working with Dauphine Press exclusive retailer Union Street Papery, the couple chose our Ivy suite as inspiration for their wedding stationery. Personalizing the letterpress invitation with a natural color palette of spring green and espresso brown gave their guests a glimpse into the gorgeous outdoor affair in store. The couple also chose a deep brown backer card to frame the invitation and carry out the look. With a touch of tradition, they customized the design to include a layout with all of the text centered on the card, over the whimsical offset layout of the original design.

Real Dauphine Press Weddings - Jennifer + Brandon

With classic place cards directing guests to their seats where they found the 2-color letterpress menus tucked into the perfectly coordinating napkin and the invitation design duplicated on the wedding cake {we LOVE that touch!!!} this fabulous fete is one of our favorite real Dauphine Press weddings!

To see more great photos and hear more from the bride, be sure to take a peek at the post on the Stacy McCain Event Planning site.

CREDITS: Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Photography: Kate Webber Photography | Venue & Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering  | Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Flowers:  Sharla Flock Designs | Lighting & Sound: Got Light |Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Videography: Weddings On Film | Invitations & Stationery: Dauphine Press for Union Street Papery | Calligraphy: Michelle Papineau Calligraphy | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Band: Sage Music | Cake Maker: Sweet On Cake |Toasting Flutes:Kate Spade | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Wedding Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Men’s Suits: Calvin Klein for Mens Warehouse


To create your custom wedding stationery, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, and start building towards that moment where everything comes together on your special day!


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