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Suite Spotlight – Ivy Letterpress Wedding Invitation

January is such an exciting time of year for us! It’s the time of year when when wedding planning really starts to ramp up! That means that we have couples {just like you!} and our retailers sharing endless numbers of new “wedding visions” with us – the vision that each unique couple is dreaming up for their own wedding day.

We’re a visual group and love how inspiration boards can really help couples develop the overall look and feel for their big day. Inspiration boards have to be the number one wedding planning tool these days! Our designers also use inspiration boards to create new designs. For every one of our designs, we had a particular wedding vision in mind when the design was created. This is what our Suite Spotlight posts are all about! We share with you the inspiration board behind one of our favorite custom wedding invitations. We think it’s exciting to see the full process so we want to share! Plus, if you’re a bride or groom just getting started on your inspiration boards and planning, maybe this peek into our process will help you start pulling your vision together.

Typically, the viewers of our inspiration boards initially react to the color palette featured. When it comes to our Ivy invitation suite, we feel that with the inclusion of the hydrangea blue, it shows a modern take on a traditional wedding color palette. With olive green chosen as the neutral and used for the wedding invitation wording, the pale blue backer card adds pop of color. You wouldn’t normally think of pale blue acting as a pop of color, but our team pulled it off in a stunning way!

Take a peek at the inspiration behind our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation:

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Our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation is a true classic! It is a design that is very versatile and gives an overall romantic vibe as well as touches of whimsy with the spiraling tendrils that fall behind the wording. Your choice of font used on this invitation can take this design from traditional to casual – one perfect for anything from an outdoor event to classic church nuptials. The fine details in the ivy motif used on the invitation and note card, along with the vintage engraving design used on the response card, really show off the deep impression of the letterpress printing!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start pulling together your own wedding color palette and inspiration board? We can’t wait to hear from you and “see” what makes your wedding design uniquely you! Visit your local Dauphine Press retailer to get started on turning your vision into the perfect letterpress wedding invitation!

Larkspur Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

Now, today’s customization is a fun one! This example shows how far a design can really be taken with this dramatic transformation of our Larkspur wedding invitation suite! It is the ultimate before and after! Our original Larkspur design features an intricate pattern inspired by Italian tile work. When our designers created this pattern, they wanted it to be versatile. I think it was a success, as this pattern is striking on the original in two letterpress ink colors. And, it’s just as much of a focal point when printed in all one color {even our subtle varnish ink} on the new design customization. The pattern on the new design customization shows texture and gives this straightforward design layers and depth.

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Another highlight of this Larkspur design customization is that we could have just as easily called this an “Elegant Date design customization” since the format and save the date style were pulled from that original design. This design is the perfect example of taking inspiration from two or more of our existing designs and merging them into one brand new design.

Here are the fine details, along with a few design tips to help you customize your very own letterpress wedding suite in this same way!

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Ink Palette: Quite dramatic, isn’t it?! The shift in color palette on these two designs describe two very different events. The best part is that this element, your ink palette, is the easiest detail to change and has the biggest impact! We have a total of 68 colors available in our letterpress ink palette so you’re sure to find your perfect combination!

Motifs, Borders and Patterns: Both of these designs are all about the pattern! This before and after showcases the flexibility of all of our patterns. Love what we’ve done with the Larkspur pattern? Take a peek at all of our patterns to pick your favorite and make it your own by either adding a pop of color or toning it down with a pastel!

Fonts: Type plays a big role in our Larkspur design customization. Not only is font used to deliver the news and details of your upcoming wedding in a gorgeous way like the inspiration, but it also acts as a major focal point. A save the date card is all about the date, so why not show it off in a gorgeous font?! We have a total of 140 beautiful typefaces that you can choose from. And remember, our fonts can always be swapped at no additional charge so with the Dauphine Press design process you’re sure to create the exact look you’re going for on your wedding invitation suite!

Well, you make think that we’ve forgotten the last portion of our post … where are the embellishments, you ask? It’s a fact that any combination of your favorite embellishments {painted edges, colored papers, foil stamping} could be added to this design, but we thought it was just perfect without them! We wanted to show you that it doesn’t always cost more to get exactly what you want. With our team of designers, and the expertise of your local Dauphine Press retailer,  your customized wedding stationery can be created within a range of many wedding budgets.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

Another big thank you to Tracy at WeddingLovely for debuting our this new design on her blog this week! Take a peek at why Tracy chose this design as one of her favorites!

Kensington Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

We thought that a great way to welcome the New Year would be with another brand new design customization! Today’s design is timely too with shimmering foil details! The brilliant foil frame on both versions demonstrate two beautiful ways to present the invitation to your wedding day with touches of modern glamour.

Our Kensington design and the brand new design variation were chosen by blogger and wedding planner Allison at Engaged & Inspired as one of her favorite new designs. We agree with Allison that adding foil stamping to your wedding invitations gives you “a little something extra special” to present to your guests!

The delicate foil stamped border on our original Kensington wedding invitation design is reminiscent of gold jewelry and catches the light like a diamond ring. Inspired by the styles of the 30s and 40s this suite sets the tone for an affair that is stylish and classic. For the variation, we wanted to play with a few of the details to create a slightly different feel, but one that is just as stunning!

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Here are the fine details, with a few design tips along the way, to help you customize your very own letterpress wedding suite!

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Ink Palette: The change in the letterpress ink color on the new customization is subtlety at its best! We swapped out the fuchsia from the original design for our taupe letterpress ink. Using a classic neutral gives your invitation a very traditional feel. Taupe is a great, on-trend choice, but the same look can be created with many colors in our letterpress ink palette – black, charcoal or metal gray, silver or gold or a warm tone like cafe or cocoa.

Motifs, Borders and Patterns: We took our own advice when it came to selecting the perfect border for this new design. As we mentioned in a previous post, if you love a design, stick with the overall layout, but play with the details! This new design incorporates a frame with lots of layers. From dots in tiny rows to the streamers of dots radiating to the edges of the card, the frame on the new design variation gives a very festive feel!

Fonts: As you know from our previous posts, fonts and typefaces can be a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. The font on the original Kensington design is a modern sans serif that is a great match for the bright ink and glowing foil frame. For the new design customization, we chose a more traditional mix to pair with the new neutral letterpress ink color. The twist with this design is that the body of the copy is in a script and the names of the bride and groom are in a bold all caps typeface. The trend of mixing fonts on a wedding invitation has been popular for some time, but swapping out where the script and all caps fonts are used, is a fun update on this trend.

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We’ve been saving the best for last! The embellishments on this new Kensington design variation really pull everything together. Beyond the custom elements listed above, you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. Here are the embellishments that complete this invitation:

Foil Stamping: How gorgeous is the blush colored foil on the new invitation design?! We know that everyone is loving foil stamping these days as a great way to add a little sparkle to your wedding invitation suite. Our colored foils are a way to take that one step further and we have an array of colored foil options to suit any wedding color palette.

Colored Paper: To create the more romantic look of the new design customization, changing things a bit from the modern contrast of the bright fuchsia ink color on our brilliant white stock, we chose the London Fog gray colored paper as the background for our blush colored foil and taupe letterpress ink. We have a large collection of colored papers in our Design Library for you to choose from. And, if you don’t see a shade that matches your palette perfectly, just ask us, we can always complete a search for the best match! Tip: we do always struggle to use the word “perfect” when it comes to color since we feel that very often “complementary” colors can be much more beautiful than an exact match. Don’t worry though, along with our Exclusive Retailers, we’re happy to help you select the perfect combination!

Luxe Board Duplexing: You may have noticed that duplexing colored papers is one of our favorite embellishments. We know that color is very important to brides and grooms, so having the ability to print letterpress and foil on thick colored papers is such a treat! We love playing with different ink, foil and paper combinations! The new Kensington design customization features our Traditional Duplexing, which is a double-thick version of our colored papers.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

Cloverdale Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

Are you starting to see a theme here? Can you see how looking at a few of the design details that make up every wedding invitation, and swapping them out for your favorite combination, results in a brand new design — one that is unique to you and your event?!

Today’s new design, our Cloverdale customization, includes a graphic detail that we love using and we’re very excited to show on a wedding invitation and in a tonal color palette. On the original, the pool blue colored border appears to be a solid block of color from a distance, but if you look up close, you’ll see that it’s so much more than that! Backing up a little … we often get requests for large, solid areas of color, and the truth is, with letterpress that just isn’t the ideal fit. Our design team found a solution in our Cloverdale design. Using the fine cross-hatch pattern in the borders means that the end result is a nice, even area of color. Plus, the added benefit is that fine detail. Everyone we know picks up a letterpress printed card to take a closer look and feel the impression — what a treat to find that fun little detail!

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Where the original inspiration suite is casual and modern, using the cross-hatch pattern on the new customization created an elegantly subtle look that we always see couples loving for their invitation. How fun would it be to pair these two, in the same color palette, as part of a full wedding stationery wardrobe with the inspiration design as the save the date card and the new customization as the invitation. Ooh! And, please let us dream up fun new ways to use this detail on menu cards, place cards, etc.!

OK, enough dreaming! Back to this new design and the few changes we made to create a brand new design:

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Ink Palette: Changing the ink palette on any design is one of the most notable ways to personalize your suite. Simply choose colors from our letterpress inks that match the palette you are using in the rest of your decor and you’re on your way to a suite that is uniquely yours. With our Cloverdale customization, we switched the original pool blue and charcoal gray to cantaloupe and tobacco. Both versions use a neutral and a pastel to really make the most of this design. That pastel is key to making sure the large areas of color in the cross-hatch border act as a frame for the most important information on your wedding invitation.

Motifs, Borders and Patterns: On this new design, the same border and pattern were used, just in a different way! This is a great tip! If you love a design, but want to make it your own, just think about how your favorite details can be used in a different way. Taking the same details and putting them on the larger card have completely transformed this design. Changing the format of the card, from horizontal to vertical, also instantly tells a new story.

Fonts: As you know from our previous posts, fonts and typefaces can be a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. The fonts on this new design customization lean towards formal with the bulk of the copy in an all-caps font {Garamond} and the highlighted text in a traditional script {Carolyna}.

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Beyond our custom elements, you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. Our Cloverdale customization features a combination of embellishments to complete this look:

Colored Paper: To achieve the tonal look we wanted to create with this design, the first choice was our pretty peony paper stock to compliment the cantaloupe letterpress ink. We have a large collection of colored papers in our Design Library for you to choose from. And, if you don’t see a shade that matches your palette perfectly, just ask us, we can always complete a search for the best match! Tip: we do always struggle to use the word “perfect” when it comes to color since we feel that very often “complementary” colors can be much more beautiful than an exact match. Don’t worry though, along with our Exclusive Retailers, we’re happy to help you select the perfect combination!

Luxe Board Duplexing: Just like last week’s Broadmoor design, we chose a duplexing option for the colored paper on this design. Cloverdale features our Luxe Board Duplexing, which is our thickest option, and includes two sheets of the peony paper adhered to a super thick board in the middle. Note that the board in the center is white and will show a layering effect at the edge of your card. Some clients love that look and others want to take advantage of that nice thick surface and add our next embellishment …

Painted Edges: Painted edges were the finishing touch for this new design customization. Painted in our Tobacco ink to match the letterpress printed copy, this new design is complete! Remember, we have shades to match all of our letterpress ink colors!

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

A big thank you to Engaged & Inspired for helping us debut this new design! Take a look at Allison’s favorite new designs of ours, including a sneak peek at another “custom recipe” we have coming up here on The Fine Print.

Citron Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

We have some exciting news for you, our stationery design and letterpress loving friends! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a bundle of new design customizations on our website! We love that we get to create new designs every day and we are excited to share some of the latest with you!

The main reason that we are beyond thrilled to share these new customizations is because these designs really illustrate exactly how far you can take your own wedding invitation suite. Through these new designs we will share how a few changes, changes that make a design uniquely yours, allow you to present your guests with a wedding invitation to an event that they just can’t wait to attend. Yours!

There are so many options to consider and we know that sometimes too many options can be just that — too many options! With these new designs, we wanted to outline a short list of elements you may want to consider when personalizing your wedding wardrobe.

We collaborated with some of our {and your!} favorite wedding bloggers to debut their favorites from our new collection, so hopefully you have gotten a preview already! Our Citron customization was a favorite of the amazing duo over at Ritzy Bee Blog.

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In our Custom Wedding Portfolio albums I and II, we have outlined the steps for transforming any design in our gallery into your custom suite. Here’s the list of elements from our design team that make our new Citron design customization unique. You can use any of these details to customize your very own suite.  Here are a few things to consider:

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Paper Color: In the case of this Citron customization, the paper color was changed from our brilliant white letterpress stock to our natural white letterpress stock to warm up the overall look. Often couples choose their paper color based on the shade of the bride’s dress.

Ink Palette: Changing the ink palette on any design is one of the most notable ways to personalize your suite. Simply choose colors from our letterpress inks that match the palette you are using in the rest of your decor and you’re on your way to a suite that is uniquely yours. In the side-by-side visual above, you can see that we changed the espresso, leaf and buttercup combination in the original to apricot, celadon and charcoal to coordinate with the new orange motif and also soften the palette a little.

Motifs and Patterns: Here is where you can really start getting creative! You can see that with the Citron customization, swapping out the original lemon motif for the orange motif really changes the guests’ expectations for each event. To  keep what you love about any inspiration piece in-tact, it’s always a good idea to choose a similar motif, like the lemon and orange, and use it in a similar way to make sure that your new design has the same amount of impact!

Fonts: Fonts and typefaces are a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. Script fonts are often used for more formal events. We hear from brides and grooms all of the time that they often choose a font based on whether or not they like the way their {new!} initials appear in a certain font. So be sure you check out the entire alphabet!

The best part about all of the elements outlined above is that they are all complimentary with our Custom Wedding Portfolio program. You can change any of the details above and you will not see any additional charges since we feel that these are elements that every couple will want to change so we made sure that doing so doesn’t impact your budget at all!

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Beyond our custom elements,  you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. We chose just a couple to dress up our new Citron design:

Painted Edges: Painted edges were a fun detail we added to the new design customization. That extra touch of color allows you to extend your color palette to the edge of the card. We have shades to match all of our letterpress ink colors!

Paper Weight: We chose our double-thick letterpress stock for the new design, which really highlights the edge painting. With the thicker card there’s more surface area on the edge to showcase the added color.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

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