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Tips + Advice {A Lesson in Layering}

The Dauphine Press design aesthetic has always been partially about layering. We love creating rich and eye-catching designs; ones that layer textures, color and pattern. We often have couples approach us, wanting to create a wedding invitation suite full of layered patterns and colors, so today we want to share some of our tips for designing a truly stunning invitation!

We’re sharing some of our most popular designs that incorporate different levels of layering. Along the way, we will share our Tips + Advice for making these looks work.


We’re starting off with our Marinwood trifold save the date card. This card is on the petite side, but holds so much design on just these three small panels. The trick to making this look work is the combination of a decorative floral for one panel and a bold graphic for the second panel. Keeping each pattern in just one color, then sprinkling those same two colors over the rest of the design, are what makes this piece of wedding stationery one of our most popular!


Keeping one color reserved for each design element is a trick that also works on our Princeton wedding invitation. This beauty combines two layers of foil. The pearl foil is used for the ornate background pattern and we’ve used just a single color, silver foil, for the monogram and invitation wording. Princeton is also the perfect display of creating texture with pattern. With the more subtle color in the background, the texture created from the foil really makes this card stand out.


Our Roseberry invitation suite has been customized in numerous ways and it is always gorgeous! Our advice here is to select your three favorite colors from your wedding palette and only choose two of those colors per printed card. Then, dress each piece up with a third layer of color that isn’t printed – like the Pool Blue backer on the invitation, the Persimmon envelope used for the response card and the Mustard yellow invitation envelope. Spreading the color evenly throughout your entire suite is the best way to create balance!


You may be seeing a trend here, keeping your bolder elements and patterns to a single color print run. Our Camille wedding invitation suite uses the same decorative pattern, but in different colors and is displayed in different ways on each card to keep it interesting to the eye. This suite also layers the quatrefoil design element – framing the copy of the main invitation, the diecut shape of the favor tag, the smaller frame on the response card and the repeated quatrefoil pattern on the envelope liner.


We leave you today with our Larkspur wedding invitation suite. This invitation displays patterns of varying sizes, which is a good tip for pairing patterns. From a little distance, a fine pattern makes a soft statement, like the one on the Larkspur schedule of events card. In this suite, the ornate, detailed pattern is saved for the main invitation card – which in this case incorporates gold foil and two colors of letterpress ink! Treating the foil like a neutral and using it in the same way on each card (for the delicate frame that divides the pattern from the wording on each piece) keeps things balanced.

We hope you’re inspired to layer patterns and color on your wedding invitation suite. If you have any questions or if you’re ready to start designing, just contact us or your local retailer.

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!

A.M. Inspiration {brights and books}

Translating a client’s dreams and ideas into print is one of my favorite things to do. It’s such a rewarding process! It’s no different designing for an engaged couple, a baby announcement or a birthday invitation … even when it’s for my very own daughter. Meryn has always been a big fan of books, so when we were coming up with ideas for her birthday party, we decided to have it at Storybook Land. Storybook Land is an incredible amusement park for little ones with themes throughout the park that are relative to classic storybook fables. I still love it today as much as I did when I was little!


With the party destination set, I turned to Meryn for her thoughts on color palette. It was no surprise that she selected bright, neon colors. We decided to combine the bright, neon palette with a fun liner pattern {reminiscent of art created by a child} and a ditsy floral. We designed the main birthday invitation to resemble a classic storybook cover, complete with fun, childlike fonts {called Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack!}. To complete this sweet set, we designed a bookmark favor printed in three colors on both sides.

We would love to help the next time you’re designing an invitation for one of your loved ones or as you celebrate your love! Contact us or visit your local retailer to start the process of turning your dreams and ideas into print!

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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