A Blog by Dauphine Press

Get the Look – In Full Bloom

In our regular Get the Look series from the Dauphine Press design department, we share some of our favorite hot new style finds and make suggestions for how you can translate the same look into your wedding stationery using the many custom elements available to you in our design library. Keep in mind that ALL of our stationery suites receive a designer’s touch and every one of our designs is customizable so pairing the color palette and embellishments below with any of our motifs or fonts allows us to create a stationery suite that is unique to you!

We love the simplicity displayed in this photo of Carey Mulligan for Harper’s Bazaar, UK. There is such beauty in the limited color palette and composition — one that could artfully be translated into stationery. We are loving soft and serene color palettes for wedding stationery these days, which is what our team pulled from this image. Imagine our soft and cheerful sea glass ink letterpress printed on one of our tree-free 100% cotton invitation envelopes greeting your guests {how about a little something like this}. When they open the envelope, an invitation printed in gold foil on a thick duplexed card in napa stock is revealed. One that has been draped in the most luxurious bisque double-faced satin ribbon. It’s all in the details!

Photographed by Tom Allen | Styled by Cathy Kasterine

We love sharing our inspiration with the hopes that it will inspire you to take advantage of our custom design process. Our Custom Wedding Portfolio allows you to select your favorite design elements and build your stationery suite from the ground up – using our existing designs as inspiration or a photo like this one. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to get started building your custom wedding invitations today!

See all of our previous Get the Look features here!

Get the Look – Fresh Florals

In our regular Get the Look series from the Dauphine Press design department, we share some of our favorite hot new style finds and make suggestions for how you can translate the same look into your wedding stationery using the many custom elements available to you in our design library. Keep in mind that ALL of our stationery suites receive a designer’s touch and every one of our designs is customizable so pairing the color palette and embellishments below with any of our motifs or fonts allows us to create a stationery suite that is unique to you!

There is such a wonderful sense of drama to this photograph of actress Naomi Watts for Vogue Australia. The colors are rich and yet there is a softness to them that creates a harmonious palette. And, of course the bed of flowers has us thinking of hydrangea season and our ever-popular Hydrangea letterpress wedding invitation suite. Our designers thought that the layers and layers of gorgeous neutrals would put a modern twist on a classic beauty. Imagine a fresh white letterpress paper with our elegant hydrangea motif and traditional font printed in our lovely thistle ink, edged in our warm charcoal gray, then wrapped in a shimmery cameo pocket folder and finished with a deep mink-colored double-faced satin ribbon. The layers will unfold and reveal your wedding details just as  your guests’ anticipation of your big day builds!

Photographed by Will Davidson | Styled by Stevie Dance

We are constantly pulling inspiration from fashion and interior design magazines, blogs and the world around us and we love nothing more than to daydream about how to translate a specific style into a beautifully printed piece of stationery. We would love to hear from you! Contact a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer in your area to begin the design process.

And, to see the behind-the-scenes video of the Vogue Australia cover shoot, click here.

Get the Look – Brilliant Blues

We love sharing our favorite color palettes and invitation embellishments through our “Get the Look” posts! This stunning image, from a retro-inspired shoot for Glamour UK with Reese Witherspoon, photographed by Simon Emmet, is our latest inspiration. The beautiful blue color palette of pool, wedgewood and french blue, struck us as perfect for a summer wedding! Our team pulled details from our design library of custom elements and put together a dreamy invitation suite featuring the pool and french blue letterpress inks, a backer card in shimmering champagne and topped it off with an elegant envelope liner.

Your color palette is a great jumping off point for your wedding stationery. From there, you can use the expertise of our exclusive retailers along with our Wedding Portfolio and motif catalog to pull together your favorite elements and truly customize your invitation design to create an elegant, preppy, chic and/or rustic wedding suite!

Click here for the Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer Tip of the Week!

Dauphine Press in The Wedding Co. Magazine

Thanks to one of our amazing exclusive retailers, William Ashley in Toronto, a fabulous variation of our Glen Ellen design was featured in The Wedding Co. Magazine!


The publication created a fun challenge for a handful of stationers, florists and bakers and the results are stunning! Each “team” was given a few items of inspiration and the results were combined on the pages of the latest issue. With Bohdan from William Ashley leading the way, {just as he will when you visit him to design your wedding invitations}, we created a modified version of our Glen Ellen design to suit the timeless black, white and silver wedding stationery wardrobe.

Loving the classic feel of the Glenn Ellen corner details, Bohdan asked us to incorporate them onto a large, square invitation card in a glimmering silver foil. Paired with traditional fonts in black letterpress and finished with one of our lace-like, patterned paper wraps, a silver paper belly band and luxe double-faced satin ribbon  the look was complete!

This is truly the best part of our job — seeing one of our invitations take on a new direction to become something personal and special for another paper fan! All you have to do to get started on creating your own custom wedding suite is to get in touch with a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer {like William Ashley!} in your area!

Click here for the Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer Tip of the Week!

Client Customization – Calligraphy with a burst of color!

Today’s client customization is a great example of how to use our custom design process to create a truly personalized stationery suite and an illustration of how small touches can have a big impact! The secret behind this customization is that it was actually customized twice! Please allow me to explain . . .

The original order came to us from our exclusive retailer Invitations and More, by Bonnie in New York. Bonnie and her client  created a beautiful, traditional design. Knowing that we can work with any supplied letterpress-friendly artwork {for no additional cost!}, Bonnie and her client sent us hand calligraphy. Working with calligraphers is something we do quite often and pairing letterpress printing and the hand of a true graphic artist is one of our favorite things to do. The letterpress printing and deep impression in our premium cotton papers has a way of really showcasing the thin and thick lines of hand lettering. Using our large royal size invitation {an oversized large square} in an off-white color, the calligraphy printed in black letterpress ink really showcases the hand calligraphy.

When our favorite industry magazine, Stationery Trends, was looking for images for their Chartreuse Color Wheel feature for their Winter 2012 issue, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to see what we could do to transform this traditional invitation suite. With just a simple edge painting embellishment we were able to create something completely different – and just as gorgeous! For the green edging, we chose a custom neon shade of green to really give it that pop we were looking for. Take a look for yourself:

We feel the story behind the two versions of this suite are a perfect marriage of what is current and what is always in style. Which version is your favorite? Are you classically traditional or do you like a splash of trendy mixed with your modern? To transform any of the designs in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II, visit one of our exclusive retailers to start the custom design process for your own wedding invitation suite.

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