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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!

Suite Spotlight – Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

All of us at Dauphine Press are buzzing about the Thanksgiving holiday this week. With plans to travel to spend time with family, hosting large groups in our homes and celebrating the warmth of the season – we are all really looking forward to diving into this holiday and enjoying every second of it. We wanted to be sure to share some of that warmth with you this week with our Suite Spotlight on our Bloom invitation. What better way than to go back to a classic design in a time-honored color palette!

Our Bloom design has an overall traditional feel with a letterpress printed script font in our warm cocoa brown ink. The oversized, offset flourish in bold persimmon gives this design the perfect pop of color and interest – one that will certainly have guests take notice and look forward to an event filled with beauty and personal touches. The presentation of our original Bloom design is where those personal touches start. The cocoa pocket folder and layers of magnolia and poppy colored ribbons allow guests to unwrap this gorgeous package as their anticipation builds.

Inspiration Board for the Dauphine Press Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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Dauphine Press Bloom Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Are you thinking of going with “traditional with a twist” for your wedding invitations? Is this inspiration board, filled with warm autumn colors, your ideal wedding palette? Want to add your own personal touch to our Bloom design? Meeting with one of our exclusive retailers and exploring our Custom Wedding Portfolio is the perfect place to start.

Keeping in the spirit of the season, we can’t leave this post without mentioning how thankful we are for all of our exclusive retail partners and the wedding couples we have the pleasure of working with every day. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to work with amazing individuals across the country on custom stationery that brings only happiness to everyone who sends or receives them. We are so thankful that we get to work and share our passion with you every day!

One final Thanksgiving note: Our office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the holiday weekend, but we look forward to hearing from you on Monday, December 2nd.

Suite Spotlight – Tayla Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Our Tayla letterpress bat mitzvah invitation design is a beautiful balance of sweetness and spirit! The lovely allover floral pattern, coupled with the flowing typeface adds a bit of sophistication to this fresh and youthful letterpress design. The linear envelope liner, colored envelopes and pocket on the reverse of the oversized invitation add even more pop and interest to this suite.

The inspiration board we are sharing with you today for this playful design displays that same balance of sweetness and spirit and sophistication and youthfulness, we feel is great for any young girl celebrating her bat mitzvah.

Inspiration Board for the Dauphine Press Tayla Letterpress Invitation

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Tayla also transforms beautifully into a wedding invitation suite. Playing with all of the design elements, like swapping out colored papers, liners and ink colors or changing the font or background pattern on the invitation, make this letterpress suite the perfect starting point for your unique stationery.

Dreaming up all of the options for Tayla has us thinking about this recent post on The Perfect Palette. Color has so much power and we love Chrissy’s blog for celebrating that. Can you imagine our Tayla suite in shades of orange and aqua? How about traditional black and gold? Layers of neutrals would be so stunning, wouldn’t it?

Any of our exclusive retailers can help you explore all of the {endless!} options for designing your stationery wardrobe – whether it’s for a bat mitzvah, wedding or holiday invitation!

Client Customization – Joie de Vivre Holiday Card

You often hear designers say that the hardest pieces to create are the ones you use for yourself. The key is finding the right inspiration! You also hear us talk a lot about our exclusive retailers – all of the talented stationers around the globe that are an extension of us and help couples create their wedding stationery every day – and how much we love working with them and appreciate their expertise. Seems simple, but we used them as our inspiration. Knowing that, like us, they love what they do every day, have a passion for creating the best printed pieces for very special events and as a result get to live what they love!

Feeling that this really is the key to a happy life – live what you love – we created our Joie de Vivre holiday card.  Using this French phrase and making it beautiful felt like the perfect sentiment to extend to all of our retailers for the New Year. We turned to our beloved Custom Wedding Portfolio II for additional inspiration and customized a design in the same way we encourage every Dauphine Press bride and groom to do. First, we selected the layering details from our Rutherford wedding invitation where the vibrant font is printed over a subtle all-over floral pattern. Then, we paired it with the petite die-cut card from our Calistoga suite and a brand new design was born.

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What in your life is inspiring you when it comes to dreaming up the perfect holiday card? Is it a trip you took this year that you want to share with your family and friends at the holiday? A new addition to the family? Something exciting you are anticipating in the new year {a wedding, perhaps?}? We would love to hear your ideas, and with the help of one of our exclusive retailers, help you create your perfect greeting.

Have you seen our Timeless Holiday Collection yet? It is based on our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that customizing is easy and enjoyable! There are just three steps:

1. Browse our holiday card designs and get creative! Pull elements from any design you see or from the details in our design library to create a holiday card that is unique to you and your family.

2. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to place your order. Through this process you will gain their experience and knowledge to help you refine your holiday card design. Seeing the album in person, you can also feel the papers, choose ink swatches and add your favorite embellishments.

3. Approve your proof and receive your cards in 10* business days! Once the retailer places your order our team of true designers will create a unique design especially for you within 2 business days. Once your proof is approved, your holiday cards ship in less than two weeks!

*The fine details on The Fine Print: Most designs shown in the collection include letterpress or letterpress + foil stamping. For orders placed before November 1, 2013, these two categories will ship within 10 days from proof approval. All letterpress cards ship in 7 business days and letterpress + foil cards ship in 10 business days. Cards with additional embellishments, such as colored envelopes and edge painting, can take up to 15-20 business days. And, your proof always reaches you in two business days!

Happy Holidays!

Client Customization – Charming Elegant Date

The big date! Every couple falls in love with their wedding date and our Elegant Date design celebrates exactly that. Our exclusive retailer, Kyle Fine Stationery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, helped their client design a new take on our Elegant Date design. We love seeing couples take advantage of our complimentary custom design process that is built into our Custom Wedding Portfolio program – especially when it results in a gorgeous new design like this one!

This couple chose to keep the format of the original design that allows the wedding date to stretch across the card as the focal point. Changing the font used for the date, to a script with a thinner line, gives the card an overall lighter feel. To add depth, an all-over cross-hatch pattern, originally found on our Cloverdale suite, was layered beneath the copy in a beautiful robin’s egg letterpress ink. The final personal touch is the charming dragonfly motif perfectly placed under the arched copy.

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What is your wedding date? Have you fallen in love with it yet? It’s a little like a bride-to-be writing out your soon-to-be new last name, isn’t it?! Visit your locate Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to customize wedding stationery that celebrates you as a couple and highlights your special date!

We have a special treat for you on this customization too … if you’re like us, you are always hearing {and saying!} that wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests get of what is in store for them on the big day. We love when things come full circle and we finally get to see the official wedding photos to prove this point once again. Here’s a link to the gorgeous photos that tie in with this very Charming Elegant Date customization. Enjoy!

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