A Blog by Dauphine Press

Designer’s Desktop {Kentfield Rehearsal Dinner Insert}

We began our Designer Desktop series to share hidden gems that will inspire you to create a unique design for your wedding invitation suite. These are designs we love, but have not had the opportunity to print quite yet.

One of these treasures is our Kentfield rehearsal dinner invitation. This petite card was designed as an accessory card to the main invitation. Without a separate mailing envelope, a rehearsal dinner invitation included with the wedding invitation can be any size you wish.

We all know how special the group who attends your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner is, so why not create an invitation for that event that feels just as special? This two color design includes the all-over floral pattern from our Kentfield invitation on this small square card with a pretty layout displaying multiple fonts that make it memorable.

Can we help you create a unique design for the people closest to you; a design for showing that close group of friends and family how much you cherish them and appreciate them standing by your side? Contact us or one of our retailers and we will help you define every detail of your wedding stationery suite.

Designer’s Desktop {Pink + Pearl Save the Date}

We’re back with another design from our Designer’s Desktop series. Since our design team is always creating new variations of the designs displayed in our wedding album, we want to share some of our favorite versions that we have created over the years. We hope that they will inspire you when designing your wedding stationery!

This square save the date design incorporates elements from our Fairfield wedding invitation suite using the sweet border detail on the front of the card. We love the combination of the festive script font in a bright fuchsia letterpress ink and the fine border stamped in a subtle pearl foil. On the back of the card. A detailed pattern is again stamped in the pearl foil adding lots of refined shimmer. A fuchsia painted edge completes the look.

Do you want to bring this design to life? Contact us or one of our retailers to personalize this look with your wedding details, color palette and favorite all-over pattern.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Six, Additional Details}

We’re back with our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines and the final element that most couples add or consider adding. The last bit of essential information that you want to share with your guests has a place in the final line (or final two lines) of your wedding invitation.

The first thing you want to consider when finalizing the additional details that fall after the TIME + PLACE is your wedding reception. If you will be including a reception card in your invitation suite and providing details on time and location for your reception on a different card, then you can keep things pretty simple on the last line of your invitation. Here are some great examples:

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The festive “feast and merriment to follow” line on our Loire wedding invitation indicates to guests that the reception will take place at the same hotel as the wedding ceremony. That’s all guests need, just this one simple line lets them know that all of the event is happening at a single location.

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Another gorgeous example on our Vizcaya wedding suite. The great thing about this line is that it works for casual, modern and traditional invitations.

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Speaking of casual invitations, the final line on this custom version of our Arbor invitation adds a fun twist with the “dinner, dancing and tomfoolery to follow” line! What a great place to show your personality!

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The couple that chose our Tulipa design included “cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow” at the end of their invitation indicating to guests that the reception will start with a cocktail hour, which also helps guests choose their attire.

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Speaking of attire, this final line of an invitation is often where you find details on attire. Above is our Occidental invitation that simple states “black tie preferred”. For this more formal affair where the reception takes place at a different location than the ceremony, the couple did choose to include a reception card. They kept all reception information on the separate card, leaving room on the invitation for the note on attire.

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We have said all along with our Wedding Wording series that the final choice is up to you and no matter what etiquette states, you should go what feels right for your event. We love that the elongated shape of our Broadmoor design allow for multiple lines of additional details. In this case, the reception is at a separate location and we’ve included not only the fact that the reception will follow the ceremony, but the name of the location as well.

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And, always fans of keeping it simple, the most common version for the additional details line is the ever-popular “reception to follow” as shown on our Hamilton suite.

With that, we’re ready to wrap up our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We’ve covered all of the essentials and options in every category from the Invitation Line, the The Couple and Time + Place. We would love to work with you to finalize the personal details of your wedding stationery. Contact us today or visit your local retailer to select your favorite elements for your wedding day!

 

 

Designer’s Desktop {Save the Date Photo Card}

Our design team is always creating new variations of the designs displayed in our wedding album. We wanted to share some of our favorite versions that we have created over the years with the hopes that they will inspire you when designing your wedding stationery!

Two of our most popular Save the Date designs are the Marinwood and Auburn styles. The custom design below, combines these two cards into one, brand new design. Using the trifold format from Marinwood, this design blends a front panel announcing the big day, a middle panel featuring a charming engagement photo and a third panel displaying essential details for guests. Inspired by the vintage letterpress wood type look of our Auburn suite, this save the date makes a statement with bold photography in a soothing subtle color palette.

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Are you inspired by two of our designs and want to incorporate them into one, brand new design? Reach out to us or one of our exclusive retailers. We would love to hear your ideas and help you create a brand new designs unique to you and your event!

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