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Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Five, Time + Place}

How is your wedding to-do list coming along now that we’re into the thick of the first month of the year? We’re ready with another post in our series covering Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We have already covered the Invitation Line and the The Couple so now we’re on to Time + Place.

This portion of the invitation is essential. As with any section of your invitation, be sure to double-check these details so that they are 100% correct. It couldn’t hurt to triple-check when it comes to the time + place. Falling into the same traditional, modern and casual styles; the date, time and place can be listed in many different ways on a wedding invitation.

On a traditional invitation, we always recommend sticking with wedding etiquette rules, which will have your invitation looking a lot like our Larkspur suite. This layout begins with the day of the week and day of the month {all spelled out} with the year and finally the time on a third line. Following the date/time, the location comes next. If you are including separate directions and details for your wedding ceremony and/or reception location, you can include just the name of the location. If you will not have a separate card with details, don’t forget to include the address on your invitation!


Even when a couple chooses a more modern or casual invitation line, we do often see them use this same format for the time + place, just to be sure that guests are clear on the fine details. Plus, keeping the basics in traditional format really means your modern or casual style on the invitation line will really stand out.

When couples want an allover casual feel, we often see the use of numerals and non-traditional layouts for the time + place. A few inspiring samples from our collection:


Our Sonoma invitation mixes numerals for the date but spells out the time and location, which allows the design details and graphics to frame these important lines beautifully.


Another great way to allow your modern format to make a statement is to go with a horizontal format and put all of these details on just one or two lines like our Primula wedding invitation suite.


Our Stinson invitation uses the traditional layout, but we chose different font styles and sizes to add interest and a decorative look to this design.

We hope that with our tips, your wedding invitation wording feels like a fun and easy task. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to see it on your wedding invitation, contact us or one of our exclusive retailers!


Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Four, The Couple}

We wanted to kick off the New Year with more Tips & Advice from our design team. We know that so many couples really start focusing on the fine details of wedding planning in January and we’re here to help!

In our Wedding Invitation Wording series, we’ve covered the first of four main areas of your invitation – The Invitation Line. Today, we’re moving on to the most unique portion of the invitation – The Couple. This is the first place that guests look when they receive an invitation in the mail, asking themselves “who is the lucky couple?!

Over the years, we have seen many unique ways to display names of brides and grooms. Our best tip here is to let your Invitation Line guide you. If you started down a traditional path, it is best to keep things consistent and go the traditional route for listing your names.

Today we are sharing inspiring options to help you decide on the best solution for your wedding invitations.

The most traditional way to display your names is using your first and middle names. Since most traditionally worded invitations include the names of the bride’s parents, her last name is already listed. In this case, it is suitable to just include the bride’s first and middle names. For the groom’s name, you would list his first, middle and last names and include Mr. at the beginning. Our Magnolia Corners and Occidental wedding invitation suites are perfect examples:



A contemporary twist on the traditional invitation is to include the last name of the bride and groom, even if the bride’s parents are listed at the top of the invitation. You can see a great example in our Chalk Hill suite, which also includes the groom’s parents names listed below his name.


The format used on our Chalk Hill invitation is also a great example for traditional same-sex marriages, where the “bride comes first” traditional etiquette isn’t necessary.

For the modern wedding invitation, when the couple is hosting, they often choose not to include the parent’s names. In this case, you may want to include any variation of your names – using one or all three – first, middle and last names. Just make sure you do the same for both parties to keep things consistent. Here are a few examples:


The Calistoga wedding invitation suite displays the first and last names of the couple.


Our Bloom wedding invitation suite includes the first, middle and last names of both the bride and groom.


Vreeland wedding invitation lists just the first name of the bride and groom.

When it comes to names, the casual version isn’t too far from the modern version. Here are some of our favorite {and the most fun!} ways to display your names on your wedding invitations:


We love the use of the belly band on our Monterey invitation. It takes the traditional wording on the invitation {the first and last names of the couple are printed on the invitation} and layers a casual air over the entire invitation with just the “Celebrate with Alicia and Richard” line on the belly band. This letterpress printed band is also very helpful in keeping all the pieces in this suite in one tidy bundle. And, as a bonus, adds a splash of color to the suite.


One last casual option to consider {well, this could work for any style of wording} is choosing a horizontal format as shown on our Charlotte invitation so that the couple’s names sit side-by-side – a true visual representation of today’s modern union!

With so many options, you really can’t go wrong. You just need to choose the combination that feels right for you and your soon-to-be spouse! If you want advice, or want to run what you’re considering by an expert, feel free to reach out and contact us or one of our exclusive retailers. We would be happy to help you check this to-do off your list!

We’re half way there! Next up are the Time + Place and Additional Details.


Client Customization – Lovely Lavender Letterpress Invitation

We love the way the subtle lavender touches add dimension to this Vreeland wedding suite customization. This invitation utilizes, what we call in letterpress printing, a “fill.” Looking at the etched floral motif, you can see that there is a solid layer of lavender ink printed beneath it, which gives it a hint of color and differentiates it from the blind printed lattice in the background.

Starting with that lovely touch on the main invitation card, this suite includes many other pretty layers that will be sure to have guests excited for the big day. The neutral color palette, elegant shimmery pocket folder, the different uses of the signature etched floral motif and the luxe belly band wrap up the entire invitation into one pretty package.


We would love to help you design your own pretty package for your wedding invitations. Contact us or get in touch with your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to gather inspiration and ideas from our Custom Wedding Portfolio.


Get The Look – Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

GTL-Pantone-1GTL-Pantone-2GTL-Pantone-3We wait patiently each December for Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. Were you as thrilled as we were to see two (!) colors chosen for 2016? We love that Pantone changed the game a little this year. Their choice of two colors fed our love of choosing color palettes. When designing wedding invitations, one of our favorite steps is finding the perfect color combination and Pantone has done exactly that with their choice of Rose Quartz and Serenity.

We were inspired to use these two colors on an invitation, of course! We chose our Calistoga wedding invitation suite and transformed it into a look that creates a calming and beautiful overall feel with a balance of warm and cool tones. What better expression of a marital union – balanced, calm, beautiful?

In the two versions above, we are showing two ways to create this look. We have our existing color palette of letterpress inks and we also offer custom ink colors. There is a little bit of an up-charge for custom ink colors, so you can choose the best option for your budget. For the version using our existing color palette, we are suggesting a combination of our Rose and French Blue letterpress inks. The copy is split evenly between these two colors and then we added a splash of the Rose on the geometric pattern covering the back of the invitation and framed it all in a French Blue painted edge! For the custom version, we’re suggesting pastel PMS 9281 for Rose and PMS 7451 for Serenity.

Are you thinking of using the Pantone Color of the Year for the Wedding of the Year (yours!)? If you would like to see us transform your favorite design with this color palette, contact us or one of our retailers to start the design process.


A.M. Inspiration {fashion + freetime}

Over the years, I have had so much fun designing birthday party invitations for my two daughters. I love taking their ideas and interests to create the party theme. The girls are so enthusiastic about their parties that the moment one comes to a close, they are already dreaming up next year’s party!

My oldest daughter, Madeleine, has always loved fashion and art, so we came up with the idea of a paper doll invite for one of her recent Birthday parties. The invitation rolled up and was tied with an over-sized ribbon … it came complete with a tag that invited each party guest for a limo ride to Sweet and Sassy, where they got their hair and make-up done, got dressed up and took part in a runway show.

The paper doll invitation was designed so that each guest received a doll and two outfits with various accessories. They were printed with marine ink on white paper so that the girls could color and create their own unique fashions for their paper doll. So, once the party was over and they had some free time, they could occupy themselves with their very own creations! What little girl doesn’t dream of being a fashion designer at least once in their lifetime!?


Do you have ideas for an interactive invitation? Work with one of our local retailers or call us to turn your ideas into a fun creation for your party guests!


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