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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 {pattern and color}

We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our new “A.M. Inspiration” series, I will be posting images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on those quiet mornings and I’ll share my thoughts on how to translate that inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

We are kicking off the series with a very special wedding invitation suite. This is a sneak preview of one of our new Dauphine Press design samples! We will reveal the full suite in a future post, but I first wanted to share two of my favorite details of this romantic and elegant design – pattern and color.


One of my main sources of inspiration is pattern and home fashion/decor (probably a result from my formative creative years at Martha Stewart Living). Using pattern in my designs has always been a trademark of mine. I also love creating borders and motifs out of vintage drawings/etchings. I typically pull them apart and put them back together to create a new design. At the same time, I try to build the perfect balance of color when layering patterns and borders like you see here with the lavender damask pattern and vintage caramel frame on this new invitation sample.

Speaking of color, this lavender and caramel letterpress combination is another perfect example of “traditional with a twist” that we talked about in a recent blog post. The “twist” in the creation of this color palette is the use of caramel for the most important verbiage on each piece. Overall it results in a soft, romantic feel with a warm neutral used in place of traditional black. The fresh look with the caramel against the lavender gives your guests a little peek into your attention to detail and will have them anticipating all of the other twists you have in store for them the day of the wedding!

Client Customization – Perot {World Traveler, Social}

Our custom stationery is not only meant for brides and grooms-to-be. This client customization features a slight variation of our World Traveler wedding stationery suite. We love that Sarah and Ross chose such a fitting invitation for The Farnborough Air Show by showcasing a background map and airplane motif for their international event. The contrasting letterpress printed ink colors, metal against robin’s egg, really allow for the colors to pop.

Dauphine Press Client Customization - Perot (World Traveler, Social)

With the help of our exclusive retailer Needle In A Haystack in the creation of this customization from our Custom Wedding Portfolio I, we are able to show you how any of our invitations can be easily transformed from wedding to any event stationery!

Check out all of our stationery designs, the variations our design team has created for World Traveler, and get started on your very own social stationery today! Find a local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer here!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Danielle & Kyle

We are elated to share with you the exquisite wedding of Danielle and Kyle in Lake Tahoe, California.  So many sensational details were captured for their big day from the bride’s dazzling gown to the stunning succulent centerpieces to the breathtaking views. We can tell that the couple had an amazing day and enjoyed every moment. And from the photos, we think it’s safe to say that the rest of the bridal party enjoyed themselves as well!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

Danielle and Kyle worked with our exclusive retailer, Folio in Larkspur, to create wedding stationery perfectly fit for their outdoor event. The mix of nutmeg, persimmon and topaz ink colors on our Roseberry design really captures the airy, rustic feel. We also love how they tied in small, square insert cards with circular designs for brunch and rehearsal dinner invitations. Their entire wedding weekend was centered around spending time with family and friends and was filled with many exciting activities, like a welcome party and a float down the nearby Truckee River.

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

We fell in love with so many creative details that really made this Lake Tahoe wedding personal and unique: the bright pop of color in the umbrellas, the burlap bride and groom signs, the mix of patterns in the groomsmen’s ties, and those sparkling Jimmy Choos (to name a few)!  Fun fact: a 15-minute hailstorm passed through just after the ceremony, though the entire day was filled with blue skies!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

CREDITS: Photographer: Theilen Photography  | Videographer: XOXO Video | Event Planning & Calligraphy: Elise Events | Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Hair & Makeup: Kari Addison Beautiful Florist: Art in Bloom | Caterer & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Tenting & Lighting: Zephyr Tents | DJ: InStep DJ | Bride’s Dress & Jewelry: Swoon Bridal Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Yoana Baraschi Bridedmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom’s Suit: Canali | Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York | Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole | Transportation: Ryan Transportation | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Giraux Fine Jewelry | Invitations: Dauphine Press for Folio 


To create your custom wedding stationery, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, and start building towards that moment where everything comes together on your special day!

Client Customization – Williams (Palm Tree)

Tropical or destination weddings are the perfect excuse for brightly colored wedding stationery. This Palm Beach Monogram client customization features a single palm tree and Watermark font, creating a simplistic yet fun design. The monochromatic invitation is letterpress printed in an attention-grabbing custom PMS color with matching edge painting for that added pop. With this design, less is definitely more!

Dauphine Press Client Customization - Williams (Palm Tree)

Our exclusive retailer Judy Paulen Designs helped this bride and groom’s beach-themed dream come true with these fabulous wedding invitations from our Custom Wedding Portfolio I. If you’re visualizing a tropical wedding and like what you see, locate an exclusive retailer near you and start creating wedding stationery you’ll love for years to come!


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