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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.

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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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.

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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.

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Lauren & Brandon

Every single detail of today’s real wedding is simply impeccable! Everything from the lush florals, the choice of mixing jewel tones and soft pastels through out, to the table settings, the bridal party attire and romantic stationery come together beautifully. There is so much here to inspire!

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The couple chose our Carneros letterpress wedding suite as their starting point. They kept the traditional monogram and chevron background pattern for the accessory cards and selected an elegant script for key details on the invitation. They kept the color palette neutral with espresso and varnish letterpress inks on our double-thick brilliant white letterpress stock, edged in gold.

 

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From there, they made this suite their own by incorporating a romantic and elegant floral paper as the envelope liner and coral colored hand calligraphy for the outside of the envelope. What a beautiful presentation for their guest!

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You can see even more gorgeous images from this wedding on the Modwedding site.

Are you inspired? What feeling do you want to present to guests with your invitation? Contact us or a local retailer to get started on designing your custom letterpress wedding invitations!

CREDITS: Photographer: Melanie Gabrielle Photography | Planning and DesignLauren Emerson Events and Design | Day of CoordinatingMy Bellissima | Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Floral DesignBrocade Designs | CakeDulce Desserts | RentalsMusic City Tents and Events | CalligraphyScript Merchant | Paper GoodsDauphine Press for Cherish the Moment

Client Customization – Pretty Pattern Holiday Card

Incorporating some of our favorite details and design elements, this client customization is a beautiful way to wish your friends and family the best during the holiday season.

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An elegant and {so perfect for the holidays!} damask pattern is printed is in our subtle parchment ink, creating the first layer of this letterpress card. The choice of a subtle ink for the all-over pattern ensures that it will create a beautiful backdrop for the greeting and fine details. Atop the pattern, french blue ink was chosen to frame the family photo and form the holiday sentiment.

Want to create your own perfectly layer your favorite details on a holiday card or wedding invitation? Contact us and we will walk you through each step of the custom design process!

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