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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 – Neutral + Modern Letterpress Wedding Invitation

We love the way the neutral color palette of this customized version of our Auburn wedding invitation suite highlights our favorite details of this design. The graphic elements — a bold font used for the couples names, the large ampersand, a modern take on the wedding date, a simple single-line frame — really stand out and highlight the typography and the charming couple and their upcoming union.


The entire suite is wrapped up perfectly in a shimmering pocket fold. The interior pocket holds all of the important details your guests will need to plan their weekend and help you celebrate this special day!

To find the perfect mix for your special day, give us a call or visit one of our exclusive retailers to design your own custom letterpress or foil stamped wedding invitation!

Suite Spotlight – Stone Harbor Letterpress Wedding Invitation

We’re excited to share the third brand new wedding invitation suite that we recently added to our Custom Wedding Portfolio II – Stone Harbor! For those of you that love details, this suite is the perfect starting point. It has layers of elements that can easily be swapped out for your favorite details to create a brand new look.

Our versatile Stone Harbor wedding invitation suite is all about texture. From the subtle blind chevron pattern printed behind the navy letterpress text, to the silver metallic rope pattern on the colored paper bellyband and the repeating nautical knot pattern on the decorative envelope liner, this suite has it all! We’ve chosen motifs and a color palette with a nautical feel, but this sophisticated suite could easily be customized with a monogram, palm motif and tropical color palette for an island affair.


DESIGN DETAILS | Size: Classic | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, Brilliant White | Ink: Blind Hit + Custom PMS | Motifs: Pattern-152, Monogram-61, Pattern-168 + Anchor-04 | Fonts: Urw Grotesk, Old Fashioned + Niagara Engraved | Upgrades: Indigo Colored Envelope,  Envelope Liner (color #54), Second Ink on Envelope

How would you customize Stone Harbor? Are you planning a nautical theme? Or looking to create something completely unique? We would love to see how you personalize this layered suite with your favorite design elements. Remember, we just added 90 new motifs, 20 new monograms and 63 new patterns so you have lots of gorgeous design elements to choose from. Contact your local Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer to create your custom wedding stationery suite!


Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Jessica & Steven

Today’s Real Dauphine Press Wedding is an example of how powerful an evergreen stationery design can be. This couple paired charming, traditional details alongside a modern aesthetic on their wedding day, which resulted in a classic affair! Captured by Brea McDonald Photography, this coastal New England wedding is elegant and timeless!



Working with our exclusive retailer The Village Invites, the final wedding invitation design featured an elegant script in gold foil stamping on a soft white card. The oversized invitation is simplicity at its finest, putting the shimmering gold foil script in the spotlight.


To see more images from this gorgeous wedding, visit Coastal Bride for their post as well as the website for the floral and event planner behind this wedding, Soirée Floral, for their take on this modern glam wedding.

CREDITS: Photographer: Brea McDonald Photography | Planner: Dawn Kelly Designs | Day of Coordination: Jimmy Jaksic | Ceremony: First Congregational Church | Reception: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Florist: Soirée Floral | Wedding InvitationsThe Village Invites, Dauphine Press | Day-of Wedding Stationery: Parchment NantucketGown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Valentino | Groom’s Attire: Lord Willy’s NYC | Bridesmaids Gowns: Two Birds


To create your custom wedding stationery – whether traditional, modern or a combination of both – contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer!


Suite Spotlight – Lace Letterpress Invitation Suite

In wedding stationery design, we love when two unique elements collide to create something incredible. It’s a bit like a marriage, isn’t it?! Our Lacie letterpress invitation does exactly that with an elegant balance of vintage and modern design elements. The delicate, antique lace pattern curving across the top of each card in a bold, vivid, orchid letterpress ink creates a striking visual for your guests. We see this perfect balance again with the sleek and modern typeface letterpress printed in a warm charcoal gray ink on a soft natural white cotton stock. The subtle touch of the warm tones in the paper and ink help bridge the vintage and modern elements.

The inspiration board explores this beautiful balance and really shows off the orchid and pool color palette.


We would love to hear your story and what makes you unique as individuals and incredible as a couple. To see how it all translates onto your wedding stationery, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer.

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, natural white | Ink: charcoal + custom orchid | Embellishments: pool colored envelopes


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