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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Jillian & Vander

We have SUCH a treat for you today! This perfectly peach and papaya variation of our letterpress Carmen wedding invitation summoned Jillian & Vander’s wedding guests to quite a sweet event! 100 Layer Cake said it best in their post: Every little detail is impeccable, but it feels relaxed and unfussy at the same time. We couldn’t agree more!

Dauphine Press - Real Wedding - Lucas

The bride and groom worked with our exclusive retailer, Union Street Papery, and customized Carmen to perfectly suit their event. The design is warm and subtle; strong and sophisticated. The unexpected choice of typefaces set the mood with flair, while the layers of elegant patterns, used in different ways on the various cards in the suite, bring it all together. Bundled in an elegant pocket and wrapped with a stunning letterpress-printed belly band with their custom monogram was sure to get their guests excited to share the day with them.

Dauphine Press - Real Wedding - Lucas

We say it time and time again, but seeing everything together on the wedding day is what we love most about what we do. Seeing that the custom monogram we designed for them was incorporated into the design of the wedding cake makes our day!

Dauphine Press Real Weddings-Lucas

CREDITS: Photographer: Annie McElwain Photography | Videographer: Max and Molly Films | Event Planning & Design: Downey Street Events | Venue: Hammersky Vineyards | Hair & Makeup: The Queens’ Bees | Florist: Camellia Floral Design |Invitations: Dauphine Press for Union Street Papery | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Caterer: Global Gourmet Catering | Rentals: Hartmann Studios |DJ: Goodbeat Productions | Ceremony Musician (Harpist): Jan Walters | Officiant: Bride and groom’s fathers | Bride’s Dress & Veil: Jinza Jin Couture Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Vintage from Vander’s late grandmother | Bridesmaid Dresses:Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna | Shoes: Gravati


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!

Dauphine Press in BRIDES Magazine!

This past winter we were thrilled to work with the editorial team at  BRIDES magazine! We created a fresh customization of our Yountville design for their Red & Orange “Pick Your Palette” feature in the June/July 2014 issue. The new variation of this crisp, modern design features our cantaloupe letterpress ink for the large monogram, which is complemented by the custom red ink used for the wording and vibrant edge painting. The bright poppy orange envelope with custom red return address and monogram is the perfect finishing touch!

Dauphine Press in Bride's Magazine!

Are you in love with this bright red and orange palette as much as we are? What is your ideal wedding color palette? Are you ready to customize your favorite Dauphine Press invitation for your special day? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to begin the custom design process of your very own letterpress wedding invitations!

Suite Spotlight – Beechwood Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

The letterpress printed wood grain pattern of our large square Beechwood invitation is the standout element on this Bar Mitzvah design. Used throughout the suite in buttercream ink, the wood grain pattern is artfully paired with a wide cocoa colored backer card, a green tea pocket folder and woodblock typeface. On both the inspiration board and final printed suite, a masculine, yet playful look is achieved.

Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - Beechwood

Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? As shown, this design is great for a Bar Mitzvah, but can also be customized to suite a wedding. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

30 Free letterpress wedding invitation elements with every custom order

Suite Spotlight – Academy Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

This multi-layered invitation, from our Bar and Bat Mitzvah portfolio of custom invitations, enables you to incorporate playful colors and patterns. Select the classic black and blue letterpress inks and houndstooth pattern as shown on this classic look, or brighten it up with any of our inks, backer cards and patterns to create an invitation to suit any style of event.

Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - ACADEMY

Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

30 Free letterpress wedding invitation elements with every custom order

Broadmoor Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

Today we’re sharing another brand new design customization with you! This design made a complete transformation and is definitely a crowd favorite!

As we mentioned last week, these new design customizations are fun for us to share since they all illustrate exactly how far you can take your own wedding invitation suite when using our design process. Through these new designs we are sharing how a few changes, changes that make a design uniquely yours, allow you to present your guests with a wedding invitation to an event that they just can’t wait to attend. Yours!

Our Broadmoor design customization was selected as a favorite by Tracy at The WeddingLovely Blog — and can you blame her?! Take a peek at the before and after. The inspiration and the customization.

Dauphine Press Wedding Blog Post - BROADMOOR

In our Custom Wedding Portfolio albums I and II, we have outlined the steps for transforming any design in our gallery into your custom suite. We’re sharing a list of elements from our design team that make our new Broadmoor design customization unique. You can use any of these details to customize your very own suite.  Here are a few things to consider:


Ink Palette:  We have a secret to share … the letterpress ink run was removed when we created this new design! The original was 1-color letterpress + 1-color foil and for the customized invitation, we just chose to use one foil run. This means that by only using foil on the new design, the overall cost was decreased! Another tip: the new design could also be printed in just 1-color letterpress {any color in our ink palette}, which would bring the price down even further.

Motifs and Monograms: In this case, the one design element that really ties the inspiration to the customization is the monogram at the top of the invitation. The slim #10 card is the perfect way to highlight your monogram, and a monogram is the perfect way to highlight your new union! We chose the fonts and design elements for both of these monograms separately, so feel free to browse our library of motifs and frames to create the perfect symbol for you as a couple!

Fonts: As you know from our post last week, fonts and typefaces can be a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. For our Broadmoor customization, we went for a “traditional with a twist” feel using a classic script font for the names of the bride and groom, but in all lowercase to update the look.


Beyond our custom elements, you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. For our Broadmoor customization, we chose just one embellishment upgrade to really make this design standout:

Traditional Duplexing: The striking peacock blue paper used on this customization is a true star and will surely have your guests excited to attend your wedding! We have many colored papers to choose from and three different duplexing options: Traditional, Elegant and Luxe. The three options represent a different weight and thickness. The Traditional Duplexing chosen for our Broadmoor customization is two sheets of the peacock blue paper adhered together so that the card presented is like a thick board.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!


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