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Suite Spotlight – Peony Letterpress Invitation Suite

Armfuls of peonies emerge on all sides of a cropped cartouche to create a breathtaking first impression for guests receiving our Peony letterpress wedding invitation. Unwrapping this delicately bundled package reveals layer after layer of heavenly details!

It’s hard to choose which aspect of the suite you love most with its overwhelmingly French feel, striking patterns, clever menu card and sumptuous palette! Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose. Our design team has perfected the art of layering details that result in a perfectly unique wedding invitation for each bride and groom with whom we work. A picture is worth 1,000 words – take a peek at the inspiration behind this suite:

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We can’t wait to see your wedding stationery inspiration board and begin finding the perfect way to layer all of the details important to you and your wedding day. Contact one of our exclusive retailers to start the process of designing your perfect wedding wardrobe!

Want to see more of our inspiration boards? Take a peek at what our design team is curating over on Pinterest!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, brilliant white | Ink: ruchsia + cantaloupe | Embellishments: strawberry colored envelope, strawberry colored belly band, ¼” mink double-faced satin ribbon, die-cut favor tag + die-cut menu card

Client Customization – Vintage Rose

It’s that time of year! We are starting to see lots of orders for save the date cards. We know how engaged couples feel when the holidays are quickly approaching and you’re anticipating the New Year just around the corner … more than likely, that New Year represents your year! We know what it’s like, while everyone else is thinking about pumpkin spice lattes and holiday ski trips, you’re thinking about next spring, preparing for a very special day!

Well, we’re right here with you and today we are sharing a beautiful save the date card featuring 3-color letterpress. Two of those ink colors are dedicated to our vintage rose motif. The bold size of the rose detail makes a beautiful statement in the soft petal pink and sage green. Classic fonts in black letterpress ink lend an overall elegant feel to this wedding stationery wardrobe.

Dauphine Press Client Customization - Milner

There’s a perfectly subtle tiny touch on these cards we’re featuring today too. Did you catch it? With just a simple shift of the third ink color on the note cards, from traditional black to an earthy olive, the overall look of that one piece is slightly more casual. It’s in details like these that our exclusive retailers, like Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s who sent us this customization, help couples perfect when creating a design using our Custom Wedding Portfolio. Visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to get started on the stationery for your year, today!

Store Spotlight – Paper Plane Paperie

When we first met Emily at Paper Plane Paperie, everything immediately clicked — we instantly loved working with her! Because of her her strong eye for design and detail, she has an amazing way of working with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II tools and inspiration to produce some of the most amazing designs! In fact, only a few short weeks after she received the album, Emily was on her way to being one of our top stores. This means that we have had plenty of time, working on her amazing orders, to get to know her and today we wanted to share a little bit about Emily with you.

First, here’s a look at her gorgeous space where she meets with lucky couples in the Newport Beach, California area:


What inspired you to open Paper Plane Paperie?
I have always been a very creative person, and during my wedding planning process in 2009, I fell in love with the customization process when it came to the invitations.  I wanted to use my creative talents to inspire other brides to use paper as a way to get their guests excited for a wedding or big party.  There is no better way to set the tone for an event than through a beautiful invitation suite.

What did you do in your life before Paper Plane Paperie?
I was a visual merchandiser for Hudson Jeans where I created window displays for large department stores all over the country.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
During my 2009 wedding planning process I really began to gain an understanding for the letterpress process and how the technique is used to create stunning invitations by hand, one invite at a time.  Soon after, I began taking letterpress classes and was completely hooked!

What is the Paper Plane Paperie design aesthetic?
Our personal aesthetic is coastal chic.  Since my shop is in Newport Beach, CA, anytime I can get my hands on something nautical, I go for it.

What inspires you?
Interior design … patterns and color.  I always look for ways that these things can translate onto paper.

What trends are you noticing/loving in wedding stationery?
Calligraphy tied in with classic text as part of the suite adds a nice touch. I am also loving custom wax seals right now!

What are the hottest trends or must haves for weddings in your area?
Tying in at least a few DIY projects has been popular for a while now, but is a lot of fun because it really personalizes the event.  Also, the color grey has replaced black in most cases which gives things a softer, more modern feel. Also, I recently went to a wedding with a ice cream sandwich bar. I thought it was a genius idea for a hot summer night!

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See what we mean? Emily is the perfect mix of designer, friend and wedding consultant! What couple doesn’t want to WOW their guests from the first glimpse of correspondence about their big day? Emily gets that and has an amazing portfolio of work as a result.

Here’s a perfect example — this suite, designed for a couple getting married in Chicago this summer {just last weekend actually! Congratulations Roxane and Denis!} incorporates many of the key elements Emily describes as being on trend. Let’s take a closer look …

We love this fun take on our Marinwood trifold and invitation suite, using elements such as the lattice pattern and frame surrounding the key details on the first panel {both inspired by interior design} paired with beautiful hand calligraphy and illustrations by Holly Hollon that adds the perfect personal touch.

The striking design on the invitation, which includes their signature lattice pattern in robin’s egg letterpress ink, a seaglass frame and charcoal invitation wording, sets the tone perfectly for their August wedding.  Rounding out the suite is a coordinating response set with more personal calligraphic touches and a fresh wedgewood blue envelope liner.

If you’re in the Newport Beach, CA area and looking to create your own custom letterpress wedding invitations, you must plan a visit to the studio! If you want to see more of what inspires Emily, you can visit her blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages.

Paper Plane Paperie is part of a large network of Dauphine Press exclusive retailers selling our custom letterpress and foil invitations around the world. You can find your local retailer here and begin designing for your extraordinary event today!

Suite Spotlight – Meadowood Letterpress Save the Date

The standout detail of our Meadowood design is the sweet, two-color letterpress pattern featured on the die-cut cover of the journal and on the note card border. While the pattern beautifully incorporates the two colors used in the palette {our lilac and olive letterpress inks}, it also provides a geometric texture.

Dauphine Press Meadowood Letterpress Wedding Save the Date

With all of our wedding invitation suites, you can choose to customize any element as you see fit. This means taking these same details and sprinkling them throughout your entire wedding wardrobe. Included on our website are lookbook pages with suggestions for additional pieces and multiple variations for each design. We hope that you are inspired by all of the items we share with you {inspiration boards, lookbook pages and design variations} so that your wedding stationery can be perfectly suited to your special event! Visit any of our exclusive retailers to see all of these elements in person and begin designing your custom letterpress wedding stationery today!

We’ve Updated Our Website With New Styles & Features!

Today, we are proud to announce that we have made some amazing new updates to our beloved website. Because our website is one of the ways we share what we do with all of you, we took great care in improving its features and are now very excited to share the details!

First up is our new Search By Style feature! Having created so many custom wedding stationery designs, we’ve built up a substantial collection of unique styles that would be suitable inspiration for various types of events. In fact, we have created everything from vintage to modern, and as specific as, wine country or seaside.

Using our new Search By Style feature, you can start your invitation selection and design process by searching our site for key words that match the look and feel of your {soon to be!} big day. This new tool also allows you to search for different print techniques {like letterpress or foil} as well as for your favorite embellishments {such as duplexed stocks and die cut shapes}. From there, you can take your list of favorites to your local Dauphine Press retailer and start creating your own custom wedding stationery using their expert design input and our custom design details.

The second new feature is one we know you will love — more designs! We added 52 designs to our site that range from new wedding suites, updates on classic Dauphine Press wedding suites, our entire Coral wedding line, Bar & Bat Mitzvah designs and even custom social designs, which include baby announcements and calling cards!

Enjoy all of the new details and eye candy! With all of the inspiration, once you’re ready to order your new Dauphine Press custom stationery, we encourage you to visit your local exclusive retailer to see everything in person and place your order.

Now is a great time too! Our Spring Promotion is running through the end of June.

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