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30 Free Letterpress Wedding Elements!

We’re thrilled to be sharing the details of a very special promotion!

Winter-Free-Offer

That’s right! Now through April 15th, you will receive 30 free wedding elements (that includes save the dates, invitations, response cards, note cards, menus, etc.!) when you purchase 100 or more through one of our Exclusive Retailers! Contact your local Dauphine Press retailer today to get started on designing your very own custom letterpress and foil stamped wedding stationery and to get your 30 Free!

The fine details: Offer can be applied to wedding orders placed from January 15-April 15, 2014. Offer valid on orders of quantity 100 or higher. Discount applies to printed pieces only, envelope liners and embellishments not included. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Store Spotlight – Nolte’s Bridal

We are just delighted to share a true treasure with you today! Michael Nolte of Nolte’s Bridal in Kansas City is one of our exclusive retailers who is creating amazing wedding stationery with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. One reason we have so much fun working together is that Michael plans events from start to finish. So, not only is he creating gorgeous stationery, he is also designing every detail, large and small, of the most incredible events {Don’t worry! We will be sharing some Real Dauphine Press Wedding photos with you in an upcoming post!}. First up, an overview of some of our favorite details from a few of our most-loved wedding suites we’ve created together:

Dauphine Press - Store Spotlight - Nolte's Bridal

Traditional, classic and elegant all done in a modern way is how we would describe the stunning custom wedding suites we get to create for Nolte’s Bridal and their clients. We interviewed Mr. Nolte to learn a little more about the man behind this amazing body of work:

What inspired you to open Nolte’s Bridal?
Thirty three years ago I was evolving from a career in wedding photography, an event designer, as well as owning both a florist business and a couture gown salon. I was “The Wedding Guy” 24/7. Through the decades I filtered down my talents into wedding coordinating and gown design.

What did you do in your life before Nolte’s Bridal?
I have degrees in Communication and Photo-journalism. I use them every day as I work with anxious brides and stressed out parents.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
I am a tactile guy. I love super soft expensive sheets, smooth silk satins and high end card stock.

What is the Nolte’s Bridal stationery design aesthetic?
I’m a devotee of the classics but love tradition with a twist. So just a couple of elements i.e. a motif, edge painting, a patterned liner … that gives the thick stationery a subtle “Wow!” factor.

What inspires you?
I really like realistic fruit and floral designs (think Williamsburg, Della-Robbia or botanicals, Mario Buatta chintz.) I am never drawn to modern wedding invitations as I think they look too “corporate.”

What trends are you loving in wedding stationery?
There are several: foil stamping, metallic liners, combination of fonts scattered through-out the suite (as opposed to just one used consistently), letterpress and 230 lb. paper.

What are the must haves for weddings in your area?
I am seeing a decline in the interest of pockets and bows that tie/smash on invitations, but an increase of interest in additional pieces used for the After Parties and Farewell Brunches. Those two phases of the wedding weekend are becoming very popular in Kansas City – having a slightly different mood, but keeping a coordinated look in those invitations ensembles is a nice touch.

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And now, check out even more of those beautiful invitations, including custom variations of our Chalk Hill, Broadmoor and Rutherford designs. With design changes like swapping out a 2-color design for a classic, charcoal gray, 1-color design or the addition of a timeless gold foil and an oversized invitation, Michael Nolte creates exactly the caliber of restyled work we hope for utilizing our Custom Wedding Portfolio II palette!

Dauphine Press - Store Spotlight - Nolte's Bridal

We say it time and again, but the best part of what we do at Dauphine Press is working with great talents and people who have a passion for stationery and weddings like we do. It’s something we just can’t keep to ourselves and love sharing with you! So, here’s even more – a fun Q&A with Michael from the Nolte’s Bridal blog.

If you are in the Kansas City area looking for custom Dauphine Press wedding stationery or interested in completing your vision of the perfect wedding, Nolte’s Bridal is a must!  And, if you’re looking for a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, like Nolte’s Bridal, in your area, we have many talented stationers around the globe to help you design your very own custom wedding stationery.

Client Customization – Autumnal Ainsley Update

We talk about the weather and seasons a lot around here, don’t we?! Those two elements are important for weddings and for the couples planning them, so they’re important to us too! We know that fall is a favorite of many and we love seeing all of the blog posts and Instagram updates of people celebrating this new season. We especially love the thought of all of the couples out there who have planned weddings this fall and how this shift will elevate their excitement over their pending nuptials. Soon, all of our fall couples will be able to celebrate the hard work they have put into planning all the fine details of their wedding day, honoring the most special union between two people!

We thought we would jump right in, join in the fun, and share a charming update to our Ainsley suite that is the perfect customization for a fall wedding. For any of you enjoying the new season, or if you’re planning a fall wedding, we know you will love how our exclusive retailer, Papel New York in Brooklyn, customized this letterpress wedding invitation suite for their bride and groom.

A few weeks ago we shared the original Ainsley design with you and how the color palette was perfect for that late summer/early fall wedding. Inspired by the Ainsley design in our Coral Weddings album, Raegan at Papel New York did what she does best. With just a few design changes, she completely transformed this design. With a simple ink color change, script font selection and motif choice, this version is now completely ready for fall! The fun die-cut shape is still the focal point of this suite and will likely be the first thing your guests notice, but this version includes a tone-on-tone rust and espresso color palette that brings an added layer of elegance to the overall design. Paired with the decorative script font for the bride and groom’s names and swapping out the decorative monogram for the charming oak tree motif, this letterpress wedding invitation suite is a gorgeous twist on traditional.

Dauphine Press Client Customization-Finkbinder

Just as Raegan at Papel New York transformed our Ainsley design, we have a list of amazing retailers who are ready to help you design your very own custom wedding invitation suite. Whether you are inspired by the seasons, a design or two in our album or if you have dreamed up something completely unique, the expert consultants at all of our exclusive retailer locations can help you transform your idea into a reality!

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!

Dauphine Press in The Wedding Co. Magazine

Thanks to one of our amazing exclusive retailers, William Ashley in Toronto, a fabulous variation of our Glen Ellen design was featured in The Wedding Co. Magazine!


The publication created a fun challenge for a handful of stationers, florists and bakers and the results are stunning! Each “team” was given a few items of inspiration and the results were combined on the pages of the latest issue. With Bohdan from William Ashley leading the way, {just as he will when you visit him to design your wedding invitations}, we created a modified version of our Glen Ellen design to suit the timeless black, white and silver wedding stationery wardrobe.

Loving the classic feel of the Glenn Ellen corner details, Bohdan asked us to incorporate them onto a large, square invitation card in a glimmering silver foil. Paired with traditional fonts in black letterpress and finished with one of our lace-like, patterned paper wraps, a silver paper belly band and luxe double-faced satin ribbon  the look was complete!

This is truly the best part of our job — seeing one of our invitations take on a new direction to become something personal and special for another paper fan! All you have to do to get started on creating your own custom wedding suite is to get in touch with a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer {like William Ashley!} in your area!

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