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Client Customization – Traditional Custom Foil Wedding Invitation

This wedding invitation is what our design process is all about! Along with the help of our exclusive retailer, Posh Parties, this couple pulled details from different designs shown in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II to create a brand new design … one that is personalized to them and resulted in a truly elegant and beautiful wedding invitation suite. We love seeing creative minds at work and being part of that “a-ha moment” when everything falls into place and feels exactly right!

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This design was first inspired by our Monterey wedding invitation suite, which includes a color-contrasting belly band that acts as a reveal for the names of the wedding couple or the wedding date. For this version, the couple selected a shimmering pyrite colored paper that hints of a graceful champagne color. Keeping things traditional, they then chose platinum foil on our double-thick natural white stock with platinum gilded edges. The platinum foil was used for their traditional wording as well as the framing details borrowed from our Hamilton wedding invitation suite.

Which of our designs are inspiring your custom design? Contact us or one of our retailers to find the perfect balance for your unique design.

Client Customization – Classic Letterpress Wedding Invitation

This letterpress wedding invitation design is one we hold close to our hearts {and our history}. At the start of Dauphine Press, one of our favorite layouts was a classic combination of an all-caps serif font paired with a restrained script in a contrasting color. Topping that layout was a personal touch – the lighthouse this couple used – to personalize the design for the couple and their wedding location. We love this tried-and-true combination that feels fresh and traditional at the same time. Easily customized with your own motif or monogram at the top of the card, we are truly font of this evergreen formula.

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Do you love this classic look as much as we do? What would you choose for the personalized motifs? Or do you prefer a classic monogram? How about the color palette? Which colors are you incorporating? Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to personalize this traditional design for your wedding day!

Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Six, Additional Details}

We’re back with our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines and the final element that most couples add or consider adding. The last bit of essential information that you want to share with your guests has a place in the final line (or final two lines) of your wedding invitation.

The first thing you want to consider when finalizing the additional details that fall after the TIME + PLACE is your wedding reception. If you will be including a reception card in your invitation suite and providing details on time and location for your reception on a different card, then you can keep things pretty simple on the last line of your invitation. Here are some great examples:

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The festive “feast and merriment to follow” line on our Loire wedding invitation indicates to guests that the reception will take place at the same hotel as the wedding ceremony. That’s all guests need, just this one simple line lets them know that all of the event is happening at a single location.

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Another gorgeous example on our Vizcaya wedding suite. The great thing about this line is that it works for casual, modern and traditional invitations.

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Speaking of casual invitations, the final line on this custom version of our Arbor invitation adds a fun twist with the “dinner, dancing and tomfoolery to follow” line! What a great place to show your personality!

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The couple that chose our Tulipa design included “cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow” at the end of their invitation indicating to guests that the reception will start with a cocktail hour, which also helps guests choose their attire.

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Speaking of attire, this final line of an invitation is often where you find details on attire. Above is our Occidental invitation that simple states “black tie preferred”. For this more formal affair where the reception takes place at a different location than the ceremony, the couple did choose to include a reception card. They kept all reception information on the separate card, leaving room on the invitation for the note on attire.

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We have said all along with our Wedding Wording series that the final choice is up to you and no matter what etiquette states, you should go what feels right for your event. We love that the elongated shape of our Broadmoor design allow for multiple lines of additional details. In this case, the reception is at a separate location and we’ve included not only the fact that the reception will follow the ceremony, but the name of the location as well.

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And, always fans of keeping it simple, the most common version for the additional details line is the ever-popular “reception to follow” as shown on our Hamilton suite.

With that, we’re ready to wrap up our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We’ve covered all of the essentials and options in every category from the Invitation Line, the The Couple and Time + Place. We would love to work with you to finalize the personal details of your wedding stationery. Contact us today or visit your local retailer to select your favorite elements for your wedding day!

 

 

Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Five, Time + Place}

How is your wedding to-do list coming along now that we’re into the thick of the first month of the year? We’re ready with another post in our series covering Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We have already covered the Invitation Line and the The Couple so now we’re on to Time + Place.

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This portion of the invitation is essential. As with any section of your invitation, be sure to double-check these details so that they are 100% correct. It couldn’t hurt to triple-check when it comes to the time + place. Falling into the same traditional, modern and casual styles; the date, time and place can be listed in many different ways on a wedding invitation.

On a traditional invitation, we always recommend sticking with wedding etiquette rules, which will have your invitation looking a lot like our Larkspur suite. This layout begins with the day of the week and day of the month {all spelled out} with the year and finally the time on a third line. Following the date/time, the location comes next. If you are including separate directions and details for your wedding ceremony and/or reception location, you can include just the name of the location. If you will not have a separate card with details, don’t forget to include the address on your invitation!

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Even when a couple chooses a more modern or casual invitation line, we do often see them use this same format for the time + place, just to be sure that guests are clear on the fine details. Plus, keeping the basics in traditional format really means your modern or casual style on the invitation line will really stand out.

When couples want an allover casual feel, we often see the use of numerals and non-traditional layouts for the time + place. A few inspiring samples from our collection:

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Our Sonoma invitation mixes numerals for the date but spells out the time and location, which allows the design details and graphics to frame these important lines beautifully.

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Another great way to allow your modern format to make a statement is to go with a horizontal format and put all of these details on just one or two lines like our Primula wedding invitation suite.

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Our Stinson invitation uses the traditional layout, but we chose different font styles and sizes to add interest and a decorative look to this design.

We hope that with our tips, your wedding invitation wording feels like a fun and easy task. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to see it on your wedding invitation, contact us or one of our exclusive retailers!

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Chelsea & Aaron

We had the pleasure of working with Chelsea and her Mom in-person. Always such a treat to sit down in our Stone Harbor stationery store and really get to know a bride when designing their wedding stationery. Plus, delivering the final pieces in-person is one of our favorite things!

We describe this wedding as traditional, elegant and full of charm … take a look at the beautiful images captured by Kaitlin Noel Photography:

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The fine details they selected – a color palette of black and white with touches of gold – made for a traditional look.

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The way they used these elements throughout – black letterpress ink for fine, detailed scripts, gold painted edges, all the way to classic black dresses for bridesmaids – was the epitome of elegance.

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And, the thoughtful touches, such as using china with calligraphy {matching the invitations, of course!} for table numbers, and a custom envelope liner inspired by a favorite China pattern – brought it all together on a beautiful day for this charming, thoughtful couple. We’re thrilled to play a small role in such a gorgeous, timeless event!

We would love to work with you too on creating your ideal wedding stationery. Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers so we can sit down in-person, over email or phone and we can start bringing your ideas together into one gorgeous stationery suite!

CREDITS: Wedding Photographer: Kaitlin Noel Photography | Wedding Ceremony: Lutheran Church of Our Savior | Wedding Reception: Congress Hall in Cape May | Stationery and Invitations: Dauphine Press

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