Today is John and my 14th wedding anniversary! To celebrate we’re offering 14 percent off our Meeting Street design — it was inspired by the street where we were married right here in Charleston, South Carolina. It feels great to be back in the city that we love on this special day. Cheers to love! xoxo, Erika.Pin It
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Needless to say, in anticipation of the movie we’re getting serious 1920s fever and are designing up a whole slew of 20s themed wedding invitations. One of the fonts we’re using a bunch is Copasetic. The Art Deco style works great for our 20s style invitations. The font is free, by the way. You’re welcome ; )
Our signature Ava design (a variation of our Amelie) is hands down our most ordered design. Here are three variations of the same design shipping out on the same day. Changing the ink colors totally changes the feeling, doesn’t it? I imagine the left one for a garden party, the center one for a fun bash, and the one on the right for a black tie ball.Pin It
Writing “please r.s.v.p.” is like writing “please respond if it pleases you.” Which is silly.
Merci for listening. I will step down from the soap box now.
Chevrons and the color gray … two of our favorite things combined for one super chic wedding invitation! Many thanks to The Knot for featuring our Chevron wedding invitation in their Spring 2012 magazine.
The Knot’s editors suggest green and yellow as lovely accents to gray and white color palette, and we couldn’t agree more. The best thing about gray is that it matches everything. I think it would be trés chic for bridesmaids to all wear gray dresses, with colorful heels of their choice. Pretty, right?
Chevron is one of our newest (and favorite) designs here at the studio, and I’m very happy to announce that now it’s also available in our favorite printing method: letterpress.
Now is a good time to stock up on those Forever stamps! And remember if you are sending out invitations with reply envelopes you expect to receive after January 22nd to put an extra penny stamp on them to ensure delivery back to you.
Here’s a quick guide to 2012 USPS rates as they apply to most wedding invitations:
- Save the date, Reply Envelope (with single reply card inside), Single card/invitation: 45 cents
- Invitation set (invitation, reply card, reply envelope, and another card or two, up to 2 oz.): 65 cents
- Response postcard: 32 cents
Keep in mind: square envelopes/postcards, non-bendable envelopes, and extra thick envelopes don’t fit through the USPS machines, so there is an additional fee for being non-machinable — check with local post office for rates or use the usps’s handy postage price calculator.
Besides buying stamps at your local post office, you can buy official USPS stamps online at USPS.com. There are lots of pretty ones to choose from. If you’re looking for something a bit more custom, check out Delphine’s Zazzle shop with stamps to match most of our invitation designs. If you don’t see what you’d like, or need the colors/monogram switched out just let us know and we’ll whip something up for you.
Here’s a peek at one of my favorite custom design projects from last year: Kyle and Scott’s wedding invitation for their Colorado “farmette” celebration. I like it so much that I’m considering adapting the design as a regular design on our website. What do you think? Should I do it?Pin It
It’s true, I can’t get enough chevrons. John thinks I’m slightly obsessed. I’m certain one of these days I’ll tire of the classic zig zag pattern, but for now I’m in love. Here’s a letterpress wedding invitation in cantaloupe melon and dull gold inks. Note the pretty edge painted place cards, too. Yummy color combo … one of my faves. (Just don’t call it peach and we can pretend it’s not part of the 80s revival).
It’s one of the new designs in our Signature Collection wedding album, in stores now.
Carnival wedding invitation shown in red and robin’s egg turquoise blue, printed on 100 percent cotton paper, with matching cotton envelope and robin’s egg turquoise printed envelope liner. Design ©Delphine.
In preparation for this afternoon’s Tradeshow Bootcamp seminar about wholesale wedding invitation albums, I thought I’d share a peek behind the scenes at how to put together an invitation album.
It all starts with good designs! Once you have those down (gulp) it’s time to print lots of samples, get organized, and start up an assembly line. We built a temporary shelter outside behind the studio with lots of fans and ventilation so we wouldn’t croak from using so much spraymount. We went through at least five cases of the stuff.
The inside of our album is designed for the dealer first, the bride second. Why? Because if the dealer isn’t happy with the book it will never get pulled from the shelf! Things we include to make the album easy to shop:
1. A few pages of info … about the studio, a primer on print methods, tips on how to customize our designs, and pretty photos of our designs in colors other than sampled in the book. Pages of ink swatches, papers, fonts, etc. And, of course, simple, easy to use price pages.
2. A divider page to separate each design (we have 22!). The divider page has the name of the suite, a keyword that relates to the type of wedding we envision the design working for (i.e. elegant, romantic, whimsical), and a short story about the design — what inspired it, what type of wedding we think it’s best for, etc. The divider pages are all different colors, to help the dealer flip to the right page.
3. Foldout pages. The front page shows invitation and response cards. The inside shows detail cards, like accommodations, thank yous, menus, etc. On the right side we show party goodies (the details that make an event, in my opinion).
4. The back of the divider page has a schematic with thumbnails of all the items available in the design.
5. Perhaps most important for the dealer: an AS SHOWN card, listing all the ink colors and fonts used in the shown samples.
Of course we LOVE our dealers and want to make the sales process as easy for them as possible. If they are fumbling around the book looking for swatches and prices they aren’t focusing on the bride! So we made a separate Dealer Deck, with swatches of all our inks, patterns, fonts, papers, envelopes and more. It also has a FAQ card listing turnaround time, quick pricing for 100 invitation suites, and our contact information.
We also give dealers a disc with blog and website ready photos for their use, PDF order forms, and plenty of loose samples for display.
My biggest advice for putting together a wholesale wedding invitation album is to make friends with a local stationer, ask a lot of questions and do a bunch of research. Oh, and don’t underprice yourself. Make every order worth your time! Just because you’re an artist doesn’t mean you want to work for free. And trust me, the dealers are working hard too, and want each order to pay off, too.
For more pics and details about how we made our wedding album visit this post.
If you are a stationer interested in carrying the new Delphine Signature Collection wedding invitation album please get in touch. We have a few books left looking for a happy home.
I am honored that Katie has asked me to speak at Tradeshow Bootcamp this fall. Even better, I have a space to giveaway for the Products + Ordering session! All of your burning questions about how to develop a custom album, design a wedding collection, and price wholesale invitations and stationery will be answered.
Susan Kropp of Chirps & Cheers, Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs, and Erika Firm of Delphine (yours truly) will share our experiences about buying (Susan) and selling (Katie and me) custom wedding albums and other stationery products at the National Stationery Show and New York International Gift Show. Topics will include: Designing a collection for an album; How to sell an album at NSS; Retailer FAQ; How to price for wholesale; Timeline and delivery; Minimum orders; Return policy; Q&A.
To enter the giveaway for a chance to win a seat in the workshop just leave a comment on this post with your most burning question about custom wedding albums. The winner will be chosen randomly. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 26th. Even if you’ve already signed up for the Bootcamp you can still enter the giveaway (if you win your fee for the workshop will be refunded)!
For a complete schedule of the workshops and to register visit Tradeshow Bootcamp.
I picked up these three rolls of 25 cent tickets (the green ones are my favorite) at the local grocery store because I knew someday I’d use them in a photoshoot. I left them in my studio for a few months, and when the sun faded them to the perfect patina I finally was inspired to use them as props for our new Candy Shop wedding invitation.
One of our newest wedding invitation designs, Candy Shop, is available in stores now. It’s shown here letterpressed in peacock and gray inks.
//photos Erika Firm
I am so thriilled to announce that today, after printing 25,000 samples, gluing 15,000 pages, hand setting 2,000 grommets and suffering a couple of paper cuts, our brand new Signature Collection wedding invitation album ships to stores!
The new wedding invitation album has 22 designs, many of which are brand new, like our Chevron wedding invitation design.
New: PENNANTS! I’m sooo excited about our brand new product: pennant flags for drinking straws. Right now they are only available through stores who are authorized Delphine dealers. Besides the pennants, each Delphine wedding invitation design has matching stickers, coasters, and address labels.
We designed the album with retailers in mind … each book comes with a separate dealer deck, with giant swatches of all our paper, envelope and liner colors. Dealers also get a bag of samples for display and a disc with a downloadable order form and promo images.
There are only 8 left! If you’d like to order one please get in touch with us at the studio.
Lately I’ve been exploring softer, more romantic designs. A random paper doily found in the bottom of a kitchen drawer inspired the new romantic lace doily wedding invitation I designed for Wedding Paper Divas.
That’s right! In addition to all the new designs we’re releasing this month in our new Delphine wedding album, we’re also launching a partnership with Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas! I’m super excited about this new partnership. We worked with the Tiny Prints folks to help design a new hybrid letterpress-digital wedding invitation.
What does that mean? Well, the design-y part (in this case, the doily motif) is letterpressed on pretty cotton paper, and the text (the part you customize) is printed flat/digitally. My collection of Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations launched with a few designs last month. Check back often, as the collection will be filling out soon.
DETAILS: //1// California rustic wedding, photo by Wildflower Photography via Style Me Pretty //2// Lace doily “Soothing Crcles” wedding invitation by yours truly, Delphine, for Wedding Paper Divas //3// Stunning lace dress by Lela Rose //4// Cotton and antique lace dress by Sestra Moja //5// Picture perfect lace wedding cake by Sweet and Saucy //6// Rustic salvaged wood tiered serving tray from Restoration Hardware //7// Queen Anne’s Lace necklace from BHLDN //8// Lace dancing shoes by Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom
A few reasons for the radio silence around here: We’re finishing up the new Delphine wedding invitation album — working on assembling the dealer decks now (hitting stores any day now), and we’re busy taking photos of our new designs, including Carnival, Lace, and Watercolor Stripes.