letterpress - silkscreen - design

Princeton, New Jersey

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DARLING + PEARL is a design studio of out-of-the-box-thinkers. Specializing in delightful stationery and event branding for all of life’s festive occasions, we offer a full range of unique products and printing methods. From custom designed letterpress printed wedding invitations to silkscreened wooden signs and textiles, everything produced by d+p is designed and made in house. Our custom design approach leaves us flexible to create products directly from your dreams or with a more modest budget in mind.

Our passion for the printing process is ever-growing. In our studio, we feel there is certainly something special about hand feeding cotton paper through a century old cast iron printing press. And something so wonderfully satisfying about pulling ink through a silk screen. These are the fundamentals of our trade and our livelihood, and it certainly helps that the results are fantastic! We love the challenge of creating home goods and stationery that leave a lasting impression (pun intended!)

-lauren reed
full-time wife, mommy and creator of beautiful things. (and loving every second of it!)

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  • lauren reed

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    MOMMY . designer . printmaker [rocking an 1895 golding + recently, a 1950's heidelberg]

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Last updated on April 29, 2022
Here at DARLING + PEARL, we LOVE to make the world a little more interesting, while presenting beautifully handcrafted stationery that tells the story of your event.

We try our best to provide you with all the information you need to make an educated decision- if you're left with any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
At DARLING + PEARL, we take the utmost pride in the quality of our work. If something does not meet your expectations, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will do our best to make it right.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Due to the custom nature of our products, returns and exchanges are not available. 

We try our hardest to color match any physical sample (be it, envelope color or mailed swatch). But, due to variations in the printing processes colors may not match your digital proof perfectly. We cannot be held responsible for the calibration of your individual computer monitor. There may also be slight color variances (specifically with letterpress printing) across the different pieces in your order suite. This is normal and part of what gives letterpress its charm.
Darling + Pearl accepts PayPal and major credit cards via PayPal.

7% sales tax will be added to orders shipped within the state of New Jersey
Samples ship via USPS first class mail. 

All other orders ship via FedEx with insurance and adult signature required upon delivery.

Please make sure your shipping address is correct before placing your order. We will only ship to the shipping address you provide when you check out.

Additional policies and FAQs
: : : hours : : :

DARLING + PEARL is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-5pm EST. For the accurate turn around times, please do not include holidays or weekends.

: : : ink : : :

If you would like a custom color, please provide a pantone number. Custom mixed pantone letterpress ink is an additional $60.
We try our hardest to color match any physical sample (i.e.: envelope color or physical mailed swatch). But, due to variations in the printing processes colors may not match your digital proof perfectly. We cannot be held responsible for the calibration of your individual computer monitor. There may also be slight color variances (specifically with letterpress printing) across the different pieces in your order suite. This is normal and part of what gives letterpress its charm.

: : : paper | envelopes | liners : : :
All of our work at DARLING + PEARL is printed on 100% cotton paper unless otherwise stated or requested. 

Flat print wedding invitations are offered on thick 300 GSM 100% cotton paper in pearl white with choice of colored euro flap envelope. 

Letterpress orders are available Pearl White 100% cotton paper in 300 GSM cover weight, or upgrade to super luxe 600 GSM double thick cover with choice of colored euro flap envelopes.

Standard envelope liners printed on 80lb text weight paper.

Premium liners are hand cut from a wide variety of beautifully made decorative papers.

: : : printing methods : : :
All of our work is designed + printed in house in one of three ways.

DIGITAL PRINTING: Digital printing produces high quality prints in a wide variety of colors.The ink lays directly into the paper surface leaving no additional texture

SILKSCREEN: Silkscreening is a hand printing method that leaves the ink on top of the paper surface. Depending on the paper finish and thickness of the ink, a raised effect can be achieved. This printing method is superior when printing light ink on dark color stock, and is beautifully printed on chipboard. (Silkscreen pricing is not included in our price guide. Please contact us for a quote)

LETTERPRESS: Letterpress printing is a centuries old process commonly adapted for modern use. Photopolymer plates are ordered, ink is mixed by hand and immense pressure is applied by antique machinery, to deboss text and designs into premium papers. This method is superior when printing dark on light papers and when using thicker stock options. And here at D+P the thicker the paper, the better!

Also consider mixing + matching our printing methods for a truly unique invitation suite.

: : : pricing : : :

View pricing for our digital and letterpress collections

If you prefer a written quote, email design specifics (quantity, printing method, and any specific requests) to lauren [!at] darlingandpearl.com and Lauren will be happy to put together a ball park quote for you. Keep in mind with custom designed invitations there are many moving parts that will affect the final price. If budget is a main concern, don’t hesitate to let us know. We enjoy the challenge of working within any reasonable budget. There are lesser expensive options that we can explore to help lighten the load. 

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

: : : our process : : :
Within 5 business days of completing your deposit and bridal questionnaire, we will email you a digital PDF proof for review. Included in your proof, will be our recommended envelope and liner options for your suite as well as any additional add-ons that give the suite its charm. It is important to give us a detailed description of your design desires and a good feel for the formality of your event. It will make the proofing process flow smoothly.

: : : proofs + revisions : : :

Please make sure to proof read everything carefully. Check the spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation of all text included in the design. Also check all dates, times, addresses, locations, and names for accuracy.
Given the nature of custom design, three rounds of revisions are included in suite pricing. Additional rounds of revisions are priced at $40 each.Before your final approval, you may also request a printed proof of your order. Printed proofs are available for $10. All proofs are printed digitally regardless of the printing method chosen for your suite. 

: : : approval : : :

DARLING + PEARL requires approval of each individual piece in your order. All remaining balances are also due before your suite will be produced. We cannot be held responsible for errors that make it past the proofing stage. 

: : : re-orders : : : 
If you require additional sets of your stationery suite after your order has been printed or shipped, you will need to place a new order.
We recommend ordering 25 additional sets to avoid paying new setup charges. (Re-orders are typically typically priced 50-75% higher to cover the setup costs)

: : : privacy policy : : :

All personal information collected will be kept confidential. DARLING + PEARL reserves the right to reproduce any artwork or design for promotional material.

: : : copyright : : :
All designs, images, graphics, and entire content of this website are property of DARLING + PEARL unless otherwise noted. Any contents of this site should not be used without the express written permission of DARLING + PEARL. 
If you wish to share any designs on your website or blog, you must credit DARLING + PEARL as the copyright holder of the design and include a link back to this site.

We look forward to working with you!