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Sacha Krasney's Favorite Wedding Stationery Trends for 2011

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With all this spring wedding talk and WIlliam and Kate's just around the corner, Chicago based Be U Brides wedding stationery creator Sacha Krasney talks about what modern brides are choosing when sending out their invites. From white on white to wearing stripes, this is no George Costanza catastrophe- this is stationery trends for 2011 from the home studio of Sacha Krasney.

1. Steal the Crown with Painted and Beveled Edges
Royalty has spoken! Now that the royal invitations have gone out, brides-to-be with royal envy should look to the William and Kate’s invitations as inspiration. Adorn your invitations with beveled edges and gilded in gold leaf as this will be a hot, new trend. Paint the edges of your invitations in gold, silver or in color of your choice - off set with a white textured paper for a look that is made for a king and queen.

2. Taunt with the Font
Entice your guests with the use of font and paper as your “artwork” –this is a huge trend right now! The most popular use of fonts is combining bold and non-bold “poster fonts” to create the 1700’s theatre poster feel. If your wedding is more formal- the combination of script and poster or bolder sans serif font gives has a similar look with a more formal feel.

3. Embellish your day!
Embellishments are very popular in wedding invitation designs right now. Set the tone of your wedding and bring a piece of your wedding decor into your invitations using ribbon, rhinestones, lace or feathers- your guests will be wowed.

4. Represent with Initials
Monogram initials are showing up again as a classic design for your invitation- blind emboss your initials behind your text or intertwine the initial with a damask pattern at the top or bottom corner of the invitation.

5. Be Graphic
Use symbols and silhouettes to make a statement with your invitation design. Use the symbol of a fish, a cow and/or a bunch of veggies as the description for your food choices on your response card or dinner menu. For vintage inspirations, use silhouettes of the bride and groom for your programs.

6. Multiple stamps
To receive that vintage look that is all the buzz these days-collect a variety of vintage stamps and cluster them in the corner of the envelope to give your invitations a stunning appeal and character.

7. Wear Stripes
Understated stripes are huge right now as a preppy accent. Utilize stripes as a subtle background pattern or in the envelope liner.

8. Envelope liners are fancy
Accent your invitations with a lined envelope. Use handmade papers and patterns to add more “pop” to the classic invitation.

9. Colors trending right now
Pale blushes, creams and whites are popular color choices for 2011. Stark white on white is also a very popular look right now. Create this classic look by using textured white papers or blind embossing (letterpress process with no ink).
· BeUBrides [Official Site]