Engagement season may have come and gone, but wedding planning season is in full swing!  While it’s important that your wedding plans reflect you as a couple, knowing about the current trends can help in your decision making process while also opening your eyes to options that you may not have originally considered – or even like better!

On Thursday The Dandelion Patch will be hosting a Paper Party with designer Claudia Smith of Fig. 2 Design Studio for a discussion of 2012 wedding trends in stationery, as well as the styles that Fig. 2 offers.  You can still RSVP for this event by emailing here.  (Don’t miss our master calendar of local bridal shows and events!)  We caught up with Claudia and got a sneak peak of some of the design and color trends that 2012 brings.  Here is a little taste of what she will be presenting on Thursday.  On that note, take it away, Claudia!

Photo courtesy of Fig. 2 Design

Tile Patterns
Right now, we offer the Bohemian Love Story pattern and the Coming up Rosettes.  Boho is more of a traditional pattern that repeats over and over.  I love it for a destination wedding in Mexico or even Morocco! Rosettes is a little more interesting because it breaks up in a certain areas and picks up again. We also have a pattern we call Pattern Play.  When I designed it, I thought of it for a seaside wedding (hence the sand dollar pattern), but some people thought it would be perfect for a country barnyard wedding.  I love hearing how people see things differently from what I originally imagined!  Mediterranean tile designs seem to be a popular option, but for the more preppy crowd, stripes and chevrons are very popular.  I love a bold geometric pattern any day!

Photo courtesy of Fig. 2 Design

Stripes
We have two stripe options:  Preppy (thick bold stripes) and Yuppie (almost a pinstripe).  They look great with some of the more simple designs that use great typographic solutions.  I designed our envelope liners so that they aren’t matchy-matchy to the invitation designs, but so that they can still work together.  If a couple wanted to use stripes but not look preppy, they could choose black and gold for a color scheme and voilà… so chic!

Photo courtesy of Fig.2 Design

Neon Colors
In the Washington D.C. area, I think a wedding at the Bumper Car Pavillion at Glen Echo Park in Maryland would be so fun with touches of neon because it’s such a festive and fun place.  A modern, open loft space primarily in white would be my first choice!  So far, pink is looking pretty popular.  But again, it’s all how you use it.  If you get neon pink table cloths and your bridesmaids wear neon pink dresses, you might want to hand out sunglasses to your guests!  In moderation it can be unexpected and look amazing.  I personally love it with tons of white.

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Thank you so much, Claudia!  So, what about you?  Will you be using any trends for your wedding stationery?  If you want to know more stationery trends and win some freebies from Fig. 2 Design Studio, be sure to join The Dandelion Patch for their Paper Party on Thursday, January 26th at their Georgetown location.  You can RSVP by emailing here.

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