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Textile-wrapped folio with handmade woven bamboo paper backing, frog enclosure and Swarovski crystals, approximately $7,000 for a set of 100 (includes invitation, RSVP set, reception card, accommodation/directions card and mailing box), by Danielle Behar Designs, 954.243.5171

Handmade silk box in gold (shown closed) with satin ribbon, $3,000 for a set of 100 (includes invitation, reception card and RSVP set), by Lilian Designs, 305.447.6622. Brooch, sold separately ($55 each), is from Twinkle Twinkle, 305.444.3262

Silk brocade-laminated folio with linen paper and foil-embossed monogram, $4,000 for a set of 100 (includes invitation, reception card and RSVP set); and six-ply gold foil gilded linen invitation with beveled edges, thermography and monogram, $3,500 for a set of 100, both by Invitations by Leston, 305.461.3888

While your average bride may not have a feng shui wedding adviser, her Asian-influenced invitations could very well signal good fortune. Recent trends point to the use of luxurious Far East elements, such as Oriental tapestry patterns, Chinese knot (aka frog) enclosures, and opulent silk brocades and natural fibers. Danielle Behar of Danielle Behar Designs in North Miami says: “We’re using a lot of handmade bamboo paper. It goes with the natural look, but it’s also very expensive and luxurious.” This nature-meets-glamour relationship has been prevalent in the fashion and interior worlds as well, and brides are jumping into the trend Choos first. Perhaps the use of these unique materials is simply the mark of today’s creative bride, says Ernesto Leston of Invitations by Leston in Coral Gables, Fla.: “Before everything was traditional; nobody dared to do something with a modern touch. Now, that’s not the case.”

The paper chase is on!