We always say that the save the date and invitation are a guests’ first hint as to what to expect on a couple’s wedding day. They set the tone and also reflect their personal style, be it modern, classic or somewhere in between. For bride Jennifer and her groom-to-be, a blind embossed background that evoked a beautiful lace pattern matched their wedding, which had a vintage feel “with a lot of lace and soft pastels,” Jennifer said. Here, she shares with us what impressed the groom and why brides should think decades ahead.
How did you and your fiance met, and how did he propose?
My husband, Chris, and I met online. On my online dating profile, I mentioned I liked to play Scrabble and wanted to learn how to golf. My husband, being an avid golfer, challenged me to a game of Words with Friends. If I won the game, he would give me a free golf lesson; if he won, then “I still might meet a nice guy out of it.” I won the game of Words with Friends, got my golf lesson and seven months later we were engaged.
Chris proposed on a road trip we took in August of 2012. We were going to drive up the California coast and make our way all the up to Vancouver, Washington. The first stop was in Monterey. Chris proposed on our way to dinner in the fisherman’s wharf area, on the corner of Wave and Prescott streets. We spent the rest of our road trip celebrating our engagement!
Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind going into your first appointment? Did that change?
Chris and I both like things that are very classic and timeless. With the theme of our wedding being sort of vintage with a lot of lace and soft pastels, we knew we wanted invitations that went along with this style.
Chris is a graphic designer, so the invites were his favorite aspect of wedding planning. We spent a lot of time looking at different wedding invitation suites in different books at Papyrus in Del Mar, but when we finally came across the Embossed Scroll Invitations we knew they were perfect for us. We liked how classy yet simple and beautiful they were. Chris was very impressed with the quality of the paper and the embossed scrollwork. We just felt they were they perfect complement to our wedding celebration.
Was there anything about the process of choosing your invitations that you weren’t expecting?
I was surprised how difficult the invitation choosing process was—we had a specific look in mind and struggled finding it initially. Lori, the manager at Papyrus in Del Mar, was so helpful and made sure we saw all different options. The Crane books are so great because they show all the different custom changes you can make, and it makes it all very visually appealing. Once we saw the invitations we went with we were so excited as they really were perfect for us.
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be on the invitation process?
My biggest piece of advice for brides/grooms when selecting invites is to consider the whole look and feel of your wedding. Think about the theme and colors and the impression you want to give your guests. I felt our invites set the tone for our wedding. They were classic and timeless, and this is what we wanted our wedding to be—something that would be beautiful for decades to come. I think invites are a crucial piece of the wedding planning process and give your guests insight as to what to expect on the wedding day.
What was your favorite moment from the big day?
Seeing my husband’s face for the first time as I walked down the aisle. Our wedding was truly the most perfect day and I wouldn’t change a single thing!