Ok, just forget the title for a second. I should actually start with some sort of explanation.
A couple of days ago I was browsing my girlfriend’s page on Pinterest and was swamped by a number of wedding invitations with this rustic look. I will be honest, it was a little surprising. Visions played in my head that she was either expecting me to pop the question or she was going to do it. This is the twenty-first century after all. And since we have been together for a couple of years I guess it wouldn’t be out of order.
The thing that made me the most curious though was that she had never expressed any interest. Not in the getting married part. We have discussed that. But rather the rustic wedding.
We’re your typical Seattle couple. Ok, that isn’t fair to say, if you would ask us we’re Seattle best couple. BUT, half of or friends would say that about themselves.
Rustic weddings? Yeah, we’ve been to one or two. They were nice, they were what the couple wanted, that is the point of a wedding after all, but that was about it. I never really imagined what my wedding would look like. I wouldn’t have said rustic or even country, even though I do own a couple of lumberjack shirts. Hey, if you live in Seattle they are almost mandatory. I’ve nver worn the beard that is so popular right now. I am more the man bun type. Though I regress.
As I looked through the collection of invitations it became obvious that the whole rustic wedding was the focus here. There were all sorts of variations but the theme was clear.
After my face regained a little color I decided that the best plan of action was to be honest, up front, and ask if we were planning our wedding.
I mean, I figured I had a right to know. Right?
That evening over supper I got up the courage and popped the question. Well, at least the question that was on my mind.
The look I got back was one that could only be described as a mixture of amusement and horror.
Now it isn’t like I was spying, I mean we talk all the time on our different sites so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Anyway, there we sat with this awkward silence in the air until we both broke out laughing. It was clear that the married part of the rustic wedding invitations wasn’t the focus of her collection.
Now I was curious.
As it turned out she was contemplating making them as a side thing. We both work random odd jobs for some extra cash. And the idea was to make her collection and sell that.
After a quick fact check. I learned that plenty of people actually create their own rustic country wedding invitations. Sites like Portlandtrail and others have contemplated the task. And marketplaces like Amazon offer a place for handmade cards. So it wasn’t that outlandish. And it actually didn’t have to do with my rustic wedding. In the end sort of made sense again.
She had been looking through the popular options to see what they had in common. What worked for people and what didn’t. There are a lot of intricacies when it comes to creating handmade wedding invitations. This was all new to me.
What I realized after we got done talking about her idea to create her own line of wedding invitations was that she had put a lot of time and effort into getting things right.
Learning the right way to style them was important to her and I will say that it was really fascinating hearing her describe her plans.
We spent the rest of the evening looking at various pinterest.com boards, finding nice invitations.
I will be honest it was sort of romantic looking at the different wedding invitations. There are a lot of different styles of rustic. The vintage, antique, shabby and the chic.
What type of wedding will we have? I’m not quite sure, but after the binge session the other night I would probably say that rustic now has a potential to become an option.
After all I do look quite dashing in suspenders and a flatcap.