About Whimsíque

Nestled off the coast of Southern California, we have happy clients all over the U.S. from here to New York (and beyond!) This whole thing got started in 2009 and as rewarding as our history has been, it's our future we're most excited about.


Welcome to our studio

Whimsíque (pronounced whim-zeek) is an award-winning designer invitation and stationery studio committed to making one-of-a-kind luxury wedding invitations and stationery that provide an exclusive and authentic expression of you, your relationship and your wedding event. Whimsíque’s work has been featured in some of the wedding industry’s most distinguished national and local media, including Style Me Pretty, Modern Luxury Brides CaliforniaWedding Wire, Oh Lovely Day, Oh Such Style, Style Unveiled, Ceremony Magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, and Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Since its inception in 2009, Whimsíque has become known for its stylish and imaginative designs as well as unsurpassed service and personalized attention throughout the entire process of custom-designing, handcrafting and delivering dream invitation suites to its clients. It is this combination of “style and service” that has allowed Whimsíque to earn the San Diego A-List Award for “Best Invitations” and numerous Wedding Wire “Bride’s Choice Awards.”

To understand your unique requirements, personality and distinctive style, Whimsíque conducts complimentary consultations by appointment only. Your invitation suite is then custom designed to bring your vision to life with as many adjustments as necessary until you are completely in love with your design. Each piece is carefully handcrafted using the finest papers, embellishments and materials. Options are endless and include letterpress, embossing, laser cut, foil printing, flat printing, acrylic, wood, silk boxes and just about anything else you can dream up.

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B&B Winner 2017
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Meet the Owner

Melissa Ward

Founder / Creative Director

Melissa grew up in San Diego and received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from San Diego State University.  After graduating from SDSU, she worked in the non-profit sector, performing graphic design and event planning. Eventually, Melissa moved on to “Corporate America” to become the Senior Graphic Designer of a large baby toy and baby gear company. She designed everything from logos and packaging to toys and shopping cart covers, but missed the excitement and creativity involved in creating unforgettable events.

Outside of her corporate job, Melissa frequently utilized her talents to design invitations and stationery at the request of friends and family. But it wasn’t until she got married that she realized how valuable a good vendor is in the process of planning a wedding. This fresh perspective coupled with her passion for design, events and people ultimately led her to start Whimsíque in 2009 while continuing to work full time as a Senior Graphic Designer. In mid-2011, Whimsíque’s success enabled her to quit her corporate job and pursue her passion wholeheartedly. 

In 2007, Melissa married the love of her life and is now a proud mommy of two.

Melissa was genuine, warm, patient and super creative with our invites, save the dates and escort cards. Time and time again we have received compliments!! Many of our family and friends stated these were the best invitations they have ever received. Fantastic quality….just gorgeous! And super unique!

Laura (San Diego, CA)

What my clients are saying

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Melissa and the Whimsique team truly went above and beyond for our special day. Melissa not only designed our amazing invitations & save the dates, she also did all the wedding stationery and paper goods such as food&drink menus, table signs, programs, wooden signs, etc and last but not least, our cathedral style wedding altar! ALL of them exceeded my husband and I's expectations! Melissa helped me bring color to my ideas and knew where to steer me when I was having a hard time explaining my vision or changes to a design. All her designs and works are things we will cherish forever and played the GREATEST role in making our wedding uniquely ours and us! We can't rave enough about the whole process and finished products! If I could leave pictures of it all, I would! Stunning!

Courtney S.

Beyond amazing! Melissa is so talented and her stationary is beyond fabulous! I cannot say enough good things about working with her on my menus, table numbers, my invitations and signage. The invitations set the entire vibe for my whole wedding. She is so talented! I am in awe of her work! Thank you!

Dana (San Diego, CA)

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Melissa and her team delivered exceptional service with creativity and efficiently. We loved her ideas and her attention to detail. Many of my guests stayed the invitation was the most fantastic invite they had ever received and it set the expectation high for a fabulous event. We would highly recommend Melissa for any special occasion.

Danielle & Elias S.

Whimsique did our wedding invitations for our wedding on May 9, 2015. Melissa is OUTSTANDING at what she does. I would say these invitations are HANDS DOWN the best you will find in San Diego. They are a bit on the pricier side, but totally worth it if it's in your budget. They are so classy and glamorous. My husband was worried they'd be a little too feminine, but Melissa worked and worked and WORKED on them with me (on the design, colors and wording) until it was exactly what we wanted. Not to mention, she was the best vendor out of all the vendors for my wedding to respond to my (many) emails. This is where you need to get your wedding invitations done if you are getting married in San Diego!

Erika (San Diego, CA)

Melissa was unbelievable! I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for wedding invitations, or stationary. So many of our guests have commented on how gorgeous and incredible the invitations are. But Melissa was even more impressive than the finished product. She had a huge selection of completed invitations to get ideas rolling for ours. She was very informative as far as what works well with other things and what does not. She was open to collaborating with us and our suggestions, and made countless changes to the invitations until we were 100% happy, always using our input and giving us exactly what we wanted. Best of all, she answered every single email promptly, including late at night and during the weekends. Being in the industry myself, customer service is a huge deal to me, and she went above and beyond. Cannot speak highly enough of how great Melissa was/is. Everybody, and I mean everybody, should use her for their wedding invitations and stationary needs.

Lindsay (San Diego, CA)

If you want the Complete Package-professionalism, attentiveness, responsiveness, on time delivery, great personality and artistic perfection, then Melissa Ward of Whimsique has to be your choice! Melissa did an amazing job on my daughter’s wedding invitations; favor boxes, assorted signage (for food stations, church, red carpet, candy buffet) in addition to menus, guest seating chart, agenda for out of town guest packages, and church programs! As mother of the bride, and also their official wedding planner, working with Melissa was totally stress free which in itself was such a bonus! I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa on my trip to San Diego, and I knew we had made the right choice using Whimsique for all our wedding stationery. Melissa designed the most beautiful Gatsby style wedding invitation complete with ostrich feather, brooch and tiny rhinestone accents which was mailed to our guests in a white gift box with blush ribbon! The response from our guests ranged from “you have got to be kidding me to… I am not going to return the RSVP Card because I don’t want to disturb this beautiful presentation” The invitation was truly breathtaking! The design and theme of the invitation was carried throughout the wedding event and we received so many compliments from those attending as to the detail that went into the wedding – all with thanks and appreciation to Melissa. After working with Melissa for a year and half, I felt like I was losing a friend when the wedding was over – but in giving her this review, I hope others will enjoy the same pleasure that I experienced as they plan for their special day! Melissa is the best, not only in San Diego area, but throughout the US in my opinion.

Tina (Stamford, CN)