Can you guess why I’m shouting in frustration??

Hint: It happens to many brides, but you never think it will happen to you.

Hint: It’s concerning paper.

Hive, I have sent out my save the dates with a typo. I hang my head in shame even though I have since moved past the embarrassment of it all. When I first got the call from Mom Sword there was some shouting, some frustration, lots of shock, and about five tears shed. I read about this happening to other bees, but you never think it will happen to you. YOU will be extra careful. YOU will make sure that everything is spelled correctly. HA. YOU are a fool (and in this case by YOU I mean ME).

The good news is, the typo is not in anything too crucial. It’s not in the date or the location of the wedding. I mean, if the date was wrong, we’d be scrambling to figure out an emergency backup plan, but thankfully that is not the case. Mom Sword told me that her friend once sent out a birth announcement for her son whose name was Brian, but his announcement said “Brain.” Yikes.

It happens. It’s just one of many wedding-related things that will inevitably go wrong throughout the next few months, and you have to take it in stride. It would be easier if Mr. Sword and I weren’t such perfectionists. We literally had like five people proofread our STDs before we clicked the “order” button. I’m almost 100% sure that everything was spelled correctly. When they sent an email back saying they’d made revisions to the font I never guessed they would have accidentally switched two letters in his last name, but I think that’s what they did. When we went back in to look at their font revisions I didn’t focus too much on revising the words again because I thought they would be the way I’d left them. GRRRR. It’s technically my fault; I should have revised again after their revisions instead of just skimming. Now we know: Have five people check it every single time something new happens to your image. The company is a well-known wedding paper company that a lot of people use, but I’m still a little miffed and unsure if I’d use them again for my invitations.

Of course, they might not have changed any of the letters around, and I should really just take full responsibility for my error. So yeah, it’s my fault. I guess.

It looks like no one even noticed (except Mom Sword and FMIL, of course). I got lots of emails and texts saying people have received them and how cute they are, but nothing about the typo thankfully. So naturally I’m making sure to tell everyone all about it. :) Why not? It’s better to just laugh about it!

Mom Sword is proudly posting hers on the fridge and thinks it’s the most beautiful one she’s ever seen. And even though I think they’re fabulous, when I think about how every single one of them has that obnoxious typo on it, I get irritated.


Blissfully unaware at this point


Even inspecting them upon arrival, they seemed fine!

(all photos personal)

The big reveal of the STDs is yet to come! I will say that Mr. Sword did a fantastic job printing addresses right onto the envelopes (which I love the look of, BTW), and just for future reference it costs $1.05 to send a normal-sized card to the UK.

In the end, I’m so glad we took the time to send them. We have a lot of people coming from out of state and out of country, and I know they appreciate the heads up. It’s also exciting that our wedding website is now “live,” as Mr. Sword says, and people will be able to visit that for more information.

And just in case you’re reading this and you think the unthinkable will never happen to you, think again! :) OK, anyone else send out an STD or invite with the dreaded typo? How did you handle it?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    x0jlynn03 3396 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:37 am

    Like you, we proofread it a million times.. I ordered them, and just for fun decided to look at the order form the next day.. to my shock and horror, I had spelled “wedding” with 3 d’s in our wedding website address! I called the company frantically, as if the world was coming to an end.. the lady calmly said everything was fine, they hadn’t gone into production yet & it could be fixed. Whew! Close one!

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    Dana, Guest @ 8:42 am

    OMGosh I feel your pain. I’m getting married a week from tomorrow, and just finished printing all the newsletters for our welcome bags. After printing, folding, stuffing the inserts, and preparing to package them…I realized the times were off on ALL of our events…rehearsal, wedding, reception! HOW DID I MISS THAT??? I did the initial design so long ago, I just put time place holders in, and NEVER FIXED IT before printing. Thankfully, I had purchased more specialty paper than needed, so I can just restart the process, but at 1A last night, I was a bit frustrated with myself. :(

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    MrsRose 643 posts, Busy bee @ 8:42 am

    I got so excited about our STDs that I had “” on them for where I was going to put our site on them but never changed it. I realized it the day after we ordered them. Luckily we printed up some labels with the correct address and put the on top of the mistake!

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    SouthernmostBride 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:44 am

    I put an apostrophe in the wrong place on my engagement party invitations. I myself didn’t notice it until weeks after they were mailed out. To this day no one has mentioned it to me, but it still makes me feel like a dumb a**

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:47 am

    Ohh the typos, I’m so scared of this when on ym invitations, our advatange is that we’ll be printing them ourselves, hopefully nothing will happend.

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    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:50 am

    Oh noooo! I’m sure that no one else will notice, but that’s so frustrating for you…I’m sorry that happend :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:55 am

    How frustrating, although I’m sure you are way more hard on yourself than anyone else! I had to print our rsvp cards three times until I got them right. It happens to everyone :)

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 8:56 am

    We had our return address zip code wrong. Which wasn’t a huge deal because I had just gotten everyone’s address. Only one (that I know) was returned…and it still came to us, even though the zip was wrong!

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    mrsehrlich2bee 90 posts, Worker bee @ 9:13 am

    It’s ok… My MOH made like 5 typos in my bridal shower invite, including my FI’s last name! and I think they are my favorite invites and I will remember them forever… :-)

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:20 am

    This EXACT thing happened to us with our invitations. The info card had an typo that wasn’t in our original print, but was on the proof they sent back, and we didn’t catch it. It was nonessential, but it still irked the hell out of me.

    Luckily, we’ve had about the same response you had. I complained about it to a few people because I was miffed, but no one’s actually brought it up to us.

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    PrettyRoyalT 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:31 am

    It happens. My friend addressed something to me and spelled my name wrong (different version of the way it can be spelled). I was a bit peeved b/c I was her MOH. But I got over it, especially after she spelled her fiance’s name wrong on their invitations for their wedding website. I just chalked it up to she’s not very good with first names :)

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 9:36 am

    NO ONE noticed ours, except I told a lot of people about it. No one even turned over the post card to see the website, let alone realized that it was the wrong address. Yup, it happens, and most people skim the details, hang it on their fridge and don’t notice! Welcome to the typo club!! :) I’m being SUPER careful about our invites though – I’ve quadruple checked them!

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    Beyhivebride 13 posts, Newbee @ 10:28 am

    1. Most ppl skim the details. You wouldn’t believe how many of our guests never even noticed our wedding website was printed on the back of our postcard STDs. They just noticed the date.
    2. My brother is getting married and he had a typo on his invitation. I noticed it but felt bad for them and didn’t mention to anyone. So far nobody else has mentioned it either and I dot think many ppl noticed. Its been a week now and I dont even remember what the typo was. I know it was a hononym error but I dont recall the word.
    3. I didn’t have typos on my stationary but I did misspell the names of several guests which was embarrassing. I addressed a friend’s husband as Nathaniel when his name is just Nathan, I even addressed a distant relative’s husband as Harold, when his name is Benard! ( to my credit I’ve never met him, he was one of my parent’s invites). When he sent the RSVP back with Bernard on it, I was soooo embarrassed!

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    Maries1987 134 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:59 am

    I just finished my invitation when I realized that I put the wrong city in the address for our reply cards. Luckly the USPS says it shouldn’t be a problem, but it is too late to fix it now. The worst part is the address is my parents address, the same one I had been using for 22 years. Figures that the one thing I would mess us!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    You may have read about my invite error — I sent out cards with our actual invitations that had the complete wrong number for the hotel we have blocked. I put the airport number where the hotel number should have gone — pointed out to us when one of our guests tried to book a room and reached the Ottawa airport instead. Womp-womp.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:47 am

    Girl I would have had a complete and total meltdown. I am such a freaking grammar/spelling Nazi – oh, dear Lord, I commend you for still breathing.

    That having been said, it’s SO. AWESOME. that nobody noticed and it’s SO. AWESOME. that you have the attitude you do.

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    tonejis 73 posts, Worker bee @ 11:54 am

    I was so scare with my invitations because they are in spanish !!!… thankfully they call us to go to the store before the send the order so we can make sure everything was right .
    Dont worry now you have a funny store to tell you kids =)

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 1:02 pm

    As I have been told, love is not perfect, so you don’t have to have your invitations perfect either. :)

    This being said, we had a typo in our engagement party invite – coctails instead of cocktails. Awesome-sauce.

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    kristhebride 1 posts, Wannabee @ 2:47 pm

    Yup. We had magnets attached to postcards for ours; the postcard had the same design as the magnet in the place where the magnet was stuck, but though we changed the date on the magnets after we shifted our original plans, we didn’t change the date on the postcard. I figured the postcards were just getting thrown away anyways, so I just took a thin-point Sharpie and scratched out “13” and wrote “20”; maybe not totally classy, but nobody said a word. 😉

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:37 pm

    @everyone: Thank you for the words of encouragement and making me feel less alone! This typo stuff just happens! Argh! :)

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    pixiestix6089 60 posts, Worker bee @ 5:50 pm

    My best friend printed the wrong address to the church on her invites and didnt notice it until the week of the wedding! We all spread the word about the typo and everyone made it to the right place, so it worked out okay in the end! Also gave us something to laugh about at the reception. Not to mention that half of her cookies got delivered to the wedding in the next room at the banquet hall…but thats another story lol

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 7:26 pm

    That typo has got to be worth at least ten years of happiness :)

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    californiapoppy 9 posts, Newbee @ 8:02 pm

    We spent hours setting up a wedding website so that we could include the address on our save-the-dates. They arrive in the mail and two days later we discover that the site hosting service was no longer free so we had to go elsewhere. We stuck a label on the back of the save-the-date postcards with the new address, which I thought looked awful. Nobody’s mentioned it, though, and we’ve gotten compliments about the save-the-dates, so no biggie.

    We’re all our own worst critics, though, so I definitely sympathize!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:54 am

    We just finishing our invites this weekend and I checked and double checked for typos! But I wish I had triple checked after reading your post *Scrambles off to check the spelling of each word*

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