Twine and Whine…One Bride’s PSA

The following is a friendly PSA from your local bridal counsel.


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There is a popular product in the wedding world that is out to sabotage your DIY projects. It seems discreet and innocent, but it will haunt your dreams.

The culprit? Baker’s twine.


Divine my ass

Mr. Pony and I have spent the last few days building our STD “kit” for our guests, part of which included twine to wrap everything up in a nice, tidy package. Or so I thought.

After sticking our twined kit into their envelopes a few days ago, I woke up this morning ready to seal these suckers and take ’em to the post office. And what to my wondering eyes should appear? Spots. Ugly, greasy-looking spots on my envelopes.


I promise they are more noticeable in real life. Although the awesome paint addition helps.

At first I thought I had just been eating too much popcorn around wedding projects, but after some careful investigation, I found that the spots are concentrated where the twine is located inside the envelopes.


See all those marks? WTF?!!

I don’t know for sure if it is the twine, my envelopes, or the combination of both, but for some reason my twine has caused these grease-like spots to appear on every. single. one. of my damn envelopes.

At this point, I don’t have the time, patience, or envelopes to rewrite all of these. And, there is no guarantee that the same thing won’t happen to the next set of envelopes. Luckily, this problem does not seem to be affecting the contents inside the envelopes, just the envelopes themselves. They just look like crap. Hopefully our guests will just think the post office messed them up, not me (except those of you who read this).

I was planning on using twine on our invitations, too, but now I am worried that the same thing will happen to them. Ugh. Effing twine.

So, if you are considering this adorable addition for your invites, save the dates, or other paper products for your wedding, beware and learn from my mistake. Test out your twine with various papers and envelopes to see whether they cause you any problems before they cause you heartache. Or invest in liners, which I think would have stopped this problem entirely. That’s what I get for cutting corners trying to save time and trees by skipping liners.

Thus ends our PSA. You will be returned to regular programming momentarily. Oh, and remember: safety first.

Has anyone else had rogue twine that tried to ruin your wedding paper products? Or some other DIY disaster?

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Mrs. Pony

Bloomington, IL
Wedding Date:
September 2011
OMG Shoes
Party On, Wayne!
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  1. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:11 pm

    @amorette: I agree, this is most likely the issue. But I didn’t know there was a difference when I bought it and I think other brides might be in the same boat.
    @Hannah: @Charcole2011: @jana: I can’t believe this happened to you guys too! At least I’m not alone.
    @michellelynne8: OMG I would have cried buckets.
    @Miss Sparkler: I bought the cheap authentic stuff, I’m thinking Divine Twine is made for crafts, and thus, this won’t happen.
    @Miss Magic: Evil indeed.
    @Miss Biscuit: True dat, but I want them to look good when they leave my possession!

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    Jess, Guest @ 9:58 am

    THIS HAPPENED TO US TOO!! Beware! The invitation suite looks so cute, but after stuffing the envelopes, I too, woke the next day to find these awful looking grease spots on our envelopes. I’m sure it is the bakers twine, as the spots are concentrated only where the twine is coming into contact with the envelope.

  3. Guest Icon Guest
    Jess, Guest @ 10:04 am

    @Jess: Also, we DID use liners, but, obviously not on the backside of the envelope and thats where the grease showed up, on the bottom fold of the envelope and the back where the point of the flap hits it when sealing…..exactly the line where the twine is. sigh.

  4. Guest Icon Guest
    CoCo, Guest @ 12:59 pm

    You can also use tissue paper inside the envelops to keep the Baker’s Twine from making the grease marks on the envelopes. FYI

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