Once Upon a Time: Sword Invites Revealed!

It’s about that time folks. The invites have made it across the pond and the online RSVP’s are coming in (more on that awesomeness later)!

Of course we HAD to go with a fairy tale themed invitation. And of course we paid to get them done. Although I will say there was this box set at Michael’s that kind of mirrored the design on our cake but once again I was reminded by Mom Sword that I would not enjoy destroying making them myself. You would think she is made of money (or thinks we are) but no, she’s just being realistic.

After sending our Save the Dates with that dreaded typo in Mr. Sword’s last name I had a bad taste in my mouth about Wedding Paper Divas, so we went to Minted.Com and ordered their Once Upon a Time invitations with a dark purple font and they turned out absolutely beautiful! We’ve received nothing but compliments, and since our guests are really cool people they seem to appreciate the uniqueness of our invites as well!

Ready for photographic proof?

The front:

The back: All text on this side was written by yours truly. Feel free to steal.

And the final product all ready to be sent out!

I have to say I’m thrilled with our experience at Minted! We spent an initial nine dollars on a sample invitation, but it was worth it to feel the card stock and to see the font and design in person. Plus the nine dollars was taken off our total once we placed an order. For about $450 (discount coupon included), we got 100 invitations, 100 Thank You cards in a matching design, and skinny wraps with our address on them (more on those later). For another $50 we bought Moo cards to invite all of our out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner.

While it doesn’t work for bigger items like catering and photography, 500 seems to be the Sword’s magic wedding number. We spent $500 to rent the atrium space for our ceremony, I gave my florist a budget of $500 for flowers, and our invitations/thank you cards are around $500, too!

Of course, making DIY invites would have been a lot cheaper, but adding letterpress or calligraphy would have made them more expensive. I think we spent just the right amount on invitations for us. Of course, I have some tips.

Miss Sword’s ways to save money while still ordering your invitations online:

1. Utilize the front AND the back of the invitation. Who says your guests can’t flip a piece of paper over? It gives you extra space and saves on those pesky information cards. Although I did simulate opening our invitations to practice turning it over as our guests would have to do. This is my “why is there no reply card?” face?

2. Two words: Online RSVP. Saves on extra paper, stamps, labels, time, energy, life, trees, grass, you get the idea. Nothing against the beauty and style of replying by mail for a formal event, but it’s a new era. Let’s update those etiquette books! Online RSVP’ing is where it’s at.

3. Order Moo cards for anything and everything you’d like to be on a separate piece of paper.

UP NEXT”¦I explain what additions we made to the invitations and how we did them!

(all photos personal and edited by Miss Sword for privacy)

What do you think of our themed wedding invites? Did you set a budget higher or lower than ours? What aspects were most important to you?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:34 pm

    my invitations are very similar in size and i never thought to put anything on the back! SO smart! As a teacher who does this all the time, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that for this mass-produced document!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 pm

    @fronkinzankinsbride: gah, it’s totally heteronormative, I’m embarrassed that that didn’t cross my mind! Not what I ever want to go for at all I was blinded my the fairy tale-ness of it all!

    @ecjohnson: oh geez, I had to laugh at your comment! 🙂

    Thanks everyone!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:20 am

    WOW they look amazing! I love the swirly font!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:08 am

    Ya’ll are too cute, I love the wording on the invites! So sweet!

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    fronkinzankinsbride 46 posts, Newbee @ 10:20 am

    @Miss Sword:

    🙂 it’s not your fault they don’t offer another option!

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 1:38 pm

    I agree with whoever above said the thought invites would be the easy part. I thought that too and boy was I wrong. Invitations have been the only major setback I have had so far (My wedding is march 30th and guess who hasn’t even ordered yet.. YIKES! but we are not needing RSVP’s back until March 15th so I am not mailing them but 6 weeks in advance which is February 16th) SO I need to order something NOW. Unfortunately, I had a lot of other things that I wanted to “splurge on” (candy bar, food) and I didn’t leave much in the budget for invitations. While our budget COULD expand a little, I can’t justify spending a ton on our invites. I set aside $300 for invites (no thank you cards needed, I wanted fun/cutesy ones and found some perfect ones at tj maxx in our exact wedding colors so the 300 just includes the invite, envelopes, RSVP card and reception card). Unfortunately, I fell in love with pocketfolds but they are not in the budget (and it is to late for DIY ones) so I am just going to have to settle on something.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:27 pm

    They look very nice! I ordered our Christmas cards from Minted and was very happy with the quality. Such thick paper. 🙂

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