Once Upon a Time: The Little Details

My last post revealed our beautiful invitations so in this post I want to show you what we added to make them even more personal!

I was really psyched about how nice the invites looked, but for those receiving them in Minnesota (without a rehearsal dinner invite) I knew they would be opening their envelope to just one item. And it looked a bit bare. I wasn’t sure what they needed, but after viewing so many cute additions from other Bee’s invites, I knew they needed a little something extra.

Miss Lyre added lace, Mrs. Treasure added envelope liners of our fair city, Mrs. Candy Apple added twine and a little Moo Card, and these are just a few of the awesome additions out there!

One day, while browsing Jo Ann’s I found these stickers for ONE dollar per pack! Jackpot right? They highlight my obsession with quotes, and compliment our word-named tables at the wedding.

My next step was to find ribbon to make a sort of belly band around the invitation. I took Mr. Sword with me this time and we bought a lot of ribbon!


Testing out the options!


We ultimately decided to use two different ribbons to make the invitations even more unique (and because one of them was a little bitch to work with). First we cut the ribbons to fit around the paper, and then we used double-sided to tape to adhere them. Well first Mr. Sword cut a bunch of ribbon a bit too short—oops!


The best stickers to use were the longer words and I also tried to pick ones that complimented the colors of the invitation as well.


Moving back a step to the Moo cards (as they were attached before the ribbon and sticker), we chose the one e-pic where you can barely see us Mr. Sword’s favorite photo for the front of it and had only text printed on the back. We thought it matched nicely without being too matchy-matchy.


These were attached directly to the front of the invitation covering all of the lower text with a piece of double-sided tape. This was the easy, fast part of assembly.


Soon they were ready to be inserted in the envelopes! Another plus to Minted was the thin sheets of vellum paper that were to be inserted on top of the invites to prevent anything from bleeding on to the paper.


Finally, this is my favorite detail of the whole invitation! The original suite comes with a skinny wrap that says “A Love Story” but we were able to personalize it to “A Highland Fairy Tale!” The skinny wrap goes around the top of the envelope and on one side it has our return address, which was one less thing to worry about since we were printing the addresses ourselves!


The process was a bit tricky but once Mr. Sword came up with a system we were able to breeze through them! Here is the step by step process in case you find yourself adhering skinny wraps onto envelopes in the near or far off future. 🙂

Step one: Pull the skinny wrap sticker up as far as the address and line up the envelope right under the line from the last wrap. Remember to face the envelope front-side down, we each made that mistake one time!


Step two: Press the colored portion of the wrap down.


Step three: As you lift up the invite, the rest of the sticker will peel off. Turn it over and slowly press down the address part onto the front of the envelope.

And voila! It’s completed! I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of the final product, sorry about that but this post is long enough as it is.

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

Did you add anything extra to your invitations? What is your favorite detail?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. Member
    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:52 am

    Adorable! So much work!

  2. Member
    lovingdendrobriums 10 posts, Newbee @ 9:42 am

    These are gorgeous. I’m sure your guests will appreciate the details and fall in love with them.

  3. bat Bee
    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 9:47 am

    I love all your little details, Miss Sword! Your invitations are so special and I’m sure your guests will really love them!!

  4. msmongoose Bee
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:01 am

    Wow your DIY is incredible! What an awesome way to put a personal touch on your invites.

  5. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:11 am

    I love those stickers. The perfect title.

  6. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:34 am

    Your little details are incredible, it really makes your invites personal and unique!

  7. Member
    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 2:57 pm

    Perfect little tutorial. I love that you were able to personalize the stickers!

  8. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:51 pm

    love all of the little details. You really put in a love of thought into it. (also, when I read about the vellum sheet… it’s like it all clicked. Oooooh! that’s why! totally missed that…)

  9. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 11:55 pm

    I’ve always admired Minted’s wrap-around labels. So gorgeous.

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