Post # 1
So, let me start by saying I really don’t care that much about invitations. I’m DIYing a ton of wedding stuff because I LOVE crafting, but I just ordered my invitations online because I didn’t care enough to spend the time making them. But I’m addressing them myself with a calligraphy pen because I’m pretty good at that. However I can’t write small enough to do the return addresses on the back. Plus I don’t have that much time to invest in it.
So here’s my plan: Write out the recipient’s address on the front and the names on the inner envelope in my own DIY, nice, but simple calligraphy. Then on the back of the envelopes use a clear address label for our return address. Also use a clear address label for our address on the RSVP envelope. Is it terrible to use labels like that on invitations?
Post # 3
another idea for the return addresses is a stamp! we did that for our stds, and it was really reasonable and took way less time than writing it out would have. and we got compliments on it too 🙂 we bought it from http://www.etsy.com/shop/lettergirl
Post # 4
Yes! Do a stamp! They look great and are super easy.
Post # 5
ooo, a stamp. I haven’t heard of this! Tell me more bees, I like this idea way better! How much do they cost and how long do they take to make? I’m trying to get my invites out in early May…
Post # 6
I agree with finnaroo, a stamp would be a great idea. You could probably get a really cheap stamp from vistaprint.
Post # 7
I used clear labels because I didn’t care either. No one commented. Life went on just fine. Definitely save yourself the trouble and just go with the labels.
Post # 8
I actually printed all of mine, which I guess is an etiquette “no-no,” but hey, at some points you have to do what’s best for you. I don’t think people will be too uptight about it. Plus, my handwriting is awful, and I am totally DIY.
Post # 9
Wow thanks for the link finaroo! I just ordered a stamp – they are so pretty (and will save me a lot of time!)!
Post # 10
I used clear labels and because one of our colors is chocolate brown, we used that and it really gave the label a nice look (that and having chosen a really good font for the addresses).
No one cared, and if they did they were smart to keep it to themselves – folks did love the invite and that’s what counts… Personally, much of the etiquette predated computers and the use of lovely fonts, clear labels, etc.; I don’t see many of those rules holding up as DIY brides increase in number and cost is an issue.
Post # 11
Ok, so those etsy stamps are GORGEOUS! But since I’m moving a few days before the wedding, I feel weird investing in something with an address that won’t even be mine in a couple months. Anyone ever use the vista print ones?
Post # 12
You can order a stamp from Vista Print too.
We just stuck a return address label on the back of ours. It was a white label on an ivory envelope too. Know what, I don’t really care and it was the back of the envelope.
Post # 13
OMG I LOVE the Stamps!!! I think that I will order one!
Post # 14
you can also run envelopes thru your printer, fyi. Thats how i did all of mine.
Post # 15
stamp! love stamps. that’s what we’re doing. I’m hand writing all the addresses of our guests, but the return address on the back and the address on the RSVP envelope will be stamped – they way I don’t have to write our address out 300 times … and it can be in pretty font and pretty ink!
Post # 16
I did care about my invites and put a ton of time and effort into them. I used clear labels for our address (adhered to the back flap of the envelope) and on the reply card envelope. I got tons of comments about how beautiful our invites were. I don’t think anyone cared at all about the clear labels. (Although I did design the labels in InDesign, using our same 2 fonts and shade of brown ink to go with the rest of the invites, and exported it as an image file).