Addressing Coloured Outer Envelopes

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had black envelopes and I tried white/silver pens and I found that there were too many mess ups – lots of smears. I eventually just made labels with a nice font and while not technically “correct” they looked nicer than the smeared ones and no one said anything. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MsGinkgo:  We used the same color for both our inner and outer envelopes, and we had a calligrapher address them in silver ink.  They turned out beautifully, and none of them were returned to us! 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MsGinkgo:  No, I don’t have a picture of our labels – I forgot! But we used Feel Script. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MsGinkgo:  I don’t have photos but I had dark blue envelopes and used a silver marker to write on– worked perfect and NO returns.

My cousin has a dark purple envelope and she used a gold marker and she was fine as well!

the marker works better than a pen (available at michaels, joannes, hobby lobby, etc.)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

i used a regular sharpie since i wanted a bolder feel, plus it allowed for more ink.. which may have contributed to them not being returned by USPS.

My cousin also used a gold, regular size sharpie for hers and didnt have issues.

I did not try the fine tip sharpie (mainly because I couldnt find a silver fine-tip marker)

Post # 10
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Worker bee

We had charcoal grey envelopes. We were going to print them thru the printer with a nice calligraphy font but it didn’t show up. I hand wrote them with a 0.7mm silver Gel ink pen. They looked beautiful and we got many compliments. My handwritng is decent, not spectacular and they still looked pretty.  Sorry, but I am just not a fan of labels!  Take your time and figure how much space you are going to need for long names! Luckily we had some extra envelopes because i did make some mistakes–especially when daughter and I got to taling too much!!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would use a silver Sharpie

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i used violette and i used gold gel pens for all my addressing. i liked the ultra fine sharpie metallic paint better but they ran out after like 10 cards at at $2.50 -4 each that was a bit too much. i used 4 gels total …uniball was my prefered brand/pen

 

my std went out fine, i had a few invite issues but the rsvp were the worst for some reason! one was returned to sender and others took weeks to arrive (we found out when we started calling guests past the rsvp and they were like oh we sent that in a month ago!) my uncle works for the post office and said that the ‘new’ machine they just installed couldnt read them.so they got delayed bc they got put in the re-scan pile like 5 times before someone just did manually. kind of annoying to have so many issues….

i still absolutely love my invites but i think that i would have probably done a wrap label instead of printing right on them.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i think they will generally be ok. out of the 102 invites we sent there were a few late arrivals (like more than a week in the same state) but all but 1 did end up making it it the end

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you already have a nice handwriting to begin with, maybe you can learn calligraphy. The materials are very cheap, you only need ink, pen holder, and pointed nib. I think white ink would look great on your envelope 😉 I decided to learn calligraphy so I can address our envelopes, and a month was enough to learn the basics. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 

 

PS: I mentioned in one thread that I’m willing to address other brides’ envelopes since I want to be more productive with my calligraphy. If you’re not a perfectionist, I can do it for you, haha 😉

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