Post # 1
I still have time, but this just occurred to me: how do I address the invitation envelopes? I don’t have the money for a calligrapher and I want to hand write them rather than using labels. Is it ok to just hand print the addresses, or is that tacky and do I need to find another solution?
Post # 3
I don’t like the label thing myself but I think I’m going to not stress over this and just print from my laser printer in a pretty font directly on my envelope. I did that for the save the dates and they turned out great.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s tacky at at all. I plan on doing my own by hand, and I’m no professional, either…
Post # 5
We plan on printing in pretty font right on the envelope!
I think you can do this via mail merge from Excel to Word! (If not we’ll just copy and paste them all individually). But, I think a pretty font will look better than my handwriting.
Post # 6
I’m doing mine by hand also and I hate my handwriting but then you’re guests know you took the itme to individually invite all of them.
Post # 7
If you have like a gajillion hours (I did, I lost my job 2 weeks before invitations needed to go out) or a pretty small guest list, you could try faux-ligraphy! Choose a pretty font and print it onto your envelopes in light grey, then go over it with a pen. I’ve heard calligraphy pens recommended, but none of the ones I tried came out better than a plain gel pen. This took me about 5 minutes per envelope, and I couldn’t do more than 10 at a time. I got the idea somwhere on the internet… I think one of the bees did it, I’ll look for a link.
Post # 8
I did the semi-homemade technique I saw on here (forget who put it up here though). I printed a pretty script font onto the envelopes in a light ink and then drew over them with a calligraphy pen so it looked like I wrote by hand. (worchesterbride mentioned this technique too)
Post # 9
I’m going to attempt to write all of the addresses myself, and have started to teach myself calligraphy. However (and this will sound awful!), a lot of the people we’re inviting are my fiance’s fraternity brothers, and they absolutely will not care about pretty calligraphy. So, I’m leaving those for last, with the plan of just printing labels if I get tired of addressing them 🙂
Post # 10
@redherring, you might want to do some of the envelopes for the people who won’t notice first because if you mess up or they don’t look as good, it won’t matter (you can practice on them instead of just practicing). Do the “important” ones in the middle, then go back to the people who don’t care when you get tired.
Post # 12
I’d prefer a handwritten addressed over a label or direct print on the envelope. Even if the hand writing is bad, I always love something hand addressed!
Post # 13
I’m printing directly on the envelope with a calligraphy font. Of course, hand calligraphy would be awesome, but doesn’t exactly make the cut for the budget. I tested one out and am beyond happy with the way it looks. =)
Post # 14
I just got a nice pen and addressed all of mine in cursive. My handwriting is OK but definitely not anything special.
Post # 15
I did the same thing as chicagobride, I bought nice pens in a color that matched our invitation suite, and my Fiance and I addressed them all by hand. Neither of us has gorgeous handwriting, but I thought it looked very pretty and personal!
Post # 16
I thought about doing the hand-written thing, but am planning to go the clear label route with a pretty font. I’ll be using the same labels with my return address for the RSVPs and the thank you note. I just don’t have the time to hand label 200 envelopes and am hoping it’s one corner I can cut that will actually look better than handmade!