Post # 1
My FI thinks that we should just print out labels with everyones addresses on them and use them for addressing the invitations. Personally I think this is tacky. I am going to spend all this time DIYing these beautiful invitations and then we are just going to put a sticker on the front. What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
It’s your choice. I prefer hand-addressed wedding invitations – especially if, like you said, it’s a beautiful DIY invitation. I associate address labels with the office. BUT, it’s a personal choice. I wouldn’t use address labels though, if I did, I would use a nice font.
Post # 4
We did labels because we have dark blue envelopes so we couldn’t print directly on them. However when I say labels I don’t mean those white people and stick ones. We designed beautiful wrap around labels that match the invitation. It’s actually turning out to be everyone’s favorite part of the invite.
Post # 5
I downloaded a pretty font and printed straight onto envelopes. It took about an hour to do 75 envelopes. I thought it was worth the extra time.. but my cousin who’s also getting married next month did labels and I haven’t heard anyone complain or say it was tacky.
Post # 6
i think most guests will not care or notice – i wouldnt get twisted over addressing envelopes
Post # 7
I created a wrap around label to match our invites. If you don’t want to do something like that, I’d handwrite them, but that’s just me. People probably won’t care, and if they do, it’ll only be for a few minutes, and then they’ll move on.
Post # 8
@kingytobe: This is what we’re doing too. I have terrible handwriting so hand addressing them is out. I don’t really like the look of labels, so we’ll be printing them directly on the envelopes in a calligraphy font.
Post # 9
I never knew labels were “tacky” until wedding blog land told me so. I don’t think it’s a big deal at all. I would just buy cute ones from papersource to make it look more decorative. my handwriting is terrible and I don’t think I have the patience to hand feed each envelope, so I am using labels for sure.
Post # 10
Personally I dont think hand written ones look professional at all, unless you’re using calligraphy or have amazing hand writing abilities! To me, it looks cheap like how you would address a regular letter.
I actually like how the printed labels look (the clear ones) because the font looks neat and printed professionally, but that’s me!
Printing directly onto the envelope looks the best, but its way too time consuming… I dont think guests care if you have clear labels LOL.
Post # 11
I think labels can send a negative message that you couldn’t be bothered to address them, and that labels are faster.
Etiquette wise, typed addresses are meant only for bulk, business mailings. Not for personal correspondence with loved ones.
I would never get in a snit about it, or mention it to a bride, but I wouldn’t love it.
Post # 12
@andielovesj: this is so subjective because I don’t think it sends a negative message at all, and I would hate for my guests to think that I didn’t care that much or just couldn’t be bothered. What I think when I get a labeled invite is “oh, this person must have not so great handwriting like me and wanted the invitation to look nice and the invitation looks so much cuter with this pretty fancy font.”
Post # 13
Thank you ladies. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to …..well everything. I don’t have fantastic handwriting, but my FMIL does. The only problem is that we don’t trust her to stick to the list when it comes to writing the addresses (long story).
I like the printing directly on the envelope idea. I was brought up on the idea that everything should be handwritten because it shows time, thought, and care. The problem with that idea is at the age of 27 my hand writing on a good day looks like a kindergardener did the work and I can’t imagine hoe long it would take for me to address all of the envelopes with my best handwriting.
Post # 14
I did labels. My printing/writing stinks. I don’t think anyone would be able to read it.
Having black envelopes I used white labels and a pretty font. Nobody has said a word because except for us detail obsessed brides, nobody cares. As long as they are invited that is all that matters.
Post # 15
If you ever volunteer on a poltiical campaign in the mailing department, one of the first things you’ll learn is that if possible it’s good to hand-address the mailings. This is because printed addresses can be associated with junk mail, whereas a handwritten address is almost NEVER junk mail.
Even if you are sending an advertising postcard, if the name and address are handwritten, the person who receives it will pick it up and check it out just to see what it is. Because it feels much more personal and less like a solicitation. Direct mail companies of all kinds use this strategy all the time and get a great response with it (in terms of a $$$ response). If they are trying to do it cheaper they will sometimes do a handwriting-like font, but the response really falls off. There’s nothing like a handwritten address.
Obviously a wedding invitation is a totally different animal and I’m sure your guests will be excited to immediately open it up! It’s not going to go in the junk pile along with the car ads etc. But it does point up the fact that handwritten addresses are a nice, FREE special touch (and how many things are free in Wedding World).
If the concern is the quality of the handwriting, really it doesn’t take too much effort to write nicely (I know because I am queen of chicken-scratch). Half the time the problem is writing too quickly – slowing down makes everything much neater. It doesn’t have to be calligraphy or anything fancy or perfect, just legible for the Post Office and your guests. It’s really an important skill to work on because there are always times in life, like writing a sympathy note, where typing something up is impersonal enough to be very offensive. So why not work on it for your wedding.