Post # 1
I have been practicing calligraphy for a little while, and started addressing my invites on Monday. Long story short once I got the calligraphy on the envelopes they looked bad. I quit when he told me the ampersands look more like dying chickens 🙁
So.. I started just writing them in my nicest handwriting, which looks alright. Is this what people usually do? I read somewhere to NEVER use labels… ugh!
What do you think?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I think printed labels are fine, regular handwriting is fine. Whatever is fine. Nobody is going to notice or care except for you. The envelopes go right in the trash as soon as the invitation is opened.
Post # 4
I’m with danadelphia, calligraphy is one of those things people might notice for the 3 seconds before they throw your envelope away. Neat handwriting is totally ok.
Post # 5
Ditto Danadelphia–I don’t pay much attention to it.
Post # 6
I did fauxligraphy, which might be a good option for you. It is a serious time commitment (I spent about 9 hours on 105 invites), so it all depends on how much it matters to you. In my case, I totally know that everyone is going to throw their envelopes out – I have no illusions about that – but I still wanted them to look pretty!
Mrs. Labrador did a great post on fauxligraphy here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/10/23/semi-diy-invitations-first-impressions/#more-115381
Post # 7
I used a calligraphy font. No one would be able to read the address if i wrote it!
I always address invites on the computer and just feed the envelope right in!
Post # 8
I used my fanciest handwriting, which is sort of like faux-ligraphy. I think if your fake calligraphy looks bad, then you should just use your regular handwriting. I far prefer hand-addressed wedding envelopes to those printed on the computer, and if your own handwriting is the prettiest and most affordable option, go with that.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I’m starting to feel better
@hergreenapples: Until I checked out the link you posted!!! It is going to make me do bad things! Now I’m thinking of scrapping what I’ve done to do that… liners and all 🙂
Post # 10
@ten.ten.ten: Oh no! I didn’t mean to make your life more difficult! So pretty though, right?!
Post # 11
I had so much fun handwriting my invites in my own calligraphy style. I just eye-balled and then copied each address from my spreadsheet after the addresses were converted to a calligraphy font. It doesn’t look like real calligraphy, but it looks like fancy, artsy, time-consuming handwriting. However, if you don’t enjoy projects like this, I do agree that the envelope is the last thing people remember.
Post # 12
@danadelphia: I couldn’t agree with you more. I handwrote mine, but when I get an invite, it goes straight in the garbage when I’m done with it!
Post # 13
my moh and i handwrote the invites, in our best handwriting. honestly, i think it’s more personal and meaningful than any other options, at least to me. my fmil was really pressuring me to get a calligrapher, but i didn’t think it was worth the cost and i also felt like this way i was individually inviting everyone.
Post # 14
I just used my nicest handwriting. I don’t think anybody cares, really, since the envelope just gets thrown away. I haven’t heard any complaints yet! 🙂
Post # 15
Another vote here for nice handwriting–it’s how I did ours, and they ended up looking just fine.
A note; now it may totally be because I’m wedding planning myself, but I received an invitation recently, and I totally noticed and didn’t like the computer address.
Post # 16
I too ran the envelopes through the printer and it was super easy. The envelopes even already had the liners in them and the printer had no problem. I couldn’t believe that we actually got compliments on the font we used on the envelopes. I mean who even notices? One thing we learned about running them through my FI work printer is that we opened the back of the printer to let them come out early instead of having to make that bend to come to the top of the printer. Just took a little practice but it was super easy and we had 50 invites done in less than 30 minutes.