Addressing your own Invitations?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

wedecidedonforever:  I addressed our invitations but I simply used my normal handwriting.

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I didn’t do my own calligraphy. I paid someone else a great deal of money to do it, and I LOVED the work that she did.

I just wanted to say that I think it’s fantastic that you want to try to calligraph your own envelopes. I’m sure your invitations will look amazing, and, as long as you have the time and patience to do this, you’ll likely really enjoy being able to say that you calligraphed them yourself!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It’s great that you’re doing it on your own and as long as it’s legible and neat, I don’t think you can go wrong.To me, addressing invites isn’t anything to stress about.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Like Julies said, I did my own in my normal handwriting. I had over 200 invitiations to do and I wanted them hand done but I wasn’t going to shell out the money for someone else to do them. Plus, the envelope (like the actual invite) gets thrown away. Invites already cost enough money the way it is. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

wedecidedonforever:  I painstakingly addressed all our invites and RSVP envelopes. I didn’t do calligraphy tho, just a neater version of my own! 

 

Edit: my advice, start as early as possible and do them in small batches. It has been my most boring job by far

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Sparkidoodle.
Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I taught myself calligraphy and it’s a lot of fun, but it takes forever. Make sure you have a really high quality pen and ink and give yourself lots of time. I think it adds a nice touch, but also agree that it’s not worth the time or money for something that gets tossed 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also addressed ours in my normal handwriting. Yours will look great! As PP said, nothing to stress over!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My advice for this, and as a person who doesn’t know calligraphy, is to download a free font online and print directly on to your envelopes. That way everything is consistent, and its less likely to get messed up, wasting envelopes. Then you can also mix and match fonts (I’m using edwardian script for names and baskerville for addresses). this way is also probably much faster, if thats a concern!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I just hand wrote on mine, majority of people will probably throw out the envelope straight away anyways 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I handwrote all of ours in my normal writing.  My only advice – make sure you weigh the invitation in the envelope with any inserts to get the correct weight.  We ended up having to buy additional stamps for each one.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

wedecidedonforever:  I actually ran ours through the printer in light gray and then traced over them with a silver gel pen so that the font was consistent but still fancy and still “handwritten”. Definitely start them early, especially if you’re taking your time and doing it freehand, order lots of extra envelopes as well!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I tried doing what  smg5281:  suggested, but it wasn’t working out properly for me (I tried doing an intricate calligraphy, I failed) so I just printed everything directly on the envelopes using the font I wanted.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I also printed directly on the invitations and I love how it turned out! 🙂 I did a fancier script for the names and printed for the addresses to make it easier for the postal service to deliver

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