Post # 1
I’m sorry if this was already discussed but I couldn’t find much in my search.
I keep reading that you are really supposed to hand address your invitation envelopes but I really don’t want to. My handwriting is terrible and I’m simply not paying someone else to do it. I am thinking about printing directly onto the envelopes and maybe using a "handwriting" type font to fake it a bit.
I knew I should have paid attention when we learned calligraphy in elementary school!!
I’m really curious to see what other people did.
Post # 3
I printed them. I didn’t want to pay someone to do the calligraphy and like you my handwriting is nice but it isn’t nice enough. If you do print I recommend getting extra envelopes, I had 175 invitations and ruined 12 envelopes in printing addresses.
Post # 4
honestly, people will throw the envelopes away even if they save the invitations. i recommend asking a friend with nice handwriting to address them, or just print them in a nice font. anyone who judges you for it is completely missing the point!!
Post # 5
I handwrote my save the date addresses – I do think it’s more personal. I hired a calligrapher to do the invitations, and she is also doing the placecards for free. I thought she was super affordable (relatively speaking, since doing them yourself is free!) – http://www.goodhuedesigns.com/. We went for an elegant look but whether you want quirky or cute or whatever, calligraphy can really give that first impression. I was amazed how many comments we got on our envelopes!
Post # 6
And when I voted "I wrote them by hand in cursive," I really meant "My mom with perfect English teacher handwriting wrote them by hand in cursive."
I got my dad’s handwriting…… hieroglyphics, anyone?
Post # 7
I printed most of our invites in a handwriting/cursive type font, but for a few the numbers were a bit hard to read so I did those in a standard font. I know it’s a faux pas or whatever, but I feel like people should do whatever suits them and not just do something merely because it’s a tradition or the way things "should" be done. (um, says who?!)
It’s very time consuming and I just can’t see paying someone to write addresses for me. There are lots of other areas where I’d rather spend my hard earned money. Maybe if I had really beautiful handwriting I would do them myself, but my handwriting is just average. I really like things to look neat and presentable. Personally, I would much rather receive an envelope with a printed address than bubbly middle school girl looking handwriting that’s slanting down the envelope. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
I printed on the envelopes in a pretty font, then went over them with a calligraphy pen in metallic ink. Once I had the right nib I was flying through them, I did almost 10 an hour some hours! The info should be in my posts somewhere towards mid may. Yeah, I just realized now you all know I timed myself..I’m a dork.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
OTHER for me!
I printed them out in a pretty font, a few shades lighter that the envelope (or grey) & then traced over it with a metallic marker pen.
Post # 10
I am on the end of the argument where I absolutely notice whether an envelope is handwritten or not. I think its an extra effort that is very considerate and really the most appropriate way.
If your handwriting is absolutely dreadful and you can’t get someone to help out, I would suggest "fauxligraphy" which is essentially printing directly on envelopes with a very light inkand going over it with hand.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I’m having my invitation designer make wrap-around labels!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
I had wrote the addresses on our STDs and I’ll probably just do that again for our invitations.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
As long as your handwriting is legible, it doesn’t need to be pretty. 😉 Otherwise, this is a GREAT job to ask bridesmaids to "help" with! 🙂 If that’s not an option, just go ahead and print them. Most guests who are not totally old-fashioned or in the middle of planning their own weddings and reading the same stuff you are won’t even realize that you’re supposed to do it any other way!
Post # 14
My husband wrote out all the inner envelopes…but we printed the outer envelopes. There are lots of ways to design them so they are a bit out of the box, and thus more special than just printing them out. I posted about the ones we did here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/06/07/outer-envelopes/
Post # 15
i’ve been taking calligraphy classes…so i’m going to do the calligraphy on all my invites!
Post # 16
I hand wrote all my envelopes. My handwriting is not horrible, but I used a trick to make them look like they were professionly done. i found a pretty font and printed sheets of names and addresses (several addresses on each sheet). I then created a homemade lightbox and placed the printed paper underneath each envelope. Then traced it with my caligraphy pen. Voila! Homemade calligraphy =)