DIY printing addresses on envelopes – how hard is it?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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6000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Do you have a local printing store that’s not Kinkos or Office Max? Like a place that prints things for businesses and stuff. I took mine to a local print shop that prints my FI’s business shirts and they did great. It only took like 15 minutes and they were printed front and back. All I had to do was create a 2 column Excel sheet with the names and addresses. I didn’t trust myself to DIY them, especially since they were metallic paper and Kinkos is way expensive

Post # 4
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1771 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I printed addresses on my envelopes using my inkjet printer at home. Some of my envelopes came out with smears of ink on the edges but overall they looked really good. It took a few tries before I figured out the right way to put them in the printer. I had more than a few sideways and backwards before I finally figured it out 🙂

Post # 5
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252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I printed all my envelopes and even small RSVPS on my home computer. I have a cheap-o $50 printer from Walmart.

 

Some tips: Some printers work better printing only one envelope in the feeder at at time, some more. My printer liked having 10 envlopes to work efficiency. With a little trial and error my envelopes looked AMAZING and I saved a TON of money. 

Post # 7
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

Labels is also a way to go….

I know that labels many sound cheesy….. but in the end they are cost effective, easy to use and can look great if you use a nice font and color print……

 

Post # 8
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7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My only issue was feeding them in one at a time.

In order to make sure they were set up correctly, I just cut up a bunch of paper to the same size as the envelope to test print.

Post # 9
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111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used my printer to address our STD envelopes. They turned out fine, but I did end up redoing a lot of them due to unexpected black smudges from the printer (printing in color). I would advise printing out a dummy “envelope” on regular printer paper to make sure your alignment is correct. We used regular thickness envelopes (size #6-3/4 I think). I don’t know if our printer is laser or inkjet (Epson all-in-one).

I originally planned on printing our invitations also, but I was too paranoid about the smearing wasting too many envelopes. I ended up hand addressing in metallic gel pen after hours practicing faux copperplate calligraphy.  They ended up looking just fine!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  i did it myself at home.  I just did some trials on the envelope to make sure it was the right size and position.  After that it was easy.  Time consuming?  Yes – I had to print names on the outer and inner envelope.  But I have no regrets.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

One trick is to print the address is a very light font, then trace over it with a calligraphy pen. The last invite I rececied was printed this way. I could tell (because I was looking for it) but FH didnt notice until I pointed it out.

Post # 13
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5192 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  I tried to use my office printer, but I just couldn’t get it to work. It should have worked (I adjusted the settings for envelopes and used the bypass) but it didn’t.

So I took them to Kinkos.  It was fine.  It took them a little while to figure it out (lots of consulting manuals and talking to each other) but they did.  I didnt’ leave the job with them, I stayed until the job was done. That way I could sort of supervise and ensure they understood that the envelopes were limited and couln’t be wasted.

It was cheap and they did a good job.

Post # 14
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5192 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  I tried to use my office printer, but I just couldn’t get it to work. It should have worked (I adjusted the settings for envelopes and used the bypass) but it didn’t.

So I took them to Kinkos.  It was fine.  It took them a little while to figure it out (lots of consulting manuals and talking to each other) but they did.  I didnt’ leave the job with them, I stayed until the job was done. That way I could sort of supervise and ensure they understood that the envelopes were limited and couln’t be wasted.

It was cheap and they did a good job.

Post # 15
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620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  Mine came out much better than I originally thought they would, I was dreading doing this as well. 

I loaded each envelope one at a time, so there wasn’t a stack loaded in the machine and less chance of a paper jam. 

I used a Canon MX712 printer (fairly new, and cheap) and made an evelope template in MS Word. Then I used one extra envelope to do a few tests on until I got the spacing and sizing perfect. After that it was a piece of cake (just a little time-consuming)! Don’t be afraid! 

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@kerensa:  I did the same thing. Found an easy, fun font. Printed it in very light grey ink and coppied over it in metallic pink pen.

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