is it "tacky" to use printed labels on invitation envelopes?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@amandasouthcarolina:  Since it sounds like you ar ehaving a casual rather than black tie affair, then I think it’s fine to use printed labels.  I think it’s silly to spend time and money on calligraphy on an envelope that is just going to end up in the trash.

Post # 4
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  I did. But, I don’t pay too much attention to what is tacky and what is not. I really just do what I want. Lol

Post # 5
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Should be fine – although my mom told me its chintzy and said we should print the addresses right on the envelopes instead.

Post # 6
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree with the PPs.

If you’re going to get your panties in a bunch about that, don’t come lol!

Post # 7
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@amandasouthcarolina:  no its not tacky. Unless you are having a super classy affair and have a bunch of snobs coming.  I wouldn’t even notice something like that. 

Post # 8
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I printed the addresses on our Save the Date envelopes in a pretty font and will do the same for our invitations. I’m not paying someone to write on them. 🙂 I’m in the camp of do what you want! I’ve heard other bees use clear labels but I don’t know much about them.

Post # 9
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@rcac1208:  +1

I don’t care what other people think.

For me, I used printed labels, because honestly, I don’t have time to sit there and write out 120 something invitations by hand and I also fear, what if I mess up! I paid for my invitations and didn’t want to pay for extra envelopes, so I used labels.

Post # 11
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used the clear labels and I had a very formal wedding.  No one said anything so I don’t think it really matters.  Plus, how many people really pay attention to the outter envelope.  Most people pay attention to the invitation itself.

Post # 12
4511 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s only a tiny bit tacky, but completely fine, and I would never judge someone for it. (Everything is relative! I found it FAR more tacky the time I received an invitation with a handwritten address- but scrawled in red ink and barely readable!)

Post # 13
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t say tacky, but rather a little indefferent. IMO, handwritten envelopes are much more personal than printed, and they are more special (we receive printed envelopes everyday).

Brides spend so much time perfecting invatations and weding details that skimping on the first thing that your guests will see that’s related to your wedding is not the way to go. 

Post # 14
22125 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

We printed in a cute font straight onto the envelopes. So not quite the same thing but close. I think it’s totally fine.

Post # 15
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  That’s what I did and didn’t get any negative feedback. Anyone who gets their panties in a bunch over labels has serious issues.

Post # 16
10906 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I must confess to being very “old school” when it comes to this, and I just love receiving a wedding invitation where the address on the envelope has been hand written. 🙂

However, even our resident etiquette expert on WB does not speak out against address labels, so I probably should not either.

Yet, I grew up hearing that the envelopes should be hand-addressed, and so I spent more than $700 on top-notch, professional calligraphy that was SO perfect that some people assumed the work was done with a script font on a computer.  I did find the irony in my having spent so much money to have beautifully hand-calligraphed envelopes only for some guests to assume the writing was too perfect to have been performed by a human, lol.

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