Post # 1
We just got our invitations! Yay! However, we really don’t want to spend the money to have someone professionally address our envelopes and our printer just isn’t reliable enough to print on our envelopes.
Any suggestions on how to hand-address our envelopes but have them not looking like a hot mess? My penmenship is hit or miss sometimes!
Post # 3
Are your envelopes white or off white or light colored and unlined? To keep your writing centered and in a straight line… Take a sheet of binder paper, cut to invite size, darken lines with sharpie & ruler, insert into envelope, and write addresses using the darkened lines as a spacing guide. Won’t help you handwriting become “better”, but it will look a lot neater.
If you don’t want to deal with return addresses, you could get a blind embosser. You just clamp it down on the envelope flap and it leaves the paper embosses/raised with your address. You can order these at any stationer, or online from paper source, and bonus, you can use it again after the wedding.
Will you printer print anything, or does it just suck printing envelopes? If it prints ok, you could make a wraparound label. Think 2 inches by 8-9 inches… avery makes a full adhesive sheet label you can then cut to size.
Hope that helps!! 🙂
Post # 4
I bought a package of avery index cards and printed everyone’s address on the card in big, bold print using my favorite font. I then put the index cards in the envelopes (We used white shimmery ones), and used a light box to trace the addresses. Although it was more steps than printing on the envelopes, I think it was actually easier and was pretty much foolproof (and believe me, I’m a fool and would have screwed it up if I could have!)
Post # 5
I picked a font that I liked and printed everyone’s addresses out in about the size that I thought would look good on the envelopes. (This ended up being 2 people per page.) Totally darken the backside of the printed addresses along each line with pencil and then flip it over. Place the page on top of your envelope and then trace over the name/address with another pencil. The addresses should show up faintly on the envelope, where you can then trace over it again with the pen of your choice. (Metallic, calligraphy, colored markers– the sky’s the limit!) Once you’re done tracing over it with pen let it dry and then be sure to go back over it with an eraser to get rid of any stray pencil lines from the first transfer.
It’s a bit tedious, but it does work!
Post # 6
I hand addressed all the invite in cursive. Yep, it was not even close to a professional job, but I was happy to do it and pleased that I did my best. I personally don’t like the idea of printed envelopes so it was important to me to address them by hand. I just took my time and wrote slowy. I ordered extra envelopes to make up for any mistakes. I had quite a few mistakes. I think I ordered an extra 20 envelopes and needed about 12 of them or so.
Post # 7
I intend on buying some Avery label’s and printing the address on there. I have actually received 3 invites like this so I think it may be becoming popular and it’s fairly cheap!
Post # 8
These are great tips!
I made sure that I ordered extra envelopes as I am sure I will make mistakes!
Post # 9
we used a typewriter to address our STD’s.
i plan to do the same thing with our wedding invites.
it took about 2 hours to address 85 STD’s or so.
Post # 10
The Avery labels are great. You can get them cheap at any office supply store, and the Avery website (address on the package) actually has a free label design wizard you can use. They have some cute bridal labels, but I was able to find an autum label that looked like it was made for my invitations. Plus, no matter how many times you mess up the labels, you don’t damage your invites or envelopes. Warning: If you use the transparent labels, let them dry for a REALLY LONG TIME. They don’t hold ink as well as the white ones, so they can smudge onto your envelopes.
Post # 11
The way I see it, there are two main options:
1. Print on clear labels, and adhear them to the envelopes. (Even if you don’t think your printer can handle it, you should be able to get them done at a print shop like Staples, Office Depot, or Kinkos.)
2. Print out the names/addresses in a nice cursive font that you like, and trace the font onto the envelopes yourself (many bees have written about using this trick, if you want a tutorial, just search “self-addressed envelopes” or “self calligraphy”).
(As yet another option, you could invest in a “dater” stamp, where you can twist it so that the letters/numbers change…but those are expensive so don’t really solve your cost problem.)
Post # 12
Wrap around labels are really nice.
Post # 13
Okay, so this is a slight variation of what others have done, but I just printed the names and address straight onto the envelope itself and then traced over it with a calligraphy marker. It saves the step of using a lightbox and is the perfect solution if you are using dark colored envelopes (like me!)
Here are my instructions:
- Pick your typeface. There are TONS of free caligraphy fonts out there, and you can even pick one that matches your invitations. I used one called “ephemera” which you can find here.
- Type out all of your names and adresses, and set them up in Word using the envelope wizard for the size envelope you are using. You can also use photoshop or Indesign to set it up.
- Set your printer settings to “draft” or “light ink coverage” and make sure it is set up to feed from the envelope tray. Most desktop printers can do this in stacks of 10.
- Print your names and address straight onto the envelope
- Buy a slant-tipped calligraphy marker from the craft store
- Trace right over the printed names and adresses, and viola!
Post # 14
if you don’t want to use your printer or cursive, i suggest you buy a bunch of letter stickers (found in any scrapbooking section) in your wedding colors and mix and match the stickers together to write the names for a fun, quirky look. the write the actual address in block letters underneath with a black pen!
Post # 15
Okay, so I wanted to give an update with pictures from my previous post about printer-aided calligraphy!
The typeface I ended up using is called Carolyna, and can be purchased here at MyFonts.com. I used InDesign to lay out my envelopes since I’m a graphic designer, but you can use Word or any other layout program just as easily.
I also discovered that the very easiest pen to use is a “cartridge” fountain pen. It has a much finer tip than a calligraphy marker, and comes out SO much better. It works just like a regular pen, except you load ink cartridges into it. It’s truly no harder to use than a normal pen, but the ink comes out beautifully and you can use any type of tip you want. I bought the Manuscript brand starter kit for under $25 at Michaels; check it out here. Just one ink cartridge lasted me through 100 save the dates, so I didn’t need to buy an extras since the starter pack comes with 2.
The invitations turned out pretty great, and anyone can do it this way!
I want to mention that I did try several other methods before landing on this one. For me, doing it by hand (even while looking at an example) was both painstaking and disastrous. Trying to trace through with a light box was equally difficult (especially since I’m using a dark colored envelope) – and it still required me to print out all the addresses individually.
So, here are the modified directions. Happy writing, fellow Bees!!!!
- Choose a typeface or font that you like. There are TONS of free caligraphy fonts out there, and you can even pick one that matches your invitations. I used a pro font called “Carolyna” which you can purchase here.
- Type in all of your names and adresses, and set them up in Word (or other layout program) using the envelope wizard for your envelope size (mine was a standard #10, pictured above)
- Set your printer settings to “draft” or “light ink coverage” and make sure it is set up to feed from the envelope tray. Most desktop printers can do this in stacks of 10 or more. In your printer properties make sure scaling is set to “NONE” (as opposed to “fit to page” or “stretch to fit”)
- Print your names and addresses straight onto your envelopes
- Using a cartridge fountain pen (found here), trace right over the printed names and adresses, and viola!
Everyone has commented on how gorgeous the calligraphy is, and no one can tell it was all done by tracing!
Post # 16
@candieapril: Wow girl you could set this up as a blog and submit it to WeddingBee ya know! Thanks for the helpful instruction. :o)