Post # 1
I’m debating if I should handwrite my invite addresses or just run them through the printer in my pretty wedding font.
I actually think printing them will take more time then writing them…
but the upside to printing them is they will be super pretty and uniform.
I have decent handwritting (friend have had my write their placecards before) – although, I’m a bit out of practice and my hand starts to cramp up when I write too much. And, I’m a perfectionist – and don’t want to waste that many envelopes!
I printed out a couple addresses using the font – and they started to look like some sort of fake mailing to me… maybe I need a different font than our wedding font (something more swirly? (I’m using Renaissance)
Any thoughts to help me decide which way to go?
Post # 3
At 1.50 per envelope after spending 800 i’m having someone I know with nice handwriting do it for me!
Post # 4
I printed mine- but my handwriting is TERRIBLE!
Post # 5
I just bought a caligraphy pen and did mine myself, I was taught how to use them years ago, so I was a litlle rusty but I think if you have good handwriting anyone can write with a calig. pen and make them look amazing with a little extra flair. You can buy a cheap practice pen for like $2 at an art store or warehouse.
Post # 6
My FH handwrote ours… but he’s an artist and has beautiful penmanship. It took him about 20 minutes an envelope, over a months time.
I’ve heard on another forum about a bride printing in a pretty font in light grey, then tracing over that font in pen, so it looked like they were pretty caligraphy. I think that’s a perfect way to cheat.
Otherwise, if you’re wedding isn’t super formal, printing them in a nice font is fine… I’d just be worried about using an inkjet printer, as the ink runs if it gets even a smidge wet – and you know the mail people don’t care if they’re wedding invties, they could very easily get a bit wet along the way.
Post # 7
I printed mine. Just made a word document with each address on its own page, loaded 10 or so envelopes at a time (after printing on one a couple of times to get the placement right) and it went very well. I was going to get my FMIL to write them out but we ran out of time and I think theres a lot more room for error that way.
ETA: just noticed, I’m using the same font!
Post # 8
I ended up handwriting for exactly the reason you mention…it was quicker and it looked pretty good. I spent about 45 minutes trying to getting everything to work on the printer and then quit. I used a Sharpie fine tip and wrote in cursive. If I did it over again, I would have looked at more samples online…I didn’t realize that you could make the address as many lines as you want; I tried to stuff everything into 3. I also might have tried a calligraphy pen. It probably took me about an hour to an hour and half and I messed up on about 10% so buy extra envelopes.
Post # 9
I’m computer printing… but on wrap-around labels rather than directly on the envelope or on regular printed labels. It will have a design. Hopefully, this will make up for not handwriting them. I hand wrote our STDs, and they weren’t too pretty. Paying someone is not in the budget.
Post # 10
I was going to try to print them and then trace over the printing. So far the challenge has been finding the right pen and the right font (something that can be traced over without TOO much work). I was going to just print them and then felt guilty. I just can’t justify paying someone else to do it. Faux-ligraphy for me!
Post # 11
I wrote them and it took forever. Our envelopes were grey, and I measured out and penciled in lines, to make sure I didn’t end up with some maniacal slanting problem. I also typed all the addresses into a Word document and centered them, then marked where the midpoint on the envelope was, to help me estimate where to start writing the names. And then, I had to erase all of the pencil marks. I’m glad I did it, because I think it looked really pretty. But seriously – I worked on them for hours.
Post # 12
I printed mine on the computer because I have penmanship of an 8th grader.
Post # 13
i wrote mine. Our wedding is on a beach and casual… and I assumed that no one would look at the outside of the envelope long enough to spend money on having someone hand do them for me. My writing is decent, but I still botched 1/5 of our invites (forgot to put “Dr” and just put “Mr” on a couple, messy writing, etc). It took me about 2 hrs to do 30 of them (including drinking 2 glasses of wine)
Also, our printer is my enemy. It eats everything.
Post # 14
Thanks for everyone’s input!
I ended up deciding to write them and I’m SO happy I did! I messed up on a few, but was really happy with how they turned out. I think the personal handwriting DOES give a nice effect – and it honestly didn’t take as long as I thought it would.
I used this awesome pen (Zigi with 2 tips (2.0mm is the smaller end, and I used that) – it’s a slanted tip which gives just enough ‘oomph’ and is waterproof!
Post # 15
I found pens and fonts that worked for me. I didn’t choose a curly or calligraphy font. They were too difficult to draw over. So I went with a San Serif font. I found two that I liked and had lower case letters that were tall enough not to look squished. I liked Tempus Sans and Ziggy Zoe. Tempus Sans comes with Microsoft and Ziggy Zoe is free online.
I also found that I liked using “Metallic Markers Medium Point” in Copper (not paint, no fumes) or a Sakura Gelly Roll. Make sure to print using the computer, in the same color of the pen ink, but very lightly. Also, test to make sure that you’ll be able to cover the entire printed ink with the pen (using a 28 pt font, I couldn’t–using a 22-24 pt font I could)
Zigy Zoe font http://www.dafont.com/ziggy-zoe.font?nb_ppp=50&psize=s
Metallic Markers http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2780&PRODID=prd60049′ defer=’defer