Using a printer to address invitations?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Printer or by hand?
    Printer. You have a legitimate reason to use one. Plus, it's not rude. : (25 votes)
    83 %
    Find someone to write them for you if you can. : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Suffer through and write them yourself. A printer would be rude. : (0 votes)
    Obligatory other. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1362 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

    I think you have a legitimate reason not to hand write them.  It does take some of the personality out of the envelope, but really… I wouldn’t call it rude.

    Post # 4
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Not rude.  How is it any different to pay someone to do “computer” calligraphy?  I plan on using the computer and I wouldn’t think anything bad or weird if I received a computer printed envelope.


    Post # 5
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I used a printer for our save the dates and will for our invites. Seriously they hardly even get looked at then thrown in the trash. I would never consider writing 200 envelopes! I mean if there were only 50 envelopes maybe handwriting would be fine but I def don’t think it’s rude to print them. 


    Post # 6
    2916 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I did it, I’m just plain lazy and I only had  bout 45 invites to send! People just throw it out anyway, who has time to hand write all the invites, STD, AND thank yous!?

    Post # 7
    2132 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s not rude at all.  No one will notice.  And if anyone does- they have too much time on their hands.  They’ll just recycle the envelope anyway.

    Post # 8
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We received an invitation to FI’s cousin’s wedding, and both the inner and outer envelopes were addressed using a computer printer. I actually think it looked really nice. But I’m also weird in that I like seeing my name in print (lol). It just looked really official and fancy. Definitely use a fancy font if you choose to do this…something better than Times New Roman, and definitely not Comic Sans! lol

    Post # 10
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    Sounds like she is being rude by being insensitvie to your situation. I don’t think printing them is rude at all, even if you didn’t have an issue with writing. Choose a nice font and in one of your wedding colors and they will look very polished. 

    Post # 12
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @SouthernGirl:  I think you should find someone else to borrow a printer from. Who cares if it is by hand or printed? No one will keep the envelopes and no one really remembers. has a tonne of really great and free downloadable fonts. Just ignore her because only a snob would make a big deal out of it.

    Post # 13
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @SouthernGirl:  haha! I think something script-y would be nice. Or you could even match the font used on your invitations (depending on what you used), so it’s cohesive.

    Post # 14
    3217 posts
    Sugar bee

    I enjoy the personal touch of handwriting.  Even if you cannot, could you ask a friend to help.  I have addressed 2 sets of friends invitations, as I am quite tidy.

    Typically typed addresses signal business correspondence.  It is very traditional to handwrite.  But honestly this is something I am not going to hate someone over.


    Post # 15
    999 posts
    Busy bee

    I wouldn’t mind at all to get an invitation with printed mail label. Not everyone has impeccable handwriting or the money to pay a calligrapher! 

    I created a wraparound printable template for our guests’ addresses and printed them on sticker paper – I don’t think it looked any less tasteful than hand-written addresses would’ve been… and wraparound/printable labels seem to have become in-style as of late (a bunch of Etsy vendors are selling templates, and online invite/stationery stores include them as an add-on option). 

    I wouldn’t worry about it!

    ETA: I also thought that hand-written mailing addresses would look kind of sloppy/out of place on our invites and the printed ones looked more polished and in-line with the invite theme (with coordinatig fonts and colours).  


    Post # 16
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I was wondering about this too! My handwriting is terrible and the printer is much neater. My FI said he would write them all if I wanted since his handwriting is better. He said they really should be written out. I didn’t know if people would care.
    p.s. Please add a poll!
    Thank you!!!

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