(Closed) Address Labels, dreadfully tacky or creative?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 16
1887 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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zimme1sm:  I honestly don’t think anyone will notice or care. We handwrote the envelopes for our invitations but used addres labels for our thank you cards. We have had lots of people comment on how nice it was to receive our handwritten thank you card, but not a single person has mentioned the address labels.

Post # 18
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - camp in new hampshire

i don’t think it really matters if you do labels, but if you want something else, i bought a really cute return address stamp on etsy for like $35 – you could do that and get white ink to stamp with

Post # 19
25 posts

People have too much time on their hands if they are going to get pissy over envelop labels.  

Post # 20
5708 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did a white label on a white envelope. Not sorry at all and no one complained (because, I assume, they have better things to do with their time).

Post # 21
3526 posts
Sugar bee

Labels are fine!

I’m probably going to handwrite mine because I’m learning calligraphy and it gives me a chance to practice- but I’m under no illusion that people will notice or care other than a quick “hmm, that’s nice” before they toss it in the trash, lol.

Post # 22
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do the labels… so much easier and faster too!

We did them, and no one has said anything. They’re white envelopes, with white labels. It made the process quick and easy. My Fiance bought a program (for something else) that creates lists, and then you can export the list to excel or whatever is needed to print the label with the name and address. I can’t remember the program name though.

Post # 23
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I don’t think it’s the end of the world if you do labels. I chose to handwrite mine with a dip calligraphy pen. It took forever, but I have received many many compliments on it. That makes me think that people do notice how they are addressed, but I don’t think anyone will hold it against you for doing labels.

Post # 24
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

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zimme1sm:  I am an extremely detail oriented person and believe having a clean, finished and presentable product is everything. ….I used labels and they looked awesome. My envelopes were white though. My return envelopes were stamped with a custom stamp I purchased on Etsy.

Personally, unless you’re hiring a calligrapher, hand addressing letters can look sloppy. It is just difference in opinion. Go with what makes you happiest. Your invites sound lovely btw.

Post # 25
2747 posts
Sugar bee

I am going against the tide because I think it is tacky to use labels on something like a wedding invite.  But I acknowledge etiquette today what is not what it once was, unfortunately.

Post # 26
6331 posts
Bee Keeper

The labels sound very nice!

Post # 27
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m not really a label fan on wedding invites, unless you are having a more casual wedding.  Although I really like the ones 

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Jeces had a picture of.

Can you try running the envelopes through the printer and printing the address directly on the envelope?  I think that looks much classier and less like form mail.

Post # 28
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I wouldn’t say address labels are rude per se, but they certainly aren’t charming. They come across as quite corporate and impersonal.

Post # 29
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If there’s one thing I never cracked my head about in the planning of my wedding is etiquette especially when it comes to things going to the trash. Starting with my invites, I just couldn’t be bothered & went with the cheapest invites I could lay my hands on. As for the labels I only learnt on here that they are tacky & I still couldn’t be bothered. I used normal white office labels which I took from my work, printed them free at work and sent them. To this day nobody has said anything about the labels & I think that’s what people expected. Envelope goes together with envelope label isn’t it? 

Post # 30
9993 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I definitely notice when labels are used, and, for me, it just takes away from the invitation.  There’s just something about getting a beautiful invitation with beautiful calligraphy that makes me happy/impressed by the bride. 

That being said, you can do labels.  It’s not like anyone would say anything to you.  

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