Post # 1
We’re at that point where we are getting our wedding invitations printed and sorted out (or at least trying too) and now I’m stuck on how to address the invites. We were planning on printing on the envelopes and tracing over the printed words to get the “hand-written” effect, however, our printer is not handling the envelopes very well. My handwriting is terrible and we have almost 200 invites to get out. Normally I would ask my mom or some friends to help out, but we just moved 8 hours away from home and will not be able to make it back before the invites need to go out. Hiring a calligrapher is absolutely not in our budget so I’m unsure of what to do. I’ve seen so many different opinions about labels and I don’t really want to use them, but it’s looking like we may not have an option. I’ve heard some people call them tacky but I think my handwriting on the envelopes would look even worse. What do you think of labels? Do guests really take offense to them?
What would you rather receive? A poorly hand written enevelope? Or an envelope that has a clear label with a nice font and a design matching the invite?
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
Could you borrow an overhead projector or something similar from your local library, etc to project the script onto the envelope (tape the envelope to the wall) and then fill it in/trace that way?
I know a lot of people don’t care, but personally I feel like if someone is important enough to go to your wedding, they should be important enough for you to hand-write their address.
I, too, have terrible handwriting, so I’ll either get a stencil of some kind or use the method I described above.
Post # 4
I always appreciate handwritten invites much more than labels. Even if they are messy-handwritten invites show you put more time and effort into your invites.
ETA: labelled mail reminds me of business reply mail and bills. I think wedding invites should be treated more special than the mail and circulars I receive everyday in my mailbox.
Post # 5
Have you tried writing with a caligraphy pen? We haven’t got to the point of invitations yet, but when I graduated my mom bought me caligraphy pens for my announcements and it actually turned out nice. I have the handwriting of a 4th grade boy.
Also, I don’t think labels are tacky. 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t think handwriting means “more time” considering brides and people throwing parties in general are usually going to write out a considerable number of addresses and why am I so friggin’ special that I need something hand written? Their party or wedding isn’t being thrown for me, it’s for them and I want them to do whatever makes their life easier. Party planning sucks.
That being said, I used avery labels.
I’ve gotten calls from quite a few people I knew got my invitations and I asked most of them, “Did you notice the label?” One person said yes (It was my mother who combs for these things), and the rest went, “Uh, no. Should I have?”
Nobody looks at labels or stamps or font color or style or design.
They open the envelope and it’s usually thrown away.
Don’t invest yourself in something that is going to get hucked in the garbage .2 seconds after it’s open, and save yourself from carpal tunnel.
Post # 7
I do not give one crap about what the envelopes I receive look like, honestly! Do whatever is easiest for you.
Post # 8
If there’s room in your budget, you could try something like Kinkos and have them print the envelopes in a pretty font. That way your printer doesn’t eat them (ugh, printers are the WORST) and you don’t have to worry about the handwriting.
But if you don’t have the $$ (and believe me, I understand!) I don’t think the quality of your handwriting is something I would worry about. I love getting hand-addressed mail from my friends and family no matter how chicken-scratchy it looks. 🙂 I think if it were me, this is the option I would go with anyway.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
@MrsBeck: If you’re worried about labels not looking elegant enough, what about using wraps instead. You can create them out of plain paper and either print them in a light font and trace over them for the “handwritten” effect you like or just leave them printed. Then just attach them to the envelope with some adhesive (rubber cement is my go-to)
Post # 11
I would use labels (that’s what i’m doing). Honestly, no one looks at the address THAT closely. And if someone seriously “offended” over an address label ….. Wow.
you can use clear labels with nice script/font and i think that is totally acceptable. I have never heard of someone saying they refused to attend a wedding because if the address label. Lol
Post # 12
Wait, so you can’t just print straight to the envelope instead of printing on the label? To me, I think printing straight on the envelope is much better than a label. I like FutureMrsWeston‘s idea of the wraps. At the end of the day, the envelope gets thrown in the garbage only slightly faster than the actual invitation itself. Don’t stress about things that are minimal in the scheme of things.
Post # 13
Can you do a “cool” label, like a wrap around with a nice font and design on it?
Before I sent my invitations, I would have told you, as a guest, I don’t care if someone sends me something with a label.
Having sent my invitations, let me tell you – I got a TON of comments on having handwritten the invitations. I think people who care don’t speak up, but people REALLY love getting hand-addressed stuff. It feels so personal.
Having had that experience, I’d go with poor handwriting (and try to make it a bit neat while writing) over a label.
Post # 14
Thank you so much for all of the advice. It cheered me up pretty quick! You guys gave me so many great ideas! I’m definitely going to look into stenciling and the wrap around labels.
@gingerkitten – stenciling sounds great! I never even thought about doing it that way.
@ktf1026 – do you know if they will print off that many different things? I have them all mail merged but I wasn’t sure how expensive it would be- guess I’ll have to check that out too!
@FutureMrsWeston – I LOVE those wrap around labels! I’ve never seen those before!
After trying out a regular label I realized it probably won’t work anyways because our envelopes are textured. There may have been a few tears and a phone call to my mom who told me that she and my grandma could make a visit at some point in the next month and help me out. But now that I can look into some of your awesome ideas they might not need to make that 8 hour drive after all!
Thank you so much for all of your kind words and advice to help me through this little wedding freak out!
Post # 15
I vote stylistic labels, like the ones PP have posted. Handwriting is cool and all, but IF I was going to get all judgey about the invitation suite as a guest, I would be far more dismissive of crappy handwriting than a well-designed label. (I suppose that’s a bias towards professional appearance over heartfelt effort – so sue me.) We were lucky enough to have in-house talent for our invitations, but I used oval Avery labels for the save-the-dates, and made them a design element.
I suppose the worst would be a label that looked lke they put zero thought into the design OR the execution. If you use labels, make sure that they look nice and not like an afterthought. I think PP have posted some nice ways to make that happen.
Post # 16
if you judge an invitation that you receive cause they didn’t handwrite your name, you have too much time in your hands.