(Closed) Address Labels vs. Poor Handwriting

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Busy bee

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I do not give one crap about what the envelopes I receive look like, honestly! Do whatever is easiest for you.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
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Helper bee
  • 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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

Ugh double post. Sorry!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

if you judge an invitation that you receive cause they didn’t handwrite your name, you have too much time in your hands.

 

 

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