(Closed) Addressing Invites: Calligraphy vs. Plain Handwriting

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How did/ do you plan to address invites?
    Printed Labels : (11 votes)
    22 %
    Handwritten : (28 votes)
    56 %
    Calligraphy : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    2858 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I think printed labels are fine, regular handwriting is fine. Whatever is fine. Nobody is going to notice or care except for you. The envelopes go right in the trash as soon as the invitation is opened.

    Post # 4
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    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m with danadelphia, calligraphy is one of those things people might notice for the 3 seconds before they throw your envelope away. Neat handwriting is totally ok.

    Post # 5
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    2588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Ditto Danadelphia–I don’t pay much attention to it.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I did fauxligraphy, which might be a good option for you. It is a serious time commitment (I spent about 9 hours on 105 invites), so it all depends on how much it matters to you. In my case, I totally know that everyone is going to throw their envelopes out – I have no illusions about that – but I still wanted them to look pretty!

    Mrs. Labrador did a great post on fauxligraphy here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/10/23/semi-diy-invitations-first-impressions/#more-115381

    Post # 7
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    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I used a calligraphy font. No one would be able to read the address if i wrote it!

    I always address invites on the computer and just feed the envelope right in!

    Post # 8
    Member
    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I used my fanciest handwriting, which is sort of like faux-ligraphy. I think if your fake calligraphy looks bad, then you should just use your regular handwriting. I far prefer hand-addressed wedding envelopes to those printed on the computer, and if your own handwriting is the prettiest and most affordable option, go with that.

    Post # 10
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @ten.ten.ten: Oh no! I didn’t mean to make your life more difficult! So pretty though, right?!

    Post # 11
    Member
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I had so much fun handwriting my invites in my own calligraphy style. I just eye-balled and then copied each address from my spreadsheet after the addresses were converted to a calligraphy font. It doesn’t look like real calligraphy, but it looks like fancy, artsy, time-consuming handwriting. However, if you don’t enjoy projects like this, I do agree that the envelope is the last thing people remember. 

    Post # 12
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    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @danadelphia: I couldn’t agree with you more. I handwrote mine, but when I get an invite, it goes straight in the garbage when I’m done with it!

    Post # 13
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    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    my moh and i handwrote the invites, in our best handwriting. honestly, i think it’s more personal and meaningful than any other options, at least to me. my fmil was really pressuring me to get a calligrapher, but i didn’t think it was worth the cost and i also felt like this way i was individually inviting everyone.

    Post # 14
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I just used my nicest handwriting. I don’t think anybody cares, really, since the envelope just gets thrown away. I haven’t heard any complaints yet! 🙂

    Post # 15
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    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Another vote here for nice handwriting–it’s how I did ours, and they ended up looking just fine.

    A note; now it may totally be because I’m wedding planning myself, but I received an invitation recently, and I totally noticed and didn’t like the computer address.

    Post # 16
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    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I too ran the envelopes through the printer and it was super easy.  The envelopes even already had the liners in them and the printer had no problem. I couldn’t believe that we actually got compliments on the font we used on the envelopes.  I mean who even notices?  One thing we learned about running them through my Fiance work printer is that we opened the back of the printer to let them come out early instead of having to make that bend to come to the top of the printer.  Just took a little practice but it was super easy and we had 50 invites done in less than 30 minutes. 

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