(Closed) Best pen for addressing envelopes? Tips?

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

fountain pen with bullet-proof black ink

Post # 7
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I used a Gelly Roll pen. Worked awesome plus I found a color that matched our wedding colors perfectly. I got a metallic one, they do run out quickly though…I think I used one on our save the dates and another on our invitations. 

Post # 8
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

If you are going to go the Traditional Calligraphy Route, then either a “modern” Felt-tipped Calligraphy Pen (available at stores like Staples, Michaels, etc)

OR go the old fashioned route and get yourself a Fountain Pen with a Nib and Ink Cartridge System (also available at Staples, and other stores that sell fine writing instruments)

Either will work well… I used one type this time round, and the other for my First Marriage.

Just be aware that the ink can smudge if it is / gets wet… so you want to make sure every envelope is truly dry before you stack em.

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
3584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

felt tipped, for sure

Post # 12
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@donna_saur:  I always use noodler’s bullet-proof black ink. I bought it for use in labs where any solvent could have my notes unreadable. It actually bonds to the paper so its impossible to wash off. It can still smudge when wet like other inks but cannot be washed off and it doesn’t bleed but noodler’s only makes bottle ink so no cartridges.


Post # 13
11287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@donna_saur:  i have a calligraphy pen but chose not to use it because it does smudge if it gets wet.  i tested a few different pens and markers with angled tips to see which one gave the best look and was permanent and smudge proof.

also, a tip i used to make sure the lines were written level:

i cut out a piece of cardboard (cereal box) that i could slide in the envelopes while addressing them.  i drew dark, straight lines on the cardboard that were a guide to follow when writing.  it was perfect.  no trailing addresses and it protected from any possible blotting.

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