Did you handwrite your envelopes?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How did you address your envelopes?
    I hired a calligrapher : (12 votes)
    12 %
    I wrote them by hand in cursive : (24 votes)
    25 %
    I wrote them by hand, but not in cursive : (23 votes)
    24 %
    I printed directly onto the envelope in a font that resembled handwriting : (14 votes)
    14 %
    I printed directly onto the envelope in a standard font : (5 votes)
    5 %
    I printed on labels : (9 votes)
    9 %
    Other?? : (10 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I printed them.  I didn’t want to pay someone to do the calligraphy and like you my handwriting is nice but it isn’t nice enough.  If you do print I recommend getting extra envelopes, I had 175 invitations and ruined 12 envelopes in printing addresses.

    Post # 4
    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    honestly, people will throw the envelopes away even if they save the invitations.  i recommend asking a friend with nice handwriting to address them, or just print them in a nice font.  anyone who judges you for it is completely missing the point!!

    Post # 5
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I handwrote my save the date addresses – I do think it’s more personal. I hired a calligrapher to do the invitations, and she is also doing the placecards for free. I thought she was super affordable (relatively speaking, since doing them yourself is free!) – http://www.goodhuedesigns.com/. We went for an elegant look but whether you want quirky or cute or whatever, calligraphy can really give that first impression. I was amazed how many comments we got on our envelopes!

    Post # 6
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    And when I voted "I wrote them by hand in cursive," I really meant "My mom with perfect English teacher handwriting wrote them by hand in cursive." 


    I got my dad’s handwriting…… hieroglyphics, anyone? 

    Post # 7
    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I printed most of our invites in a handwriting/cursive type font, but for a few the numbers were a bit hard to read so I did those in a standard font. I know it’s a faux pas or whatever, but I feel like people should do whatever suits them and not just do something merely because it’s a tradition or the way things "should" be done. (um, says who?!)

    It’s very time consuming and I just can’t see paying someone to write addresses for me. There are lots of other areas where I’d rather spend my hard earned money. Maybe if I had really beautiful handwriting I would do them myself, but my handwriting is just average. I really like things to look neat and presentable. Personally, I would much rather receive an envelope with a printed address than bubbly middle school girl looking handwriting that’s slanting down the envelope. Just my 2 cents.

    Post # 8
    1091 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

    I printed on the envelopes in a pretty font, then went over them with a calligraphy pen in metallic ink.  Once I had the right nib I was flying through them, I did almost 10 an hour some hours! The info should be in my posts somewhere towards mid may. Yeah, I just realized now you all know I timed myself..I’m a dork.

    Post # 10
    2470 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I am on the end of the argument where I absolutely notice whether an envelope is handwritten or not. I think its an extra effort that is very considerate and really the most appropriate way.

    If your handwriting is absolutely dreadful and you can’t get someone to help out, I would suggest "fauxligraphy" which is essentially printing directly on envelopes with a very light inkand going over it with hand. 

    Post # 11
    11824 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

    I’m having my invitation designer make wrap-around labels!

    Post # 12
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

    I had wrote the addresses on our Save-The-Date Cards and I’ll probably just do that again for our invitations.

    Post # 13
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    As long as your handwriting is legible, it doesn’t need to be pretty. 😉 Otherwise, this is a GREAT job to ask bridesmaids to "help" with! 🙂 If that’s not an option, just go ahead and print them. Most guests who are not totally old-fashioned or in the middle of planning their own weddings and reading the same stuff you are won’t even realize that you’re supposed to do it any other way!

    Post # 14
    497 posts
    Helper bee

    My husband wrote out all the inner envelopes…but we printed the outer envelopes.  There are lots of ways to design them so they are a bit out of the box, and thus more special than just printing them out.  I posted about the ones we did here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/06/07/outer-envelopes/

    Post # 15
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    i’ve been taking calligraphy classes…so i’m going to do the calligraphy on all my invites!

    Post # 16
    5 posts
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I hand wrote all my envelopes.  My handwriting is not horrible, but I used a trick to make them look like they were professionly done.   i found a pretty font and printed sheets of names and addresses (several addresses on each sheet).  I then created a homemade lightbox and placed the printed paper underneath each envelope.  Then traced it with my caligraphy pen.  Voila! Homemade calligraphy =)

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