(Closed) Hand Addressing vs. Computer printed vs. Calligraphy — which are you doing?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How did you address your invites?
    By Hand : (40 votes)
    32 %
    With the help of a computer : (59 votes)
    47 %
    We hired a calligrapher (or practiced ourselves and did them) : (20 votes)
    16 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 47
    1337 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    For our STDs, I did faux-ligrophy, with a gold pen, and I think they came out really nicely, and it wasn’t too time consuming (and it was something I could easily do at night while watching tv or a movie).

    I had planned to hire a calligrapher for the invites, but since they were boxes instead of an envelope, it wasn’t really feasible to do that, so I printed labels on my pc, with a font that matched the font used on the invite itself and the RSVP card. Within our invites, the recipient’s names were on a small card that was tied to the box, and I did faux-ligraphy again on those, again in gold pen.

    Post # 48
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    We cursive printed our labels on small clear labels, then topped those with a bigger label so they wouldn’t smudge if they got wet.  note, we had 250 invites go out so handwriting was OUT of the question.

    Post # 49
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @snake: It seems kinda funny that you would think hand addressing faux pas over computer printing. I have always heard the exact opposite… that it might be faux pas to have a computer printed addressed invite since it takes away from the personal touch. Out of all the many wedding invites I ever got I don’t remember ever getting any whose envelope was computer printed– no offense to those who are doing it this way!!! This is just want I always heard and saw… 

    Post # 50
    24 posts
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Computer printed… anyone who has seen my handwriting or my fiances would agree.

    Post # 51
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was actually going to attempt the “faux-ligraphy” idea that’s been floated around the boards, but it’s not turning out the way I hoped.  I’ve decided to print directly on the outer envelopes in a nice script font I downloaded and then handwrite (oh gosh please let my cursive look nice!) the inner envelopes, since those seem to be more personal & informal anyway.  I think it’s a good compromise!

    Post # 52
    22 posts
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree that handwriting is the best for everything–invitations, holiday cards, thank yous… but Fiance & I also have wretched writing and we didn’t have time to hire a calligrapher. Instead, our invitiation maker printed the addresses on each card using the same font as the invitations. So at least they will match!

    Post # 53
    3968 posts
    Honey bee

    I debated this (well, hand vs. computer) for a long time.  I ended up not wanting to deal with trying to format the printer and/or deal with toner issues or envelopes getting stuck.

    I picked a 2.0mm slanted pen and hand wrote them and was SO happy with how it turned out.  I’m so glad I hand addressed vs. computer printed.  And, hand writing goes much faster than computer printing.  I was a little nervous at first and some of the ones aren’t as good as others – but, overall – It was the right decision for me.

    Post # 54
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I wrote my by hand. (120 invitations).  I just wrote them in my regular style of printing, but tried to be a bit neater than usual.  They didn’t actually take that long.  My hand hurt a little afterwards but recovered quickly.  Now that I’ve written some thank you notes by hand I’ve realized that addressing the wedding invitations is no big deal compared to writing out thank yous!!

    Post # 55
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    i did the faux-ligraphy, but using a calligraphy nib and dipped ink not a marker. it took about 3 days for a little over 100 invites, but they looked awesome.

    Post # 56
    453 posts
    Helper bee

    I am in the middle of hand addressing and I have to say it is going much quicker than I thought-and our wedding is 250 people!

    I set up my desk with pens (i am using Le Pen in chocolate brown to match the printing) envelopes and my address list and leave everything out. If I have 15 minutes I write a few.

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