(Closed) Hand-writing invitations

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I suggest you don’t do this :/

Haha sorry to be so pessimistic! You are very ambitious and I wish you luck!!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Commenting to follow. 

I will be hand addressing all mine too and don’t think it will be too bad if I do them in batches 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Are you writing out the actual invitation card? Or just the envelopes?

I used a basic calligraphy pen from michaels, and it worked just fine. I did, though, use a light box to trace the words from a print out, which ensured they were centered and neat.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I hand addressed my envelopes using a calligraphy pen from Joann’s Fabrics.  It worked pretty well! 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Pumpkin_Bee:  This. Handwriting 200+ invitations sounds like a DIY nightmare.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@redhead_bride82413:  I don’t know enough to suggest one but someone who works at the store may be able to.  I wouldn’t get a really expensive one,  and make sure the ink dries quickly. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I addressed all of my invitations (inner and outer envelopes) in calligraphy, however I only had 65 invitations to send!  Are you sure you have 200 invites to send?  Remember that for 200 invited guests you will usually only need ~100 invites.  

I used a calligraphy pen with ink from Michaels, which I found to be easier than using a marker.  I practiced first, and bought the envelopes early so that I could stick to doing ~5 invites a night.  

Some things that helped me:

– type out all of your addresses exactly how you want them to be on the envelopes (including centering, if you are centering the addresses) and PRINT out a hard copy to refer to

– make a guide to go inside your envelopes (inner and outer) with ruled lines (I sharpied mine so I could see them through the envelope) to keep your writing straight

– get a personalized return address stamp for the return address on the envelopes and RSVP envelopes – less handwriting!

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

First Wedding (circa 1980), I did em the old fashioned way… a Fountain Pen with ink cartridges.

I am pretty artistic, so I knew a bit about calligraphy, and they came out great.  As I recall they took me a long time to do aprox 60 Invites.

This time round…

I wasn’t as fussed (lol, second marriage will do that to you)… and I went out to Staples and bought a Calligraphy Pen Set (4 Pens… Fine – Medium – Wide – Broad).  I used the fine one.  These pens have a wedged edge, so they mimic Calligraphy Shapes without much effort… you don’t even have to know the actual traditional letters, as long as you use em with good handwriting.

Hope this helps,

PS… Agree with the other concerned Bee, are your numbers right?  They sound high, unless you truly are having a BIG bash… as things usually average out to aprox 1 Invite for every 2 attendees (as most people are coming in couples, or with immediate family members… only single Guests typically get their own invites).  (200 Invites = aprox 400 people Invited)

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@redhead_bride82413:  Yikes that is a big guest list and a lot of envelopes!!  If you really want to hand address them I would get started ASAP (even if it means buying envelopes before you get your invites) so that you have enough time without feeling stressed and rushed 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@redhead_bride82413:  Good luck!  I have a pic of mine all addressed, I’ll PM it to you!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@redhead_bride82413:  I believe it was the only one they had that came in a 2-pk.  I can’t remember the brand though! I will check it tonight and post back! 

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