(Closed) Handwritten or typed invitations?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Addresses on invitations
    Hand written : (29 votes)
    46 %
    Paid for a calligrapher : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Printed directly on the envelope : (15 votes)
    24 %
    Printed on a label then stuck to envelope : (14 votes)
    22 %
    Other? : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I printed labels. Slapped them on the envelopes.  I am old and have arthritis in my hands.

    People didn’t care.  They all pretty much showed up.

    All my thank you’s were personally, hand written notes; 35 for the shower, 65 for the wedding.  And I labeled those puppies, too.

     

    Post # 4
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    36 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I did handwritten ones for both my invites and thank you’s (didn’t do save the dates). I think they looked really amazing and more importantly, really personal letting each person know we took time out because we wanted them there. We got a ton of compliments on them.

    Post # 5
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    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I will be making address wraps that match my invitation suite!  I have terrible handwriting and cant afford calligraphy on 300+ invites.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @squares:  OMG these are gorgeous!! Did Primele Studios do these??

    Post # 7
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    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @squares:  I lo-ooove your calligraphy! I have amazing “type-writer” handwriting (so I’ve been told), but I can’t do pretty cursive like that to save my life because I’m such a perfectionist. I really love how you made the names big and all the way across the envelope. I had to steal your envelope picture for my Pinterest board!

    @bearluv:  We haven’t sent out invites or Save-The-Date Cards but I will be handwritting the addresses (if that is what you are referring to). Maybe you can just handwrite your FMIL’s to make her happy because I seriously doubt most people care.

    Post # 8
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    1770 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I wouldn’t mind hand writing them, but my handwriting is ugly. I’ll be printing labels.

    Post # 9
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    For our invitations, we wanted them really clean, modern and minimalist, so we purchased clear labels and printed the addresses on them in a clean, modern, sans serif font. We purchased a stamp from Etsy and embossed our addresses on the back. It looked awesome and way better than if we handwrote them all as our writing is generally inconsistent. I’ve seen some people with gorgeous writing and if I wrote like that, I would have considered handwriting.

    For our Thank You cards, I handwrote the messages and the addresses. Honestly, I just wanted to get them done and out the door. It was really really NOT fun or easy handwriting all those, even though I broke it up into multiple days.

     

    @squares:  Nice handwriting! If I wrote like that, I would’ve done mine by hand too. 🙂 They look amazing and so professional.

    Post # 10
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I WISH I had printed directly on the envelopes, but I didn’t even realize that was an option, argh.  We printed mailing labels — neither of us have wedding envelope-worthy handwriting.

    Post # 11
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    506 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We will only have 27 invites, so I will hand written them, setting up to print a labels, and printer probably will take me more time. My hand writing is not that great though.  

     

    squaresyour hand writing is amazing, looks very much from a calligraphy, really professional! Did you follow a guideline somewhere? 

    Post # 13
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    847 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @bearluv:  No, it’s not the done thing, at least not in the UK. I’ve never really seen hand written invitations, and if it is tradition I think it’s mostly died out now. Maybe at a time when women weren’t expected to work they had time to hand write 100 or so invites, but now they don’t. 

    Besides, what if there’s an issue with handwriting? I’m a teacher of young children so I like to think I’m pretty awesome at reading handwriting but my fiancé is really bad at it, he can barely read his own. It’s just easer to go with the printer, surely? 

    Post # 14
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am always complimented on my hand writing. We only inviting 60 guests, so I’ll need to address 30 envelopes by hand. I want to do it though to add that extra touch, and everyone receving the invites will know I hand addressed them. I don’t think it’s necessary though if you have a huge guestlist or not enough time to do it. I wouldn’t think anything of it if I got an invite with a label. 

    Post # 15
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    36 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    sorry for the delayed response!

    @missporkchops:  I did them 🙂

    @texasrandi:  aw thank you!

    @zoecn:  thank you! I didn’t follow anything except my natural cursive, and then check pinterest stuff to see what angle others thickened their lines at, if that makes sense.

    Post # 16
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    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Sorry, but all I can think is, “Of course that’s the traditional way of doing it… printers haven’t always existed…”  I would say it’s up to you.  Go with whatever you feel most comfortable doing. 

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