(Closed) Help! Invite disaster

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

What I did for my placecards and escort cards was print the names in a pretty font on regular printer paper, then I slipped the printed sheet under the cards and traced the font onto my nice paper with calligraphy pens.  It was really fast after the first few, definitely much faster than if I’d tried to concentrate and make my handwriting the best it could be.  Could you try that?  I did it on our glass coffee table, and just put a desk lamp on the floor and let the light shine up through all the paper, to make it clearer.  I know it sounds like a crazy solution, but I didn’t have the time for a calligrapher, and this was a really simple way to get the look I wanted.

If you do it that way, though, make sure you take a sample of the handmade paper into the art store, to find the right pen.  Some of my pens would bleed on the nice, thick paper.

Post # 5
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Try calling a kinkos or a printing place like that, and see what they will charge you to do the printing… I am going through the same thing myself right now….  ๐Ÿ™  


I have the mail merge already to go, and if my last printer option doesn’t work, I will hand them the disk with the mailmerge saved on it, and say “call me when it’s done!”

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i used clear labels. i thought they looked fine. i also had the mindset of it’s just an envelope, people probably won’t look at them and they will just throw them away, so why should i spend time and money on them.

Post # 7
7 posts

it’s possible you could do a mail merge and ink jet the envelopes. epson printers have a straight paper path and seem to work better with thicker stock

Post # 8
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Clear labels will probably work, use a test paper for a trial and see how well it holds up. :o) Good luck!

Post # 10
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Why not use decorative wrap-around labels?  I did that for my STD’s and the design on the labels matched the design on the STD, everyone thought they were gorgeous!  And it looked a little nicer than your average mailing labels In My Humble Opinion.  Some of the bees have posted templates, and Martha has some too.

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh – and check around on calligraphy, mine only cost $1.10 an envelope and looked gorgeous, one of the bees recommended her – Michelle Clark.

Post # 12
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Try printing it with your printer! Our HP all-in-one wireless didn’t bleed or blink at all when I put even the thickest (110lb white!) envelopes through. I used Jane Austen handwriting font from http://www.dafont.com/ for our STD envelopes and I have gotten RAVE reviews! Everyone seriously though I’d written everything out by hand! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€ If that fails, go jhphi’s suggestion of printing the fancy type out on thin paper and putting it in the envelope and tracing over it.


Good luck!

Post # 14
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used our at home printer for ours but it really was a huge ordeal and a lot of them got messed up.  The envelopes weren’t even that thick to begin with but they didn’t always feed through the printer properly.  My printer is the kind with the tray underneath and then it pulls the paper up and bends it around to print.  I think most at home printers are like that.  Honestly, I wouldn’t really try it on those because you will end up with a lot of wasted envelopes and hassle.

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