Post # 1
I have been looking into hiring a calligrapher for my invitation envelopes and the seating table cards (or whatever they are technically called) but the prices have shocked me…its almost as much as the invitations themselves!
Has anyone foregone this and addressed their own envelopes? I do have nice handwriting compared to most but the thought of doing this sounds like a heap of stress and I don’t really trust my old computer printer to do a great job printing envelopes.
Post # 3
I’ll probably write the envelopes myself and do the invitations on computer. I’m luckily enough to know people who can write in calligraphy. Have you asked around? My MOH’s Dad is writing my place cards.
Post # 4
I took a calligraphy class and am addressing them all myself, but it’s kind of soothing for me. Have you tried places like Etsy? There are calligraphers on there who charge about $2/envelope.
And I don’t personally see the problem with labels. Technically, it’s supposed to be “bad form” but who in this day and age really cares? They make some really fanciful labels out there–paper source and http://www.thepaperwink.com has some fun design-y ones.
Post # 5
@JennyW1:Was it you that was worried about the post office delivering the envelopes? How did that turn out (I’ve been digging through old paper posts, as I really need to find invitations!)
Post # 6
@nmsoonerbride: HI nmsoonerbride! I’m smiling that you actually remember me! We haven’t sent the invites out yet–I have yet to actually make them, but I did streamline the design just a bit and I asked my postal server if he would deliver them. He winced at first but he read the address without a hitch, shrugged and said, “Well, if I can read them…” So we went two “test envelopes” out to mine and FI’s parents and both of them got through, no problem. We’re purchasing a very clear stamp return address, just in case.
But for one, I’ve sent all kinds of crazy things through the mail and never had a problem–clear envelopes, crazy calligraphy, stacks of vintage stamps, odd formatting…The design for ours was inspired by Betsy Dunlap’s lovely calligraphy and yes, she’s a professional, but if you’ve seen her designs, you have to wonder how HER stuff gets through the mail!
Post # 7
Personally.. I don’t GET calligraphy. Paying someone else to write names on your envelopes? I don’t see how anyone could honestly care how the name on their invitation was written. As long as it wasn’t in crayon, I don’t think I’d even notice how my name was written on an invite. Calligraphy just seems like a completely unnecessary cost.