Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out how to address our invites, without having the extra expense of sending them to a calligrapher. This is our invite, with matching envelopes (with a liner in the damask pattern on the invite).
I thought about creating or buying wrap around labels, but I’m worried nothing’s going to quite match the color the invites were printed with. And I’m not sure what the official PMS or CMYK color was that was used, so I have to spend a lot of time trying to get it right and printing it over and over.
I’ve thought about trying to print directly onto the envelopes, but I’m worried that won’t work well I’ll just end up destroying a bunch of envelopes. My Fiance suggested clear labels, but I’m afraid they’ll be really obvious and look kinda tacky.
Post # 3
I bought some clear labels and printed on them for our Save-The-Date Cards, and I wasn’t impressed – they smudged even though I was careful to catch the sheets one at a time and lay them out. Of course, that could be a printer issue too.
I ended up printing them, which creased the envelopes a little bit, but after Fiance sat me down and told me I was starting to get crazy and no one would notice, I just sent them out. He was right, they looked fine.
Is the envelope patterned or a dark color? I’m having trouble seeing it on the link.
Post # 4
The envelope is the same cream/ivory color on the outside that the invite is, with a robin’s egg damask liner on the inside. I could probably live with slightly creased envelopes, and just figure everyone will blame it on the post office.
Post # 5
I printed directly on the envelopes using a calligraphy font from DaFont.com. It worked great, and many of our guests actually thought it was real calligraphy (I wasn’t shy to admit that it wasn’t).
Post # 6
I’ll be doing it either by hand or paying a calligrapher to address them. I don’t want to take the chance that they might look like junk mail. 🙁
Post # 7
Your invitations are beautiful!
From a formal, wedding-etiquette perspective, the names and addresses on the outer and inner envelopes of wedding invitations should always be handwritten, not printed by a printer either directly onto the envelope or onto a label.
Although hand-calligraphy is one of the most beautiful ways to have them addressed, it is perfectly fine to hand address them yourself or to have someone else with good handwriting write them for you.
Post # 8
I printed the addresses right on the envelopes with my laser printer. They looked great!
I also printed our return address on the backs of the envelopes, which you can sort of see in this picture:
I think the etiquette behing having to hand write addresses is kind of silly and outdated. Plus it probably took me longer to print the addresses than it would have to have hand written them and it just looks much MUCH nicer. I designed them nicely so they definitely didn’t look like junk mail. None of my guests thought anything of it.
Post # 9
I did the “faux-ligraphy” and it was so easy and everyone thought I’d hired a calligrapher. I used Publisher to print the addresses on my envelopes in a really light shade of gray. Then I used a calligraphy pen to trace over it. I was nervous about it but it was much easier and faster than I expected it to be. I recommend using one of the pens with an ink cartridge and not a “calligraphy marker”. I also printed my return address on the flap in black at the same time, but did not trace over those.
Post # 10
@reebee: I’ve never heard of that! What a great idea! That way someone can beautifully hand write the names and addresses, while still having a guide to help her. Very cool!
Post # 11
I hand wrote my wedding invitations in one evening. A huge feat, since I needed to address over 175.
Post # 12
I accepted my wonderful (MOH) sister’s offer to help me address envelopes by hand. (Help me meant she did all of the addresses and return addresses, although at least I was working on creating the invites at the same time.) Her handwriting is nicer than mine so I have to say I’ve been planning on asking her do them for years and years.
Post # 13
I used a calligraphy pen and handwrote mine. I inserted a lined guide into the envelope and that helped keep my handwriting in straight lines
Post # 14
@Gemstone: Which font did you use?
Post # 15
I used a mail merge from the excel sheet where I tracked everything and printed them on an inkjet (the laser printer wouldn’t take the small size envelopes that I had).