Post # 1
I already posted about this before, but I want to ask with a poll…we have to decide soon!
We are having a formal wedding…and while I do want to be consistent with all the aspects of the wedding…I am DREADING the thought of having to write 325 addresses out, or having to find someone else to do it, or pay someone else to do it, etc…
My friend could print in beautiful calligraphy/cursive writing on a laser printer all the addresses on clear stickers to stick onto the envelopes.
Is this awful?
Post # 3
I personally don’t care how the invitations are addressed… but some people might notice and appreciate it. But really, handwriting is not as hard as it sounds! Fiance, his mom, one of our BMs and I got together one evening and did 150 in a couple hours. They look nice! I would say it was worth it!
Post # 4
Do you really have 325 to send out? Or are you inviting 325 people?
My vote is for handwritten – even though – I almost went the label route.
I think the handwriting is such a sweet touch … but I also think that people will not necessarily think your wedding is any LESS formal if it’s labeled.
I don’t think it needs to be professionally done, either. I hand wrote ours with a really nice calligraphy pen and I was happy with how it came out. If you don’t like your handwriting, can you ask a friend or a couple friends to help? The writing doesn’t all have to match…..
Post # 5
@red_rose: We have at least 325 to write and neither of us has acceptible handwriting…thats the problem…:-/
I feel like we’d have to pay for it…and I don’t really want that expense added on for something that isn’t totally necessary…unless it is!
Post # 7
@oracle: Yes i actually have 325 to write out.
If I had less invites, I would ask my friends to help, but…it’s so many. Hmmm maybe we can divide them up as much as we can between people who have good handwriting.
Post # 9
Can you print the addresses directly on the envelopes? That’s what we did (in a cursive font) and I had people ask me who had addressed them (they thought it was handwritten).
I would print them directly on the envelopes before I would use labels … but if there wasn’t any other way, I wouldn’t have a problem with labels.
Post # 10
I would go with the clear labels. It just doesn’t seem worth it to spend all those hours (or $$) hand addressing the envelopes. 99% of people are just going to rip the envelope open anyway.
Post # 11
Like milesbella said, I think it may look better directly printed on the envelope instead of on a clear label. We used a pretty calligraphy-looking font set on “Best” print quality, and ours turned out great.
Post # 12
@milesbella: Yes thats another good option…could we do that ourselves? Is it difficult?
They told me at the printing company where we are getting our invites, that it would be expensive there to do that…might I might go to my local copy shop and see if they’d do it for cheaper…
@nicolethegrrr8: Did you do yours yourselves?
Thanks everyone for their input!
Post # 13
325 invitations!? Are you inviting north of 600 people?
The reason for the hand addressed invitations is that so each guest feels as though they have been personally invited. If you did not have formally writen invitations I would say print them, but since you do someone (MOB?, bridesmaids?) should hand address them.
Post # 14
@Zusie: No, we are actually having around 320 guests, but we are inviting lots of relatives/friends in the States and the small village where my family is from…they aren’t going to come to Athens in January. So it’s a way of honoring them, but we know the guests won’t exceed 360.
I only know two people who could write well…ugh. I think now it’s between printing straight onto the envelope or the stickers.
But I see what you are saying re: personalizing the invites.
Post # 15
@Evie19: I printed them myself. Just used Word and did an envelope mail merge. We had 230 invites and it took less than an hour (but I’m also familiar with Word and printing on envelopes, etc). The main thing is making sure your printer is the right kind so that the ink doesn’t smudge. Some people swear my laser printers, others by inkjet … but I have two laser printers at my work and one of them smudged terribly and the other one worked perfectly and is what I used to print mine.