(Closed) How to address our formal invitations?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How should we address our formal invitations?
    Handwritten in ink (expensive and time consuming) : (8 votes)
    53 %
    Beautiful cursive printed addresses on clear stickers-(easier and cheaper but not as formal) : (7 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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 # 9
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
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    4520 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 10
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    4520 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    woops

    Post # 11
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    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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 # 13
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    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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 # 15
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @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.

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