(Closed) is it "tacky" to use printed labels on invitation envelopes?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 47
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@barbie86 I never said they had to be calligraphy—regular cursive or printing is fine. I wanted my invatations (and yes, that includes the envelopes) to be a little more special than the weekly credit card offers I receive in the mail. I do notice who takes the time to write out my address as opposed to those who just run it through a printer.

I certainly don’t think those who use a printer are tacky, I just think the brides who do send handwritten envelopes went the extra mile to add that extra special personal touch. Especially since the envelope is literally the first glimpse I see into someone’s wedding. 



Post # 48
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did printed labels- we had metallic navy envelopes, so printed on white labels, but to jazz it up, I had a lacy heart border hole punch, so punched out the right hand side border- it made all the difference so it looked like an invitation and not just mail!

Post # 49
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It seems so silly to me that this can actually still be an etiquette thing- how is it poor etiquette to print a label yourself but it isn’t to pay someone a whole bunch of money to do it for you?  If it truly is about the “personal” aspect of it, then shouldn’t having someone else do it be considered in poor taste as well?

I did print addresses directly on the envelopes, and used fonts that corresponded with my invitation fonts.  I also had a super cute stamp made with our return address.  They certainly did not look like any old piece of mail that someone would receive!  If my invitations were in poor etiquette, well, so be it.  They looked fabulous (of course I might be a little biased…)! 

Post # 50
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I would say use whatever you feel comfortabe using! Lol I know myself personally… I don’t really care how the front of the envelope looks. It usually goes like “EEEEK something for me that isn’t a bill?!! Woo Hoo!!!” Don’t even pay attention to the front of it, and it is the first thing is the trash!

Post # 51
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mimoza:  rubberstamps.net – you can design your own with just text or you can upload a picture of your own fancy handwriting for that.  I made stamps for my favor tags and it was easy and cheap ($7 for small custom stamps)

Post # 52
6291 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BrooklynWife:  Well TBF the credit card offers I receive are in cheap white envelopes with clear windows showing my address printing inside; kinda different to our nice quality cream envelopes with a white label printed with a nice font..

Anyhoo, I’ve spoken to my mum and we’ve decided to use labels for the envelopes, but send our invitations and RSVP cards to a calligrapher.

Urgh, I hate the bee sometimes! Lol 😉

Post # 53
9096 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I used printed labels because my guests weren’t worth carpal tunnel. Tacky or not, I didn’t care — I wanted ease and convienance.

Post # 54
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Mine were printed wrap labels.  I designed them to match the wedding invtes.  In no way do I feel printed labels are tacky.


Post # 55
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I used clear labels and I think it looked great! I wouldn’t care at all if someone used any kind of label though… It’s an envelope! It would be a super weird thing to get worked up about IMO. 

Post # 56
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I say no, it’s not tacky.  What it is is relatively cheep, and easy to do.  And consider this….

They open the invite, throw the envelope away.  Never to be seen again.  

I thought about it for all of one minute, decided not to take the time to learn calligraphy (cause i have more important things to do) and didn’t want to pay someone, so we sent them out with clear labels. 

Not a single person said anything, including my picky mother!

Post # 57
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am also in the camp that labels are fine. Nobody wll notice.

Post # 58
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  I’m currently in the process of sorting out our invitation options. We are having a formal wedding, but there is no way I’m paying an extra $1 per envelope) to have the address printed onto the envelope by the stationary place, just for 90% of the guests to throw out the invitation the next day.  If anything I will print it on myself, and if it’s too frustrating, you better believe I’m getting clear labels! As other Bees mentioned, the label, or envelope in general isn’t nearly as important as the actual invitation. If a guest is going to make a negative comment about the label, they’re just a negative person in general who you wouldn’t be able to make happy no matter what you did!

Post # 59
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We printed the address right on our envelopes for our Save-The-Date Cards and it was a nightmare due to our crappy printer and trying to get the tiny envelopes to line up correctly.  We said lots of swear words and just got labels for the invites.  I fretted about what people would think for a while, but then realized I couldn’t remember what a single wedding invitation envelope looked like that we had received.  

Post # 60
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I hadn’t heard of this until after I sent my invitations and it’s something I don’t understand.  I didn’t have a casual wedding.  Calligraphy actually goes against what the post office recommends.  Almost all of the invitations I’ve recieved have had labels.

Why would printing the actual invitation be correct and then it would be poor etiquette for doing so on the envelope?

Post # 61
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@amandasouthcarolina:  Ii think that written is really nice, but there is nothing wrong with a printed address on the envelope or label. dafont.com actually has some nice free ones that you can download and use in Word. Also, quite honestly, I don’t remember what any of the outside envelopes look like and the envelope goes right in the garbage.

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