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

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 62
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  Wow. I didn’t even know this was a “thing”. Do people seriously care whether an envelope, which will only end up in the bin later, has a label or handwriting on it?!

Post # 63
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  I had a formal wedding, and I wanted to print onto the envelope myself (using an at home printer), BUT, the invitations I picked came with mettalic envelopes that couldn’t go through a printer without smudging. So I went with clear labels, and I used the same fonts that were in the invite to address the labels.

I hand wrote the addresses for our thank you cards, and it looks so much messier… so I am 1000% okay with my decision to use clear labels.

Post # 64
704 posts
Busy bee

Calligraphy is definitely special, but I think printed labels can look great!

I designed and printed wraparound sticker labels for our invites and actually got compliments on them! Here’s what they looked like (with personal info removed):

Post # 65
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I found really cute labels on vistaprint….

Here is my opinion as to why labels are great…….

  • unless you have awesome handwriting, addressing wedding envelopes will be a large chore
  • the outer envelope tends to get dirty/ripped by the USPS
  • the outer envelope gets thrown away by the recepient
  • calligraphy is very expensive

I used decorative labels for the outer envelope

I used clear labels for the inner envelope

I used address stickers for the return address




Post # 66
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Print them on the envelopes! Make them in a cute font!!

pft to the invitation snobs.

Got two wedding invitations this week – one was perfect ettiquette, down to the calligraphy on the front and the letter press on the actual invitiations. The other was small, printed and they had just simply hand written the address on the front.

Guess which one I’m more excited to attend.

Post # 67
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I throw envelopes out and hardly look at them other than the name/address. I don’t think anyone will mind.

Post # 68
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most of the wedding invites we get are printed labels and we think nothing of it. Just like with other details, people don’t notice them 🙂

However, I decided to learn calligraphy and address our invites that way. I’ve been wanting to learn calligraphy for years so I thought this is the best time to do it. 

Post # 69
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think clear labels are tacky, but I think they look very aesthetically unappealing.

Post # 70
3073 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@barbie86:  I don’t understand people who are thinkging: calligraphy OR computer labels. I just don’t get that. “Etiquette” certainly doesn’t call for a paid calligrapher.

If you sit down a few evenings you can crank our your own invitations. I would be easy to do 20 per night. In ten days you would have them all done. 

It’s the gathering of correct addresses that is time consuming.


Post # 71
5521 posts
Bee Keeper

@FauxPas2012:  My hand-writing is not good; I had an attempt at calligraphy but it looked ridiculous – like a child’s attempt lol. There is no WAY I’m sending them out like that! Learning how to do proper calligraphy is not an option at this stage as I work 60-70 hours a week and simply do not have the time. 

For our STD’s we used printed labels with a nice, cursive font for the outer envelopes, with people’s formal names, and then I hand-wrote their preferred names on the inner envelopes. 

For our invitations we’re still unsure and may use a mix of both printed labels and professional calligraphy. Just need to sit down and look at the budget. 

Post # 72
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had 3 separate sets of invites (small ceremony + 2 receptions in each of our hometowns since we live out of state). For the ceremony invites, I printed directly onto the envelopes using the same font that was on our invites. For the two at home affairs, I created wrap-around labels that matched the invites since the envelopes were both dark. Tacky or not, I love the way they all turned out.

Post # 73
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  I don’t think it’s tacky at all to do labels.  I find it particularly nice if there is real caligraphy (so much so that I’ve learned to do it myself for my invites) but that doesn’t mean caligraphy is the only way – it’s just extra nice.  I actually prefer labels over plain handwritten for addresses and such.



Post # 74
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Personally I don’t think I understand the rules of “etiquette.” To me it should be about problem-solving, logic, and behaving nicely.  Handwriting hundreds of labels doesn’t seem to do any of that. I’d rather have addresses the post office can read than my “personal” scrawl.

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