(Closed) Labels

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
6458 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think because hand writing the name and address is more personal. 

Post # 4
974 posts
Busy bee

I think that it’s because affixing labels to your wedding invitation envelopes makes them appear far less personal than they should be. That being said, I think there are beautiful ways to do (clear) labels and not have to hand address or hire a calligrapher.

Post # 5
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m not really sure.. however, the last two invitations I’ve received had address labels on it and I didn’t mind one bit! Some people find it tacky, but I think it’s usually the older generation. I had over 250 invitations and there was no way I was about to handwrite all of them. I printed the addresses directly on the envelopes and no one sad anything to me about it.

Post # 7
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I prefer hand written envelopes.  It just shows more effort and yes, is classic and timeless.  After that would be addresses printed directly on the envelope.  Labels are last resort but definitely exhaust all of the above before going in that direction!

Post # 8
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@armychica06:  I had no idea! I don’t see anything wrong with your labels, geeze I can’t imagine writing out 80-100 envelopes! 🙁 


Post # 9
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Handwriting is more personal and looks better than labels. I actually notice and remember when I receive a wedding invite with an address label. But I also pay a lot of attention to detail.

For your return address, you can get a personalized rubber address stamp and emboss with a light or metallic ink so the envelopes look pretty and it save you time and hand cramping =P.

I took a calligraphy seminar because I’ll be addressing our invites that way. The pointed pen technique actually wasn’t as hard as it looks AND it was a lot of fun! Plus you can use different colored inks and embellish the envelope anyway you want. It’s like a beautiful work of art! You can look up how-to videos online.

I think using address labels is less offensive than having a generic pre-printed thank you card though. Thank you’s should definitely be handwritten, personal notes.

Post # 10
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@armychica06:  Some people find it impersonal – I’ve generally heard the complaint that it means people aren’t taking the time to write out your address, that must mean they don’t want you to come that badly, etc.. 

I don’t personally agree, however.  I have a dark, sapphire blue envelope for our invitations – obviously a clear label or printing directly would not work (printer ink on such a dark envelope would never work), so I purchased white wrap-around labels.  I have a beautiful font (Ministry Script!) I’m going to use with multiple glyphs (versions) for each character – so the time it is taking me to carefully pick out the versions of each letter for everyone’s name is probably taking me MORE time than handwriting would be, but it will look so much better than my own handwriting.

Not to mention, as a computer programmer, it is extremely difficult for me to see the practical side of handwriting something so easily done with perfection with a computer – no accidentally writing the wrong address, name, or wasting multiple envelopes because I just couldn’t get it written down right. The addressing on envelopes has a purpose – to direct the post office to where the envelope should go. I would much rather trust a computer to print everything in a legible, neat way and have it arrive properly than my painfully crafted but still slightly illegible handwriting. It is more important to me to maximize the chances of the envelope making its way to the addressee. JMO, of course 🙂

Post # 12
2503 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used clear labels in one of my wedding invite fonts on white labels and honestly, I love them. My handwriting isn’t that great and I know after this many envelopes, it would be horrendous and I just couldn’t afford hundreds of dollars for a calligrapher. I probably would’ve printed directly on the envelope, but it was easier doing labels than aligning my printer and babysitting the printer. I think the labels, done in a pretty, easy to read font, can be quite elegant/modern looking and no one I know has complained that they weren’t handwritten. I also have a background in graphic design/marketing, so for me, it was better than it was even, pretty and matched the invitations than being personal and sloppily handwritten.

Post # 13
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I also used clear labels on mine. I wanted the font to match my invitations and I certainly can’t write that nicely.

Post # 14
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I used clear labels with a beautiful font.. and I loved them! 

Post # 15
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got an inviation that used clear labels…but they used like the large clear labels without rounded edges and did the letters really big in script and it actually  looked super nice! It was on a large envelope though…

I dunno..maybe it seems impersonal to some people. I certainly couldn’t afford a calligrapher, or to have preprinted envelopes done. I just used my own hand….and I do not have the best handwriting. 

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