- 10 years ago
- Wedding: September 2008
Would it be ok to use clear mailing labels on my wedding invitations?
Would it be ok to use clear mailing labels on my wedding invitations?
Personally, I would say no. I feel handwritten addresses have a much more personal feel to it. I’m just not a fan of printing labels for the addresses. Now – having your return address printed or using the labels on the back of the envelope for the return is a different story. But I think the address of the person being invited should be hand written. Just my opinion!
Absolutely. I don’t have the time or the handwriting to write them all out (140 invites – no way!) or the money to pay someone to do it. We ran ours through our printer which is basically the same thing, and people loved them.
Totally! Use a pretty little font and you’re set! Personally, I think handwriting no matter how nice the calligrapher, tends to look messy. but then again.. this is coming from a crazy excel lover that puts her life on spreadsheets. 🙂
Thanks for the insights. I would love to hand write them all, but I don’t have the time especially now since I found out that I can’t use abbreviations!!!
Technically, you can do whatever you want, but some people on this board don’t like that answer. These days, there are really no hard and fast "rules" about weddings. It’s not like if you abbreviate a state, the wedding police are going to come and lock you up. We just wrote it out because I think it looked cooler. Do what works best for you and I’m sure they’ll be great. People that you’re inviting to your wedding aren’t going to turn their noses up because you used labels. And if they do, who cares. You’re marrying the person of your dreams, and that’s the main point behind all of the madness that we put ourselves through.
agree with jma. You can do whatever you want. Personally, I don’t think the envelopes are really that important, including address labels and stamps. Before I started wedding planning, I never look at the envelopes to see how pretty they are. After wedding planning and I’ve received 7 wedding invitations this year, I look and then I toss them right out of the trash. Who retains the envelopes anyways, I know I don’t. I do calligraphy as a hobby and even then, I won’t hand address envelopes because it is just not worth the time and there is very little appreciation for the effort. That’s why I never understand why some people will spend time and money to hire a calligrapher to hand address envelopes, nor do I understand why people spend money on custom stamps.
I have all of mine on clear address labels too! I think it’s faster, cleaner and prettier. You can even add pictures and different colors to customize according to your wedding theme/colors.
Some people might not think that it’s personal enough, but I believe that if they received a wedding invitation from us, then they should already know that they are an important part of our lives…
There is not wrong way to do anything when it comes to weddings. You just do what you like because it YOUR DAY! Have fun and don’t stress out about the little things.
We actually printed our envelopes – just ran each one through the printer. It went pretty fast. I had a little trouble at first getting them to pull through straight, so address labels were my back-up plan. There is no way I was going to pay to have calligraphy, and not only did I not have time to hand address envelopes for 100 invitations, they look much nicer than if I had done them by hand.
We did them in a plum-colored ink that matched the ink on the invitation, and I had a number of people comment on how cool they thought that looked.
Getting invited is personal enough; I don’t think hand writing an address adds much value. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against hand writing envelopes, afterall, I am doing that for the thank you notes….But in the grand scheme of things, it’s a mailing envelope that will get thrown away. I think your time and energy can be used for something more productive and meaningful to your wedding, like the actual invite or any crafts you’re planning.
So yes, I vote for the clear labels. I used them and I haven’t heard anyone gripe about them. All anyone cares about is what is inside!
The only reason I wouldn’t use clear labels is b/c sometimes in transit, the ink rubs off or the label itself picks up dirt (thereby rendering its "clearness" moot).
I printed ours on our home printer with a fancy font and design. It came out much nicer than my handwriting and looked far fancier than I could’ve done by hand.
For those who say that doing it by hand adds more of a personal touch: I think it took longer to design and arrange each envelope on-screen than it would have to write them. For those who have them professionally calligraphed, I think it’s lovely, but to me it defeats the point of it being "personal" if you pay someone else to do it. I look at it from a design point of view – if you like it and can afford it, great. If not, who cares?!
I think that labels look bad on envelopes. I did it for my daughter’s birthday party with yellow envelopes and it looked like $#%&. I actually went out and bought more envelopes. It really isn’t that hard to address them all. Sit down with a good movie and get to work. It looks soooo much better.
honestly… how many people are going to remember your outer envelope? It’s like people fussing over stamps… i don’t think it’s a big deal, but then i guess people want everything to look perfect. When it comes down to it… how much time do you want to devote to addressing your invites, there are other things to fuss over 😀 If KateMW had to do 350 invites i don’t think one movie would be enough. Plus I just read in Bride Magazine, you should order 20% more envelopes just incase you mess up on the outside.. which means it’s not really 350, it’s 350+redos.
i wouldn’t use labels.
print them instead. it will look nicer and it’s easier!
i also printed them in a fancy font and the few people who have seen (they haven’t been mailed yet) them thought they looked great.
my Future Mother-In-Law wants to do it like that for the rehearsal dinner invites now!
We used clear labels and it turned out nicely. But then again, I’m the type of bride where goodness forbid I do anything the traditional way. In fact to tie the envelope to the invite and our monogram, etc. we used the same font as one our invites and didn’t use a single upper case letter on the envelopes. So it looked like this:
123 hometown road
charlotte, nc 00000
It went well with our casual wedding. I’m sure the wedding police would have found me and arrested me by now if there was in fact such a thing. And when it comes to the guests at my wedding, my moto always was… Those who matter don’t care and those who care don’t matter. They were so excited to be invited to the wedding regardless of whether I hand addressed the envelopes are shot labels through the printer. The super nice thing about setting up labels is you can do it for the Save the Dates and then use them for the Invites and the Thank You Cards! Woohoo!!!! (Note to self: finish up thank you cards tonight!)
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