Post # 1
I just finished my placecards and HATE them. But I’ll have to deal – I’m not about to order more from papersource and rewrite them all. I should’ve hired a calligrapher! Are you writing your own placecards? Are you doing calligraphy or just regular handwriting?
Post # 3
hahaha. i felt that way after I hand addressed all our invitations – they look like a 5 yr old wrote them! Oh well, calligraphy wasn’t in our budget and even though the hand-writing is cruddy I’m glad that we did take the time to write them all instead of using printed labels or something similar.
Post # 4
I have yet to do ours for this very reason. I bet yours look great. If I had a scanner I would post a sample of my handwriting so you could have a laugh. Just tuck them away until the wedding and don’t look at them. No one will analyze them the way you do, so no need to worry about them.
Post # 5
I hate my handwriting too! We have a friend who is **Gifting** calligraphy to us for our invites etc. She is amazing and we didn’t have to pay a penny. Best of both worlds. Rob did all of our Save The Date addressing though (and writing the signs we held.. Save, the, Date, and an info sign)- He might be a doctor, but his handwriting is stellar 🙂
Post # 6
My handwriting sucks too. I was going to print the outer envelope labels and hand write the inner one. I have contacted a calligrapher. She chages 3.75 per envelope and 1.25 for each place card. As much as I would like her services, I don’t think I can afford 75 evelopes and 130 place cards.
Has anyone else got a quote? I would like to know if 3.75 an evelope is fair or not.
Post # 7
i’m going to have this problem. I just sent out our Save-The-Date Cards via email but our formal invitations will be posted snail mail. epps.
i have honestly thought about posting an ad on craigslist for someone to pinch hit for me and write all my envelopes. just thinking about it 😛
Post # 8
I am printing everything. I won’t subject my poor family, or FI’s family to either of our handwritings. It may not be traditional, but I don’t want my poor guests ending up in Cleveland or scratching their heads over table seating because they can’t decifer my chicken scratch. I bought a nice wedding font library because I knew I would do a lot of printing.
Post # 9
You are brave, I would not have attempted to hand-write our escort cards. We printed them out on nice ivory Paper Source paper, cut them into rectangles, and used a corner punch to make them look pretty, and then mounted them on burgundy cardstock. Printer did the hard part! We used a calligrapher for our invitation addressing and our STD addressing, but it honestly never occurred to me to have our escort cards hand-done.
Post # 10
I’m planning to cheat a little on our invitations. I really want the lovely look of calligraphy, but I don’t plan to hire anyone. I’m going to print wrap-around labels with the addresses in a very light gray, then trace over it with a calligraphy pen. I’m going to test it first, but I think it will work (in theory). My handwriting is OK, but I really want something more elegant!
Post # 11
Mine sucks too. And FI’s is worse. Agonized over whether to handwrite or print. Tried handwriting and HATED they way they looked. I printed them all directly onto the envelopes and they looked GREAT. I know there were a few people in my fam who were probably aghast that I did it, but they have enough tact to not say anything. I’m not sweating it anymore. I’m doing the same with the placecards.
Post # 12
I have always been somewhat of an artsy person, but I still have to practice to get things right. There was no way I was going to pay someone to write on some envelopes that get thrown away anyway, it’s just a waste of money to me and I don’t really have enough of it to waste. So I picked out a font I liked on Microsoft Word and practiced writing the letters (much like a kindergartener or pre-schooler does) until I felt comfortable. Then I used a straight edge such as a thick piece of paper or ruler to keep my writing straight on the envelopes when I addressed them. I just sent the invitations out Monday and have gotten quite a few compliments on them. My 30 year old brother even went as far as to say “It is gorgeous” and one of my co-workers said I should do it for people on the side. So I’m glad I went the route I did, and my point is that maybe all you need to do is practice a little bit with the letters right in front of you. Good Luck!
This isn’t a great example, but my Maid/Matron of Honor asked me to do the writing on the shower invitations for her and this is what that looked like. This was before I had completely mastered it, but it helped with the practice!