Post # 1
Anyone know if there are regulations on where return addresses can go? I notice that the wrap-around MS labels put the return address on a random part of the back of the envelope.
I always assumed there some sort of rule that says it must be on the upper left hand corner, or centered on the top of the back of the envelope.
Our envelopes are the long kind (#10, for tea-length invites) and they open on the end, not along the side. I don’t want to put the return address on the front, because it looks so business-y, and centering it on the back would look dumb.
Post # 3
The USPS prefers it in the upper left-hand corner. If you put it on the back flap, your undeliverable mail will get returned to you – I always use the back flap for Christmas cards, and get at least one back every year, and I’ve gotten back one invitation and one STD.
I have heard (via this and other websites) about people getting invitations delivered back to them (not returned) because with the MS wrap-around label the return address is at the same height as a delivery address would normally be, so if the envelope just happens to go through the machines upside down they can’t tell the difference. I would think you could prevent this confusion by printing the return address offset 90 degrees? I’m sure I have seem some MS-style labels done this way.
How are you doing the delivery address on your tea-length envelopes? (Running the length or the width of the envelope?) I would think that you could treat the envelope as if it opened on the long side rather than the short side, and address it front and back like that. The return address would therefore be at the top of one long side, rather than on the short side.
Post # 4
I used #10 envelopes for the Save-The-Date Cards, and I embossed our return address on the back flap (we used the open-end ones from Paper Source, so it was a little back flap, not a big one). I got one returned. =( Word on the street is that the back flap is traditional for invitations. I just think it looks nicer…
Post # 5
@ suzanno: I’ll address them like it’s a regular envelope, running along the long side. I think I may be being ridiculous, worrying that an embossed, hand-written, metallic envelope could get lost among the regular mail.
@ rebecca: Glad to hear that’s the method you used sucessfully! We’re using the same envelopes, and I’m planning on embossing our address (or making a seal) to go on that flap. Thanks!