(Closed) Printed address labels for save the dates, yes or no?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Are pre-printed address labels ok for save the date envelopes?
    No way you should hand addresss everything! : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Yes, save the dates are more casual so it's ok. : (8 votes)
    24 %
    Who cares no one will notice because they are just save the dates. : (24 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 2
    6290 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    BWLE:  I really don’t understand the fuss over handwritten vs printed envelopes… It is something I never ever considered an ‘issue’ until the Bee. 

    We had printed labels for both the save the dates and invitations. As far as I know, no-one was mortally offended. 

    Post # 3
    2942 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    barbie86:  Yes, so much yes to this.  It’s an envelope that will likely end up in the trash.  As long as the envelope is addressed in such a way that gets it to the home of the person it was intended to go to, its fine. 

    Post # 5
    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I printed my save the date addresses on transparent labels so they didn’t show up too much on the envelope.

    Post # 6
    351 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree with the no one cares. it’s just an envelope. People throw them right in the trash anyhoo. I presonally handprinted all of mine, because it was just 30 guests, and I didn’t feel like running to the store to get ink for my printer. Otherwise I totally would’ve done them on labels as well.


    Post # 8
    2600 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    No one cares–even about the invite (although yes, calligraphy will certainly cue your guests it’s formal). The envelope gets thrown away. 

    And I say this AS a calligrapher!

    Post # 9
    731 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    BWLE:  I guess we must be tacky because we are using clear printed labels for all of it lol in cursive of course 🙂 I could not see spending money on something that gets thrown away within 5 mins of receiving. 

    Post # 10
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We’re going to print all envelopes, tacky or not.  My uncle is a post office employee and hates so many handwritten addresses because they’re awful to read and automatic scanners can’t always read them.  I’d rather have clear and easy to read tacky envelopes that arrive than proper envelopes that are lost.

    But our wedding isn’t extremely formal, so there’s some laxity vs black tie formal addressing. 

    Post # 11
    8575 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    For our save the dates we printed directly on the envelope, and I would have done that for the invitations if I could, but we weren’t able to so we used labels.

    Post # 12
    904 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We used labels for our invitations and our thank you cards. I even use labels on our Christmas cards because it’s easy and I’m lazy.

    Post # 13
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I printed mine on clear labels with a cute font – I didn’t hear anything about it being “tacky”. I think you’re totally fine!

    Post # 14
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Personally I say who cares.  In all fair honesty it’s paper and people throw it away.  while I did not do Save the Date notices, I did send out formal invitations which were absolutey beautiful and I used clear labels with ecru envelopes.  I printed the labels in a beautiful Dark Brown ink (my colors were brown, purple, gold and ecur) and it looked lovely, nobody said, oh you used labels. Save yourself some money. 

    Post # 15
    1519 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I also used clear labels with a pretty font (oh the horror!). My envelopes weren’t going through the printer properly and I didn’t want to ruin all the envelopes. I was pretty sure that the vast majority of my guests would not care either way. 

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