Post # 1
My wedding in August will be “black tie optional” the wedding invitations are pretty nice (yay weddingpaperdivas!) the only thing is, how do we label the addresses on the invitation?
My fiance brought up the idea of handwriting the addresses versus printing out labels. What do most people do? Both of us don’t have the best handwriting, to be honest..we don’t have good handwriting.
What is recommended? handwriting or labels? if labels-does anyone have any recommendations where to buy them?
Post # 3
I bought Avery labels and they have a really nice program on their website that allows you to design & print your own labels.
My handwriting blows, and no way in hell am I going to pay someone to write pretty. Printing my own all the way!
Post # 4
@lovemyrussianpooza: You are going to get a lot of responses that say handwriting is best. My advice if you choose to handwrite is to print a fancy print on the envelope in a very light color and go over it with a gel pen. Wala! Beautiful handwriting!
Post # 5
Printing labels was one of the smartest thing I did with regards to wedding planning! My handwriting sucks, and the few that I did have to handwrite myself I ended up using extra envelopes b/c I messed up.
You can buy Avery labels from any office store or Target or Walmart I think too. Then you download a blank template online (matching the number on the box) and insert the names and addresses in from your excel template (mass mail merge). Easy peasy.
Although, I also love @allisonh: idea if you do end up hand writing! I never even thought of that!
Post # 6
We’re planning on using a calligrapher.
Post # 7
A couple of options if you don’t want to hand write (which is what is “correct” in the world of etiquette) are:
1. Inkjet directly on the envelopes. It takes some testing, but it looks infinitely superior to labels. You can download a nice font and spring for some extra envelopes for testing, and still come out ahead on time and money.
2. If you go with labels, the clear matte ones always look nicer than the opaque ones, since you can still see the texture of the paper.
Post # 8
Just a warning: I used Avery labels from staples. I THOUGHT they were dry (I waited a day and ran my finger over them) I used labels for the rsvp envelopes, and the ink smudged on my invite. Now pretty much all my mailed out invites have a little black smudge on them 🙁 I think I should have used ones of those paint sealing spray things you find In art stores. I’m trying not to be too upset because they are out and there isn’t anything I can do about it, but damn I worked so hard on my DIY invites! Anyway just thought I’d give a heads up if you are planning to put labels on the inside envelopes.
Post # 9
I think it’s done differently in different regions, but I’ve always been told that it is unacceptable to do anything other than handwrite or hire a calligrapher (in fact, I’ve been in 7 weddings and all invitations have been hand-written envelopes). Be prepared that some of your older guests might have something to say about it since traditionally they are always handwritten, although I think younger people probably wouldn’t think twice about it. If you and your fiance don’t have good handwriting, do you have a sibling or parent who would be willing to address them for you? My mother is doing ours and starting a few weeks early, so she only has to do a small amount each day.
Post # 10
I’m going to be printing directly on the envelopes. I don’t think it matters what you do though, people just throw the envelopes out anyway so I wouldn’t waste too much time on them.
Post # 11
We have a label printer, so we bought clear matte labels and used a calligraphy font to do them. They looked great when we stuck them on the envelopes. I think it took about 2 seconds to print each label, so it was also quick too.