(Closed) Save the Dates – Handwritten or Labels?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should we hand write the addresses or can we use clear labels on the save the dates and/or invites?
    Yes! You can use the clear labels on both the save the dates and the invitations. : (21 votes)
    43 %
    Yes! You can use the clear labels on the save the dates, but not the invitations. : (12 votes)
    24 %
    No. You shouldn't use clear labels on save the dates or invitations - hand write the information. : (15 votes)
    31 %
    Something else - I'll explain below. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The preference, from my understanding, is for hand written addresses. That is what I am doing. However, if this task will be just too much, it isn’t a major faux pas to use labels.

    Post # 6
    21 posts

    I so know what you mean!  My handwriting is the kind that changes the longer I write…


    Do you have a reliable friend that could help, like your MOH?

    Post # 7
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Are your envelopes light enough in color that you could print directly onto them from your printer? My envelopes were ivory, so I just created a template in Microsoft Word for the return address and mailing addresses then did a mail merge just like you would do for labels. Then I just ran the envelopes manually through my printer.

    It was a little more time consuming than printing the sheets of labels but came out looking really nice. I used Monotype Corsiva for the font so it was a little bit more formal than every day fonts, but was still readable for delivery. I plan on doing the same for the invitations when I send those out.

    Post # 9
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It all depends on your level of formality, imo.  Fancy invitations should have handwritten envelopes, but then again they need to be legible and pretty, so if you can’t handwrite them, personally I would go to the office supply store and print them in a nice font.  As for stds, it depends – are they cute postcards or something? In which case go for labels. If they match the invitations than you should probably do the same as with the invites.  I would only use return address labels if you are already using address labels.  Otherwise write or print them, or  I think I will be using an embosser on the back flap.  The idea behind handwriting the envelopes is to show that it is a personal invitation, that you are thinking of them individually.  If your handwriting is pretty good but it slants, think about just laying a ruler under each line to guide you. 

    Post # 11
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I can’t see the pic but generally I think of save-the-dates as being casual, especially if there is website info on them.  Then again, I am not doing them so I might not be the best person to give advice! 

    Post # 12
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    From everywhere that I have read, they say to handwrite the return address and the guest’s address on the invite, and I would assume the same would be so for the save the dates, since the purpose is to show your guests that you spent time and energy and put thought into sending them the card.

    However, I, and I am sure other girls who aren’t gung-ho about etiquette won’t follow those rules.  I printed my return addresses on clear labels and stuck them on the invite.  I did handwrite the guest’s address though.

    Post # 13
    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    For Save the Dates: I printed the address directly on my envelopes by running them through the printer and used informal names (John and Jane Doe.) I included my return address in the upper left corner.

    For Invitations: I will handwrite (or have someone with better handwriting!) the address, using formal names (Mr. and Mrs. Doe.) I included my return address on the back of the envelope.

    Post # 14
    803 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i am totally against labels, especially clear ones.  what about doing something more ovious like a wrap around label to match or cutely shaped sticker ones from Paper Source?  it would appear more planned and deliberate rather than a last ditch effort.

    Post # 15
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    In this day and age – who gives it more than a 3 second thought when they first see it?  Handwritten in beautiful handwriting or calligraphy gives everyone pause and awe over the elegance and the beauty.  That being said – no one looks at a label and thinks “eww – how tacky – im certainly going to give disdainful looks to whomever sent this!”  The in between is to forgo both and print directly on the envelope. We used Zapfino font and printed directly on it and we actually got several comments on how nice they thought it looked!  And it was soo easy!!  Just my thoughts…

    Post # 16
    16215 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Okay, so I’ve heard that it’s SUCH a no-no to use labels. But…if they are pretty (clear sounds nicer than having a white background), I don’t think it matter as much.

    I voted for labels on the save-the-date only. Unfortunately, the etiquette “rule” against labels on the formal invites is sticking around still. I think the save-the-dates can get away with it because they are less formal than the invites.

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