Post # 1
Hello all.. I am not planning on paying a calligrapher to address my Save-The-Date Cards and invites, so I’m wondering what some of you did instead. I don’t want to use white address labels on my bright yellow STD envelopes. Also, what about return address labels? What I’d love to do for that is purchase a beautiful stamp on Etsy– problem is, FH and I don’t live together yet.
Anywho, suggestions are much appreciated!
Post # 3
I printed addresses directly on our envelopes using our printer and a fancy font. I also printed return addresses on the back flap.
Post # 4
Have you thought of putting your invites through your printer? That is what I did for my invites and it turned out nice. A good supplement for expensive calligraphy. It takes a little time but be patience! Sometimes, the envelope feeds differently than the other so it is slightly off center!
Post # 5
I printed out wrap around labels. I used 8.5×11 full sheet shipping labels from Avery. I designed them to be 1.5″ wide, printed 7 per sheet and then cut them with my paper cutter into strips. It was fairly simple and I was able to print all the addresses (I really did not want to hand write anything – I don’t think my handwriting is nice enough for a wedding invite.) A white wrap around label would look good on a yellow invite.
Post # 6
You can do faux-ligraphy if your envelopes are unlined–but it works best with a lightbox (although you can get dinky ones for cheap esp with coupons from Michaels).
You choose a script font, like Bickham or something, that you like, type out the address, and trace the lettering using your handwriting. You can try using a fountain pen to simulate the thick/thins.
There are also a lot of places that make fancier labels these days. http://www.paper-source.com has some design-y ones, http://www.thepaperwink.com has more retro playful ones; and http://www.paperpresentation.com has unique sizes, like ovals, squares, and wraparounds in different colors (called “belt”) that look more sophisticated as in these Martha Stewart examples: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0pGsbyBJkhQ/SXX28f6jCaI/AAAAAAAAA6g/NrKRIlwCfVM/s400/Martha-Stewart-Adress-Labels-733412.jpg
So you don’t have to do the “file folder” white rectangular–perhaps a chic square label in a different color would look nice.
Post # 7
My Maid/Matron of Honor has really nice handwriting and she addressed my envelopes by hand. Not calligraphy, but it looked great. We only sent 55 invites, so it wasn’t too bad.
For the return address, a stamp is fine. I would use whichever address you plan to keep after you’re married.
Post # 8
Oh! I forgot envelopperinc has some neat label shapes, and in all sorts of colors (even stardream metallic)!