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invitations:handwritten or printed?

Re: invitations:handwritten or printed?

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    According to traditional etiquette, they should be hand-written since they are personal mail. I personally think it's nice to set aside the time to write them out by hand. However, it's not the end of the world if you print directly on the envelopes in a nice font. 
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    Ditto @PDHK. I know that etiquette-wise I should be hand writing my invitations but my penmanship is telling me to print the addresses on the envelopes in a pretty font.
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    Traditional etiquette says to handwrite the envelopes. Printing onto the envelopes is definitely a victimless crime, though.
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    What if your handwriting is hella crappy? I've been wondering about this too. 
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    What if your handwriting is hella crappy? I've been wondering about this too. 


    Traditionally, you'd be hiring a calligrapher to be doing your invitations for you. However, this of course can get very expensive. Otherwise you're supposed to basically practice your penmanship.

    But again, this is one of those etiquette rules I think it's ok to bend since you're unlikely to offend or inconvenience a guest by printing their invitation. 
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    AroundTheBlock That was one of the most well-phrased and well-thought-out responses I have ever read. Three cheers for you!
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    When it came time to address invites, I corralled my three bridesmaids (who had offered to help without me asking them) to help me address the 100 envelopes. I provided wine and snacks. It was done relatively quickly. No one has terrible penmanship, but they all have nicer handwriting than mine. 

    If I had lighter color outer envelopes (mine were black - wrote addresses in silver), I probably would have run them through the printer. Labels are a definite no no, though. 
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    Ours were handwritten, but we printed our address on all the RSVP envelopes.
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    I hand-wrote our STDates, invitations, and escort cards. BUT -- I have exceptionally nice handwriting. One of my friends who's a graphic designer actually turned it into a font and uses it in her work. People have paid me to address their stuff for them.

    If I didn't have nice handwriting, I would have just printed directly onto the envelopes. I don't think it matters, although I'd rather see it printed directly onto the envelope than printed on a label.
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    Ours were handwritten. 
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    I am also considering dark envelopes for the outside of the invitiations so I will be (more or less) forced to handwrite those.  However, I will be running my RSVP's through my printer because I don't have THAT much time on my hands...also what about return address labels vs handwritting that????  I have a cute design to match my invites planned out but not sure how people would feel about it (or even notice!)

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    edited October 2013
    I hate labels on personal mail. I just don't think they look great. 

    What about ordering a cute custom stamp? Or just printing those too. Usually invites just have the return address on the envelope's back flap. 

    ETA: If you do go with labels, I would at least use the clear kind. A big white sticker on a navy envelope might not look the best KWIM?
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    I am also considering dark envelopes for the outside of the invitiations so I will be (more or less) forced to handwrite those.  However, I will be running my RSVP's through my printer because I don't have THAT much time on my hands...also what about return address labels vs handwritting that????  I have a cute design to match my invites planned out but not sure how people would feel about it (or even notice!)

    I bought an embosser for my return address on invitations from http://www.paper-source.com/ - not inexpensive, but something I considered an investment since we can use it down the road. Luckily FI and I have the same last initial, so we went with a circular one that has our first names, last initial in the center, and then our address on the bottom. 

    I love it. 
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    I had our stationer print return address labels on the envelope and RSVP envelope.  An embosser is a great alternative.  For addressing the envelopes, I'm stealing an idea I saw on Pinterest:  You print the return address in light grey in a font you like directly on the envelope, then go over it with a calligraphy pen.  I did a trial run on paper, and it looks great! You do have to practice a bit, but you can't see the grey behind the ink if you are careful! Hope that helps! :)
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    We printed the names and addresses (outer and inner envelopes) on our envelopes. 

    The font we chose was "handwriting" and looked much nicer than either of our hand writing. And, the envelopes were still very personal- FI spent a lot of time picking the font and a size that would work for the longest names so they all looked uniform, centering them, setting up the printer, etc. 
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