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Dedicated June 2021

Hand-written addresses Stds?

Chelsea, on July 10, 2020 at 8:33 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 1 21
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I know I've still got a while — I'm sending my save the dates out the first week of November. I thought this would work well so that I don't have to answer the "so when's the wedding?" question 100 times during Thanksgiving, haha. Being out of work and stuck in the house because of COVID makes me want to plan my entire wedding right now!

My STDs will be postcards! The front is going to be a cute watercolor portrait of FH and I in a lavender wreath (we're getting married in a garden and have a lavender theme). The back looks like this:


Hand-written addresses Stds? 1

Would it look tacky if I handwrite the addresses? I may be able to have them printed on, but if not, I think handwritten would look more "personal" than an address label. Not to brag, but my cursive is very pretty, so I'm not worried about that — just more the overall aesthetic.

Thoughts?

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I think hand writing it would be fine !
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  • L
    Super July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    I don't think it would look tacky! I hand wrote all the addresses for my save the dates and invitations. I agree that it feels more personal. I wasn't super concerned about mine not looking fancy.
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  • Jasmine
    Rockstar February 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    Being that its a postcard, no one will think twice about you handwriting it. It's almost expected because that's what a regular postcard would have, rather than typed out. Plus I think it gives it that extra personal touch.
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  • Elmarose04
    Devoted July 2021
    Elmarose04 ·
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    They are super cute!! and no I don't think it would be tacky at all! plus the lines are already there so it will be much easier to handwrite them. I completely understand you my wedding is next year in July and this Covid really has me planning everything out already. My coordinator today was even happy to hear how much stuff we have done since it is barely our first meeting aside from our other phone calls. best wishes and just have fun with them. I think they are going to look fantastic !Smiley love Smiley flower

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  • Jana
    Rockstar June 2022
    Jana ·
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    Go for it. Handwriting does give a personal vibe to it.


    Save the dates are a new concept that are very informal. So the only etiquette involved is that whomever receives one also must get an invitation. Beyond that, do what works foryou.
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  • Hannah
    Rockstar July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Handwritten addresses is really the norm. People just do the pre-pinted for added convenience. Definitely not tacky to handwrite the addresses!
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  • Chelsea
    Dedicated June 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    Thank you! I got the template for a couple bucks off Etsy. The local artist that is designing the front is only charging me $30 (we went to HS together).

    I feel like I've gotten so much accomplished! I really only need a dress and a caterer. Really not ready to pay all that money for food and I wanna lost 15 pounds before dress shopping haha.

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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    I did all my save the dates and invitations by hand. To be honest, I don’t even remember what the envelope looked like for the wedding invite we got last year, let alone how it was addressed 🤷‍♀️. I remember what their invitation looked like, but I couldn’t even be sure if the envelope was white or tan to match the invitation suite.
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  • Annika
    Devoted November 2020
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    We used a very similar postcard for ours! I think if you have good handwriting then thats fine! My handwriting is awful so I just printed some easy Avery Labels lol

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  • A
    Expert October 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Handwritten addresses are perfectly fine! I think it’s pretty common for postcards, too. No one will care about the style of handwriting. As long as it gets where it needs to go, you’re good.
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  • Mindy
    Super November 2020
    Mindy ·
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    I hand wrote all of my addresses, but to be fair, we only invited 58 people. I don’t think it’s tacky at all. If anything, people feel less special when things aren’t handwritten because they think you just couldn’t be bothered to take the time.
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  • Camisha
    Savvy June 2021
    Camisha ·
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    I think handwriting them would be ideal, especially with them being postcards and with the lines being there. It’s also more personal. I plan on handwriting both the save the date addresses and invitation addresses, as, like you, my handwriting is good and I like the personal touch. Glad I’m not the only one doing this.... Congratulations and good luck!
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  • Elmarose04
    Devoted July 2021
    Elmarose04 ·
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    Okay great, that's amazing! I'm happy to hear that Smiley smile awww best part for last your wedding dress Smiley love I was the same before getting my dress so I ordered it in about a size to 2 sizes up for alteration space. It was already somewhat altered when I received it.

    I know catering can cost so much but I'm sure you will find the right caterer for your venue. Just make sure they have an emergency clause where you can change your date in case you want to due to the pandemic. I heard of so many brides loosing their money due to not having an emergency clause part of their contract. Blessings :-)

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    Judith ·
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    Actually, hand addressing is thought the BEST thing on all personal communication (printed or typed preferred only for business) , so address away.
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    Judith ·
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    On your sample: depending on whether your card goes through a central processor or auto mail sorter between you and someone's house, it often gets a black line or a barcode where you have your link on the address side. So you might want to put it on the left side of the card, to be sure it is seen.
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  • Brittany
    Savvy March 2021
    Brittany ·
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    1.) I don’t think it would tacky, but my FH’s and my handwriting sucks so it’s not an option for us.
    2.) I know you said you’re out of work, but if you don’t know how long for (I do all the online upkeep for a small business, so I’ve been working the whole time, not always getting paid on time, but working), I wouldn’t bite off more than I could chew.
    3.) I would also consider how many guests you have and if you’d get burned out writing that many.
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  • Chelsea
    Dedicated June 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    I'm a high school teacher, so I've been "out" (teaching from home) since March — I have summers off anyway, and will likely be teaching from home again, haha. I certainly don't mind writing them — I'm only sending out about 40. I just wanted to make sure they'd look okay. From the vast majority of responses, I'd say I'm in the clear!

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  • Chelsea
    Dedicated June 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    Good to know!

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  • Chelsea
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    Chelsea ·
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    Thank you! I think it is sweet. Now the only thing I'm worried about is some of the longer names. Postcards are pretty small, haha!

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    Judith ·
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    My 11 year old was very upset at one of their distance schooling teachers. She likes that thr kids 10-13 are writing to 3 relatives now, penpals, a letter to each every 2 weeks. But she is upset the teacher ( ordinarily not hers) always gives a gold start and priviledge to our neighbor, who schools with us, within a year in age. For neatness of addressing the envelopes! Of course his are neat, his family lives in Bow, NH, and Paris, ME. Hers live in Kangiqsualujjuaq and Qeqertarsuatsiaat, and she has to use the airmail size envelope! One day I will make her laugh telling her the hours and hours and hours it took me to write hubby's Italian family names. I thought ours were a snap. Really, just familiar.
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