Erin
Expert August 2020

Handwritten or Calligraphy - Wedding Invites

Erin, on February 17, 2020 at 10:15 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 45
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Did you hand write the addresses on your wedding invitation envelopes or did you hire a calligrapher? I’m having a hard time deciding what route to do.

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Latest activity by JODI, on February 27, 2020 at 3:45 AM
  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    We wrote our own. Honestly people barely look at the envelope before they throw it out. Money is better used elsewhere in my opinion!
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    We ordered through Minted and they addressed the envelopes for free.
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  • Nicole
    Master September 2020
    Nicole ·
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    I’m addressing mine with my Cricut. I love the look of calligraphy, but it’s not worth the monetary cost to me. I’ll use my time to do it because I enjoy it, but if I didn’t have my Cricut, I’d probably just use the printer it printed Avery labels.
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  • Rachael
    Expert May 2021
    Rachael ·
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    I got see through Avery labels and printed them. On the inside pocket we're going to handwrite the names
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  • Cortney
    Devoted August 2020
    Cortney ·
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    Clear Avery labels here, too Smiley smile
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  • Lisa
    Expert October 2021
    Lisa ·
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    Neither. The stationary store is printing guest and return addresses on all envelopes. I couldn’t imagine doing it by hand! Especially if I made a mistake or it didn’t come out perfect.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I have awful penmanship so I just printed labels
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  • Nicole
    Super August 2020
    Nicole ·
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    I’m handwriting mine, I enjoy writing. I’m not great at calligraphy, still practicing but I’m content with how they look.
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  • A
    Dedicated September 2020
    Alys ·
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    Do you enjoy handwriting? Are you good at it? If yes to those, do it yourself.


    Alternatively, can your budget accommodate hiring a calligrapher to do invitations for you? Can your budget later include the calligrapher for escort cards during reception and thank you cards afterwards in addition? If not, do you prefer to use the calligrapher for the latter and skip the former? If Your budget allows, go for it! Save your time and energy for the 1000 other wedding planning stuff to do!
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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
    Mandi ·
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    I handwrite our Save the Dates. Labels on the invites except for the 2 that got returned. Handwrite those correctly and shipped them back out.
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  • Lauren
    VIP February 2020
    Lauren ·
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    We used labels! It took so much less time than having to write out everything!
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  • Ashleigh
    Beginner September 2020
    Ashleigh ·
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    Can you send them through your printer at home so they have a typed up ink?
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  • Samantha
    VIP October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    We're going through Minted and they address the envelopes for you. But, if that wasn't an option, I would do labels. Neither FH nor I have good handwriting but I wouldn't want to spend the money on calligraphy. It looks nice, but it will just end up in the trash.

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  • Andrea
    Master January 2021
    Andrea ·
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    We wrote them ourselves. My handwriting isn't too bad so it was fine for us.

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  • Nikki
    Expert March 2021
    Nikki ·
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    Labels, with a really nice font why waste time money and energy on something that will a. Be destroyed in the mail and b. People won’t even notice. Just my opinion but good luck
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  • Ashley
    Savvy September 2020
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    Those are amazing!!

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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    I handwrote addresses on our save the dates and promptly decided I was never doing that again! We printed labels for the invites instead.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    We hired a calligrapher. I found her on a local Facebook wedding group. She did a guest address on the main envelope and return address on the RSVP envelope for $0.70 for both (so we paid around $80 since we sent out around 100 invites). It was super worth it!

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  • S
    Devoted October 2020
    Stephanie ·
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    I was thinking of just printing labels to make it easy and cost effective. I do love the idea of a calligrapher though!
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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
    Kaysey ·
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    I was planning on handwriting mine. I started and quickly regretted it after I did the first few. I saw how much work it was and then realized that our guests would just throw the envelope away immediately after opening the invitation. I personally didn't see the point in taking hours to write them myself or to hire a calligrapher to do it for me for something that would be trashed in seconds after it was received. I do think handwritten or calligraphy addresses do look good, but I didn't want to take the time to do them. I printed our guests names & addresses on clear labels and put them on the envelopes. I did the same thing for our return address labels and RSVP's. It's all personal preference though!

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