Recently we have been invited to numerous weddings/events and I have some envelopes from the past too. Below shows an envelope printed by the Invitation company and looks lovely and totally matches the invitation. It’s clear to read so that it will be delivered, the State is spelled out as etiquette advises – everything is done perfectly.
This envelope below was addressed on the computer and as you can see, it took a beating through the mail. Didn’t look so fabulous when it arrived. The State wasn’t spelled out either. I also advise going for hand stamping from the post office and hopefully, it wouldn’t arrive so dirty.
The above envelope is quite lovely. Only thing the printer wouldn’t do now (this was from a few years back) is they prefer not printing in gold or light inks so that it’s crisp and clear to read. Notice that the addressing matches the invitation perfectly.
If you don’t go the route of printing your envelopes, the above is the next best option (I always thought), using a clear label and printing it in a large, clear script font. Again, the State is not spelled out and it was not hand stamped and arrived quite dirty. If interested, this is a great reason why inside envelopes are a nice thing as it keeps your invitation clean.
These are the most convincing reasons to get your envelopes professionally addressed – The above came handwritten. If handwriting your envelopes, I highly recommend purchasing a fine tip calligraphy pen, practicing printing on a 45 degree angle and write your addresses with this. It’s won’t look professional, but will look a LOT nicer than a simple pen. (I used to do calligraphy). The one next to it is a plain white small label, it isn’t centered, it’s not large print, it’s not in script, State is abbreviated and it looks like an advertisement or something like that – NOT a Wedding Invitation.
Here’s another thought I have – we received an e-vite for an event. I highly DO NOT recommend this at all and would prefer any of the above envelopes with invitations to that. With an e-vite, we do not have an address to send a present, we don’t have a printed copy to bring with so that we arrive at the correct location. An e-vite may be ok for casual things, maybe, but the printed invitation is always BEST.
When planning your big day, there are expenses. Some you can minimize and some, I, personally, do not recommend. The company that I deal with has professional addressing which matches your ink color (unless light) and type and my favorite, the ink doesn’t smear. The cost for the outer envelope, after discount, is only $1.12 each – not a lot of money. I also have an awesome calligrapher who is only $1.50 each.
I hope that this is helpful. Contact me to chat, schedule an appointment, pick my brain – I’d love to hear from you. While trying to watch your pennies, I also have a wide range of affordable, lovely invitations – We should talk!
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As you can see from envelopes above, I’m located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. lol