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Wedding Invitation Assembly Q & A: Envelope Addressing Options
What are my options for addressing my envelopes?
The options, from least to most-expensive:
- Hand address them (either by yourself, or by a friend or relative with neat writing). Use a high-quality rollerball pen, preferably in black ink or in a color that coordinates with your invitation, if applicable. If you are writing on a dark envelope, use a white or silver gel pen.
- Print addresses on the envelopes using a nice font. The font can be calligraphy-inspired, or it can match the font used on your invitations. You can sometimes do this on a home printer, but be sure to test it before committing as some envelopes are difficult to feed. An inkjet printer is usually the safest way to go since laser printer ink can rub off in the mail. Alternatively, your stationer may be able to print the addresses on your envelopes for you, sometimes called "computer calligraphy." Note, however, that in our experience, "computer calligraphy" technology still has a ways to go- envelopes are usually laser printed, and envelopes may come back crooked and/or ink may sometimes rub off. Cost: From about $1/envelope
- Print nice custom address labels. Some DIY shops like www.paper-source.com offer print-at-home labels that are cute (avoid using office labels at all costs, even the clear kind, unless you want your invitation to look like corporate or junk mail). Some stationers, including Hello!Lucky, will print nice matte-laminated wrap-around labels that coordinate with your design and include both your return address and the guests' address. The design matches your invitations, and the laminate ensures that your invitations will get to guests in tact. Cost: $0.85 / blank label (DIY from Paper Source) to $2.25 / variable printed label from Hello!Lucky (includes proofing, return address, and matte laminate)
- Hire a calligrapher. Cost: From about $4/envelope