How to Address All Those Save-the-Dates and Invitations
Your save-the-dates and invitations are the first impressions your guests will have of your big day. So whether you’re planning a wedding that’s traditional or modern, formal or totally casual, your stationery should reflect how the whole day will go down. Here are five wedding-worthy ways to address all of your envelopes.
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Lovely Little Labels
Labels sometimes get a bad wrap thanks to those mass mailings we’re all familiar with, but these days there are some seriously stylish stickers out there that can make your stationery look especially elegant. Pick a font and some design details that go with the invitation inside to keep things looking cohesive and feeling personal. Wedding Paper Divas has some great options that coordinate with your invitation suite — gold dots, black and white stripes, and more! The best part? Labels will save you a LOT of time and help you avoid those wrist cramps that come with hand-addressing your envelopes.
Delightful Digital Printing
Not up for DIY-ing your addressing? Call in the stationery pros! Most stores have the capability to print all your guests’ names and addresses right onto the envelopes. This is a great option to guarantee a perfectly polished and flawless look without any of the related headaches; just pass off the guest list and let someone else do the dirty work! If you want to keep things casual, stick to a non-script font. Looking to get fancy? Computerized calligraphy is a thing and it looks totally chic. Either way, your stationer will match the fonts and colors of your invitations. Ask to have your return address printed at the same time and see if you can work in a design element or image from your suite for a fun and personal touch that will tie everything together. Your stationer will probably have some thoughts on how you need to submit your guest list to them for formatting purposes, so be sure to check in with them about that.
If you’re having a formal wedding, hiring a professional calligrapher to address your invitations will definitely make sure your stationery looks the part. Ask your stationer or wedding planner for recommendations on a talented calligrapher in your area. They’ll work to match the font or at least the feel of your invitations so the outside of the envelope matches the inside. Keep in mind that this method takes some time, so you’ll need to have your guest list finalized (full addresses, social and professional titles, and all) and your envelopes ready at least two or three weeks before you plan to mail them out. But start the timing conversation with whoever you hire ASAP because some require even more time. And provide your calligrapher with extra envelopes — they may be professionals, but they’re also human!
If you have perfect penmanship (or perhaps one of your loves ones does), consider addressing the envelopes yourself. There’s something so personal about getting a hand-addressed envelope in the mail — it feels so old school and sincere. This is an extremely cost-effective but time-consuming option, so consider inviting your BFF over for a night of envelope addressing and wine (just don’t drink too much before you finish your task!). If you make it fun, the whole process will just fly by. Order extra envelopes or postcard save-the-dates if you’re going that route, just in case!
Reach For A Rubber Stamp
Okay, so this option doesn’t really work for addressing your envelopes (unless, of course, you wanted to buy one for EVERYONE on your guest list — hm, favor idea?), but it’s a really good solution for presenting your return address on everything from your save-the-dates to your thank you notes. Purchase one with your and your partner’s first names (or initials) so you can use them before AND after the big day — that way the name change, if you choose to do so, won’t render the stamp useless. Find a font and ink color that coordinates with your invitations’ style and color palette.