Brides agonize over how to do their wedding address labels more than actually getting their wedding addresses. Should you buy, make, or handwrite your wedding address labels? Luckily, you can check out how we’ve made getting wedding addresses easy, so you can spend more time thinking about how you actually want those wedding address labels to look.
The first question to ask is whether or not you are using the more traditional two envelope approach (where the wedding invitation and its elaborate, heavy paper stock envelope) is enclosed within another envelope. This outer envelope is what gets postmarked, fed through the automatic mail sorters, etc. and can get pretty banged up. If this is the case, at least according to tradition, you don’t have to care about what kind of wedding address label goes on the outer envelope. It’s there solely to protect the all-important invitation and nice envelope inside. In the old days, this outer envelope was actually removed by a servant, and only the invitation and inner envelope were presented to the intended guests.
Now, you’re wondering about one of two things: what goes on the inner envelope wedding address labels, or what do you do if you’re not using an outer envelope, right? Well, first off, only put the guests you’re inviting on the wedding address label. If you’re having a child-free wedding ceremony, be sure not to put something like ‘The Harrison Family’ and send it to your friends who have four children. They’ll probably assume that their children are invited too, which will cause a bunch of confusion and ill feelings later on. That’s the only etiquette tip we’ll share here, because it’s the most important one, but if you want to read more wedding address etiquette tips, read our post on wedding address etiquette!
Now, what to do about those wedding address labels. They all have some kind of cost attached: if you handwrite your wedding address labels, your hands will certainly be sore after that much writing. If you decide to design your own and print sticky labels at home, you’ll need to buy address labels (pretty cheap, around $4) and master creating mailing labels from excel (we tell you how to create mailing labels from Excel here), and if you send your invitations out to a calligrapher, it can get pretty expensive at around $1.50 per invitation!
Of course, while an important factor, cost isn’t the only thing that should figure into your decision on how you do your wedding address labels. For a personal touch, hand-writing your wedding addresses can’t be beat. I think this is the case even if your hand-writing is horrible, just take some extra time with the addresses to make sure they are legible for the post office! The good part about bad handwriting is that your guests will never think your invitation is junk mail – what direct mail marketer would do that?! You could also go for the calligraphy option, which, while expensive, does add a note of formality fitting the occasion.
Of course, there’s a lot you can do with address labels if you really set your mind to it. You can make wedding address labels as personal as handwriting by adding pictures of yourselves, playing with the font type and background color, and so on. And as far as time efficiency, mailing labels can’t be beat – so if you’re in a bind on your schedule, definitely think about mailing labels. There’s also nothing more legible than a printer, so your invitations are almost certain to reach your guests. When calligraphers start writing numbers, they can let design get in the way of legibility, and 1′s start to look like 7′s, 5′s like 6′s, 9′s can be 0′s or 8′s, etc. When this happens, who knows where your invitations will end up after going through the post! On the con side, poorly done wedding address mailing labels can ruin your invitations, so be sure to invest the time to make them look nice.
Hope this helps your decision-making, and f you don’t have all your addresses yet – I bet you’re suffering from one of these four problems with getting wedding addresses, but don’t worry, we give you wedding address solutions too! As always, conXt is here to make getting and updating your wedding addresses easy, so please do check it out!
by daniel greenberg, conXt co-founder