Addressing Envelopes...

Anyone whose doing DIY invites - how are you addressing your envelopes? For my STD's I printed them, and it took forever having to change each address and then hand feeding the envelopes in the printer, and I was never that pleased about how they looked... I am starting to get stuff together for my invites and am debating if I should do this printing thing again, or hand address each? I would love to learn calligraphy and do them! Because I do not want to pay to have them done by calligrapher... What do you guys think?
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm
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I am having mine printed at a local stationary. $30 for 50.
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm
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I hand-addressed the envelopes in my most beautiful hand-writing. I practiced a little before I started but I never learned calligraphy. What I did was I chose a pretty font in MS Word that looks like a calligrapher's font (e.g. English111 VivaceBT) and I imitated that!
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 4:10 pm
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Like smilkova,I hand-addressed the envelopes.

HTH
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm
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I just learned calligraphy and I love love it! I already had natural handwriting that was very similar to traditional English Roundhand so it was pretty easy for me to pick up, also because I had used a fountain pen growing up. If it doesn't come easily to you, I would be happy to help!
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 5:35 pm
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I used a cursive font on our home printer. Even if I practice, my handwriting will not be neat!!
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm
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We printed them with Feel Script font on our computer. My FI created a template for them (I have it if you want to download it) and we didn't have to feed the envelopes, we just left them where they were and tested it out a few times on blank paper to insure it was lined up right, and then just printed.

You could do a mail merge, too.
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 7:08 pm
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I have access to a vintage, cursive typewriter or I am considering printing myself

Champagne- are you starting your calligraphy business? ; )
we'd all love to see a sample!
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 7:16 pm
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I've heard of printing them out in a super light color (like light gray) and then going over them in ink--looks handwritten but has the neatness of printing :)

I would love to hand write the addresses for ours, but our invites are being printed back home, and there's no sense in shipping them back and forth just so I can write them out.
Posted on April 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm
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Champagne - I'd love to see a sample too haha =)

What type of pen did you use? Did you actually use a fountain pen? I probably would just use a nice black sharpie? Or maybe theres something else thats better... I will have dark red envelopes so need something bold enough to show. I think I will do some practice, and I think even if its not perfect it just shows that it was handwritten. All the more thought going into each invitation =). I think I will find a font I like and practice to write like it. I teach and have the summer partially off (besides summer school) so I can take lots of time to learn a new handwritting!

Another question... how long before wedding do people typically send out invites? My wedding is Sep 27th, and I am hoping to have the RSVP date early Sep, sometime between the 1st and 6th of Sep. But when should I have the invites finished and ready to mail by? Im guessing mid July?
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 3:32 am
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I brought my invites to the printer to duplicate but when I get them back I'll take a picture, maybe if the afternoon gets slow here I'll write up a sample! I wasn't thinking of starting a biz but I really enjoy writing calligraphy, its very relaxing, so maybe but definitely for much much less than most since I'm only really really good at one font! I'm trying to get that Gothic Old English font down, but ugh its hard!

AKR: I use nib holder (its like a changeable tip quill) and a banzug nib and a bottle of India Ink. For Dark Red paper I would consider a white or metallic pigmented ink. Ooof you teach? I have so much respect for teachers, FI did Teach for America before the Navy. Those kids were crazy!

I'm sending two waves of invites, one will get invites 8 wks (6 is traditionally courteous) before, if they RSVP no by 5 wks I'm sending "replacement" invites. I'm just concerned about going over out site limit.
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 4:31 am
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If your wedding is Sept 27th, you might want to check with how soon your caterer and/or venue needs a final headcount. Three weeks before the wedding might be a little close and also, are you having escort/place cards?

I'm having my guests RSVP about a month before (give or take a few days) the wedding so I can get their place cards made and ensure of a final headcount for my caterer who needs it about 2 weeks before.
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 5:15 am
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Okay so these are just practice sheets I had saved so they are not perfect perfect. The stuff that's at the printers will be better (in my opinion, a little more uniform distribution of the ink haha) and I haven't started on my envelopes yet but here's a general idea of how it looks:





Mind you this is a new hobby (a week or two now) so I think in a week or so I'll have this font perfected. Some of these are kind of older so I'm going to try and write a new sample this afternoon. :)
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 6:24 am
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ah they looked great! the upper lefty hand corner is my favorite : )
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 7:17 am
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Champ--

You wrote "I had to use a fountain pen growing up"...did you attend a Waldorf school? I was curious after I read that....

Your samples look great...and practice makes perfect! Cannot wait to see how your actual invites turn out.

FWIW, I had my stationer print coordinating labels for our boxed pocketfold invites.
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 7:48 am
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champ - Awesome! I cant wait to get a pen and start practicing! Where can I find this nib holder, and ink? Is this something thats easy to find at Michaels, or should I look else where...

Def inspiring =) Thanks a bunch!
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 8:22 am
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thanks ladies!

Lori - haha no, but I do know what you are talking about. I just have very conservative family that insisted on tutors for every bizarre life skill.

AKR - Michaels does have some great basic supplies but I ordered a few things from J. Herbin, they are on west 29th if you live in NYC.
http://www.jherbin.com/
Also the definitive book is by Platt Roger Spencer:
http://www.amazon.com/Spencerian-Penmanship-Theory-Book-copybooks/dp/088062096X
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 9:34 am
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WOW champagne! your good!
my handwriting looks like... chicken scratch :(

I'm prolly going to have the addresses just printed out on labels. is that ghetto?
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 10:01 am
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I'm thinking of buying a calligraphy set and doing them myself- after some practice of course or maybe the BM with the best handwriting :)
Posted on April 6, 2008 at 1:41 pm

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