Q&A: Invitations: Addressing Them With Labels?

Q:

I'm thinking about using labels to address my wedding invitations. I've heard several people say this is tacky. I know handwriting them is more formal, but I just think labels will be less time-consuming. What do you think?

A:

You're absolutely right that labels would be less time-consuming, but the reason most invites are addressed by hand isn't just that it's more formal -- it's also more personal. It shows your guests that you so want them to be at your wedding that you took the time to handwrite (or have a calligrapher hand-letter) their name and address on the envelope. It's true that it can be a hassle to address so many envelopes yourself. Think about getting your wedding party to help you out (make it a party!) and it'll go much faster. If you're really set on labels -- especially if you have a huge number of invites (200 or more) -- at least go with a computer font that looks like script, and use clear labels so your invitations will have some semblance of being hand-addressed.


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