Hand Addressed Invitations

14 Sep

calligraphyIn a world full of thank you texts and e-vites…. a personally addressed, US Postal Stamped invitation sitting in your mailbox is a rarity and one that I love!

You know that feeling you get when you get a big, thick envelope in the mail with your beautifully scrolled name in calligraphy across the front. I always think, “Wow, I don’t remember my name looking that pretty.” Especially when you address it to my formal entire name, Mrs. Kathryn Mendenhall.  I get goosebumps every single time. It really sets the tone for such an elegant and personal event… I just can’t wait to gently tear into the envelope to see the beautiful invitation!

I don’t know if it’s a Southern Thing, but in the world of technology, I certainly feel like the South is hanging on to the hand-address tradition for wedding invitations, even when others don’t. We Southerns also have our Thank You cards ready to go short after we become a “Mrs.” … it’s just a part of being a true Southern Lady.

I have brides ask me if it is necessary to hand-address their wedding invitations. They want to know what I think about simply printing labels and calling it a day.

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 hand write (or have a calligrapher hand-letter) their name and address on the envelope.

It’s true that it can be a hassle and expense 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 mind is made up on labels — especially if you have a huge number of invites (200 or more) — go with a computer font that looks like script (Pinterest has great ideas), and use clear labels so your invitations will have some semblance of being hand-addressed.

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