Calligraphy & Guest Addressing

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'Roo Lori's Ask a RooQ: I’d love to have my wedding invitation envelopes addressed with calligraphy, but it just doesn’t fit in my budget. I don’t have pretty handwriting, so I don’t think hand addressing them is a good option. Do you have any recommendations?  – Mae in WV

A: Yes! When it comes to addressing your wedding invitation envelopes, you have several options.

While there is nothing at all wrong with hand-addressing your envelopes, most of us don’t have the kind of handwriting that we’d consider to be “wedding-invitation-worthy”. Which leads us to calligraphy. Calligraphy was once considered to be THE  only proper way to address your wedding invitations. It’s still a favorite for lovers of tradition and formal correspondence. Hiring a calligrapher can be a great idea, if you have the extra money in your budget for it and want a more traditional look. Depending on your location, the average cost of calligraphers is generally around $1.50-$3.00/envelope. The example below shows an envelope addressed by Calligraphy by Carrie, a Raleigh NC based calligrapher.

Calligraphy Example

You also have the option of printing your envelopes on your own home printer. This option sounds perfect, but can, at times, be tricky and time-consuming. It can be difficult, for example, to match the font and color used on your invitations. Also, if you go this route in order to save money…consider yourself warned. It may save you money initially, but in the long run, it might not. I went this route several years ago when addressing my own wedding invitation envelopes and ended up buying a whole new printer, buying fonts and wasting a lot of envelopes! I’m sure plenty of brides and grooms have success with this option, but I wouldn’t do it again if I had it to do over.

Still, I personally prefer the look of a printed envelope over that of a hand-addressed (yes, even professionally hand-addressed) envelope. I love how a coordinating (same colors, fonts, design, etc. as your invites) printed envelope can set the tone and create anticipation for what’s inside! My best advice would be to check with your stationer. Many offer their own version of printed calligraphy or, as we call it at The Green Kangaroo, guest addressing.

Example of Guest Addressed Envelopes

Here at TGK, one of our most popular extras/add-ons is our guest addressing service (shown above in black ink and below with color ink + a printed Olivia envelope design). Once you select this service (offered when ordering Wedding Invitations or Save the Dates), we provide you with an Excel template to fill out with your guests’ names and addresses. Our prices range from $1.00 for black ink to $1.50 for color ink (less for Save the Dates; more to include a printed envelope design) and include printing on both your inner and outer envelopes (all TGK invites come with inner/outer envelopes). My favorite part about this service – your envelopes will match your invitation suite perfectly! They’ll arrive packaged in tidy bundles, ready for you to stuff, stamp and mail! So easy and so coordinating! Not to mention, it’s FREE until October 25, 2012 as part of a sweet, little promo that’s running right now!

Example of a Printed Envelope and Design

Find out more about our Free Guest Addressing Promo!


The opinions expressed in Ask a Roo posts are my own and may or may not necessarily represent or imply the views or policies of The Green Kangaroo, Inc.

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