How is your handwriting? How formal is your event? These are a few of the questions that will help you decide if you need a calligrapher to address your invitation envelopes.
With the availability of beautiful fonts on the internet, you might be able to download a font, free or for under $50, that will match or compliment the font used on your invitations and print your envelope addresses yourself on your home computer.
If you choose to use a calligrapher, you will need to get your envelopes to them two to three weeks before the date you want to have them in the mail. Be sure to ask their turn-around time before you hire them so there are no surprises.
Regardless of if you print your envelopes or hire a calligrapher, you will need to compile a neatly printed guest list. Be sure to double check the spellings and addresses of your guests by making phone calls or checking with friends and family to make sure your list is correct. Your list should include the full names of the guests and any professional titles such as Doctor, Mr., Mrs. or Miss. Do not use any abbreviations on your envelopes. Spell out numbers one through nine; the words Street, Drive, Boulevard, etc.; the word Apartment or Suite, etc., and the name of the state.
No matter which way you choose to go, be sure to allow enough time to compile your list and complete the envelope printing to get them in the mail on time.
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