Today, we’re going to be looking at printing labels for wedding invitations. DIY address labels for wedding invitations are becoming increasingly popular. In the past, it has been seen as impersonal and informal to print labels for your wedding invitations – but as times are becoming more progressive, more of us are throwing tradition out the window!
So let’s take a look at why you use them, why you may want to do them yourself, and more importantly, how to do it! If you’re not great with technology, it may seem an impossible task, but here’s an easy guide on how to design, make and print them.
What are Wedding Address Labels?
Wedding address labels are exactly as they sound. You’ll need your guests’ addresses to put on the labels to send out on their wedding invitations. They should be clear and readable. You’ll also need return address labels for your guests to RSVP for the big day. Address labels may not be something you’ve even thought about, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Why Print Them Yourself?
Stationery giants have claimed it’s impersonal to send out printed address labels, but I completely disagree. Yes, it’s the first thing you see when the invite comes through your mailbox – but you can make them look gorgeous! And there’s even a range of calligraphy fonts now, to get that handwritten feel without all the work! Some couples even do the calligraphy themselves on their iPad/tablets and print them on completion.
Printing them yourself is great for a range of reasons. Here’s just a few:
- Far less time-consuming. Writing your labels by hand can take hours. Your labels will be ready in a fraction of the time
- No mistakes. With programs like spell check and being able to check yourself for any mistakes before you print, it can save you from a lot of second attempts at less than perfect handwritten labels
- More efficient. Printing labels is easy to organize and complete quickly
- Bad handwriting. Let’s be honest, not all of us have gorgeous handwriting (I certainly don’t!). So to avoid looking messy and scruffy, printed labels can look smart and professional
- Fun. You can add different colors, flowers, patterns – all at the click of a button. You can’t do that when it’s handwritten!
How to Make Address Labels for Wedding Invitations
Wedding invite address labels may seem daunting, but they don’t have to be at all. Avery have a huge range of blank address labels that you may like to use. Prices start from around $10 for 100-200 labels. The more complex the label you’re looking for, the more expensive.
If you don’t have a label maker, don’t worry! You can even use inkjet printers for your labels.
Before you start your labels, you need to choose the size, color, and whether you want the background left as it is, or if you want it a block color. And do you want a pattern? Flowers? Etc. Once you have your measurements, if you decide you’d like a label that isn’t plain, programs such as Canva and Photofiltre are perfect. Both of these programs let you write in sizes and come with a range of tools, fonts and images to create your own design. The best part? Both of them are free
Once you’re set on a design, you need to input the addresses onto your labels. It’s best to use a basic program like Microsoft Word if you’re a newbie to the technology world. So Microsoft word is a good place to start. This tutorial shows you how to create and print labels using Word. The great thing about Word is that if you’re using the Avery labels, Word already has those labels built into the program!
Once they’re printed, stick them onto the front of your envelopes, and your invitations are good to go – don’t forget your stamps!
Which Color Label Should I Use?
The color address label all depends on the color of your envelope. For example, if you have a deep red envelope, it may be best to steer clear of a white address label!
For bold envelopes, it would be best to stick with clear address labels. They are the most common in wedding invitations as they look the most seamless. However, if you’re opting for white envelopes, there’s no reason your address label can’t be white.
Those colors are for more traditional wedding address labels. If your color scheme is blue and you want your address labels that color – go for it! Your wedding is the one day where everything is tailored to you and your partner’s taste, so do whatever you both think is best.
What About Return Labels?
You may want to make your return labels in the same way. However, as your return address labels are all the same address, it may be easier to get them printed directly onto the envelope.
Or if you’re looking for something really quick – why not invest in an address stamp? It may seem pricey at around $15-$25, but you can use them after the wedding too! All you need to do is put the stamp into ink and press the stamp onto your return envelopes – it really is that easy.
I hope this article has helped you learn about printing labels for wedding invitations. There will be a lot of “do’s” and “don’ts’s” when researching how to design and print your wedding labels. But just keep in mind, that as long as you and your partner are happy with your labels – that’s the most important thing.
Did you print your own address labels for your wedding? Or do you plan to for your upcoming big day? Please let me know any tips or tricks that helped you design/print them. Please leave any suggestions in the comments below. You may well be helping future couples out with their wedding stationery!
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