Ever since I addressed and sent out save the dates, I've been dreading working on our wedding invitations. I'm a perfectionist and some of the adresses for save the dates just weren't as pretty and neat as I wanted them to be. I tried, I even spaced it out so I didn't have to do it all in one day or weekend. But after addressing 30 or so, you reach a point where you want to get them done and no longer have the ability to worry about perfect. I can't even imagine having hundreds of these to do. You also start to freak out that you didn't order enough envelopes (tip: order LOTS of envelopes).
So I started doing my research on ways to make it easier. I found all kinds of tips and articles on Pinterest. Some people suggested printing the info on the envelope in a really light color and then tracing over it. It wasn't a bad idea and I was going to try it. But then I thought about playing with the printer and the fact that I would still have to technically write them all. And, well, that just didn't seem ideal to me.
I love the look of stamps, but, I mean, I don't think I can order stamps with everyone's name and address on them so clearly that wouldn't work.
I hate the idea of labels because they just look cheap and lazy to me. I don't want the whole world to know that I can't hack something as little as addressing envelopes (though I guess they will now). But more importantly I just hate how they look on an envelope. Nothing about that says "I want you to be there for this important moment in our life". So I nixed that idea pretty fast.
Then I found these little gems on Pinterest and I fell in love. They provide the convenience of labels without all the things I hate. The only problem? I don't really want to drop $40-60 bucks on them. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, it's not that much, but I could think of many other uses for that money.
So I explored some more and found you can actually buy a digital file like this with all of your information and then you can print it at home. The best part is, Etsy is full of these and many of them are half the cost of actual labels.
All you need is a little glue to stick it on the envelope and you're all set. I'm planning on using a glue stick since it will provide the same effect a label would. Meaning it won’t fall on its way to addressee and you won't get those weird clumps of glue, But it's different than a traditional label and will give the envelope a really fun and personal touch.
The best part is that it doesn't matter if you mess up because you can just print it again since you own the file. It's truly amazing.
I'm actually really excited to address our invites and it gives me one less thing to be nervous about. I'll be sure to post the finished product when I'm done!