I love the look of elegant calligraphy addressed envelopes, it makes my heart skip whenever I get a beautiful piece of mail. I am odd like that. I really think that the envelope sort of sets the stage for the contents inside though. I didn’t want to spend the time to hand write 200 addresses myself or to pay for someone to do it, so I used my favorite font “Feel Script” to mimic the look. I typed and formatted each address using Illustrator, then printed each address on the envelope with my ink jet printer. It was a little painful to feed each envelope individually through the printer, especially since every it jammed every 3rd envelope (make sure you order lots of extra envelopes just in case!), but I love the look of elegantly addressed envelopes. It’s like a beautifully wrapped present!
Yes, I sent a wedding invitation to the President and the First Lady at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave:
Mr. Obama was too busy attend our wedding, being the leader of the free world and all, but the White House actually sent us a congratulatory card back after a few weeks! They actually responded faster than a lot of our guests!! It was a nice little surprise that makes a great addition to our scrapbook. I heard you can also send wedding invitations to Mickey Mouse and the Queen of England, too!
I took one invitation and weighed it multiple post offices just to make sure I put the write amount of postage on the top right corner. At that time, the only wedding stamps available were the king and queen stamps and I needed two of them for each invitation. I like how the king is reaching over and handing the queen flowers! So cute!
The stack of 200 wedding invitations, all stuffed, stamped and ready for the post office:
I think I was the post office’s worst nightmare, I went so many times to weigh the envelopes, to buy more stamps and to send myself a test invitation. I actually sent myself a test invitation to make sure that it arrived to my mailbox in good condition. When I took the stack of real 200 invitations to the post office, I actually hand cancelled each one so that they didn’t get ruined going through the machines. (Here are some good tips on how to hand cancel) That’s how neurotic I am!) Since my invitations were bulky with the wax seal, I didn’t want them to get messed up! Not all post offices will allow you to hand cancel but luckily there was a large post office near me that allowed me to stand off to the side and hand stamp each one. I spent so much time on these invites, I wanted them to arrive to their destinations safely!
Whew! I just wrote 5 posts about my wedding invitations! They were truly a labor of love. When they finally got sent out, I was so happy and relieved! I couldn’t wait for our guests to receive them. I hope they appreciated all the love that went into making them!