The average wedding has 100 - 250 guests, which means you could have 750 envelopes to address if you are sending a full wedding stationery suite, including Save the Dates, formal Wedding Invitations and Thank You Cards.
750 is a mind-boggling number of envelopes to address.
Here are some ways to approach addressing your envelopes so it's not so overwhelming.
Hand writing the addresses on your envelopes will take the longest, but handwriting looks gorgeous, and it's a stunning personal touch. If you set a goal to address 15 envelopes a night while you're Netflix and chilling, you will have 100 envelopes done in 7ish days. Not too shabby. And because it's your handwriting, it will look unique.
This would be a good opportunity to call in a favor. Do you have a friend, bridesmaid, or mom with pretty handwriting? Ask them if they would address your envelopes for you. I'm sure they would be happy to oblige if it takes some stress off your shoulders and helps with wedding planning.
If you love the look of handwritten envelopes, but you're busy with literally everything else, you can hire someone to do it for you. It can be expensive, but a handwriting specialist or calligrapher will create a gorgeous, very unique and personalized product for you. It could be worth the investment if it brings you joy. Best of all, you just hand over the envelopes and your job is done.
If you have a computer, printer, and your guest's addresses populated in a spreadsheet, you can print your addresses out onto sticky labels, and slap these onto your envelopes pretty quickly. This can be a huge time saver if, and only if, you already have some intermediate office admin skills. If you don't, this could actually turn into a frustrating mess that takes a lot longer than handwriting the addresses. Proceed with caution.
If you have a spreadsheet with your addresses, you can import this into a sticky label template. A link to the sticky label template that you need to download should come with whatever sticky labels you purchase. Then you simply put your sticky labels in your printer, and print them out.I have created a free wedding stationery mailing list spreadsheet template that you can use to collect and manage your email addresses. You can download it here.
I have had great difficulty getting labels right on the first go using this method, so do a test run on a single sheet of labels before you try to print all of your labels at once. Here is a tutorial on printing sticker labels to take you step-by-step through the whole process.
If doing a mail merge with Word and Excel is getting a bit technical, you can also manually enter the addresses into the label template in Word.
If you have a printer that has an envelope feed, then skip the labels altogether, and print the addresses directly on the envelopes themselves. This will save you money and the extra step of sticking individual labels onto envelopes.
Check your printer manual to see if you can print envelopes, what sizes it takes, and where the envelopes feed into the printer. There should be an envelope icon somewhere on the printer that tells you whether to put the envelopes in face-up or down.
The process of printing addresses onto envelopes is similar to printing on labels. Word has an envelope printing wizard that guides you through either merging your addresses with a spreadsheet or manually entering addresses individually. Grab my free wedding stationery mailing list spreadsheet template if you need one.
Here is a tutorial that takes you through how to print addresses onto envelopes.
Any commercial printer, like Staples, or your local print shop, will happily print labels or envelopes for you. 200 envelopes will cost you about $100.
You can also get good deals with online printers like Vistaprint. Use this exclusive link to 25% off label printing. If you would rather have your addresses printed directly on your envelopes, use this link to grab 20% everything on Vistaprint.
There will be a bit of work that goes into getting your wedding guests' addresses onto your envelopes, whichever way you choose to go about it. The real question is: what is the price of your sanity? Think about whether you would enjoy hand addressing your envelopes, and whether the aesthetic of handwriting is important to you. If the answers are yes, go nuts!
However, if you value your time more, get your envelopes professionally printed.