after just finishing hand-addressing 75 wedding invitations i can tell you that sometimes it’s tough to keep a steady hand. unfortunately calligraphy wasn’t in our wedding budget so when it came time to send out invites i was left with two options: computer printing or hand writing. because i stupidly stuffed the envelopes and sealed them before addressing my only choice was to hand write each address (the contents weren’t flat enough to run through a printer).
after about 7 envelopes i was cursing myself for not having better writing and not being able to write in a straight line to save my life. so when i heard from jennifer about her great faux-fancy handwriting idea i was so excited. jennifer was writing out her own invites and wanted a calligraphy look without the high cost, so she came up with a really clever idea for a great diy alternative. basically, she chose her favorite fancy font on her computer (you can buy some great ones here) and printed each address on the envelope in a slightly darker ink color so it was faint enough to see after printing. then jennifer went back over the lettering with a white paint pen, covering up the printed portion and giving it a more hand-written look. the result is a combination of the neatness and elegance you’d expect with a printed address and the handmade qualities that come from putting actual pen to paper. jennifer’s full steps are spelled out right here and they’re a great idea for anyone planning a party, a wedding or any event where invitations are involved. thanks, jennifer!