So, calligraphy is "the dream". It is the "proper" way to address invites. And yes, I love getting hand addressed invites in the mail. So much so that I've considered hand-calligraphing or doing "faux-ligraphy" (in which you print the addresses lightly and trace over them with a nice pen). But I keep coming back to the words of my uncle, who works for the USPS. "Typed is preferred. If you must handwrite, all caps is best."
Having never heard this before, and still foolishly considering handwriting my own envelopes, I sought advice from www.usps.com, the authority on going postal. The advice is to: "Print or type clearly with a pen or permanent marker so the address is legible from an arm’s length away."
So printed address labels are definitely the way to go. But boring, plain old labels printed in calligraphic font? Why make my life so easy?
Meet the wraparound label. I want these awesome labels. I must have them, even at the expense of my sanity.
Because even if they are "blog trendy", they are still going to be new and interesting to members of our family. Plus, they are a fabulous opportunity for design.
My only concern is bouncebacks. The wraparound label will make sure they get to their recipients, but what if we have wrong addresses? (The Christmas card list my mother uses still has addresses in East Berlin...) Well, the USPS has something to say about this as well: "Print the delivery and return addresses on the same side of your envelope or card."
So now what do I do? (I would say we, but Mark's solution is to print the addresses on clear labels. Which is nice and all, but boring compared to the wraparound label awesomeness!)