Weddings are extremely expensive – if you are planning a wedding, this fact will probably not come as a surprise to you!
At a time when brides and grooms are paying for venues, food, outfits, and parties, they are on the lookout for ways to decrease the numbers on the total sum invested. If you are a concerned bride or groom who wishes to save up on invites, we have a hack for you – print your envelopes using your home printer!
Wondering how to print your wedding invitation envelopes at home?
Sit back and relax as we have combined all the necessary information here for you!
How to Make an Envelope Template
As you could have guessed, making an envelop template is the first and most essential step of printing a wedding invitation envelope. To get the desired outcome, go through all the steps mentioned below meticulously.
Choose A Template Or Build Your Own
Initially, all printers are asked to make a choice between designing their own template or choosing an already available one.
Building your template holds its perks, being customized and unique; it can hold symbols or words that are dear to you and your spouse. However, designing comes with responsibilities meaning that the outcome might not be as sophisticated as a professionally designed one.
MS words offer templates in the Mailing tab. For example, after clicking the Envelope option on the Mailings tab, you can simply type in the sender and recipient’s addresses in your desired fonts.
Many bloggers who are professional designers also upload templates for wedding invitation envelopes on their site. You can download these (either for free or upon paying a certain sum) and then use them to get output.
Envelope size needs to be determined based on the dimensions of the invitation cards. Several sizes like A7, C10, C6, C8, DL, etc., are available, and you can easily check their length and width online to choose a size that seems suitable for you.
The template needs to be built based on the envelope size to make sure the design is properly enclosed within the envelope’s figure instead of needing to be enlarged or squeezed in; anything that doesn’t fit will ruin the look.
An envelope that is well designed but does not reach the recipient is nothing but a waste. Hence, invest your time in designing and making sure that every detail is perfectly visible and readable.
Place the address of recipients on the middle of the envelope while your address should be placed either on the upper left corner of the envelope flap. No matter how elegant the look is, ensure that all writings are sharp and legible so that the mail delivery system has no trouble in identifying the address.
Ultimately, refrain from placing any designs or writings on the edges as postal barcodes need to be placed. Otherwise, your hard work might end up getting covered, and the barcode reading will possibly show errors in identification.
Editing Your Addresses
Once the template-making process is over, you need to shift to the addressing bit of the envelope-making process.
If you are using MS Word, follow the following steps:
- Start by typing in all the addresses and names of the recipients in an Excel file.
- Open MS word and select the Mailings tab present on the menu bar.
- From the ribbon, choose the Select Recipients option.
- Once the drop-down list appears, Use an Existing List option upon pressing which, the Select Data Source dialogue box opens up.
- Navigate your Excel file consisting of the recipient address list, and you are all set to go!
In case typing a list in Excel seems like too much of a hassle, you can opt to eliminate step one and instead select the Type a New List option present in the drop-down menu seen during step four.
Printing Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes
If you have been following our guidelines, you will be pleased to know that you have reached the last few steps (YAY!).
With all editing, designing, and typing has done, you need to now focus on precisely printing out your envelopes. Before putting the envelopes in your printer tray, flatten them out to prevent the problematic situation of them getting stuck in the rollers.
After all of the previous steps have been executed, you will be presented with various printer settings options as soon as you click the Print icon or Ctrl + P. To get the desired prints, you will need to spend some time altering these.
Change the paper size to that of your envelope’s and select the No Scaling option. If you are using cardstock or any other type of paper that is different from the regular kind, be sure to change the Paper Type setting accurately.
Test Print (Print a Sample)
Although many will try to skip this step, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is! Doing a test print before actually printing out your envelopes could potentially save you time and money.
Despite liking the Print Preview, you might end up not approving the way your envelope looks once it is printed. Hence, it is best to get a test print, check all the necessary details, and fix any problems that arise. Then, when fully content with the outcome, consider giving the print command for all the envelopes.
Wedding Invitation Envelopes are Ready Now!!!!
If you have followed our guide that teaches you how to print your wedding envelopes at home, by now, you must have the printed outcomes on your hand! Now is the time to slip in the cards along with stickers or photographs that you wish to include. You can even tie the envelopes with colorful ribbons to make them stand out.
As we draw this article to a close, we hope your invites look stunning and wish that you have a blast at the wedding!