Bonus Tip: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Previously, I shared with you all of my best tips for making your DIY save the dates beautiful. Well, dear readers, it’s time for me to share with you a lesson that I learned the hard way.

Miss Tractor’s DIY Save the Date BONUS TIP: If you choose to address your envelopes on your home printer, you must, MUST, send out a test envelope. Because if you do not, the beautiful envelopes you worked so hard on, that once looked like this:

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Could end up looking like this:

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Sigh…this photo has not been edited for privacy—this is actually what it looked like when it was returned to us about six weeks after we sent it out. You can see that some kind soul tried to help by writing the zip code in, but this little guy never made it to his destination.

Our first batch of envelopes was printed on our laser printer, and for some reason, the ink did not want stay on the envelopes. It’s pretty clear that as soon as they entered the US Postal Service system, they were wiped almost completely clean. Even envelopes that were sent only a few miles to other neighborhoods in Boston turned out like this!

The bad news is: we printed both the recipient addresses and our return address, so they both were equally affected. So while some of our precious save the dates came back to our mailbox, like the one above, some of them were undeliverable on the return side, and will probably be stuck out in postal-service limbo forever. The good news is: we only sent out about 50 before we realized this issue, and they had mostly been sent to our closest friends and family, so we were able to check in with them over the holidays to confirm who did and did not receive their save the dates.

To rectify the situation, we went to Target and purchased a cheap inkjet printer, which actually ended up being way faster and easier than our old laser printer. We printed the remainder of our envelopes on the inkjet, and they arrived just fine.

So brides, do as I say: print one envelope, send it to your mom or your maid of honor, and confirm it arrived in one piece before you make the mistake I did!

All right, fess up! What’s one screw-up you made during wedding planning? How did you fix it?

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  1. tractor Bee
    Mrs. Tractor 32 posts, Newbee @ 1:18 pm

    @mscrab We do plan to hand cancel our invites – I’m pretty confident it wouldn’t have helped with the situation in this case because even handling them caused the ink to rub off – the transit would’ve taken its toll either way!

    @LoveMyBrit Wow, good thing you sent out the test one! It sounds like you figured out some good solutions to the problems you identified though.

    @pyramid I was wondering how your wax seals held up in the mail – glad to hear they stayed on securely!

  2. msbordercollie Bee
    Mrs. Border Collie 102 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:38 pm

    Oh my gosh! This sucks! Who would have thought?!?

  3. msnarwhalbee Bee
    Mrs. Narwhal 87 posts, Worker bee @ 2:14 pm

    I’m cringing at this nightmare!! I’m so sorry this happened to you!! I was wondering about printing on our envelopes, and since I have a laser printer, I now know I will definitely be hand writing! Thanks for the tip. I’m so sorry this happened! At least they were the STD’s and not all the money lost on the invitations! Eek!! Do you know how many you lost?

  4. tractor Bee
    Mrs. Tractor 32 posts, Newbee @ 6:51 pm

    @msbordercollie Right?? Now we know…

    @msnarwhalbee I’m not prepared to fully blame the printer as it probably also had to do with the finish on the envelopes. Either way, lesson learned – send a test envelope! We received back 3 or 4 and deduced that there were probably another 3 or 4 never delivered – some of them arrived in the right mailboxes despite having almost no printing left on the envelope, I’ll never know how that happened!

  5. mssquid Bee
    Mrs. Squid 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:42 am

    Oh man that suuuuucks!! Thank goodness it wasn’t all the STDs and that you were able to track down which ones hadn’t made it. Lesson learned!!

  6. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:56 am

    Oh boy… this would have given me a heart attack!

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