Whether you are celebrating a baby, holiday, open house, wedding, or whatever , trying to prepare a large batch of cards to mail out to friends and family can be a real chore. After all of the cards have been picked out and signed, they still need to be stuffed into their respective envelopes, addressed, stamped and then finally brought to the post office to be mailed. This can eat up a lot of time, particularly trying to address each envelope by hand. As a result, many people have tried to come up with shortcuts to help them get the job done faster and easier in order to get on with their lives. Some of these shortcuts have really taken more time than simply biting the bullet, but there is one alternative that has proven useful.
Rather than addressing each of the Easter cards by hand, try purchasing some blank labels at an office supply store and printing out the addresses for each person receiving the card? If all of the names and mailing addresses of the recipients are stored in a digital address book, it can be an incredibly fast task to import the names and addresses onto the labels automatically. This process is called a mail merge, and there are numerous instructional videos on the internet that can help guide an inexperienced user through the process. However, even if the addresses are not digitally stored, it is often still much faster to type the information into the labels than it is to write it all out by hand.
This is by far the best way to address a large number of occasion cards at once. It is fast and relatively easy, and once the labels are printed, it is only a matter of matching them up with the right card. Clear address labels are the best and most reliable option, but they also cost more money. Plain white labels can work just fine on a normal envelope, and even some colored envelopes as well. It all depends on the look that you want to achieve with the labels.
There is one consideration, however, and that is that address labels make it relatively clear that the Easter cards are part of a larger mailing. People do not generally print one or two labels at a time; they reserve label stickers for large batches of letters exactly because of how much time it saves. If you are mailing an intimate or personal card to somebody, it may be more appropriate to address the envelope by hand. This is a rule of thumb that many weddings tend to follow, but not all of them.
Regardless, if the situation calls for it, printing address labels is the fastest and easiest way to address all of those occasion cards and get them into the mail early enough to arrive on time. This is why many mass mailing companies, such as direct marketers, choose to use this method. Take advantage of it for yourself to save some much needed time to be invested in other activities in your life.