This is about the time that summer and fall brides start thinking about getting those wedding invitations out the door (and if it isn't, it should be). You may be wondering exactly HOW you should go about addressing the envelopes. Calligraphy has been a wedding standard, but when watching a budget it's easy to make that the first thing to go and run your envelopes through your at home printer. I typically advise brides NOT to go that route. Wedding invitations are some of the few special pieces that comes through the snail mail, and calligraphy and hand addressing add that extra special touch.
Sometimes, I think Calligraphy can be the silk purse on a sows' ear, in a good way. You can buy a very budget invitation and give it the wiff of elegance that only calligraphy can add. Indeed, with a colored envelope and white ink, or colored ink and a white envelope, it's really artwork. (here, an envelope from Laura Hooper) Don't be afraid to troll craigslist and the net to try and find a calligrapher who might live remotely, that's a great way to get the look for less, especially if you live in a large city like NY or Chicago where the service can get very pricey.
Some brides opt to hand address their own envelopes, or enlist a very neat friend to do so. I really like this touch, because the greatest difference between a wedding invitation and a regular piece of mail is the element of care and special-ness that invitation conveys. Here is a great hand addressed envelope I found on Mitch and Molly's wedding blog.
The final option that I sometimes recommend is digital calligraphy. It's a pretty, and affordable way to get lovely addressed envelopes. It also removes human error from the equation. Often your stationary store can assist you with managing digital calligraphy, but sites like Wedding Works can also offer you this service. Here's a great example of digital calligraphy.
How are you planning on addressing your envelopes?