Everything nowadays has to be typed otherwise it isn’t considered professional. I was recently told that handwriting an envelope isn’t as professional as typing it. However, I tend to disagree with this statement.
Of course printed labels make everything look better; however, in a computer-based world, organizations receive tons of typed letters and envelopes. In my opinion, I think hand-addressed envelopes are not eye sores. Instead, if written in a different color ink, such as blue, I believe the envelope will stand out from the monotony of black type. Depending on whom the letter is for and your relationship with the person, I believe most people should stick to the basic blue or black ink. Pink, red, purple, or other bright colored inks may take away from the “professionalism” of the letter.
If I was going through my mail, and I received a hand-addressed envelope and a bunch of typed envelopes, I would open the handwritten envelope first. The handwritten envelope shows me someone actually took the time to write out my address. It makes it seem a little more personal. On the other hand, there are certain situations where printed envelopes need to be used. For example, if you were sending a letter on behalf of your company, using a pre-printed label would definitely look more professional.
What are your thoughts? Would you be more apt to open a handwritten envelope versus a printed envelope? Do you think handwritten envelopes are not professional?