Invite Assembly: Part 4

FINDING THE PERFECT POSTAGE

The postage you choose can add the final finishing touch to your envelopes. It’s like the perfect bow on a well-wrapped gift. Just like with the addressing, the postage can really help form a great impression and create a little excitement for your guests. When your invitation arrives in someone’s mailbox, you want them to think “Oh! What’s this? How lovely!” rather than thinking it might be another bill.

Stamps are little pieces of commissioned artwork and with so many beautiful options available, it shouldn’t be too difficult to pick a pretty design. You can either look for stamps that will work with the color palette of your wedding or you can search for stamps with a similar theme or aesthetic. Here are a few examples:

finding the perfect postage 1

A variety of stamps in pink and grey coordinate with this grey and white invitation.
invitation shown: Ameera

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A mix of vintage stamps featuring birds and trees works well for a rustic wedding.
invitation shown: Love Logo #12

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postage for destination wedding invitations

These ‘Tropical Flowers’ stamps are perfect for a destination wedding. (These are actually a favorite of mine because I used them on my own invitations back in 2001!)
invitation shown: Love Logo #24

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A few of our recent customers have had military weddings – these ‘presidential’ stamps would be appropriate.
invitation shown: Love Logo #1

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postage stamps for a modern wedding

A simple, modern stamp for a modern wedding.
invitation shown: Gwen

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The first place to start your search is, of course the post office. Ask to see all of the current stamps and determine if any have the look you’re going for. If there’s nothing at the post office that strikes your fancy, the next best place will be your local Stamp & Coin shop. Stamp & Coin shops can be a veritable treasure trove. I have spent literally HOURS at my local shop pouring over all the delightful little goodies. I don’t know the first thing about stamp collecting but I can certainly appreciate beautiful things – who knew these dusty little shops could be so inspiring! Anyway, I digress…

The great thing about the Stamp & Coin shop is that you can find lovely vintage stamps as well as designs that are more recent but no longer available at the post office. There are, however, a few things to consider:

First, if you plan to use the stamps, you will need to buy them in mint condition. The mint condition value tends to be a bit higher than the face value of the stamp – especially for the really vintage designs. For example, you might pay 20 cents for a 15 cent stamp.

Secondly, the older the stamp, the smaller it’s value will be. For example, some stamps from the 1950′s are only valued at 3 or 4 cents each. Be sure to look for stamps with higher values (15 cents or greater) since your postage will need to add up to 44 cents (or more, depending on the weight of your invitations).

Of course, you will need to consider your budget in all this. Vintage stamps are a bit more expensive and depending on how many invitations you need to send, the cost can add up. For me personally, the small additional cost is well worth it but it all depends on what’s most important to you. It is, at least, something to consider.

Anyone out there planning to hunt for pretty postage for your invitations?

  • Janice

    February 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I totally agree about the stamps completing the “look”. I recently received a wedding invitation in the mail with a printed label and one of those unattractive “forever” stamps… the invitation itself was pretty but the presentation was rather disappointing.

  • Erin

    March 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

    A couple of weeks ago I found this great little etsy shop that sells stamps.

    Verdestudio

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/VerdeStudio

  • Erin

    March 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I totally am and would love help!

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