May 11th is quickly approaching. That’s the big day that first class stamps rise to 44 cents. Planning to send invitations right now can be tricky business. You may be able to get the invites out before the price increase, but remember that guests will be sending back response cards for the next month or more, and you want to make sure that their envelopes have enough postage to make the trip through the mail back to you safe and sound!
I’ve always been a stamp lover. One creative idea that I saw years ago in Martha Stewart Weddings
is to use vintage stamps. Since vintage stamps will be considerably less postage than necessary it will take lots of these beautiful stamps to equal the right value. Be sure to take your entire invitation package (invitation, envelope, response card & envelope and any other additional pieces that will be mailed such as reception cards, travel cards, transportation card, maps, etc.) to the post office to be weighed and determine the exact postage amount. Keep in mind that there are lots of factors besides weight that determine how much your invitation will cost to mail. Square envelopes along with odd shaped envelopes and envelopes containing rigid objects can effect the postage price. Vintage stamps can be found on eBay
. The look of vintage stamps is incredibly chic and detail oriented. An envelope with tons of vintage stamps would definitely stand out in the mail.
Another one of my favorite postage ideas is custom stamps. I am a huge fan of zazzle.com
where you can create your own custom postage in many different shapes, sizes and prices (they just updated the site to reflect the postage increase). Custom postage can be useful for so many different mailings. Put your event date in your colors & font, a great photo to tell guests to “save the date,” an image, icon or monogram that you carry throughout your event, or a photo of your newborn baby on birth announcements. This year we put a picture of our dog Ray on the outside of our holiday cards. We mailed our thank you notes with a photo of us from the wedding. Papery & Cakery
marketing materials had our logo on the stamps. Custom postage is a fabulous detail and added touch to spruce up your envelopes. It’s not just something special to save for an event. I love it for announcements, thank you notes, holiday cards, birthday cards, and even on a letter to just say hello! Be sure to contact p&c;
if you need help creating a custom image just for you!
Last but not least is a good ‘ole (non-vintage) stamp from the post office
. There are lots of different options available right now. I suggest to try to match the stamp to the look and feel of the event and the invitation — though color, design or the actual image. For a destination beach wedding, check out the beautiful St. John beach stamp. For a wedding in the mountains, there’s a gorgeous image of the Great Smoky Mountains or Yosemite. Or mix and match colors and styles that go together to add up to the proper postage. There’s always the traditional love stamps in beige and sage green, depending on the postage amount. The newly revealed wedding stamps include an image of 2 gold wedding bands, a white fondant wedding cake, and the king and queen of hearts. They will be available for purchase on May 1st. Instead of waiting in long lines at the post office (which often doesn’t even have the exact stamp you’re looking for), usps.com
allows you to order your stamps online and only charges $1 for shipping and handling.