Vintage stamps can be a beautiful way to personalize your wedding invitations, reflect your personality or share the theme of your wedding! They are truly the perfect little detail for such an important element of your day. However, as fun as they can be, the task of acquiring, purchasing, and even applying vintage stamps can be very tedious and time consuming for an already busy season of your life.
So if you’re considering utilizing vintage stamps on your wedding invitations, here’s a few tips to keep in mind:
vintage postage requires planning
If you’re going to use vintage stamps, it is imperative that you decide and plan for these at the beginning of your design process! Designers and calligraphers will need to take this detail into account as they’re working on their portion of your suite.
For designers, they’ll need to consider the size of the stamps, weight of the paper for your envelope and more when starting the design process. Additionally, the calligraphy style you have in mind can be impacted by the space available once the stamps are applied.
research your vintage postage
Know how much postage you have to put on your mail before you send it (and before you curate a collection of stamps that doesn’t add up to the right amount!). The postage required also depends on how much your letter weighs, what country you’re in, and the size of your invitation suite.
Often your wedding planner can help you with this, but if you are on your own, it could take a while to accumulate enough stamps – remember a lot of vintage stamps are smaller values and wedding invitations generally run from $0.61 to over $1 each to mail!
It would be disappointing to curate a beautiful collection of matching postage worth $0.70 and add them to your envelopes, just to realize you need another $0.35 more to be able to mail it out.
budget for postage
Vintage stamps are beautiful and completely worth it, however you will quickly find they are sold at a higher cost than their face value. This is due to the rarity of vintage stamps. Many vintage stamps are sold above face value, but you can also find some sold at their face value. It is important that you decide if you want to purchase only face value stamps or if you are willing to spend a little extra to get the “perfect” stamps.
For those working with a tight budget, I would recommend sending vintage stamps on your invitation envelopes and standard forever stamps on your announcements and save the dates.
where to buy vintage postage
Ebay and Etsy are both good sources for vintage stamps. You can simply search for “vintage stamps,” but be sure that you only purchase “unused” stamps.
Collectors will sometimes sell and/or buy used or cancelled stamps because they may still have some value even though they are no longer in mint condition. It would be super unfortunate if you bought stamps you couldn’t use!
create a layout for your invitation postage
Before you just start slapping those stamps on all your envelopes, plan out where you want each stamp to go! Additionally, consider where on the envelope you’ll be having your guest addresses, how large a space you need to leave, and if you’re having your return addresses on the front, or on the back flap.
Create a mockup for you of what the stamps will look like all together! The other option is when you receive your stamps, plan them out on the envelope before you actually wet them and place them! Try different layouts until you find the one you like best!
Also, once you have created the mock up of your invitation suite complete with dimensions, weight, and details (wax seal, calligraphy addresses, etc.), take it the Post Office. They can take measurements, weigh the envelope, and let you know exactly how much postage is required! BOOM. Problem solved!
If I’m being completely honest here though, if you’re going to use vintage stamps on your wedding invitations, take all of the added pressure off your shoulders and work with a designer, like ElisaAnne Calligraphy or vintage stamp curator when curating your selection. Both are far more familiar with the variety of sizes and can ensure everything will fit on your invitation envelope nicely!
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