SAY “I DO” TO PERSONALIZED WEDDING INVITATION STAMPS
Did you know that during the Middle Ages weddings were either announced by a town crier or by calligraphy-skilled monks who created invitations with the family’s coat of arms, sealed with wax? This was considered wedding invitation personalization at its finest! These days there are endless ways to create one-of-a-kind wedding invitations, but nothing gives a more unexpected and personalized touch than customized wedding stamps. Small but mighty, these functional and essential elements of the wedding invitation will give guests a favorable first impression, as well as a clue to your wedding theme.
With Minted, you can have your custom postage stamp printed in three different postage amounts. Choose from $0.35, $0.55, or $0.70 denominations. Our stamps are sold in sheets of 20 and are printed on adhesive postage paper for easy application to your envelopes.
IDEAS FOR WEDDING POSTAGE STAMP CUSTOMIZATION
There are many chic ways to personalize wedding stamps. The design can range from a hand-drawn motif, a destination-theme, a cute use of engagement photography, or creative use of typography. Regardless of what type of design you decide on, a good rule of thumb is to be consistent with the same colors and fonts as the enclosed invitation to ensure a cohesive look with your wedding correspondence. Here are some ideas for creating a memorable, eye-catching design for your wedding postage stamps:
If you are looking for a traditional design, choose a classic monogram or florals. Other ideas include formal motifs such as illustrations, acanthus leaves, or seasonal bouquets. You could also consider simple and timeless patterns in your wedding colors such as stripes, herringbone, or gingham.
For destination weddings, an icon from the wedding location or venue could be used to spark excitement and curiosity upon receipt of the invitation. An example would be a wedding invitation stamp with the French flag for a wedding in Paris. Another example is a cactus design for a ceremony in Phoenix, AZ. Have fun with it! Give your guests a clue as to where the wedding will take place.
For the modern wedding couple, consider an abstract interpretation of classic wedding imagery such as hearts, champagne glasses, a wedding cake, or two wedding rings. Explore what our collection of independent artists have created!
Typography is always a good idea. Ideas include the wedding date, names of the wedding couple (or first name initials), or a wedding hashtag to get everyone excited for the big day.
Did you have engagement photos taken? Consider featuring one of these professional photos on your wedding invitation stamps. Bring a smile to your guest’s face as they discover your envelope in their mailbox. We have heard of people saving wedding invitations as keepsakes, but now they may even save the envelope!
Once you've settled on a design it's time to figure out postage costs. The last thing you'd want is to send several hundred beautiful wedding invitations in the mail only to have them each returned with the "Return to Sender" stamp across the front for insufficient postage. A tragedy like this would easily be avoided with just a little bit of research, and maybe even a quick preliminary trip to the post office. Bring with you a stuffed invitation and have them weigh it for you to determine final postage costs per piece. Here are some general postage costs:
Standard First Class postage is $0.55: This can be used for a flat card invitation with envelope enclosure weighing less than 1 oz. This can also apply to save the date announcements and reply cards.
Two-ounce postage is $0.71: This includes anything beyond the flat card and envelope mailer as mentioned above, and weighing up to 2 oz. This postage tier applies to flat cards and additional enclosures such as a response card, maps, or accommodation cards.
Two-ounce postage is $0.71 + Additional ounce postage of $0.21: This applies to invitation suites printed on substantial double-thick cotton paper such, or that features several paper enclosures or external elements such as wax seals.
Irregular-shaped invitations, such as square: Add a hand-processing fee of $0.20 to any of the above. The silver lining to this unexpected fee is that invitations are less likely to be scratched, bent, or smudged since they are being handled by a human and not a conveyor belt or other mass-mail sorting machines.
A FEW MORE HELPFUL POINTERS
Keep personalized wedding invitation stamps in mind for all of your wedding-related snail mail, including wedding invitations, reply cards, and save the dates. Don’t forget about the many thank you cards you’ll be sending to friends and family before and after the wedding. Think bridal shower guests, bachelor and bachelorette attendees, and specialty vendors such as the wedding planner, officiant, gown boutique, hair stylist and florist team. You could try a different stamp design on each type of mail that ties back to your overall wedding theme.
Whether or not you plan to enclose a reply card or envelope, be sure to include your wedding postage stamps on that as well.
For the savvy bride looking to cut costs on postage, consider reply postcards which will cost less than a traditional mail-in response card with envelope.
Take a trip to the local post office and request that they "hand cancel" your invitations. This means they will use a special ink for marking and will sort individually to keep them looking sharp. Keep in mind this is only a request and not all Post Offices can accommodate hand canceling - but it’s definitely worth the try!
Begin personalizing your very own wedding stamps. Use our filters to sort options by style or by color. Some of our available styles include modern, rustic, vintage, and bohemian. We even have recommended designs for weddings that will be hosted in major cities, by the water, or at a particular destination. As you customize your final design, you will be sent a digital proof by a Minted design associate to ensure the final look and feel is exactly what you had envisioned before it is sent to the printers.