One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is sending out your invitations! It means your wedding date is set, your venue chosen, your guest list made, and the wedding is on its way. You’ve put time, energy and money into designing your invitations whether you designed them yourself or hired a designer. The theme is finalized, the invitations are the perfect shade of your wedding color, and the envelope is stuffed, sealed, and addressed. The only thing left to do is go to the post office for stamps so you can finally get these babies in the mail. We’ve got the solutions to help you avoid putting the season’s latest Christmas stamp on your spring wedding invitations.
What many people don’t know, is that there are alternatives to the regular stamps you can find at the post office (though you can find some pretty cute ones there too). Thanks to the internet you can buy tons of custom stamps to match your invitation suite. Better yet, you can even design your own!
Zazzle.com is home to several stamps to meet your needs, with tons of images, designs, and even licensed brands like Disney. What’s even better is if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can customize stamps to incorporate your own design. Use your stamps to show off your new monogram, or include a picture of you two as a couple (may we suggest custom wedding photo stamps as the postage on your thank you cards?) There is a fee for designing your own stamp, with the cost for a sheet of 20 stamps ranging in the low twenties. This includes the price of the design as well as the current value of the postage stamps.
Going for a vintage feel? Stores like Champion Stamp Company Inc. sell dated and antique stamps (and the good news is if you don’t live locally, they even have an online store). The price on vintage stamps varies depending on the age of the stamp, so unfortunately you won’t be able to pay the five cents that it used to cost.
If a custom design isn’t for you, don’t rule out the US Postal Service just yet. There are tons of stamps for sale on USPS.com, and they’re the same price as buying them in the post office, you just have to pay shipping and handling. There are stamps for all seasons, stamps with famous world leaders, you can even let guests know about your favorite charity with stamps from different organizations. You can’t go wrong with romance so if you aren’t sure what kind of stamp you want, the US Postal Service typically has at least one to two heart designs available at any given time.
Cost may play a role in your decision, after all postage is expensive enough on its own, even before paying to add any custom details to it. The most budget-friendly postage option will always be the stamps for sale at your local post office (and like we mentioned, they really do have some cute stamps).
by Emily Rochotte
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