A GUIDE TO VINTAGE STAMPS
Vintage stamps have been a long time love of mine. They're the perfect addition to any envelope to elevate the experience from your guests' first sight. I'm sure I’m not the only one who has a hard time finding normal stamps that go with my aesthetic. So by popular demand, I’m covering all the details on vintage stamps, including how to choose the right ones and who my recommended stamp vendors are.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF POSTAGE
There's nothing worse than realizing your piece is not post office friendly when you go to send them. Make sure your stamps add up to the current postage rates. Right now this rate is $0.50 (going up to $.55 in 2019) for standard sized envelopes, and $0.70 for anything square, irregular, overweight, or that has to be hand cancelled due to wax seals or something. I recommend having at least one stamp equaling 25 cents or more and then using 1-20 cent stamps to round it out to the right rate.
CHOOSE A THEME
Your stamps should have an overall theme and color scheme. If your wedding has a very specific color scheme, you should probably adhere to that before anything else. I also like to choose a theme, such as botanicals, or something that is personal to the couple. For example, if you are from the midwest, but your groom is from the East coast, try to find coordinating stamps that feature aspects of each person's background. This is a beautiful way to bring in those personal details that don't always get included in the invite suite itself.
PLAN IT OUT
You should always plan out how you're going to lay out the stamps before purchasing them to make sure you have room for the address, especially if they're going to be calligraphed. Along with that, you'll want to make sure you like the way they all look side-by-side. I do this by taking screenshots of the stamps we're thinking about, and then laying them out on a 5x7 square (that's the same color of the envelope).
MAKE SURE IT FITS IN THE BUDGET
You'll quickly figure out that vintage stamps do cost more than modern day postage. This is because of the rarity of the stamps and you're paying that vendor for taking the time to find and take care of the stamps. That being said, I wholeheartedly believe that if it fits in your budget, it's absolutely worth investing in to make that personal statement. I suggest budgeting at least $2.50 per invitation suite, including the response envelope!
Pro Tip: If there's a modern day stamp that fits in your color scheme/theme, try incorporating it into your layout to save money! I used this tactic on the invite suite below, and look how lovely it turned out!
FIND THE RIGHT VENDORS
Here's a list of vendors I use to source our vintage stamps... I have had nothing but good experiences with each of these lovely people! If you have any other recommendations, I'd love to hear them!
That being said, there are vendors out there who sell previously used stamps (which cannot be used in the postal system, but are also often used for crafts, decor or styling) Along with that, I've also heard horror stories about stamp knock-offs, so be careful and make sure you read reviews!
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