What are wax seals?
Wax seals were traditionally created to authenticate documents, eliminate forgery, and prove identification - how cool is that?! The modern day wax seals have become a popular way to fasten invitations, packaging, and create a lasting impression. They take the form of an engraved die with a handle, that creates an impression in melted wax. There are so many creative ways to incorporate this historically important detail into your wedding day details or branding.
Wax Seals for your Wedding
Create an elegant experience for your guests by...
Sealing invitation envelopes
Personalizing guest favors
Program, menu, and place card adornment
Wax Seals for your Business
Showcase your branding and make a statement with
mailings, shipments, and packaging wax seals
You can even adorn your business cards with wax seals!
What kind of wax is best for you?
Wicked Wax is best when you're trying to achieve a smaller batch of seals and/or seals in different colors.
Tools Needed: Just a flame
Melting Speed: slow
No. of Seals: 8 per stick
Glue Gun Wax is best when you're creating a larger quantity of wax seals.
Tools Needed: 3/4" diameter glue gun, bowl of ice
Melting Speed: fast
No. of Seals: 10 per stick
Beaded Wax is the best method when you're trying to achieve smaller batches of seals in different colors.
Tools Needed: Flame, wax spoon, & bowl of ice
Melting Speed: average
No. of Seals: 1 per bead
*We recommend choosing flexible wax in order to avoid any cracking of the wax.
We personally use the glue gun wax method most often due to the larger quantities we are working with. However, many parts of our process applies to the other methods as well.
wax sticks, wax seal die, full-size (3/4" diameter) glue gun, bowl of ice
1 // Heat up your glue gun, insert your wax stick, and place your wax seal die on ice (this will allow for a faster process, as the wax will harden quicker).
2 // Depending on the size of your die, you'll need to test out how much wax is needed to achieve the look you're going for. Once you've found your perfect wax amount, begin pouring for the first seal.
3 // Place your die in the center of the melted wax. Check to make sure your die is facing the right direction prior to stamping if you're applying this directly to an envelope or finished piece.
4 // Let cool for 10-15 seconds before removing the die and placing it back on ice.
5 // Repeat process.
If you want to avoid any mistakes, press your wax seals on a plate or stone countertop and then hot glue them onto your envelopes or other materials once they're dry
If you're wanting to wax seal a string or ribbon without adhering to the materials underneath, place a small piece of wax paper between the string/ribbon & printed materials and follow the steps above. Once it's dry, peel the wax paper off.
MAILING WITH WAX SEALS
While wax seals are absolutely beautiful, the postal service isn't too fond of them. We recommend sending your wax sealed mail either inside an outer envelope to protect the seal, which could increase the weight and postage cost, or by paying for an extra 21 cents of postage to have your mail hand-cancelled and non-machined. A money-saving and stylish way to achieve this look is by using the historic president heads USPS stamps along with 21 cents worth of matching vintage stamps from our favorite Etsy sellers: Pack & Post, Vintage Postage Shop, & Verde Studio.
If you're budgeting for wax seals on your invitations, we recommend adding an extra $0.86 to each invitation ($0.65 for each seal, and $0.21 for the extra postage).
We're obviously wax seal nerds, but we hope that rubbed off on you, because this world needs more beautiful wax seals! As always, let us know if you have any questions about wax seals or anything stationery, wedding, or business related!
p.s. We will be listing our wax seals on our semi-custom shop coming September 27, 2017!