So I have some amazing news! I mailed my save-the-dates the other day!!! Well, that’s sort of true… I mailed only my parents and one and one to my sister. I wanted them to receive the cards first in order to give me feedback and also I just wanted them to experience the joy of being the first to get them! My sis got hers yesterday and already posted on Facebook how much she loved them (yay! They were a success)! She thought that I had taken them somewhere to have them printed (nope, all me… that’s just how good I and the Gocco are)! My parents will probably get theirs today (I can’t wait for them to open it up)! I had to go out and buy more stamps today (it was hard to calculate the exact number of each I needed). You see, the buying of the stamps was a little tricky. I had done my research beforehand. I knew what stamps I wanted and how much each one was. I was planning on my bulking envelopes costing around 80 cents to $1 each to mail. The woman at the post office told me they would be 65 cents each! That totally threw me for a loop! I told her I wanted “the Garden of Love” stamp (a beautiful collection of heart shaped plants, fruits and birds).
“The Garden of Love” stamps are forever stamps, which mean they take the face value of whatever the current value is (45 cents). So, I had my one stamp, I just needed another stamp to accompany it. The woman began to show me my options. She even showed me the tradition (and in my opinion cheesy) wedding stamps, that I would only need one of per envelope because they were worth 65 cents (no thank you)!
Going the tried and true wedding route for stamps was not something Eric and I had envisioned (nor would it look good with our save-the-dates, which have a vintage vibe with a touch of whimsy), so that was out. She then showed me stamps of lesser value that I could add with my 45 cent “Garden of Love” forever stamp. These stamps were of presidents heads, Hawaiian shirts and random other artifacts that didn’t mesh with our wedding feel. I pulled out my stamp list I had composed and asked if she had any of the ones I saw online and liked.
The “Love: King and Queen of Hearts” is a 44 cent stamp but it is so cute that if they had this I would consider getting this and nixing my “Garden of Love” option and finding a cute secondary stamp to go with it. That idea was short lived, they didn’t have it, go figure.
I loved this “Monarch Butterfly” 64 cent stamp, and thought I could get this and either get away with not having another stamp or get a simple 1-2 cent stamp. But of course, my post office did not have this either.
I also inquired about the “Herbs” collection of 29 cent stamps. It was go with the “Garden of Love” stamp (both being plants). This was a no as well. I began to think that perhaps I should just buy my stamps online. I asked what she in terms of 5 and 10 cent stamps. She showed me a clock and a teapot.
These two weren’t bad. They actually really worked with our vintage wedding vibe. I told the woman that I would get these. So each envelope uses one “Garden of Love” stamp (45 cents), one “American Clock” stamp (10 cents), and two “American Toleware” stamps (5 cents each). All of the stamps equal 65 cents (couldn’t have been more perfect)! And I just adore the look of multiple stamps. Eric and I want to try and collect/buy vintage stamps for our wedding invitation envelopes, so this was a good transition into that.
*all of the above images are from the United States Postal Service and Martha Stewart Weddings
The above is an image of all of the stamps I bought for the save-the-dates (most of them, at least). Below is a photo of what my stamped envelopes look like (before they get addressed)! I played around with the placement of the stamps… some envelopes get a single row, others get three in a row and one below in the corner). Doing all in a row is best because it gives me the most room to write (I tend to have large handwriting and most people I am sending them too either have long or multiple names)! Oh, and in case you were wondering, the envelopes are from Paper Source!
*both of the above images are personal shots.