Wedding stationery is so important because it sets the tone for your event. Everyone has their own opinion on postage, but my opinion is simply this: looks matter. I admit, it might sound snobbish. But to receive a beautifully calligraphed envelope with a good ole Forever stamp on it just doesn't do that calligraphy justice.
One way to pretty up your invitations is to use vintage postage stamps. But where to find them? How to purchase wisely? Listen and learn, my lovelies.
1. If you're going vintage, you're going to need a lot of stamps. Our wedding invitations cost 61 cents to mail. Considering the average vintage stamp is worth 3-8 cents, that's a heck of a lot of stamps. Our words of wisdom: Purchase stamps in the largest denominations possible (15 cents or more, when you can).
2. If you're a super sleuth, you can pay exactly the same amount in postage for vintage stamps as you would modern stamps. The trick is to find a seller willing to sell them at face value. If you have a local stamp or coin shop in town, this is the best place to begin. If not, be prepared to pay a markup. Our favorite online vintage stamp shop is VerdeStudio on etsy (some markups apply). Also check out Champion Stamp and Kenmore Stamp.
3. Make sure you're purchasing unused, uncancelled US stamps. Postage never expires, but make sure it's valid when you buy it.
4. If you can't afford vintage stamps for everyone (or if you simply don't have the time), consider using them for your invitation photo only. Your photographer will (hopefully) be taking a photo of your invitation suite on your wedding day. Get that invitation envelope photo-ready with a few vintage stamps and some nice calligraphy.
5. If you're using a calligrapher, make sure you tell him/her you will be using vintage stamps. You'll need some extra room at the top of the outer envelope for your stamps, so make sure he/she works accordingly.