"What is this trend, and how did you get into this?"
My name is Vashti, and I live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I fell in love with vintage postage after seeing images of beautiful wedding invitations on which vintage stamps were used in wild, yet organized, abandon.
After collecting thousands of vintage stamps to address my own wedding invitations in a similar fashion, I found myself left with both a growing collection of vintage postage, and a growing desire to share the many ways one can combine vintage postage in a fashion that awes the recipient.
In an age where paper correspondence is used less-and-less, my husband and I wanted our invitations to stand out and impress our guests. We were overwhelmed by the response we got from our wedding guests, and we have been similarly overwhelmed by the feedback we've received from our clients.
Recipients are touched by the effort and thought that goes into curating a beautiful set of vintage postage, and we're convinced that a gorgeous set of postage can help set the tone for a lovely event. We can't wait to help you find the perfect set of vintage postage.
"I see a lot of beautiful calligraphy and invitation suites featured on your site and on your social media, where can I find something similar?"
All paper suites featured on our website were designed and graciously provided by Cheree Berry Paper.
All calligraphy was done (unless otherwise noted) by Suzanne Cunningham.
I also work with many other calligraphers, invitation suite designers/stationers, photographers, etc. on collaborations and would be happy to provide additional vendor recommendations if desired.
"how much do custom collections cost?..."
We price out custom sets by the stamp, and while pricing varies we can provide some general guidelines for most of our projects:
- Postage for 0 - 1 ounce rectangular envelopes usually runs between $1-3 per envelope (e.g., save the dates & response envelopes)
- Postage for 0 - 1 ounce square envelopes usually runs between $2-4 per envelope (e.g., square save the dates)
- Postage for 1 - 2 ounce rectangular envelopes usually runs between $2-4 per envelope (e.g., most rectangular wedding invitations)
- Postage for 1 - 2 ounce square envelopes usually runs between $3-5 per envelope (e.g., most square wedding invitations)
- Postage over 2 ounces, or postage for irregular sized, thick, or rigid invitations varies. Please check with your post office and we can go from there.
You can request a custom collection here.
Please keep in mind that pricing does vary depending on how many stamps we use, and how scarce the stamps are to source, it is thus difficult to give an "accurate" estimate without first understanding the stamps or direction that you want to go in.
"what should i keep in mind as i plan my invitation timeline?"
Most event invitations (though etiquette varies by event), should go out in the mail 6-8 weeks before the event takes place (especially if you are asking guests to send a response). That means that you should be thinking about putting your vintage postage on envelopes at least 2 months before your event takes place.
Applying vintage postage to your envelopes can be a time-consuming task. You should dedicate at least a few hours to ensure that you are not rushed, and that you can take the time to line up your stamps, and apply them with care.
Are you working with a calligrapher? That takes time too – calligraphers vary on their timelines, so ask your calligrapher how early they need your envelopes to ensure that you get them back in time to apply your postage.
Planning is key!
"what is hand cancelling, and why should i have it done?"
To ensure that your envelopes look their best upon arrival, be sure to set time aside to bring your envelopes to the Post Office, and ask to have them hand cancelled. Some post offices charge a small fee for this (I have not personally seen this), and some post offices will give you a rubber stamp and ask you to step to the side and hand-cancel them yourself.
What is Hand Cancelling? Each stamp needs to be “Cancelled” so that it cannot be peeled off and used again (USPS Protocol). Hand cancelling ensures that your envelopes are handled with care, and cancelled without being run through a large cancelling machine that could damage both the stamps and the invitations themselves.
Hand cancelling recommended!
important note for new york city residents on hand cancelling:
We have heard a handful of "horror" stories from brides who have tried to have envelopes hand-cancelled in Manhattan, and have then had invitations take upwards of 3 weeks to get to their recipients. We recommend taking your envelopes out of the City to a normal post office where you can verify in person that they are in fact hand-cancelled, and not "sent to a separate facility" for hand cancelling/processing.
Manhattan residents beware!
"how do i know how much vintage postage i need?"
Great question that is best left to the pro's at the US Post Office. You can take an assembled invitation to the post office to have it weighed, and you can also use the USPS Postage Calculator to get a good estimate.
Here are a few general thoughts and estimates to give you an idea of what you might need:
If you are mailing a standard sized rectangular envelope that weighs less than 1 oz., you will need 1 "forever" stamp, or 49¢ worth of postage. Keep in mind that postage rates do fluctuate up and down over time, so double and triple check before you apply your vintage postage!
If you are mailing a square envelope that weighs less than 1 oz., or a rectangular envelope that weighs between 1-2 oz. (most wedding invitations) domestically, you will need 70¢ worth of postage.
Yes, square envelopes cost more to mail than rectangular envelopes, and each additional ounce costs an additional amount...
Yes, international envelopes also require additional postage...
Check with your post office to be sure!
“what's the best way to adhere my stamps?"
I find that the best method of adhering stamps to an envelope is just to lick the stamps. I’ve tried wet sponges, sponge pens, glue pads, glue sticks, etc., and most of these methods result in either a very sticky mess (read: sloppy invitation), or over-wet stamps that wrinkle your envelopes and don't stick nearly as well.
...Just lick the stamps... it works better than anything else
...rosé is a great palate cleanser *cheers*
...drinking while stamping not recommended
"i want to do something custom, can you curate a vintage postage set for my event?"
Absolutely! I have a large inventory, but sometimes I need to source additional vintage postage depending on your needs. Keep in mind that sourcing stamps can take time, and depending on what you are looking for, can be costly (depending on stamp scarcity). I have plenty of contacts to help facilitate a custom job, so get in touch, fill out the custom postage request form on our "custom requests" page.
Let's create something fabulous!