Post # 1
So we are ready to mail our invitations…luckily we just need standard postage because our invites are relatively light and have standard envelopes….however…my mother is tring her darndest to convince me that I just CAN NOT use any old stamp that I have to order one of the special wedding stamps….not one from the rolls of stamps we have been acquiring….apparently it is “tacky” to use an ever day stamp on wedding invitations….and it is a slight price difference between the two…since we are being a good little couple and following proper ettiquite and not only have we hand addressed every envelope by hand including the rsvp envelopes….but we are also providing postage…(the women in my family would lynch me if i didnt do it this way…in our family doing anything else is just not acceptable…plus we feel its the right thing to do…)
So my point is…my mom is insisting we use the special stamps for both envelopes….which is going to get expensive…esp when you are sending out over 200 invites with an rsvp in each…but does anyone EVER pay attention to the stamp thats on the envelope…..I dont really care either way i realise no one will probably save the envelopes so i just care they get there in one piece…. I actually dug out some of the more recent invites we have gotten and realised that about 50% of them used regular stamps (the forever flags)….and I had honestly not noticed until, I was specifically looking for the stamp…..
so do you guys notice…or care about what the stamp design is on the invitation….Im always more thrilled that I have recieved an invitation…and dont particuraly notice….they only time I notice is when we have to send an rsvp card back and there is none….
so Bees what is the consensus here?
Post # 2
I never once paid attention to stamps, but wedding stamps shouldn’t be any more expensive than normal stamps, it’s all the same. I used the flag for all our thank yous and return envelopes
Post # 3
Nope, not at all. I pay attention to the quality of the paper and the handwriting on the envelope though.
Post # 4
i used standard heart or love stamps from the post office. i do look what others use, in case they do the custom stamps. when i looked into, it was more than double the cost of a stamp i would need so i opted to use the standard.
Post # 5
Nope. The only reason I remember the stamps we used on our invitations was because my mother was incredibly upset I didn’t use bridal stamps. FFS… it’s a stamp. On an envelope. No one cares, mom.
Post # 6
Soonerbee07: The only time I have ever noticed is when I have been sent an invite with vintage-y looking stamps because they stick out so much. Like this:
Otherwise, I’ve never noticed.
Post # 7
I was also able to use a regular stamps and used the Forever stamps that are currently out that have kind of swirly multicolored flowers on them. They also currently have white rose stamps that are also just the standard postage. By all means fancy stamps are not a necessity, but I think they are a nice touch. Since they last “forever” I over purchased by a bit and used the what was left over for some of the thank you cards.
Post # 8
I’d probably notice more if it were something that didn’t fit with weddings, but I’m not really going to care if, for example, the outer envelope stamp matches the RSVP stamp.
Post # 9
Soonerbee07: I got lucky in that the $.66 stamps that came out when I got married were the blue and green butterflies and I happened to have a blue and green outdoor wedding. So they were perfect even though they were “Standard”. I have since received maybe three or four wedding invitations, and I realized I have not ONCE looked to see what stamps they used. I think if they’re not something totally random (like the car and Rosa Park stamps I currently have), and are just something simple, nobody would ever notice.
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Post # 11
I was able to use Forever Stamps on my invites, and did end up buying the ones with the white roses. I had joked about using the Disney Pixard ones that were out now, but my FI thought that would be silly.
We have RSVP postcards, and those have a hummingbird on them – as there were no other options. So, both of those stamps certainly do not match.
Post # 12
Soonerbee07: Is there really a price difference? I don’t think that I paid one – but I just bought the white rose ones. Or maybe the wedding cake? Whatever one was the slightly higher priced stamped because mine weighed more than the normal “forever” stamp.
I also have the hummingbird postcard stamps. That was all that they had for a postcard and I wasn’t going to put a regular stamp on it and pay extra.
Post # 13
I’ve never noticed what’s on the stamp. I actually received an invite two days ago and can’t tell you what was on the stamp. I’m usually too excited to see what the actual invite looks like to pay attention to the envelope!
Post # 14
Soonerbee07: I didn’t even know the stamps were a ‘thing’ till this site. I saw some cute ones on the Canada Post website, then quickly dismissed it, why would I pay extra for something that no one will even notice? Lol.
I have personally NEVER looked at a stamp and plan on using whatever stamps I have around… I think there’s some in the glove compartment of my jeep? Haha.
Last night I started addressing my invites, by hand… I got nervous about my printing so I sent a pic to one of my BMs to which she responded, ‘It looks great! Even if it didn’t, who cares! No one looks at the envelope and it just gets thrown away immediately’. Well…. humph. At least I’m a lot less worried now.
If there are a few people in your family whom you think might actually look, then you could always buy a few bridal stamps, then save on the rest.
Post # 15
Soonerbee07: This is such a trivial issue I wouldn’t stress about it. I personally never notice the stamps on a wedding invite any more than I would notice the stamp on a random piece of mail. Tell your mom to relax.