Post # 1
My invites are DIY and I did some stamp/heat embossing designs on them. I mailed one to myself to see how the whole thing held up and happy to report it looked great on arrival.
I opened the envelope in my usual manner (like I do all mail) and then realized my pretty envelope liner will not be seen by anyone 🙁
I had spit-licked the envelope shut, so the only way to get it open was to tear it or use an opener (I tore it open). If I didn’t even take the time to open it up carefully with the spit-seal, I know none of my invitees will.
The lining is all done. It only took maybe an hour to line 120 envelopes and cost under a $1, so no big deal if it was a waste.
But is there a way to seal the envelope for machine sort mail so the flap will be seen by at least some people? Will a sticker work you think?
Post # 3
Darn–anyone have experience with this?
Post # 4
I’ve definitely noticed envelope liners in invites I’ve gotten in the mail that were sealed. I don’t use a letter opener at home or know anybody who does?
Post # 5
Sticker would work. I sticker envelopes shut all the time and never had a problem.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies. I’ll get some stickers to seal them. Funny how I didn’t even think how people would open them up. I didn’t realize using the liners would make it so difficult.
Post # 7
either a sticker or one of those fancy wax seals with your initials would make it super fancy.
you can get the lettered sealers at nearly any stationary store for under $10 and they even make the wax that goes in a gluestick these days!
Post # 7
wabanzi: a former post office worker posted about needing to put masking tape over the stickers of enevelopes that were sealed with just stickers, so maybe an invisible tape topped with a sticker to ensure it’s sealed properly. I’d hate to see you have somet unsightly thing added to your invites!
Post # 8
wabanzi: I intend on using a wax seal to prevent this issue, we have black lined envelopes and I definitely want people to notice them. We’ll then put that envelope into an outer envelope that will protect the inside.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I did an inner and outer envelope, the inner envelope was lined and I just used a small sticker to seal it which worked out great. But I don’t think I would have trusted that sticker to hold up through the mail on an outer envelope. I sealed my outer envelopes using my Scotch Tape Glider to make sure they didn’t pop open.
I think a lot of people will still notice regardless of how they open the envelope. I do use a letter opener but with a wedding invite I’m sure I’d still notice the liner, I may not get the full effect you were going for but I’d see it.
Post # 10
My daughter had the same problem. She used single envelopes that we added a liner to and sealed shut completely. I ripped mine when I opened it but we made extras for us to keep for a scrapbook. I think most people at least got a glimpse of the liner before they threw the envelope away. We just hoped for the best.