Post # 1
Hey all – lately, I’ve been lusting over the custom postage from Zazzle’s. Imagine one of your fave photos with Fiance as the stamp, and your lovely guests receiving it seeing the picture on the envelope!
1) It’s expensive. It costs about twice the cost of the actual postage (so closer to $.90 for a $.44 stamp).
2) Will guests even be able to see the darn thing? After the stamp is cancelled by the post office, it looks something like this:
So instead of guests getting to see the personalized stamp in all it’s glory – you see ink all over it. And no, I do not want to go through the trouble to get the post office to hand-cancel the envelopes – see like too much trouble!
Did you get custom postage? Did it get all ruined? I am so in love with them, that I contemplated asking Fiance for them for Xmas (I know- that’s lame!)…
Post # 3
1. Yes, postage will get ruined.
2. Some guests will notice; some will not.
I am a paperhead, so stamps are SO important to me. However, I am using vintage stamps which you have to combine to meet postage, so you can create really beautiful compositions, and those WILL get attention, even if they are cancelled (see below). If you are buying the personalized stamps, because there will presumably be only one, they don’t garner as much attention. I also personally don’t like the barcode and the “zazzle” advertising. Vintage stamps will probably cost more than regular current stamps because you pay a bit of a premium and you also pay for shipping, but they’re not going to be TWICE as much in postage. Your choice, but my *personal* opinion is either go with regular “love” stamps if you are concerned about the cancelling part from good ‘ol USPS or go vintage, if you want maximum visual impact:
Post # 4
PS–I forgot a different option: use the personalized stamps as your RSVP stamps. That way, your guests will see the stamp in all its glory before it gets cancelled.
Post # 5
You can always put your fancy stamps on the RSVP’s, that way guests will see them unmarred and you know you’ll enjoy seeing them again in the mail…
but we just went with the regular “Love” stamps. They matched well enough and I really didn’t like seeing a barcode or “zazzle” printed on every stamp. I hate paying to advertise for a company.
Post # 6
We just used the wedding stamps that the post office sells and I thought they looked plenty nice and special (as most people aren’t going to be getting a bunch of wedding invites with the smae stamp around the same time). They have the 44 cent gold wedding band stamps and stamps with a wedding cake on them (I think those are 65 cent). And they don’t cost any more than any other stamp!
Post # 7
You can ask the post office to cancel them manually so you don’t get that mark over top of the stamp.
Post # 8
not worth it! if you decide it’s a must have, only use it on your rsvp’s. that way guests will see it in all its glory, and rsvps are cheaper to mail so the custom postage will probably end up the same as the extra postage on your invite.
Post # 9
We used the custom ones and got great deals on them. Zazzle is always sending coupons and giving incentives. The ones at the PO are pretty basic, but we used the wedding band ones for the RSVP cards in one wedding,and people did notice.
Go on Zazzle and pick a few designs and leave them in the shopping cart before purchasing. I did, and they sent me a $10. coupon to complete my order.
I loved the custom stamps.
Post # 10
IMO they’re not worth it… just another wedding expense that you can cut down on. I hardly ever notice the stamps on wedding invitations, cards, Save-The-Date Cards, etc. I suggest saving your money and spending it elsewhere (ie buy yourself a pair of shoes, a sweater, some makeup, a veil, etc).
Post # 11
Don’t waste your money on that when you have so many other important things to spend your money on! I NEVER look at what a stamp looks like and don’t know anybody who does. It would be one of those details that you just love but nobody sees and not even you will remember 10 years from now.