(Closed) FI put a stop to my invite vision..

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

While the idea is really cute, I kind of agree with your Fiance. You probably won’t ever use it again plus the wax will increase the weight of the invites, most likely increasing your postage. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love the idea of the wax seal.  But if you’ll never be able to use it again, I wouldn’t bother either.  I have also heard from an ex postal worker that they hate those things!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

@KingsDaughter:  Agree with PP. Plus I’ve received an invitation with a wax stamp before and thought it cheapened the look of the invites. Unless you’re using really heavy, thick envelopes, the wax color can seep through (kind of like a Sharpie does on a sheet of printer paper). Don’t sweat the loss of your wax seal! Your invitations will look beautiful without them.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

It costs extra in postage, and the envelopes need to be hand-cancelled. If they go through the canceling machines, the seals can break and they can really jam things up.

If you do decide to use them, be sure to go to the post office and physically hand them to a real live human being at the counter, don’t just drop them in a mail slot or a blue mailbox – you need to tell the person they require hand-cancelling. They will appreciate it.

You can also do the wax seals and pay the additional postage on just a subset of your invitations – your guests aren’t going to know that some got wax seals and some didn’t. We put them on a few of ours and left them off the rest.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Well, and even if you try to have them hand-sorted at the post office, some might get sent through the machine anyway. I have received some where the envelope flap got ripped off because of the wax seal. If there’s not much room for regular sealing, get some paper glue and use a very, very thin line to glue them shut.

Post # 10
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KingsDaughter:  I do not remember the exact reasons but I’m thinking because they can get hung up in the machines.  They’ll have to be hand cancelled so that will cost extra.  Don’t take my word on it thought… just not exactly sure of the whole process.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@KingsDaughter:  An alternative would be little stickers.  I like Moo ones but there are plenty of places that do them 🙂

Post # 13
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3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wax seals are beautiful, but as someone who used to design wedding invitations, please don’t do it! They really aren’t worth it honey. They add weight (thus money) and not to mention, yeah I’ll be the one to say it, the envelopes (and invites for that matter) just wind up getting thrown away. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make them pretty, but don’t stress out over wax seals. Not worth it. 

 Edit: Just read your update, yay! I’m so glad that you found something you were both happy with and won’t cost you an arm and a leg for postage. 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@KingsDaughter:  I put wax seals on our Save-The-Date Cards and invites.  It added A LOT to the postage (like an additional 20 cents per envelope).  So keep that in mind.  But I personally LOVED them and didn’t let my fiance have say in it.  We got tons of compliments.  Here’s a picture of one:

 

 

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