- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Having a wedding with a Mad Men feel and a bookish theme.
So, I may have crossed over into crazy bride territory with these… When I realized – after stamping, addressing, and having FH seal all the envelopes – that the liners would get all effed-up because he sealed them all the way up, I loosened about half with a KNIFE and completely re-did the other half (for the people I knew would actually pay attention to things like envelope liners), only sealing the tip of the flap. Yes, CRAZY.
(Especially when it took almost an hour to do each envelope, from stamp selection – getting the math right is only half the battle! I wanted to cater the stamps to the guests and choose colors that went well together – to gluing the stamps, to inserting the liner, rubber stamping the envelope(s), and addressing them!)
But wanted to share. 🙂 One of my bridesmaids did the design! The floral pattern comes from a 60s wallpaper that she tweaked to fit my color palette. We ordered a rubber stamp for the address (actually, two – a small one for the flap on the large envelope and a larger one for the RSVP envelopes). We used pages from an old book for the liners. And the vintage stamps came from a shop called Champion Stamp Company here in NYC!
1) Don’t be like me! If you have liners, only seal the tip of the flap, or use a sticker to seal them.
2) Also, you only need to affix the liner at the top so that the liner can move up and down as the envelope unfolds. (Otherwise it will tear.)
3) Use restickable glue sticks to stick your stamps down — you can always remove them later if you mess up! And it makes it easier to move them around as the glue dries so you can get them straight.
4) Make sure you are aware of postal hikes! They just changed postal rates last week for mail over an ounce, so I had to go back and add three cents’ worth of stamps to all the envelopes I had completed.
5) Oh, and these stamps were face value! I only had to pay tax, which was less than seven bucks. Totally worth it.
6) Make a little template for your rubber stamp so you can get the rubber stamp straight on the flaps. SUPER helpful. Check it out.
7) If you do vintage stamps, be sure to ask the postal clerk to HAND CANCEL the envelopes, or all your work will go to waste.
8) For cutting out your liners, you can get templates (or make them yourself) from Papersource.com for free. Mine is a standard size – A7. You could also make them yourself by tracing around the glued section of the envelope.