Post # 1
I’ve made a huge mistake! Yesterday my bridesmaids came over to help me assemble and address all of our wedding invitations, and not one of us remembered to put either return addresses or stamps on the response cards. So now my fiance and I have to reopen all of our invites to take care of that… what a pain. 🙁 Does anyone have advice about how to best reopen the envelopes? I read something online that suggested steam, but I’m afraid it will damage the invites or make the colors on them run. Is a letter opener our best bet or is there a better way? I’m soooo pissed at myself!
Post # 3
I’ve heard of putting them in the freezer. Maybe try it with just one?
Post # 4
I’ve always heard of “steaming” them open. Never done it.
Post # 5
We recently had to steam open a Christmas card that had some missing info. It worked fine and we used double sided tape to reclose it. It did leave a very faint line where the paper got wet, but I think that’s because we steamed it for too long. So maybe try steaming for very short incriments and trying to gently open so that you only use as much steam as is absolutely necessary. But I’m not sure how colors will affect it. Do you have extras? If so, try it on one and see how it does. Or try the freezer on one and see how that goes. Good luck!
Post # 6
how many invites do you have? I think steaming open 10 or so would be ok but if you have a hundred invites I think you might need to bite the bullet and just buy new envelopes
Post # 7
We steamed open all 75 of our envelopes, and it was fine — didn’t hurt any of the invites, and didn’t take more than a couple of hours. Steam is magical! If this happens to anyone else, put a pot of water on the stove and don’t panic 🙂
Post # 8
@giddyspringbride: i’m glad that it worked out for you. i’ve steamed letters before. it really does work.
did they close back up ok?
Post # 9
@mypinkshoes: They did! I was really impressed. We got our invitations from minted.com and after that whole debacle I am very impressed with the quality.