Wax Seal Debate

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

our postoffice told us they are still going through a machine somewhere.  if you want to test it out, put one in the mail to your parents or brother or someone and see what it looks like when it get delivered.

when i was in middle school, i had a wax sealer i used when i sent my penpals letters.  it was fun.  i never had an issue.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I use one on our holiday cards and never had an issue. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It does up the price on postage a smidge. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

futurekrachanko :  i used wax seals on my invitations – i kept wondering it if was silly or not, but i can’t tell you the number of guests who contacted me to say that the wax seal was “so cool” – people will defintiely notice it if you do one.

1) Is it worth it?

I think so. It really isn’t much effort, and it did have an impact and made the invitations feel that much more special.

2) Have you used these wax sticks before? Were they difficult to use?

Yes, I used glue gun wax, and no it’s not anymore difficult that using a glue gun. Trickiest part was actually making sure the stamp was upright when stamping – I took a marker and made a little hash mark on the outside of the stamp’s edge so that I could align it easily when making the stamp.

3) Did they hold up in the mail?

Mostly. Our invitations didn’t go through any machines – they were hand-canceled and hand-sorted. Due to the extra thickness of the seal, they were considered non-machinable (yay!). And they arrived perfectly to their recipients without any extra barcodes on them. There were a couple that got returned to us, and those DID go through the machines (apparently the USPS  DGAF when the mail is being returned to sender) and I think it’s fair to say probably got some of the roughest treatment the USPS can dish up. Those seals were still intact, though some of the wax was ripped or broken off (the thickest parts of the seal edge, typically – likely because it was too thick for the machine that it shouldn’t have been run through…).

4) Does hand-cancelling cost extra?

No. This is a common misconception, as “hand-cancelling” and “hand-sorting” are often confused. Hand-cancelling is free (though your post office can decline to do it). Hand-cancelling will only prevent the items from getting the machined cancellation on the stamp. Your item will still be run through sorting machines. Hand-sorting is not free, and incurs an additional “non-machinable” surcharge. The downside here is that you cannot elect to have your mail hand-sorted simply by paying the surcharge. The determination as to whether your item is machinable or not is ultimately left to the USPS. But, there are things you can do to ensure that it will be considered non-machinable: if your invitation is square, rigid, or more than 1/4″ thick, it is non-machinable by default (so make sure you add the extra postage)!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My Fiance was also really into wax seals, and we ended up going with wax seal stickers rather than wax sticks. That worked out really well, because they were super easy and look exactly the same as an actual seal. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I really want to use wax seals on my invites! Fiance and I love the idea especially since our wedding is more traditional elegance. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We used them, no regrets. 🙂 (The photo is of my bridesmaid gifts, but the seal is the same ;))

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I recieved a wedding invite with a seal 🙂 it was pretty cool. 

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