Wax Seal for Invitation

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

awong16 :  You can buy kits for fairly cheap. Remember that they may come off in transit and they will add weight, and therefore postage. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

They’re very easy to do yourself. Any craft store will have kits. You’ll need to order a special stamper if you want one different than what comes in the kits.

They’re not very sturdy though and may break or come off while they’re being shipped, plus wax is heavy so you’ll have that as an extra cost if you’re worried about prices.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

you should get a glue gun if you’re going to do a pile of invitations! Know that it will cost extra to ship these and you may want to take it to your post office to be hand stamped so that you don’t risk destroying the stamp (although I have had no issues with the machine so far..) 

if you’re doing a bunch at once, you will want to have a bowl of ice water and a towel handy to cool your stamp between stampings. happy to chat further as I’m a calligrapher specializing in wedding paper in NYC! http://www.designsbyellen.com / http://www.instagram.com/designsbyellen_

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

awong16 :  She means get them hand canceled as opposed to just throwing them in the mailbox for pick up. Depending on how many you have though your local post office may not even be willing to hand cancel them and the hand canceling only keeps them from entering the first machine, it does not keep them from entering sorters in other locations. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

You may want to take it to a post office teller person so that she can hand cancel the stamp (the process the post office uses to make sure that the stamps aren’t used again.) normally, mail is run through the machine to stamp over your stamps. if you ask for hand cancel, a human manually stamps each one. 

and re: glue guns – melting a wax stick takes a really really long time (depending on how many envelopes you have to do.) alternatively, you can put colored wax sticks into a glue gun and melt it/push it out to your envelope in one pump. it’s just a much more efficient way to wax seal your envelopes when you’re going in batches. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Kaneohe, Hawaii

Used them for my wedding invites. Got the traditional wax from Michael’s, the one with the wick vs the glue gun kind. I cut them in pieces with an exacto knife then put it in a metal teaspoon then melted them on top of a candle. Mailed them all throughout Canada, the state’s and even international and had 0 issues. I didnt have to put extra instructions and didn’t pay a whole lot extra, it was like 20 or 30 cents more or something. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I actually did this and everyone noticed and love it! I ordered a kit for $20 from Amazon. I did it myself, it took some practice but nothing too bad. I did not nead extra stamps 🙂 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Also, please DO NOT do the glue gun kind, its not the same look. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Kaneohe, Hawaii

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hand canceling can be a waste of time. After the first post office, your invitations are sorted by machine just like all the other mail.

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