(Closed) Wax seals

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve heard that wax seals (at least on the outside of the envelope) can melt and smear during their travels through the USPS machines. I’ve also heard that since the postage rate change, which was like last May or something, they now add more postage necessary for any card that is bumpy inside–bows, knots, wax seals, etc because it’s hard or impossible to feed them through the machines when they should be flat.  I love the idea of wax seals myself but I guess I don’t want the added headache of possible problems mailing them.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ditto on the Curlysue comments. I haven’t used either method before but I would assume the glue gun type supplies are cheaper? Just a guess though.

sboston06 – Glue guns aren’t expensive, I bought a tiny one recently for small projects that was $4 at Michael’s. I would just be aware that different sized glue guns use different sized glue sticks, so make sure they match up! 🙂

Post # 5
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1580 posts
Bumble bee

The real wax seals are definitely harder to make and more time consuming. So I’m using the glue gun method.

Post # 6
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1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

real glue is harder to control than glue sticks, since you have to drip it. also, real glue is not as flexible as glue sticks, so it is more prone to breaking in the mail. i’m not too concerned about the melting issue, but it could cost more in postage, i guess. i haven’t taken the whole package to the post office yet to find out!

Post # 7
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283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m in Canada, so postage is different and didn’t come into it, but I tried sending myself a sample of my invites in the mail with a wax seal and it popped open at some point before it came back to me 🙁

What’s the glue-gun method?  Just glue it shut and then use the wax seal as a decoration?

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I’ve got some purple glue stick wax from Paper Source to do on mine.  I’m assuming this is the glue stick fake wax? 🙂

Good to know about the idea to do them on wax paper, I was going to just go for it (and probably fail)

Post # 10
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234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

OH WOW! lol I just learned what the difference was and how it works! Thanks! Now I don’t have to google it lol

Post # 11
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1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Me too! Fiance mentioned the other day that he wanted to do wax seals on our invites but had no idea how to do this until now!

Post # 12
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

the faux wax is the glue stick. you can either get them in your color or use regular glue sticks and then spray paint the seal. I got the idea from another post (can’t remember which). I tried it last night and it came out great. Not sure about the postage, but I’m sure it’ll cost a bit more..everything wedding related does…lol

if I can find the post I’ll let you know…

Post # 13
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234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

LOL! My Fiance did the same thing!!! It was so cute because he goes “Oh we’ll need to do a wax seal on the invitations. How do we do that?” hahaha Like it is something he reeaally wants done!

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I tried to do real wax seals and the post office wanted an extra like, $2 per invitation to “special handle” them because they don’t fit through the regular mail slots.

Post # 16
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125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used the non-glue gun method on our invitations. I bought wax from nostalgic impressions (it was pretty cheap) that they say is more flexible for mailing. I didn’t think the dripping was hard once you got the hang of it and I didn’t want to invest in a glue gun. We didn’t have to pay extra postage and from what we’ve heard the seals were all intact when people got them…

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