Comparing Wedding Postage Options | Standard USPS Postage, Custom Postage, and Vintage Postage Stamps
Last week, I shared all about how to calculate how much postage you need for wedding invitations, along with the 2017 postage rate increase. While I know that isn't the most glamorous topic in the world, it's an important one to ensure the beautiful wedding invitations you have poured your time and personalities into arrive safely in the mailboxes of your loved ones!
So today I wanted to share a fun little freebie resource with y'all - my top three favorite sources for wedding postage! Now that you have a better understanding of how much postage you'll need to order, we get to chat about the fun part - picking the perfect postage style for your wedding stationery!
MY TOP 3 SOURCES FOR WEDDING POSTAGE
While the wedding stamps from the post office are normally fairly ho-hum, USPS is really stepping up their game this year with a beautiful variety of new standard postage stamp options! I love that they are particularly keeping weddings in mind with their new stamp designs.
When I first saw these Oscar de la Renta postage stamps, my heart literally jumped out of my chest! He has always been, and will always be, one of my absolute favorite designers. While I didn't wear one of his wedding gowns on our big day, you can bet my bottom dollar that I tried one on while dress shopping just for fun!
Even if you aren't donning an Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, you can still enjoy his sassy prints and gorgeous style through the postage stamps on your save the dates, wedding invitations, and response card envelopes. They are perfect for the fashion forward, color-loving bride. The Oscar de la Renta USPS postage stamps are currently available for pre-order, and will be released for sale on February 16, 2017.
Another one of my forever-favorites (insert eye roll over punny forever stamp joke) is the Botanical Art postage stamp collection. I used these cuties on my bridal shower invitations and loved them! They are perfect for spring weddings or anyone with an adoration of farmer's market flowers, don't ya think?
Perks about USPS postage: Most affordable stamp option, a new variety of beautiful designs, limited choices allow for easy decision-making
Cons about USPS postage: Since the variety is limited, the pretty postage options often sell out quickly, limited choices mean less ability to showcase personality through your postage
Zazzle has a great selection of unique pre-designed postage from a variety of designers. They have specific sections on their website for save the date postage stamps, wedding postage stamps, and even rsvp postage stamps! I used one of their save the date postage stamps for our save the dates, and was even able to customize the shade of pink to perfectly match the peony color I was incorporating throughout our wedding designs!
PS - I just released two fun new watercolor postage stamps with Zazzle, check them out below!
The wonderful thing about Zazzle is that you can also create completely custom postage! If you are working with a custom stationer, ask him or her to see if they are able to create a unique postage stamp design for y'all incorporating one of your artistic elements from your designs. Custom postage is slightly more expensive, but it is a great way to showcase your wedding aesthetic even before your guests open the envelope!
Perks about Zazzle postage: Unique or completely custom stamp options, stamp options to fit each part of your wedding stationery, the ability to perfectly match your stamp color to your wedding stationery color palette, easy postage pricing guide within their ordering system
Cons about Zazzle postage: The barcode on their postage stamps is a little tacky (but a birdie told me that it waves the hand canceling fee - I'm researching more on this and will update y'all soon!), the pricing is a bit more expensive than standard USPS postage
photo by Shalyn Nelson
VERDE STUDIO VINTAGE STAMPS
My personal favorite postage stamp type to recommend is vintage postage stamps! While they are a bit more expensive, and require multiple postage stamps to add up to the postage amount you'll need per envelope, they truly do help to tell your story even before your guests open their envelopes!
My favorite source for vintage stamps is Verde Studio on Etsy. Virginia, the shop owner, is a sweet friend of mine and has the most beautiful collection! She has some already curated collections, but I would recommend reaching out to her for her to create a custom collection that matches your color palette and personalities!
I designed the above invitation suite for The School of Styling, and we selected vintage postage from Verde Studio that matched the blush, grey, and gold color palette we were working with for this suite.
photo by Perry Vaile
I also love finding stamps that help to literally tell your love story! In the photo of our wedding invitations above, you'll notice a few different types of stamps. One was a lace stamp, to hint at the fact that the blue lace pattern in our invitations was mimicking my wedding gown pattern (something that only my mom and I knew!), the love letter stamp with the red rose both hinted at the love letters Zack and I used to exchange (which became a part of our invitation design) and the single red rose he brought to me on our first date, and the Tennessee stamp hinted at the state in which we fell in love and were going to get married! See what I mean by telling your story through your stamps?
Perks about vintage postage: Truly unique postage options, the ability to mix and match colors to best fit your wedding palette, stamp illustrations that can help to best tell your love story, a nod to the art of love letters and the past
Cons about vintage postage: Vintage postage is the most expensive wedding postage option, finding the perfect stamps to fit your wedding style and to add up to the exact amount you need per invitation can be confusing (but that's where Virginia comes in, she's a great help with that!)
Pro Tip: If you love the look of custom or vintage postage but can't afford it for all of your wedding stationery, use standard USPS postage for your save the dates and response card envelopes, and save custom or vintage postage for your invitation envelopes! They are likely the envelopes that most of your guests will keep, as they will probably be adorned with beautiful calligraphy, too - so make them the star of the show!
I hope this helps you narrow down your choices as to which wedding postage option would be the best fit for your wedding stationery! If you have any questions about postage stamp options or how to choose the best type for your designs, feel free to leave a comment below!
If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!