Mealey Wedding Details Part III- Our Invitation Suite + How to Actually Save Money on Your Postage!

Probably my longest title ever in my whole blogging history. Yet, it was totally necessary.

DIY Gold Foil Invitation Suite | Navy & Gold | Texas | #DIYWedding

I wanted fancy, over the top invitations for an extremely low price. This presents a challenge. I oohed & ached over all of the gorgeous sets for sale online. I picked out all my favorites & used them to design my own version. My main problem was that I really, really wanted needed gold foil. Which now would not propose such a large problem- thanks to the new minc foil applicator (at the tip top of my Christmas list!). It literally came out just days after we finished up our invitations. I was quite upset about it. I go step by step detailing our process in this earlier post- Gold Foiling 101 (that’s not the real name, but it may as well be).

My wonderful mother, sister, sister-in-law, & husband all gave hours of their time to the stationary cause. Have I mentioned how thankful I am for my personal power team of people? Well I am! I should shower them with cookies daily. Maybe one day they’ll come up with never ending projects in order for me to pay them back. But probably not. I seem to be pretty good at that job & I think each family only needs one of those.

Okay I believe the real reason you are all here is to look at how pretty our invitation suite turned out, so without further ado!

DIY Gold Foil Invitation Suite | Navy & Gold | Texas | #DIYWedding

Here’s a shot of the whole collection. I used pic monkey to create everything. If you have not utilized this before, it is a total life saver. Anything I needed to create for the wedding was made on pic monkey. It’s what I use to edit all my blog photos & create any graphics or printables I use. It really is pretty darn fab y’all. This isn’t even an ad for them, but it should be because I think so highly of them! I do pay yearly for the upgraded version but it’s worth it for me. The free version is almost just as amazing.

DIY Gold Foil Invitation Suite | Navy & Gold | Texas | #DIYWedding

These are the front side of our save the dates. I ordered all of the cards/ envelopes/ pockets/ inserts/ basically all my supplies from cards & pockets. They’re pretty great too & remarkably affordable! I do suggest getting a sample of anything you’re interested in first. You’ll want to double check that the colors are correct.

DIY Gold Foil Invitation Suite | Navy & Gold | Texas | #DIYWedding

I glued these photos to the back side of the save the dates. I ordered the photos from Walgreens after editing them & adding the info using pic monkey.

DIY Gold Foil Invitation Suite | Navy & Gold | Texas | #DIYWedding

I custom made these stickers myself with my Cricut using printable gold foil sheets. It was so easy, you can do it with any state. Just put a heart inside & cut! I used them for the invitations & then stuck the leftovers onto navy-duct-tape-wrapped water bottles for pre-ceremony drinks at the wedding. My life is seriously the details people.

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I love everything about these. The underlying theme of our wedding was, “The stars at night are big & bright deep in the heart of Texas.”  In case you didn’t catch it, I started the lyrics on the save the dates & then finished them on the actual invitations. We got married out in the glorious hill country & danced under the glowing stars. It was going to be perfection & wanted every guest to know what they we’re getting into by coming to our wedding!

Save money on your wedding postage! How to pay less than face value for vintage stamps

Save money on your wedding postage! How to pay less than face value for vintage stamps

I’ve always dreamt of using vintage stamps for our wedding invites. Little did I know, it would fit into my tiny budget nicely.

Save money on your wedding postage! How to pay less than face value for vintage stamps

My initial, quick search for vintage stamps showed them to be awfully pricey. But my second attempt proved my assumptions very wrong. If you want super cute, specific stamps & want them all to match on all of your envelopes then yes it will not be expensive & they will be hard to find. That’s what I’d seen others do & what I thought I wanted. As I dug deeper into Ebay though I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of 100’s of stamps being sold for less than face value. That means you are paying even less for kitschy, vintage stamps then you would for stamps at the post office.

Now, there are a few things to remember- Be absolutely sure the stamps being sold to you are still usable. Some people sell used stamps for collectors (but those will probably be out of your range anyway) & some sell stamps that are no longer accepted by the post office. You want the ones you order to be mint/ never hinged (MNH). You also need to remember that each envelope still needs to equal $.49 or more if your envelope is odd shaped or thicker. Most wedding invitations tend to be larger so plan on at least $.71 worth of postage for each envelope. Or better yet, go to the post office & let them weigh it for you so you know the exact amount of postage needed.

I organized the stamps by face value then grouped them up with a calculator to equal the right amount. We tried to match them together according to color or theme too. They turned out adorable, as you can see!

Save money on your wedding postage! How to pay less than face value for vintage stamps

Of course you will get some strange stamps mixed in that you probably won’t be able to use. Overall, this was definitely worth it & I would even order all my stamps this way from now until forever. Why spend more when you don’t have too!? It’s a lot of fun to get mail covered in old stamps, let me tell you! I’ve got plenty of leftovers, including some great Christmas ones that’ll be perfect for holiday cards.

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Hope y’all loved these as much I do!

I love getting to relive our wedding through these blog posts! It was a long labor of love & worth every second.

Blessings Y’all!

Cathryne

PS- See Part I, Part II or all of my Mealey Wedding posts for more girly fun!

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