Confessions of a Letter Geek: I can't bear to send out personal mail without adding a bit of embellishment. I've got "meaningful" return address labels (Save the Whales!), and my desk drawer holds more decorative stickers than a preteen girl's. When I send out Cousin Bea's birthday card, it's sealed with a nosegay of pansies, and my Ecuadorian pen pal gets stickers of various puppy breeds all over her envelope.
When it comes to stamps, I'm equally choosey. I've been known to make a postal clerk check in the back to see if there really are no more sheets of first-class "sunflower" stamps. So the idea of being able to customize stamps with my choice of photographs is really exciting.
And as an engaged guy or gal organizing your wedding, it should be exciting for you, too. Let's face it—when you're asking people to spend hundreds of dollars on travel expenses and gifts for your wedding, inviting them by email isn't going to cut it. As we've said elsewhere on HereComesTheGuide.com, Evite is fine for bachelor parties, but an etiquette no-no for the Main Event. Besides, your wedding invitations are more than just functional; they're a formal announcement of your intentions. So since you're going to use the U.S. Post Office to send out your invitations, thank-you notes and sundry other correspondence, why not get creative with it?
Thanks to modern technology, you can. Stamps.com was the first company to work with the post office to develop PC Stamps, postage that's customizable with photographs of your choice. Now, Zazzle is another really fun choice for custom wedding stamps. Unless you have a preference for reprints of Old Glory or Elvis collectibles, why not make your wedding stationery ultra-personal?
How can you use photo stamps? Oh let me count the ways:
- How about a fun-loving shot on stamps for your Save-the-Date cards or wedding shower and bachelorette party invites?
- When including your RSVP envelope, use a stamp with a romantic engagement portrait.
- Give photo stamps that feature you and your Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, moms or other wedding VIPs as memorable "thank you" gifts.
- Personalize your thank-you notes with photo stamps that capture scenes from the actual wedding!
- Frame your wedding photo stamps, turning them into a wonderfully whimsical keepsake to put on your office desk.
With wedding personalization being all the rage, can you imagine the possibilities?
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