Invitation Details… Stamps and Postcards

This post will be sort of a mish-mash of a couple of things I discovered while experimenting with and mailing our invitations. First, I present you with a photo of Future In Law Puff’s invitation, which is evidence as to why you may want to go to the trouble of hand canceling if you made custom stamps (and no, I don’t have any suggestions on hand cancelling–I didn’t end up doing it because it seemed like too much work):


I am more and more thankful that I stopped caring about the stamps.

Secondly, we have the RSVP postcards. I sent my mom our Save the Date postcard, just so she could see what it looked like, and to make sure it got there okay. When I saw it after she’d received it, I was horrified. It was totally scraped up! Unfortunately, I’d already printed my RSVP postcards. I decided to send a couple to her and to myself, just to see how they ended up. They arrived in much better condition, but still pretty scraped up from the machines:



I still decided to send them, though, for several reasons:
1) Well, I already made them.
2) When our guests see them, they will be perfect. I’m the only one who sees them messed up.
3) The part that is messed up doesn’t affect any of the information I need to gather (meal choices, names, etc).
4) I plan to keep the cards and put them in the back of our guestbook. The notes are the parts I wanted to save, and that part isn’t messed up.

One thing to note is that I got the RSVP postcards done through Prints Made Easy. Our Save the Dates, on the other hand, were printed through Vista Print. I’m sorry to say that they didn’t fare as well as the Prints Made Easy postcards, because the finish is different. The front was badly mangled…so long story short, avoid sending Vista Print poscards if you want them to look perfect.

Overall, my opinion is this: RSVP postcards are okay. If you’re sending out 100 invitiations, it will only be $15 more to send them in envelopes, so if you’re thinking about using postcards just to save on postage, it’s really not that much of a difference. A good reason to send postcards, however, is because you like the way that they look, or they fit into your invitation design better. Postcard Save the Dates, on the other hand, are not a good idea (in my opinion). As cute as the idea is, I just don’t think it works well in practice–people might not notice them, whereas everyone feels special to get a fun envelope in the mail.


Mrs. Cream Puff

San Francisco Bay Area
Wedding Date:
August 2016
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    alexinwonderland, Guest @ 7:06 pm

    But don’t forget the cost of the tony envelope! And the contribution to the overall weight. Still probably negligible, but every little bit counts I suppose.

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    pinky, Guest @ 7:10 pm

    miss CP, quick question — i dont know if i missed this along the way or not, but did you design your RSVP cards yourself or did you get them from somewhere? I am graduating next year and think they would be a cute save the date card since i’m from CA and go to school in NY

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    Dani24, Guest @ 7:34 pm

    I hand canceled mine (the machine cancellation mark just doesn’t look right with vintage stamps). At first the tattoo’d dude at the PO was not having any of my hand-cancelation-desiring business. But when I whined (sweetly) that the machine cancellation was ugly, he handed that puppy right over!

    I was super afraid of my envelopes getting all tore up in the mail. I’ve seen a few of the since delivered envelopes, and am happy to report that the outsides (with their gorgeous calligraphy done by my FBIL’s GF) are pretty much in perfect shape. A little bit of scuffing. But nothing that ruins them (and I’m picky).

    The other thing to mention about postcards is that often A) get lost in the mail, and B) take forever to be delivered. I’ve heard many a horror story about postcard RSVPs that didn’t arrive until it was way too late, despite timely mailing. Or of them just never showing up at all (despite having been sent). The post office eats post cards for breakfast, I’m convinced.

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    Jen, Guest @ 8:09 pm

    I actually had the same RSVP as you! Just FYI, you may get a couple of issues with RSVPs. I thought this design would be full proof with the formal address and everything but I actually had 3 guests that decided to tack on up to 3 additional guests EACH because there were so many lines. I was kicking myself a little that I didn’t add an additional line with # people invited. Hope you don’t have the same issue.

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    katya, Guest @ 9:43 pm

    D’oh! Wishing I’d hand cancelled since there might have been a big ink stamp over our faces. Oh wells.

    Yeah, our RSVP postcards arrived pretty shredded but I didn’t care too much since no one would see them in that state but us.

    You have the prettiest RSVP cards I’ve ever seen.

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    creampuff 227 posts, Helper bee @ 8:07 pm

    @brendalynn–yep, those are the fronts and backs.

    @redsoxgal–I’m with you!

    @AKPM2008–OMG! That’s so sad that the stamp smeared!!

    @Pinky–yep, I designed them myself. I can PM you. 🙂

    @Dani–this is what I’m afraid of when it comes to postcards. ARGH. I hope we get all of them!!

    @Jen–I actually did put a little line with the number of people invited. So far so good!! We’ll see. :-/

    @katya–considering how many people commented on your fabulous stamps, I highly doubt there was a problem!! And thanks!!!

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