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Having done events for work I wanted to do everything I could to make things easy for the people helping set-up. As soon as all the decorations and supplies for the wedding arrived at our house we staged a pre-wedding test run and took photos at we could share with our decor helpers.

Mock Table

We labeled the boxes of the decoration supplies and attached the sample photos to each box. Each of our reception tables included a runner that my Aunts helped sew. My mom found the napkin rings at a restaurant supply store and my youngest sister lent a hand spray panting them each silver. The silver julep cups came from Save On Crafts and the votives were from Ikea.

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Our ceremony backdrop was made up of a photographers backdrop from Amazon, paper star lanterns from Just Artifacts and lace curtains found at a thrift store. We also ordered a bunch of lanterns for the reception ceiling so having a couple of extras let us tie the whole star look together.

We were really lucky to have such an amazing group of people helping us pull together our wedding day. Our ushers took on the responsibility of the backdrop at the ceremony and the reception had set-up included as a part of what we paid for.

In the time leading up to the wedding, decor and supplies pretty much took over our dining room and finishing this test run really allowed us to complete the whole look of the wedding together and feel like things were all organized. What things are you planning to do to make wedding decor easy for whomever is finishing the day of details?

 

 

 

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Free Elegant Lace Printable Wedding Invitation http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/free-elegant-lace-printable-wedding-invitation/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/free-elegant-lace-printable-wedding-invitation/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35751 Hello BSB’s! I’m at the tail end of a cross country move, and the name of the game currently is to keep things simple. I had a month to pack up my life in Texas and arrive ready and raring to go in a new city and state. Complicated was not a word I wanted […]

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Free printable elegant lace wedding invitation

Hello BSB’s! I’m at the tail end of a cross country move, and the name of the game currently is to keep things simple. I had a month to pack up my life in Texas and arrive ready and raring to go in a new city and state. Complicated was not a word I wanted in my vocabulary. With this in mind I’m sharing an elegant lace wedding invitation and RSVP that’s as uncomplicated as invitations come. Wedding planning is also not a time where unnecessary complications are welcome and you’ll find creating this invitation is as simple as download, print, and trim.

I’ve had a sleeper hit over at Download & Print with a pretty lace design. It’s one of the top two designs downloaded, which I did not see coming. Lace is a timeless fabric, but versatile enough to tie in with current wedding trends, such as vintage and rustic. If any of this sounds interesting to you, you’ll love the free elegant lace printable wedding invitation I’m giving to BSB’s today. Just for being you. Download the template here while you can. Which is forever really, we’re just like that.

Supplies:

DIY elegant lace wedding invitation

• Printable template
• MS Word
• Scissors or paper cutter
• 8.5 x 11” card stock
• 6.5 x 6.5” envelopes, as seen here.

Step 1: Download and Print

Printable wedding invitation template with lace design

Download the template file and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wording. The fonts I used in the sample are Maridian and Garamond in caps. If you don’t have these fonts installed on your computer prior to opening the template your word processing program will substitute fonts, and this could make the formatting look a little funky. You can use any fonts that you like however, just tweak the layout to suit your words and font choices.

Print on your home color printer or send to a copy shop for printing.

TIP: Print endless copies with one template! It’s pretty much a magical template, one turns into thousands.

Free elegant wedding invitation template

Step 2: Trim

free lace wedding invitation template

Trim the invitation and RSVP card along the trim lines using scissors or a paper cutter. If using a paper cutter, stack a few sheets on top of each other to make the cutting go quicker.

After cutting out the pieces you will discard the logos and instructions on the paper.

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Step 3: Finish

free vintage lace wedding invitation template

Slip the invitation and RSVP into a 6.5 x 6.5” envelope. I chose a black envelope for a classic look, but you could use a kraft envelope for a rustic feel, or pick up on the color of your bridesmaids dresses for a coordinated look.

Putting these invitations together is that simple: Download, Print, and Trim.

Until next month. xxoo

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Moss Covered Card Box http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-covered-card-box/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-covered-card-box/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35638 I wasn’t planning to make a card box. I kind of thought I would just use one of the gajillion storage boxes that I am currently using to store various unused items that are clearly very essential to my life, such as Tim’s old video games and a stack of blank CDs that I intend […]

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I wasn’t planning to make a card box. I kind of thought I would just use one of the gajillion storage boxes that I am currently using to store various unused items that are clearly very essential to my life, such as Tim’s old video games and a stack of blank CDs that I intend to smash up and make a sweet mosaic mirror out of. They’ve been sitting there for about 2 years now. Anywho. I emptied said boxes and realized that they weren’t going to work as a card box, since I’d either have to leave the lid off completely or cut a slot into one of them–and then where would my irreplaceable blank CDs go?

So I found myself adding yet another DIY project to the list, three weeks before the wedding. I sat down on the floor, put on the Steelers game, grabbed a beer, and got to work on my moss covered card box. I had already made a cardbox for a friend’s wedding last fall, so I decided to do something similar because I knew I could use what I already had on hand. To make a card box similar to what I did here, you’ll need:

  • Sturdy cardboard box of desired size (beer cases work well, as do boxes from small appliances–we used the one that our food processor came in)
  • Glue (modge podge or hot glue, depending on what you are gluing)
  • Fabric, decorative paper, sheets of moss, or other covering for the box
  • Xacto knife
  • Decorative bits and pieces (artificial flowers, ribbon, twigs–whatever fits your taste)

First, tape down the flaps of your box using packing tape, so that there are no loose edges. Next, cover your box in neutral colored paper, such as a paper grocery bag. This takes a few extra minutes, but it prevents any brightly colored words or images on the box from showing through.

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Mark an opening for a card slot on the top of the box in pencil, and then use the xacto knife or other sharp blade to cut it out. Make sure that it is large enough for even big, bulky greeting cards–I made mine about 7 inches long by 1 inch wide.

Now apply your wrapping material, whether you are using paper, fabric, or something else, one side a time. I used hot glue to to apply both the sheets of moss I used for mine, and the fabric I used for my friend’s. It worked very well and dries quickly, but if you are using paper you may want to use modge podge to avoid lumps.

Work with the largest pieces of material you can–if you wrap around corners and glue as you go rather than cutting a sheet for each side, it really makes the box look nicer.

 

 

Once your box is completely covered by your material of choice, it’s time to apply decorative bits and pieces. We added the pieces near the front and top, at offset corners, to make sure that the card slot is sort of centered between the embellishments.

For ours, we used twigs wrapped with pearls on wire, chiffon flowers (which I bought as shoe clips, but they didn’t match–yay for finding a use for them), and a little tag made out of cardstock.

You can use anything–artificial sunflowers and bits of straw for a fall wedding, or satin bows and flat jewels for a more traditional look. It’s easy, very inexpensive, and can be completely customized to fit your wedding.

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DIY Wildflower Bouquet Tutorial http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-wildflower-bouquet-tutorial/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-wildflower-bouquet-tutorial/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:40 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35719     The wildflower trend really lends itself to DIY’ers! The loose, uneven wildflower shape makes the look pretty easy to arrange. Don’t force a perfected shape and voila! The secret here though, is the wholesale wildflower pack from BloomsByTheBox.com. There is an entire line of wildflower packs available in all different colors that make […]

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The wildflower trend really lends itself to DIY’ers! The loose, uneven wildflower shape makes the look pretty easy to arrange. Don’t force a perfected shape and voila! The secret here though, is the wholesale wildflower pack from BloomsByTheBox.com. There is an entire line of wildflower packs available in all different colors that make it super simple for you to achieve that outdoorsy, natural, field to bouquet look.

Step by step tutorial for a DIY wildflower bouquet.

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Ordering wholesale flowers, receive your fresh cut flower 2 days before the wedding. On the day of arrival hydrate the flowers and prepare them for arrangements. The day before the wedding make bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements. Make sure you make the arrangements at the location or have a plan for transportation to the venue.

First, to start arranging, select 2-5 flowers to make the center of the bouquet. Use the floral stem wrap to secure the stems together. Stem wrap is a special floral tape that sticks to itself when pulled tight, making it very easy to secure stems, just simply pull tight and wrap around the stems. Add just a couple flowers at a time to build on the center you started, once again, securing the new additions with floral tape.

 

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Once you are happy with the shape and size it’s time to use your final layer of stem wrap. Then cut all the flower stems to the same length.

 

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Grab your washi tap (so many different fun kinds out there), ribbon, or lace and start to wrap it around all the stems of the bouquet. You need to be careful with certain patterns of tape as some can be opaque. You will either need to wrap the tape around in multiple layers or choose a dark pattern.

 

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Now your bouquet is ready to hit the aisle. Make smaller versions for bridesmaids and put the remainder of flowers in bottle vases or mason jars to complete your wildflower look. What other ideas do you have for this combination of wholesale flowers?

 

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Quick DIY Love Bird Cake Toppers http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/quick-diy-love-bird-cake-toppers/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/quick-diy-love-bird-cake-toppers/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35711 With only six days left until my wedding, I thought I would show you all a quick, last-minute DIY. I came up with this when I couldn’t find a cake topper that I liked anywhere. These little guys didn’t take me more than ten minutes to make and I think they ended up being super […]

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With only six days left until my wedding, I thought I would show you all a quick, last-minute DIY. I came up with this when I couldn’t find a cake topper that I liked anywhere. These little guys didn’t take me more than ten minutes to make and I think they ended up being super cute!

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Materials:

  • Patterned paper
  • Poster board or card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Dowels
  • Hot glue

1. Pick your favorite paper. I used a pretty floral print.

2. If, like me, you use regular scrapbook paper, you’ll need to glue the paper to poster board or card stock so that the birds aren’t floppy.

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3. Using a pencil, trace out the desired shape.

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  • I got the bird stencil at Hobby Lobby for $1.99
  • Avoid the legs for ease of cutting
  • Make sure to flip the stencil for the second bird so that they’ll face each other

4. Cut your dowel if necessary or use pre-cut ones. I cut my dowel into about six inch pieces.

5. Glue the dowel to the center of the birds. I simply used hot glue.

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6. Admire your handiwork!

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Large Prints on a Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/large-prints-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/large-prints-budget/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:30:53 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35525 One of my favorite things about our wedding venue (The Soiled Dove) is that its usual life is one of Denver’s more intimate concert venues. There were a lot of pieces of this history that appealed to Drew & I and we wanted to bring to a bit of that concert venue feel to our […]

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Printing Large prints

One of my favorite things about our wedding venue (The Soiled Dove) is that its usual life is one of Denver’s more intimate concert venues. There were a lot of pieces of this history that appealed to Drew & I and we wanted to bring to a bit of that concert venue feel to our wedding day.  The entrance to the venue was down a narrow staircase where on a usual day posters from upcoming artists would be showcased and they told us that we could fill those poster cases however we wanted.

The frames could hold a photo that went up to 2′ x 3′ so we wanted to find a way to use our engagement photos in this space and not spend a ton on printing. Most photo printing places can do large prints for about $20 per image.

After a bit of research we found two options that would stay within our Budget Bride mindset. Here’s how we got our large prints on a budget:

 

Option 1: Drafting Prints

Drafting prints are intended for architects or engineers and come in a variety of large sizes. If you are printing in black and white this is definitely the way to go. Typically drafting prints cost between $2 – $5 and can be printed at your local office store.

 

Option 2: Short Run Posters

Posters are intended to be printed in a ‘large’ run of 50 or more prints. This is what helps keep the cost down. Finding a place that can do a ‘short-run’ is the perfect way to have a high quality, full-color print with out spending $20 per piece.

We ended up ordering the posters we used from ShortRunPosters.com and spending around $18 TOTAL for all three, including shipping. This was a huge savings in comparison to having the images printed locally by a photo shop.

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Tips for ordering large prints

  • Make sure you have high resolution files (between 6-10 mb in size or 150+DPI). Anything smaller will not bring the way you want it to.
  • Order the prints in advance. If you order them online its likely you will receive the posters in a tube and to make them useable you will need to give them time to lay flat (ShortRunPosters.com actually can ship flat, it just costs more).

I was really happy with how the posters turned out and how fast we received them and would definitely order from this company again – As a matter of fact we will likely order wedding photos from there as well.

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DIY Cornhole Set: Part 2 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-cornhole-set-part-2/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-cornhole-set-part-2/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35494 In our DIY Cornhole Set Tutorial Part 1, Tim detailed how to construct your own cornhole set at a minimal cost. In Part 2, we’ll talk about the remaining two pieces: making the beanbags and painting the cornhole sets. For the beanbags, you’ll need: Duckcloth (heavy duty canvas), cut into 7” by 7” squares Feed […]

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In our DIY Cornhole Set Tutorial Part 1, Tim detailed how to construct your own cornhole set at a minimal cost. In Part 2, we’ll talk about the remaining two pieces: making the beanbags and painting the cornhole sets. For the beanbags, you’ll need:

  • Duckcloth (heavy duty canvas), cut into 7” by 7” squares
  • Feed corn (this is super cheap, and can be bought by the bag or in bulk at Agway)
  • Heavy duty thread
  • Liquid stitch (comes in a tube, available at craft stores)
  • Sewing machine (if you have one…it makes this much, much easier)

How to do it: Pair two 7×7 squares, and use your sewing machine and heavy duty thread to stitch three out of four sides together, making the seams approximately ½” inch from the edge.

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Double stitch each corner. Apply liquid stitch between the cloth, against the seams, and allow to dry.

Applying liquid stitch to strengthen and seal the seams

Applying liquid stitch to strengthen and seal the seams

Turn inside out, fill with approximately 16 ounces of corn, and pin closed. Tucking the edges of the fabric inside the beanbag, sew the final seam, double stitching the corners again. If you want to decorate the beanbags, paint pens work really well. Metallic colors look especially great–make sure to choose one that contrasts sharply with your beanbag color.

For painting your cornhole boards, you’ll need:

  • Painter’s tape, 1”
  • X-acto knife
  • White latex primer
  • Paint in colors of your choice (latex, semi-gloss)
  • Paint roller and paint brush

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How to do it: Paint the entire cornhole board with the white primer and let it dry. Tape off the four edges of the cornhole board with the 1” painter’s tape to leave a nice white border. If you want a dark silhouette on a light background, paint the exposed playing surface starting with your lighter color (we used light yellow because we already had it–free!).

Allow your paint to dry completely before applying any tape. Once it is dry, tape over the area where you want the silhouette and about 3” more on each side to allow room for mistakes with the roller, making sure that there is no exposed paint in between the strips of tape. Print out the silhouette that you want to use and trace an outline of it onto your block of painter’s tape. Mark your outline clearly in pen. Use the X-acto knife to cut out your silhouette shape and gently pull away the painter’s tape from the part you plan on painting. Use your darker paint color to fill in your silhouette, smoothing with the roller as you go. It’s an easy way to make a really clean, attractive design.

Pulling away the tape

Pulling away the tape

Note:  If you want a light silhouette on a dark background, you should still start with the lighter color after priming the entire surface and taping the border.  Instead of taping the area around the silhouette, paint the area with your light color.  Then follow the masking process but leave the silhouette covered in painter’s tape and peel the tape around it.  With the border and light-colored silhouette still covered, you’re free to paint the rest of the surface with the darker color. If you have any questions or tips from your own crafting, leave them in the comments!

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DIY Glitter Votives http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glitter-votives/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glitter-votives/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:14 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35409 Votive candles are a fun, inexpensive way to spice up your decor without stretching your budget.  I was inspired by various Pinterest photos to decorate my votives with glitter. This was inexpensive, fun, and the votives ended up looking fabulous! This could easily be done with any color glitter but I decided to go with […]

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Votive candles are a fun, inexpensive way to spice up your decor without stretching your budget.  I was inspired by various Pinterest photos to decorate my votives with glitter. This was inexpensive, fun, and the votives ended up looking fabulous! This could easily be done with any color glitter but I decided to go with classic gold. I purchased everything from Hobby Lobby. If you want to do a lot of votives, this a great way to get your bridesmaids together and have a DIY party!

 

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  • Votive candles ($5.99 for 12; $3.59 with 40% off coupon)
  • Extra fine gold glitter ($2.99)
  • Foam craft brushes ($1.99)
  • Gloss finish Mod Podge ($4.99)
  • Newspaper/Scrap paper
  • Old plastic containers

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1. Layout newspaper or an old magazine on your work space. Glitter will get everywhere and Mod Podge can drip.

2. Pour some glitter into a separate container and prepare your Mod Podge. You don’t want to apply the glitter directly from the bottle because it is likely that too much will come out at one time and dump glitter all over your work space.

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3. Decide how you want to decorate your votive. For this post, I did one solid, one striped, and just the rim on the other. You can get really creative here and do polka dots, ombre, etc.

4. Using a foam brush, apply the Mod Podge to the votive. Make sure any stickers have been removed.

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5. Before the Mod Podge dries, apply the glitter. Carefully hold the votive over an empty container and pour the glitter over the votive, slowly rotating and making sure that there are no bare patches.

6. Gently shake off the votive to remove any excess glitter and set it aside to dry completely.

7. Reuse the excess glitter and repeat!

* To make stripes, cut strips of masking tape in various sizes and place on the votive before applying Mod Podge. Then peel the masking tape off after applying the glitter. Voila! Stripes!

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When lit, the candle illuminates the gold glitter and it  looks fantastic! I hope you enjoyed this DIY. It was super fun and easy! I think it can easily make any wedding decor look instantly glam without having to spend loads of money!

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Moss and Wood Monogram http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-wood-monogram/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-wood-monogram/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:00:23 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35284 Tim and I are closing in on the last month before the wedding, and every spare hour is filled with crafting, emailing vendors, and 5,324 other wedding-related tasks. Tim came up with the idea to make a decorative monogram out of plywood, and even though I was a little panicky at the thought of adding […]

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Tim and I are closing in on the last month before the wedding, and every spare hour is filled with crafting, emailing vendors, and 5,324 other wedding-related tasks. Tim came up with the idea to make a decorative monogram out of plywood, and even though I was a little panicky at the thought of adding yet another thing to our giant list-o-things, I am super glad we made it–it wasn’t too hard, it’s really cute, and it’s something we can keep around the house even after the wedding.

Materials:

  • Plywood (size of your choosing–we used about a 2×2 square and cut it down to shape)
  • Sheets of moss, which are available at Michael’s or Joann’s
  • Wood stain, in a shade of your choice
  • Modge podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Jig saw
  • Rope (about ½ diameter)
  • Wire

Steps:

1) Trace your letters on the plywood. We were lucky in that our “T” and “L” fit against each other, so we only had to trace and cut one shape. You can cut out two individual letters, or just do one letter for your new last name.

2) Cut your shape out (carefully) using a jigsaw, or a friend who has a jigsaw. Lightly sand the surface of the plywood to prepare for sanding.

3) If doing the joint monogram (as pictured), stain approximately half of it (in our case, the “T”) . It does not have to be a perfect edge, since you’ll be covering the other side with moss. If doing two distinct letters, stain one and leave the other plain. Let dry.

4) Cut pieces of the moss sheet to fit your letter. Apply modge podge thickly with a paint brush to the plywood, and then apply the moss sheets. Use extra bits of loose moss to cover up any spots of bare wood that show along the edges. Allow to dry thoroughly. You may have to go back and reapply bits of moss afterward.

Monogram before adding the ampersand

Monogram before adding the ampersand

5) If your letters fit together, or have two edges that lay against each other, you can make a rope ampersand. Wrap wire around your length of rope to make the rope stiff and moldable, and then wrap it around your monogram in an ampersand. Use superglue to secure the rope to itself at the points where it meets. According to Tim, a little bit of superglue works wonders.

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I heart Vintage Postage http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/vintage-postage/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/vintage-postage/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:00:06 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35420 My love affair with vintage stamps started when my grandmother shared a box of cards, addressed-stamped-mailed, all dating from when she was a little girl in the 30’s. She had told me that opening the box would transport whomever opened it into a fair away time full of stories and love. I’m not certain where […]

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My love affair with vintage stamps started when my grandmother shared a box of cards, addressed-stamped-mailed, all dating from when she was a little girl in the 30’s. She had told me that opening the box would transport whomever opened it into a fair away time full of stories and love.

I’m not certain where that box ended up after all these years, but the experience of traveling through history with messages and notes from loved ones, each showcasing a stamp specifically selected for that card, stuck with me.

When we started wedding planning I knew that finding fun and beautiful stamps for our invitations was something I wanted to do, pinterest with it’s beautiful examples fueled my desire to make opening and receiving out invitations something special.

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I did some digging and decided that the easy way of ordering vintage postage (color matched and sorted by price from a specialty shop or Etsy) was going to be way more expensive then I was willing to pay. Luckily I found that there was a local stop in Colorado [Arapahoe Stamp and Coin] who not only sold unused postage but provided a 10% discount off purchases. Now I was SAVING money by using vintage stamps.

If you are interested in using vintage postage, definitely reach out to your local coin and stamp collector stores because they might surprise you by offering similar pricing.

My mom and I took the trip down the store where we were brought into a back room full of stamps sorted by denomination. This meant that we needed to sort by color and price with the hope of finding stamps that would add up to $.49. After about 2 hours of hunting we left with $80 worth of mismatched stamps in our wedding colors.

The next step was matching stamps up by price. Honestly this is where the entire ordeal became extremely complicated. Finding the right quantities in the right colors took the better mart of 5 hours. I matched them up in amounts and stored those stamps into the envelopes we planned to use for the invitations so it would be easy to later address the invites and stick the stamps on.

The last step was glueing the stamps not the envelopes themselves, also more tricky then you might think. Some older stamps do not have glue at all, so we used a glue stick once we figured out how to position the right number of stamps in the right place on each of the envelopes.

Our Finished Invites

Overall I loved the way the invitations looked but probably [definitely if I'm honest] I could have spent my time better elsewhere. We received a lot of compliments on the finished look but the extra time the process took was a bit silly. The overall savings was somewhat of a wash as well since we purchased ALOT more then we needed for the invitations. **Yes all my family will be receiving Christmas cards with vintage stamps as well.**

 

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