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Return Addresses on Wedding Invitations

NEW FLASH: They can still be pretty :) Ya hear me? Whether you just want a whimsical calligraphy return address, a simple font displaying the address, or a fun combination of address and your custom wedding crest - the options are truly endless! What I am here to tell you, nevertheless, is that your return address is still a beautiful detail of your invitations that shouldn't be ignored! For all of my custom wedding invitation clients, I design a return address that flows with the rest of their invitation and adds that little extra "umph"! 

wedding invitation envelope return address

Read through the post below to be taken through the 3 ways I suggest getting your return address on that envelope:

  1. Printing it
  2. Embossing it
  3. Stamping it


wedding invitation envelope return address

Having your return address printed directly onto your envelopes is probably one of the easiest ways to solve the problem! If your envelope color is light enough, you could have the address digitally printed on, which is the most cost effective route! If you have dark colored envelopes that regular printer ink wouldn't show up on, if you wanted to have it printed on you'd have you do a specialty printing method: screenprint, letterpress, gold foil. These specialty print methods are more expensive than digital printing, so keep that in mind! All of the envelopes shown in the photo above are digitally printed, since the envelopes are all a lighter color that ink shows up just fine on!


For brides looking to save some cost in their wedding invitations, this is one of my first suggestions! The cost of getting a rubber stamp made is significantly less than having your addresses printed directly on the envelopes! So, if you don't mind that sort of "handmade" and "hand stamped" look that comes with rubber stamping, then this is the option for you! You can buy inks in several different colors at any craft store, so whether you are using dark or light colored envelopes, you should be able to find an ink that will work! I am happy to have custom rubber stamps made for any of my custom wedding suite clients, and the bonus is that it can be designed to fit right in with the rest of your suite! AND, you can use it after the wedding too!


If you are looking for a more understated look that still has some serious class, I would suggest embossing! It is pricier than a rubber stamp, but depending on how many invitations you are sending out, it might be a cheaper option than digital printing as well! And embosser is a metal plate that has your return address design cut out of it, which you then stamp onto the bottom of the flap of your envelope, and it embosses the design into the paper! When you run your finger across the embossed portion, the design will be raised up from the envelope. As you can see in the photos above, it isn't something that sticks out at first glance, but is a really gorgeous detail up close! Embossers can't typically get bigger than 2" in diameter/length, so the design can't be quite as intricate as a rubber stamp or digitally printing can be!

PHEW! That was quite a mouthful on return addresses, but hopefully that gives you a better look into what options you might be looking at for your own wedding invitations! Comment on the post below if you have any questions at all, or what your favorite option is! If you'd like to inquire about your own custom wedding suite that could include beautiful return addresses, use the button below! :)

Vintage Stamps + Your Wedding Invitations = YES!

It is no secret that I am a total fan girl of vintage stamps...but I mean, who wouldn't be! Vintage stamps can not only give your guests a peek of your personality, but they are also a great pop of color and visual yumminess that instantly causes jaws to drop. Can you imagine one of theeeeeese little babies arriving in your mailbox - admit it....jaws would be dropped :) Whether you choose stamps to use based on their theme or on the color scheme, the collection of stamps together is always such a fun addition to your envelopes! Read below for a little explanation of what vintage stamps are, how to choose which ones, where to find them, and tips for using them in your own wedding invitations!

custom wedding invitations with vintage stamps

WHAT are vintage stamps?

Vintage stamps are no different than the fun stamps you can buy at the post office today, they are just from years past! Because postage never expires, there is nothing stopping us from using ALL the vintage stamps from years gone by, as long as they are unused! You wouldn't believe how many options there are, I could scroll through vintage postage designs for days! The only difference (and the reason you often have to use a small collection of them on your envelopes) is that depending on the stamp, the value of the actual stamp differs. Unlike most postage stamps today that are either $0.49, $0.70, etc., some vintage stamps are $0.03, some are $0.32, and the list goes on! As long as you are using a collection that adds up to the amount of postage needed to mail your specific invitation suite, you will be good to go!

HOW to choose the stamps!

When I am designing custom wedding invitation suites that include a collection of vintage stamps, I first like to see if there is anything about the couple that could somehow be incorporated into the suite via a vintage stamp. For example, most states are featured on a vintage stamp, so if the couple wanted to include stamps of their home state, that could be included! Another example, when I got married I used a vintage stamp for the Marine Corps Battle of Iwo Jima, which was where my grandfather fought in WW2 - so it was a special way to honor him! Or if the bride or groom is a teacher or a nurse, there is a vintage stamp for that! It is so fun to try to work in little personal touches, and even more fun when the guests notice that extra touch!

Of course, the other fun part of vintage stamps is that they are just down right beautiful, so if there isn't a certain themed stamp that the couple wants to use, it is NO trouble at all finding a beautiful collection that is in the correct color scheme for their suite and looks beautiful. Who doesn't love all the pretty florals :)

custom wedding envelopes with calligraphy and vintage stamps

WHERE do I find these things?

Before you start the mad hunt for vintage stamps, let me help point you in the right direction! A quick note to remember, because these are "vintage" stamps and no longer sold directly through USPS, stamps are going to cost above their face value. So using vintage stamps is going to be pricier than buying stamps from the post office - just a heads up! Each vintage stamp has what is called a "Scott number", which is how each specific one is identified! So if you find a certain stamp you love and want to find it to purchase online, it always helps to know the Scott number to aid in your search!

  • Tons of Etsy shops sell vintage stamps - so it's always smart to do an overall search on Etsy to see if you can find what you are looking for! My favorite vintage stamp Etsy shop is Verde Studio!
  • There are lots of people who sell vintage stamps on Ebay! Ebay is easiest to use to find specific stamps, so make sure you have that Scott number before you start searching!
  • Local stamp dealers/coin shops/antique store! Google "stamp dealers in ______" for your specific location to see if there are any places in town that might sell them! You could also check antique stores and coin shops - those are more hit or miss but you might find something!
  • Another great vintage stamp dealer is US Mint Sheets! He has a great selection to view online!

TIPS for using + assembling vintage stamps

  1. If you are hiring a calligrapher or stationer to address your wedding envelopes, make sure you have your vintage stamp arrangement in mind, and send it to them so they know how much space to save at the top of your envelope for the stamps! Don't want to cover the recipient addresses with stamps! If I am your calligrapher or stationer (haaayyy) don't worry about any of that - I will come up with the arrangement and assemble your stamps for you!
  2. If you will be assembling the stamps yourself, my favorite method for adhering the stamps can be found in the video below! I just keep a glass plate with either a damp towel or sponge on it and get the sticky side a little wet before sticking on the envelope!
  3. Depending on where you get your stamps from and how old they are, they may have lost their "stick" on the back, which in that case the method mentioned above wouldn't work! Don't fret - just grab an ATG tape gun (my personal fav), glue dots, or something similar and adhere that way! Glue sticks are an iffy choice, as sometimes they aren't strong enough and I've seen stamps fall off when glue sticks are used!
  4. When you take your envelopes to the post office to mail, ask the people working there to hand cancel your invitations! This means they will not send your envelopes through the machine to check postage, they will check them manually and stamp on top of them to approve for mailing! This helps your envelopes stay as pretty as they can through the mailing process - the less machines your envelopes have to go through, the better!

I hope this information helps any of you who are on the fence about using vintage stamps, or have already jumped on board but wanted some more information! If you are interested in working with me to create a custom wedding invitation suite (that can include vintage stamps, of course), click the button below! Or, if you already have invitations and just want to inquire about calligraphy addressing paired with vintage stamps, that's an option too! Would love to hear from you!

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Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Suite

This wedding invitation suite was designed for a couple having a gorgeous, luxurious, traditional summer wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Melissa and Stephen are having a beach wedding at Cabo del Sol filled with lush florals, greenery, lots of white and ivory, and hints of blush pink. We wanted the invitations to give off a grand and classic feel while having some fun accents since it will be set on a beach with gorgeous ocean views! The custom watercolor crest was designed to coordinate with a crest that was used in their save the dates, but brings in tropical greenery accents with a hand-painted watercolor look. This watercolor crest would also tie in with the custom watercolor wedding map.

Cabo San Lucas destination wedding invitation suite. 

The invitation card itself has very simple design, again utilizing that custom wedding crest, gorgeous and clean modern calligraphy, and a traditional serif font. The simplicity pairs perfectly with the intricate and lavish laser cut enclosure. The laser cut enclosure has a gorgeous floral pattern that ties in with the white and ivory florals that will be used throughout the ceremony itself. The enclosure is cut out of a metallic ivory paper to give it an extra little shine. All of the pieces are placed within the enclosure, and the whole set is tied with a simple white satin ribbon. The outer envelope is a classic white envelope adorned with navy blue modern calligraphy to match the pieces of the invitation suite.

Custom watercolor wedding crest and laser cut invitation enclosure
cabo san lucas destination wedding map
cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations
cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations

The envelope liner also coordinates with the belly band pattern from their save the dates, but has been transformed into a beautiful hand-painted watercolor version. The soft colors bring a gorgeous subtle texture to the entire suite! This same tiled pattern is used in other pieces throughout the invitation suite, such as the RSVP card and the wedding timeline. By bringing in little familiar pieces from the save the dates, it gives an overall sense of coordination and purpose in the design of the wedding invitations.

cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations

The custom watercolor wedding map was such a fun pop of color added to the suite! It featured their venue locations, Cabo del Sol, and the gorgeous hotel that their guests will be staying at, The Cape Hotel.  By tying that familiar piece of the crest throughout several pieces of the suite, it gives a uniform look that keeps it classic and traditional.

cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations