Crazy for Vintage Stamps

I have a serious weakness for vintage stamps on just about anything – but particularly wedding invitations.  I used them to mail my own invitations (you can find a horribly blurry photo on my blog – apologies in advance), E used them for her vow renewal invitations, and I just love the way they add an extra pop of color and personality to the overall invitation.  By now you all know that I’m a firm believer in trying to customize your invitations as much as possible so that they accurately represent you and your wedding style – and vintage stamps offer another opportunity to do just that, whether chosen thematically (like E’s baseball stamps), by color, or even by state.

There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of vintage stamps still available through ebay and local stamp stores, so you can find the perfect stamp for your invitation whether you’re planning a super-formal black-tie wedding or a laid-back wedding in your parents’ backyard:

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{E’s vow renewal invitations – from her personal collection}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{photo by liz banfield via ritzy bee}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{photos via 100 layer cake}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{michelle + oshine’s invitations via oh so beautiful paper}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{bree + david’s invitations, photos by betsy dunlap via oh so beautiful paper}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{press + post via parrott design studio}

wedding invitations vintage stamps

{save the dates with vintage stamps via paisley quill}

Vintage stamps can be a bit more expensive than the regular stamps you buy from the post office (although from my perspective they are SO worth the slight additional cost) – but the trick is to find the stamps that collectors don’t care about, but still make a visual impact when assembled as a small group on your envelope.  For some great tips on how to find vintage invitations, check out these posts from the ladies at 100 layer cake here and {frolic!} here.

Have any of you used – or are you planning to use – vintage stamps with your invitations or Save the Dates?  If so, let me know in the comments – I’d love to see pictures!