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Wax seals on inside of envelope?

Kyna, on February 21, 2021 at 7:07 PM Posted in Planning 1 8
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I am curious if anyone has ever sent their invitations with the "hot glue gun" wax seals and if they ran into issues with the post office or them adding weight. We are doing a chiffon band around our invites and enclosure cards with a wax seal, so they will be on the inside, not the outside, and they appear to be pretty flexible. They do add a small bit of "bulk" to the envelope, but nothing extreme. It probably doesn't help that we have the invite + 3 wedding inserts... RSVP card, details cards and COVID card.

I'm slightly worried about them costing more to send, but that doesn't worry me as much as the stationary/wax seal getting damage on the inside. I plan to take one to the post office anyway to weigh and make sure they will send okay. We really love the look and feel of them, plus the tone it sets for the wedding. Has anyone ever hand-cancelled for inner wax seals? Or did you pay more for weight? Again, these are not outer envelope seals, but on the inside. How did your inner wax seals deliver?

Thank you!

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Latest activity by Kimberly, on November 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM
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    Super September 2020
    Alli ·
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    We did a custom wax seal on the outside, but went more eco-friendly and only did 1 light insert; no extra cost. Everyone loved them! ♥️
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  • Jenn
    Dedicated May 2021
    Jenn ·
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    Wax seals on inside of envelope? 1
    These were ours, we also had 3 inserts on heavy-ish paper. We put regular Forever stamps on them and they all made it to the guests, but when we were sending it to the international guests it was 1.2 ounces so they had to put 2 international stamps instead of 1 (1 stamp upto 1oz).
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  • Ava
    VIP May 2022
    Ava ·
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    If you use wax seals make sure you ask to have them hand stamped. We received an invite with an internal wax seal that was put through the machine at the post office and it was too thick for it. It scrunched and tore the envelope and invitation. I’m surprised the post office even delivered it!
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  • K
    Savvy June 2021
    Kyna ·
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    Good to know! I see a lot of recommendations to hand-cancel for outer seals, but not so many for inner. Sounds like inner wax seals tend to arrive better than outer seals, but it really is hit or miss. I'm definitely thinking about hand-cancelling to be sure about it. Going to have one weighed, then stamp them all, and take to hand-cancel. Thank you!

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  • Tone
    Devoted July 2021
    Tone ·
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    We used actual wax seals (with wax) to close the envelope and we didn’t have any issue with mailing them or them costing more than one stamp.
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  • Erin
    Expert May 2021
    Erin ·
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    I am using wax glue gun seals on the inner invitation and outer envelope it was 70 cents for the stamps needed for mine( i pre-weighed it at post office and bought correct stamps) and i will be mailing mine in 1-2 weeks .. so hoping mine goes well
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  • K
    Savvy June 2021
    Kyna ·
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    Just want to update everyone here who commented and anyone who finds this in the future! We did a test of the inner wax seal by just sending an invite to my parents without doing any "hand cancelling", and the invitation arrived just fine. After weighing a card, we also only paid for Forever stamps (one invite, three enclosure cards, and a wax seal on some chiffon bands). It came out to about a .9 ounce.

    However, the envelope did take a bit of a beating through the machine but nothing all that bad. It wasn't torn open or anything. You could see the seal somewhat through the envelope, and it had clearly not bent in the middle where the seal was, so there were some creases around the sides where the seal was. At the end of the day, it's an envelope, and it just ends up in the trash anyway, and guests don't even notice it because usually they are mostly excited about the invitations themselves, not some envelopes that clearly go through a machine and are not going to arrive all that perfect.

    So, upon seeing that, I took the remaining invites to the post office anyway just to see if they offered hand canceling, and the worker at the counter said "What's that?"

    So... moral of the story is, do the inner wax seal and just send it. Unless you want to spend the time driving around looking for a post office that "hand cancels." I did my research and apparently some post offices still run it through a machine. I hope this helps someone in the future who is considering wax seals!

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  • Kimberly
    April 2022
    Kimberly ·
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    I’m thinking of doing a similar vibe, but probably with just one insert. Do you by chance have any pictures of your invitation suite put together?!
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