For the engagement party, I had Pete address the invitations to his guests and I did mine. After, I wrote the name and first line in half the cards and he did the same. We switched and wrote the second line. Then we each signed our own names.
No one did return addresses. We had 120 people to invite and thank. Our hands were cramped.
A stamp set, oh what a joy that would have been.
We have this gorgeous Nantucket Desk Set from Wishing Tree Designs for when we have our save the dates, wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invites, and thank yous for it all to send. What a dream come true.
The set comes in a beautiful brown box with a blue paper around it. It's coordinated nicely with the contents inside (which include a code for a personalized stamp).
The kit, which retails for $44.95, comes with a stamper, two color ink cartridges (brown and blue), 20 fold over cards and envelopes, and a certificate for a personalized stamp, according to the site. The stamper contained an example stamp that says, "Do not open til Christmas" and a black cartridge. I'm not sure how I got this extra bonus, but it will sure come in handy. I'll be able to make my own tags at Christmas and not have to pay for them so I'm happy.
I didn't want the Christmas stamp to stamp an envelope for a card I was sending out, so I had to figure out how to get it out.
To change the stamp, push the lever down and lock it by pushing the buttons on either side.
Push in the levers on either side of the stamp and pull. Now you can put in your personalized stamp.
To get your personalized stamp, you need to find the certificate inside the box (it looks like the photo above). Follow the directions inside the card and you can pick out your design, add your own text, and it will be created and shipped to you in about two weeks.
You can choose a monogram, one that says Save the Date (and you can add the date, obviously), ones for address labels, some for recipes ... there really are a lot of possibilities. I wanted to use ours on something we would use most often, so I created a stamp that says, "With Love" up top and has "Lisa & Pete" followed by our address. That's how we've been writing our return address anyway. No last name because we both have pretty long ones and we don't share one. Plus, you're limited on the number of characters for the stamp and we couldn't fit both our last names (and if I did decide to create a stamp and use Pete's last name, we would have to wait until post-wedding to use it and I would love to use it for all the pre-wedding stuff).
Now, at this point, I only thought the kit had brown and blue ink, so I needed to put one of those in for my letter. I noticed there was an ink cartridge in the stamper, but I figured it was just an empty placeholder.
I took it out and it didn't look empty. So I figured I would touch it and if it felt wet, well, it was probably not empty.
Wasn't empty ... and wasn't wet. So now, even as I'm typing this, I have a big black mark on my finger (and I washed it pretty immediately too).
I went to change to the brown stamp ...
... and got that all over the other hand. Somehow, this is a messy process. So, I would advise you take off your ring when you're doing this, don't do it on the carpet, and maybe don't wear your best clothes. I don't know how but my fingers are covered in ink.
So I said, oh forget it, I don't need to change anything.
I stamped the Christmas stamp. It was gorgeous and perfect. So gorgeous and so perfect that I was ready to get my fingers dirty (literally) and try our personalized stamp.
I. Love. It.
Below the dots, that's where our address is (which I cropped out, for obvious reasons). The stamp is gorgeous. All the lines and dots are really solid, and it will give all our cards the extra pop they need.
Our wedding colors are going to be eggplant, lilac, and silver, so I checked out Wishing Tree Designs to see if I could buy ink in one of these colors. I was surprised to see that there wasn't a purple ink choice, but there is a gray, so that's pretty close to silver.
When I was looking at the site for ink, I started look around at other stampers and found non-custom stamper kits. There are eight different choices for wedding stamps, from "Save the Date" to "Here Comes The Bride" to "Mr. & Mrs."
I'm absolutely in love with the stamper kit and it's endless uses. It is just going to make my wedding card life so much easier. Pete and I will still share the handwritten parts, but now, I don't think either of us will mind the return address aspect.
Next person I know who gets engaged, this is exactly what I'm buying them. Perfect engagement gift.
BRIDAL BABBLE: Which is your favorite stamp from Wishing Tree Designs?