Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How To: Fix Sealed Wedding Invitations

Hey ladies!

So, do y'all remember a little while back when I mentioned a little mishap Matt & I had with our wedding invitations?  Well, all of you brides out there... today I'm here to help!  (& this goes for anyone else sending out invitations, cards, etc. as well!)

As I mentioned in the previous post, Matt & I were aallll ready to send out our invitations.  Thankfully, while at the post office a couple days later for some other business, I realized that we had in fact not fixed the problem we had discovered when stuffing our invitations & to top it off, we made the problem worse!

What's was the problem you ask?

Well, you see... back in January we sent out Save the Date post cards & now (in March) we would be sendng out post cards again as our RSVP cards & we needed to have those pre-stamped.  Post card stamps are a different (less) price than regular postage stamps & we had some left over from January.  We decided to use those first but, knew we would need more to finish out the RSVP cards so we figured up how much we needed & bought them.  Sounds like simple, harmless, bride-ahead-of-the-game type preparation right??  Well, turns out the post card stamps price changed between January & March by 1 cent!  1 cent!!!  Luckily, we noticed about half way through & decided before we sealed those envelopes we would need to add an additional 1 cent stamp to the RSVP card.  Simple... but, fast forward to Friday afternoon while at the post office, after all of the invitation envelopes were sealed.... HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!

BASICALLY WE MESSED UP HALF OF OUR RSVP POST CARDS BUT, ALL OF THE ENVELOPES WERE ALREADY SEALED & THERE WAS NO WAY OF KNOWING WHICH ONES WERE GOOD OR NOT.  SO, WE HAD TO OPEN ALL OF THEM.

Thankfully, God has an amazing way of knowing just what we need & when.  My friends mom called me just as I was leaving the post office & could tell there was worry/panic in my voice.  She asked what was wrong & I told her the situation.  She gave me the best advice (which we used that night) & everything worked out perfectly!!!

So, have a sealed envelope that you need to open??

Follow these simple steps & you'll soon have peace of mind!

What you'll need:
- Steamer & water
- Iron & ironing board
- Double sided tape
- Time & patience
+ a glass of liquid courage/boost *if you have a ton of envelopes to open*

1. Start by steaming the sealed portion of the envelope.  Be sure not to get it too close though...

2. Gently open your envelope, careful not to tear the flap & take out the invitation.  Then, fix the boo boo you made when stuffing the envelope.
 

It may be a little curled like this but, don't worry, it's just from the steam & it will go right back in the envelope.  :)

3. Lay the envelope flat with the flap out & glue side down.  With your iron on the regular cotton setting, iron the flap flat.  (It only takes a few seconds)

4. {Not pictured} Re-stuff the envelope & put double sided tape on the flap where the glue should be & re-seal your envelope! VOILA!


It should stick just fine & your envelope will look as good as new!

Matt & I reopened all 130-something envelopes that Friday night.  I was devastated because even though the issue was fixed, I just knew people would be able to tell something was done to them & they would look like poo!  To my pleasant surprise, we received so many compliments on our invitations & no one was none the wiser!  (Unless I told them! HA!)

Any questions about this project??

Let me know, I'll be glad to help!


7 comments:

  1. That is crazy! I can't believe you had to go through that. How lucky someone knew what to do!

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  2. WOW! you are a smart bride!!!! :)

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  3. Crazy! I would have cried! But now I know how to fix it in case I ever do something similar!

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  4. This is genius.. I am just in shock right now that this can actually be fixed ha!

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  5. Amazing idea!! I probably would have been a crying mess, way to go girl!

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  6. Thank you! I forgot to add the RSVP cards for the private dinner reception after our wedding.. This is my only hope!!

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