Bella Figura

Postage & Addressing

DIGITAL ENVELOPE ADDRESSING

Make sure your envelopes arrive in style by taking advantage of our digital envelope addressing service. We’ll send you a template with a helpful how-to guide for you to fill out with your guests’ addresses and you’ll see a digital proof of the design before we print. We can match your fonts to your invitations for a perfectly coordinated look, too. Need help with addressing etiquette?

DIGITAL ENVELOPE ADDRESSING COLORS

We can print small design elements to complement your address text, but advise against motifs with large areas of ink coverage. Please note that our digital addressing ink colors, while close, can look different than the corresponding digital or letterpress inks.

Digital Envelope Addressing

  • White
  • Black
  • Charcoal
  • Pewter
  • Antique Gold
  • Taupe
  • Espresso
  • Umber
  • Olive
  • Hunter
  • Vine
  • Myrtle
  • Garden
  • Jade
  • Calypso
  • Cobalt
  • Navy
  • Prussian Blue
  • Deep Blue
  • Regalia
  • Blackberry
  • Marsala
  • Aubergine
  • Raspberry
  • Fuchsia
  • Deep Red
  • Cardinal
  • Cherry
  • Coral
  • Mesa

Hand Calligraphy Addressing

Let the most talented calligraphers in this world hand letter each of your guest’s addresses. Choose the calligraphy style that’s the perfect complement to your wedding invitation: from modern to classical, from flourished to a little wild. Learn more about the calligraphers we work with (and how you can work with them, too!).

Custom Postage Stamps

Each of our letterpress invitation suites has its own wedding postage stamp design. We can customize stamps with your colors, fonts, monogram, and so forth, so that even your postage will be one of a kind. Once you approve your final design proof, we’ll email you a design file that’s ready to go so that you can order the stamps yourself on a site like photo.stamps.com. It’s pretty straightforward, but here are a few guidelines if you need them—and we’re always here to answer any questions that you have!

Guidelines when ordering postage with Bella Figura’s custom postage artwork

The most important thing to remember when ordering your stamps—and its very important!—is to NOT alter your design file after we’ve sent it to you. Changing the orientation or colors or zooming in or out can drastically affect the quality of the image you will receive on your stamps. We size and prepare the images to print exactly as they are shown on the proof for optimal print quality – changes made to the image can make them blurry, distorted, and not pretty!

Before purchasing postage, we recommend taking the final set to your local post office and asking them to determine the correct stamps(s) based on the dimensions, weight, and thickness of the finished set (see recommendations for mailing your invitations below).

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When you are ready to order the stamps

  1. Visit photo.stamps.com and click “create stamps.”
  2. Next, upload your image.
  3. Choose file and use the file we provided to you.
  4. When you have selected the image, hit “Ok” in the lower right hand corner and wait for your image to upload.
  5. You will be directed to the starting page and will see your image formatted as a stamp. Here is where you must avoid altering the image – any changes that may look harmless can actually distort the image in the finished product.
  6. Move on to choose postage.  Choose your postage rate (make sure you have taken the weight, dimensions, and rigidity of your envelope into consideration! Visit your local post office to confirm these details).
  7. Remember to order postage for your reply cards, too!
  8. Now continue to view your cart and choose how much postage you will need. Keep in mind that postage comes in sheets of 20 and you may need to purchase more than you are actually sending. The highest denomination offered is $2.05. If you are sending anything internationally, you will need to account for that and may need to find a combination of denominations that will meet or exceed your need.
  9. Should you need additional postage, go back to continue shopping and repeat the steps above.
  10. When you are completely done, check out now.
  11. Complete your shipping information.
  12. Complete your payment information.
  13. You have a choice of two shipment methods and unless you are ordering several weeks in advance, we recommend choosing RUSH.
  14. Submit your order.

Recommendations for mailing your invitations

Our F-8 invitation envelopes should be considered oversize “flats” by the USPS which means they shouldn’t ever fall into the “letter” category. We have observed some post offices mistakenly use First Class Mail Letter rate instead of the First Class Mail Flat rate. Regardless of envelope size, mailing as “flats” should ensure that the post office will handle a thick envelope more delicately—reducing the risk of damage. The First Class Mail Flat rate is currently only $0.50 more per envelope.

The two most important things to remember when mailing:
1.) purchase postage for mailing oversize “flats,” using the First Class Mail Flat rate, and
2.) hand over to a postal official in person—never drop into mail slots or mail boxes.

Bear in mind that different post offices may give inconsistent guidance on how to handle thick envelopes. As a result, we recommend you stress the importance of these two guidelines.