Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Moria of Mail Maid Stamps, based in Madison, Wisconsin! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I collect vintage postage stamps and curate postage for wedding invitations, save-the-dates, and special occasions. Postage is usually the last detail brides think about when putting together their invitations, but it’s a great opportunity to share some details with your guests about the wedding – whether it’s a color theme, activity, or place you’ve visited with your fiancée. Getting a wedding invitation in the mail is always exciting, but it is even more special when there’s a pretty envelope.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into the business?
I have always loved vintage stamps (they’re like little pieces of history) so for our wedding I wanted to real make each invitation feel special to our guests — I scoured the Internet and stamp stores for the perfect stamps. It took me way to much time (luckily my husband was really supportive). After our wedding I decided to start a business to offer vintage postage at a reasonable prices that can be accessible to every bride’s budget.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Finding stamps often involves going to stamp stores and sorting through their stock in plastic bags or cardboard boxes (usually they get big lots from estate sales). I’ve met some interesting people and heard a lot of great stories – many of the shop owners have been selling stamps for over 20 years.
I love putting together combinations of stamps and have acquired a pretty extensive knowledge of what types of postage is out there and how much it will cost to get. Depending on the year or demand, stamps can have a huge range in value and could be difficult to find, things that brides should not have to be thinking about.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?
Have fun and take risks! There are so many great people in the wedding stationary business – invitation designers, calligraphers, etc. – and I’ve found everyone to be really supportive and collaborative.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
My husband and I are currently training for a triathlon in June. He doesn’t own a bike yet, so it should be interesting.
Any great stories from working with a client?
I recently worked with a client that requested a custom order – she told me a little about her and her fiancée and how they met. Their first date was a Disney movie and I was able to put together a set of stamps that paid homage to that special memory.
What makes you different from others in your field?
My goal is to be a resource for how to have fun with vintage postage. I welcome the challenge of putting together options that reflect the Bride and Groom (my husband, for example, really loves goats, so several of our wedding stamps had goats on them). Unlike other wedding expenses, vintage postage doesn’t have to break the budget since you need to pay for postage to mail your invitations anyways. There are ways to just add a vintage stamp with a forever stamp that’s currently available at the post office that can totally change the look while only costing a few extra dollars.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I really love the creative details brides are attending to their wedding invitations – wax seals, gold foil, pressed leaves. I think there is so many options to make guests feel special and start building up the excitement for the big day weeks before.
Don’t try to do everything alone – there are many vendors (in all types of categories) that welcome a challenge no matter the budget. Usually you just have to ask.
Great, thanks Moria! For more information about Mail Maid Stamps, please visit ther WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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