Invitation Cards: Wax Seals
The invitation card above was provided for by the Grand Hyatt.
Customized wax seal stamps are a beautiful touch to your invite, but do note the more guests you have, the more tired your hand would be stamping hundreds of invites. There are many ways to custom your own, one need not stick to the hard and fast rules of monograms. Of course, you would have to provide an exact idea to the seal stamp maker, and they can lay out the design for you. You can google ‘rubber stamp maker’ and find a few in the market, or if, like me, you find it tiresome to get a variety of quotations, I went straight to M W Rubber Stamp Maker in Rochor, Singapore. Seal stamps cost about $60 for the smallest size (as shown above).
Wax seal sticks would have to be bought separately. The stamp maker can order wax sticks for you, and when you enquire how many seals can one stick make, they would never give you a straight answer. It would depend on how much wax you would like to use, or if you make mistakes; even getting a ball park figure from them is more tedious then unicycling uphill. Unfortunately, or fortunately, there was a shortage of wax sticks in Singapore, and my videographer Alvin led me to a blog shop that sold them. Katrina Alana sells gorgeous items, and wax sticks of many colours. You’d be spoiled for choice.
From my experience, a small wax stick from her stock can be stamped 8 to 12 times, and using more wax will produce a better effect. I bought 10 sets of 2 wax sticks each, in total 20. After sealing about 75 envelopes with quite a good dollop of wax (and some that had to be re-done), I still have about 6 sticks remaining. Here’s a YouTube video on how to use wax seals.
Invitation card inserts: If you have booked a banquet with a hotel in Singapore, they would give you the invitation cards, but you would have to print the inserts. Traditionally, one can use a light weight paper to print English and Mandarin translations of the wordings. Feel free to play around with your inserts, try different materials, textures, and grammage; and you can indeed customise each card to the name of your guest. This service would of course cost quite a bit more. Do look for Album Stories if you aren’t sure which printers offer insert customisations. Depending on the paper and the size, it should cost around $1 to $3 per insert. Don’t take my word for it though and do get a proper quotation from them.
Custom insert – Banquet:
Custom insert – After party:
Custom insert – Back: