The use of wax letter seals for weddings (and all correspondence, really) dates back as early as the 16th century. Wax was originally used to seal letters closed, and, later, envelopes. Wax seals authenticated a letter to ensure it was not opened prior to its receipt. While the use of wax letter seals is mostly decorative today (now we have modern adhesives), it has grown in popularity in the wedding industry especially for vintage, baroque, or renaissance themed weddings. Despite what many may think, using wax seals on invitations, place cards, and other decor doesn’t take long at all. Wax used to be melted with a match and applied to the stamper; today, you can use a sealing gun (or glue gun) for quick + easy stamping. Plus, the result of a custom monogrammed seal is sure to please your guests. Find out more about how to use wax letter seals, get inspired with handmade twists (even jewelry!) and find out where you can grab supplies to get crafty with wax this weekend. Enjoy!
How to Use Wax Letter Seals
First, get inspired! Here are some unique ways you can use wax letter seals throughout your decor:
You can even use wax seals to seal favor boxes.
You can also tie in the look of wax seals with accessories – like jewelry and cuff links. Check out these finds…
This wax inspired necklace is perfect for a beach wedding!
How to Use Wax Seals
1. Buy a wax sealing stamp. Custom is best! (We spotted this wax stamp at Back to Zero which can be customized with your monogram or personalized design.)
2. Buy sealing wax. You can find it on Amazon or at your favorite craft store (like Hobby Lobby and Michaels). You can also buy wax when you order your stamp; most places offer the sealing wax as part of a kit or as an additional item. Pick a color that coordinates with your wedding; red is the original and most popular choice but bright colors are fun, too!
For best results, use ice on your wax stamper before applying wax. You’ll be more pleased with the results. Be careful when using wax; it is very hot and can burn skin.
Use wax seals to seal your wedding invitations, save the dates, as an embellishment on your ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, table numbers, and anywhere else you see fit!