Wedding Save the Dates & Invitations Tips

If you’re getting married this year, Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle recommend you add a special touch to your save the dates cards and wedding invitations:

The Sealed with Love Forever® stamp is available now online, by calling (), or at Post Offices nationwide. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.)

Survey says handwritten cards make the best gifts

A recent survey conducted by USPS revealed that when it comes to Mother’s Day, 94 percent of moms find a handwritten card delivered by mail more meaningful than emails or small gifts. The survey asked adult-aged consumers their gift of preference for Mother’s SealedwithLove-2013-Forever-single-BGv2Day. The overwhelming majority of female respondents said they prefer a handwritten card or mail delivered in the mail.

Stamp Services and Corporate Licensing Director Susan McGowan suggests that consumers mail their Mother’s Day cards and letters with the limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp.

“Depicting an envelope fastened with an elegant wax seal, the Sealed with Love Forever Stamp encourages Americans to write their own letters—a thoughtful gesture that never goes out of style,” said McGowan.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013. This year, make it personal for mom. The Sealed with Love stamp is available at, by phone at (,) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Ribbons Symbolize Love & Respect Year-Round

Elegant and graceful, the ribbons on the 2012 Love stamp evoke the feeling of a joyous romantic celebration. We use ribbons to embellish everything from boxes of candy to bridal bouquets, adding romantic touches to gifts for our loved ones. But ribbons have come to signify other kinds of love—love that offers hope and support and validation.

LoveRibbons-Forever-single-BGv1In the 1970s, militants in Iran took diplomats in the U.S. Embassy hostage. During the crisis, the wife of one of the hostages, inspired by a popular song of the era, tied a bright yellow ribbon to the trunk of a tree in her front yard as a symbol of love and hope that her husband would return safely. The yellow ribbon was soon adopted as a manifestation of support for the men and women serving the U.S. overseas in the armed forces and diplomatic corps. (For more on the origins of the symbolism of the yellow ribbon, visit the American Folklore Center of the Library of Congress.)

Since the 1990s, ribbons of all colors have come to signify our support for a variety of causes. Breast cancer survivors and their loved ones proudly sport pink ribbons as they walk in support of the search for a cure. Red ribbons symbolize not only awareness of heart disease, but also support for those suffering from AIDS. Red, white, and blue ribbons declare patriotism and a love of country. There is no definitive list, but different colors can represent multiple causes.

Worn next to our hearts, the iconic looped ribbon is an unmistakable message of love and support. And that kind of love is also cause for joyous celebration.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last night’s “Sealed with Love” social party! We hope you continue to write more love letters year-round.

What Grows in Your Garden of Love?

What defines a romantic garden for you? There are almost as many answers as there are gardens. Some people envision a cottage-style garden, informal in design with dense plantings and old-fashioned flowers. Others think of fragrance gardens, filled with flowering plants and herbs that intoxicate the senses. Formal gardens, with their well-ordered designs, symmetrical paths, and geometrical plantings, appeal to others. But what kind of garden do you think the artist had in mind when creating the 2011 Love stamp, Garden of Love?

GardenLove-Forever-block-BGv1Lush with green leaves and bright blossoms, illustrator José Ortega‘s vision was a fantasy garden, where hearts, subtly interwoven among the foliage, seem to bloom along with the flowers. “Garden of Love depicts the abundance of life, its generosity, whose spirit is to be shared by all its creatures,” says Ortega. “Love’s definition is broader than romantic love. Love is that colorful, full feeling you get when you enjoy being a part of and sharing in the generosity of life.”

Garden of Love was the first Love stamp to be issued in a block of ten designs and the first to bear the Forever® denomination.

SealedwithLove-2013-Forever-single-BGv2The 2013 Love stamp, Sealed with Love, was issued last month, and tonight (February 12) we are joining More Love Letters from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (EST) for an online “Sealed with Love” social party. Come take part and fill your evening with letter writing, giveaways (!), and goodwill. You can follow along on the and on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting from all night and you can click into all the fun through #sealedwithlove. Get your stamps and envelopes ready. We hope to “see” you all there!