The U.S. Postal Service will formally issue a pair of similarly designed stamps — a first-class Celebration Boutonniere and a 2-ounce Celebration Corsage — May 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.
A formal ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Shoenberg Theater at the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden, which is home to several themed gardens and is a popular location for wedding ceremonies and formal photography.
A few years ago this stamp pair might have been called Wedding stamps, but the U.S. Postal Service rebranded this occasional issue as Celebration stamps with the 2015 Vintage Tulips stamps.
Wedding stamps — issued in pairs to accommodate both the 2-ounce rate for traditional invitations and regular first-class rates for RSVPs — were first issued in 2006 with the 39-cent and 63-cent Doves stamps (Scott 3998–99). Subsequent stamp pairs designated as Wedding stamps have included such iconic images as cakes, flowers, hearts, rings, and roses.
Like Wedding stamps of the past, though, the new double release includes a 2-ounce stamp (Celebration Corsage) that can accommodate the weight of heavy wedding invitations, plus a regular 1-ounce Forever first-class stamp (Celebration Boutonniere) that pays the rate for RSVPs. In addition, the Postal Service notes, the 2-ounce stamp can pay the rate for other types of invitations and other celebrations, oversize greeting cards, and mailings such as small gifts.
The stamp art features a photograph of an arrangement of ranunculus, with floral accents of succulents, astrantia, berzelia, and clubmoss greenery. The ribbon wrapping the stems harmonizes with the colors and textures of the plant material.
The boutonniere and corsage shown were arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps.