Post # 1
Looking for some advice here.
Postage rates in Canada are going up as of April 1st 2014. I was planning on mailing out my invites today with a reply deadline of May 1st. This means that I will be able to mail all my invites with the stamps I have, but the stamps that I have on the evelope for my RSVP cards will not be enough as most people will not even get the invite until after April 1st. Such a weird timing issue, right?
The invites were all hand addressed and sealed with a wax seal (not a quick process). I need to get the invites out before the end of the week so that I won’t pay extra postage on the invites. What would you do?
Post # 2
I think that most everyone who receives it will be aware of the postage hike and that it was announced so close to when you sent out your invites, so they won’t blame you if they have to spring for a change stamp.
Post # 3
Are they permanent stamps or 63c stamps? Permanent stamps you don’t have a problem, 63 cent stamps I would go back and add the additional postage.
The increase was announced in December, not to be rude, but probably could have thought of that before you sealed all the envelopes.
Post # 4
I don’t know if it’s the same in Canada, but wax seals don’t generally do well in the mail in the US. Are you putting the invite envolope inside of another envelope? If so, I might put a note in the external envelope with a stamp for the postage increase asking the recipient to affix it themselves? I know the USPS would not be lenient… and it sounds like a lot of work to re-seal everything!
Post # 5
Does Canada sell small value stamps for awhile when this happens? USPS used to sell 1-2 cent stamps when they raised rates so you could still use your old stamps and add the extra amount required. If so, I would go buy a bunch of those and stick them in the invites however you can, if you still can. USPS would not be lenient for sure.
Post # 6
I went to Costco this weekend they were still selling 100 for 59.99!
Post # 7
Thanks for all of the suggestions.
Strawberryfarmer: Your suggestion is a good one, but unfortunately the envelope with the wax seal is my outer envelope so there is no way to hack in and drop additional postage.
My wedding website has the ability to accept RSVP’s and I have listed my wedding website on the invitations so I think what I might do is put a note on the webiste informing people that they can RSVP online.
We will see what happens!
Post # 8
Etbeo: I don’t know, my deadline is April 17, I planned for it and tracked down some ‘p’ stamps for my RSVPs for just this reason. No one at the post office could tell me what would happen with insufficient postage around now (and the jerks at Canada Post pulled the ‘p’ stamps the day they announced the rate hike so finding them was a challenge).
Did you put your own address as both the address and the return address on the RSVPs?
Post # 9
Etbeo: I know your pain, fellow Canadian bee : ) I just went through this, although we ended up just using the 63 cent stamp on the outer envelope and a 63 + a 25 cent stamp on the RSVP envelope.
Unfortunately, the post office will not accept 63 cent stamps after March 31st – they’ll be sent back to your guest, the sender (we asked this too). Since they made the announcement in December, technically from the time of the announcement until March 31st is what they consider the grace period. They also stopped selling permanent stamps in December which is a bummer.
As for your solution, I’d say to just let it go. Your guests will hopefully understand. Maybe you could put a note on your wedding website that encourages people to RSVP online, or let them know that they will need to add more postage if they’re going to send it back through the mail?
Post # 10
I would send them immediately, and try to notify friends of the odd postage issue, by word of mouth immediately, so they can return it ASAP or add a stamp! If your envelopes were not already sealed, I would say that you could add it yourself, but in this situation, I think a pass it on approach, even noting that it’s not a simple fix that you can undo and correct. Secondary idea, to check if there would be a way to add a postage stamp to the outer cover of the envelope…like attaching a glassine packet with rubber cement, you could add a cute little note like, ” Sending you an extra two cents! The post office has raised the postage on our replies, your invitation has been signed, sealed, and now they’re delivered. But we need your help on the reply, please add this two cent stamp to the response card! (It might not be as elegant as you imagined, but it could help you receive the cards you’ll need!
Post # 11
It looks like the wedding Gods are smiling on me today! I did something risky and just mailed them as soon as I could and didn’t attach extra postage. As of today I have recieved 7 replies in the mail, it looks like the post office has been very nice to me!
I have also been spreading the word about the postage issue so others have responded on our website. Looks like this major catastrophe has been taken care of… for now. So I will be sitting back sipping on wine tonight… waiting for the next thing to freak me out!