Changing postage rates – might not get any RSVP's back!

posted 3 years ago in Paper
  • poll: What would you do?
    Mail everything as is, the post office will probably be lenient with the postage increase deadline : (5 votes)
    29 %
    Open all of the invites to add extra postage to RSVP card, buy new envelopes to re-address & re-seal : (11 votes)
    65 %
    Some other fabulous solutions explained below : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 2
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    155 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    348 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    357 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I went to Costco this weekend they were still selling 100 for 59.99!

    Post # 8
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    877 posts
    Busy bee

    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!  


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