(Closed) How trashed do postcards get?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends.  9My Mom sends postcards like every week so I have some experience — she’s a weirdo 🙂 hah) It always helps if they’re sturdy.  That said, my postcards usually come through in great condition.  The farther they travel (overseas, etc) the more trashed generally.  Occassionally I’ll get something in the mail that looks craptastic.  I would say that if your STDs are going to incorporate any delicate features, color scheme that will show lots of dirt, or you’re really picky, probably better off with an envelope.  But I’m using postcards & love them.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We just sent out postcards for our STD.  Nothing was wrong with the one my mom received.  I was actually a little surprised that they looked so good.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would (and what I’m doing since we’re sending out STD postcards also) go to the local post office where they may know you and ask them to stamp them by hand rather than sending them thru the machines.

I’ve gotten many postcards in the mail, mostly from my sis and bil on their overseas travels and they’ve turned out fine.  Pretty good in fact!

I think they should be great 🙂

Post # 7
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575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I sent my STDs out about a month ago and everyone I talked to said they arrive in perfect condition. I got lucky with my type on the back – the stamp from the post office didn’t cover any of it. I got them from Vista Print.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We sent STD postcards from Vistaprint.  We were acutlaly really happy with the quality.  They seemed to do fine going through the mail, the only thing I didn’t like was since the front of the postcard was dark, the PO added a sticker along one of the sides with a barcode.  But it peeled right off and didn’t damage the postcard so it was fine. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Our save the date postcards worked out just fine- designed on the computer and printed on postcard stock at Office Max.  They had a couple smudges here and there after mailing, but nothing that kept them off anyones’ fridges.  I used a corner rounder on them too and no problems with that either.

Post # 10
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Mine got fairly beaten up – I saw our STD at my parents’ house and was a little disappointed to see it beaten up, especially because they are the high quality overnightprints ones.

Post # 11
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588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

I’m worried, too! We’re doing postcard RSVPs, and I’m a bit concerned with them being possibly illegible (or torn to shreds) when they come back to me. I’m going to have to get one of those invisible ink pens to track them, I think.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did the design work and then printed our STD’s on standard cardstock at an office supply place. I felt comfortable with this approach because I’ve used it several times at work with last minute promotions where we machine our mail in the office so I’ve seen that it processes fine via standard machine processes. We only heard of one that came through in bad shape, and were able to inspect them on several family member’s fridges over various holidays, etc.  That said here are my 3 suggestions:

  1. Use heavier card stock if you can.  In retrospect I would have used 120 lb (perhaps chipboard or coldpress watercolor type paper) instead of 90 lb. card stock.
  2. Work your return address into the design on the back.  We didn’t think to include a return address so we have no idea what happened to the 2 that never made it to their destinations.  I recently put together a set for a work event and we ran our return address down the center of the back area and used it to seperate the send to address area and the message area and had no problem with the undeliverable ones coming back to me.
  3. Use an envelope for any out of the country cards.  The one we sent to London never showed up, but the one to Finland did and in great shape.

If in doubt make a few protypes and mail them to yourself and a friend/family member who lives cross country and see what happens. 🙂

    Post # 13
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It depends on the mailman who delivers them. Alot of them deliver mail that looks like it barely survived a bombing while others deliver mail that is perfectly intact. As for postcards, I can’t say that I’ve ever received one that ended up being trashed. They get a bit roughed up around the edges but that’s the extent of the damage, if any. Make sure that the paper you are using is quite sturdy and you shouldn’t have any issues.

    Post # 14
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    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I’m almost finished putting our invites together and had a split freak out session about the RSVP postcards. Hopefully they’ll come back to us in one piece. I know they’ll be fine when they leave the guests house, but I want to at least be able to read their response!

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee

    I did the big Vistaprint postcards for my STDs.  Fortunately I checked and found out the postage to mail them was the same as for an envelope . . . so I ended up getting the cheap, but very functional envelopes that Vistaprint sold.  I still made my cards postcards, but this way, with my hand addressed envelopes, I didn’t have to worry about people thinking they were junk mail! The envelopes (for 100) only cost me $2 more.

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