Post # 1
I have been working on my invitations for two months now. Every day when I get home from work, I cut, glue, fold and tie until I go to bed. It has been extremely labor intensive and utterly exhausting. Honestly, I never want to see another wedding invitation again.
Considering that I have been losing my mind over invitations, I sent FI to get one completed invitation measured for postage yesterday during his lunch break. Our envelopes are 6.5″x6.5″, so I had assumed the postage would be over $1 each. I was surprised to find out, however, that the lady at the post office told FI that our postage would only be $0.65. Hooray! Less money!
I finally completed my last invitation last night. I celebrated by going to sleep before 12 for the first time in weeks. This morning, I brought the invitations to be sent off to another post office close to my work. The postal worker took one look at my invitation and said, “You ain’t mailin’ THESE today.” I was shocked. Apparently every invitation was marked with the wrong postage, and I need to add an additional $0.25 to every invitation. And the $0.20 and $0.05 stamps are UGLY. So I need to overpay to get nice looking forever stamps on each invitation.
So I did what any rational bride 2 months before her wedding would do in that situation. I took my box of invitations to my car and called FI and cried. It is so, so silly. But I just do not want to look at these invitations anymore. And now I need to add ugly stamps or overpay by ~$0.20/envelope.
What really goofy thing have you had a meltdown over?
Post # 3
nothing really….only that my Mom and Grandparents who have passed long ago won’t be here.
Post # 4
Too bad the ugly stamps couldn’t be put on the back of the enveloppes with a fancy arrow in the front for the post office?
I am so sorry about that. How “ugly” are the ugly stamps? Do you have pictures? Can we see them online? What about the overpriced “pretty” ones?
Post # 5
I’d add the ugly stamps. Your guests won’t care.
Post # 6
we had to add 20 cent George Washington stamps. No one cared.
The envelope goes in the trash immediately after opening.
Post # 7
@dkacerek: That’s nothing goofy at all. Sorry for your loss.
@happyface: Eh, they aren’t really UGLY per se. It’s just that George Washington next to a wedding cake would look a little funny. I’m being dramatic, really. I just am tired of these damn invitations! :/
@cmbr: I know they won’t. I’m going to suck it up and go buy them at lunch.
@GroovyHippieChick: Yup. Doing it anyway. It’s just frustrating to have to redo it all when I thought I would have them out of my hands today. Just another day stuck with these invitations!
It’s really sad how I reacted! I was so surprised with myself. I never thought I’d freak out over something so inconsequential. I think it was more about just having to hold onto the invitations one more day than having a stamp that doesn’t match (that doesn’t really matter at all, really). I think I’ve hit the wall, guys.
Post # 8
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry! I can definitely relate. I personally designed, printed, and hand wrote the addresses on over 200 Save the Dates that were designed like post cards. I bought $40 worth of stamps and used them. But when I took them to the post office to mail them, they told me that they couldn’t mail them because the return address wasn’t in the right place and it was throwing off the computers. In other words, they didn’t want to type in the addresses, so they had me take them back, buy envelopes and MORE stamps, and then mail them. So, I paid like $100 extra — totally pointless for me to DIY. I definitely understand your frustration! Just take a deep breath, have a good cry, and remember that this is part of the joy of planning 😉 It will all be worth it!
Post # 9
Aw lol that’s not goofy. I totally had a meltdown over my invites. DIY is a lot of work and when things go wrong it’s frustrating! Don’t feel bad, it’ll be a funny story a little while from now
Post # 10
@LizLemon: Add the ugly stamps, don’t overpay. NO ONE WILL NOTICE! I definitely learned that when planning my wedding, no one will notice the details you freak about and paying more money isn’t worth it.
Post # 11
I totally sympathize with your reaction. I knew I would be the same way about invitations if I tried to do them myself, which is why I didn’t (not trying to rub it in – I’m sure yours are awesome). Even with my relatively painless invitation process, when they were done I just wanted to get RID of them. When the woman at the post office insisted that the only .45 stamps (for my RSVP returns) that were wedding-appropriate were these stamps that said “CELEBRATE!” in neon colors on a black background, I was like…this is not happening. (My invitations were kind of vintage and subtle looking; this stamp just did NOT go in any way shape or form.) I kept telling her that I felt certain there was SOMETHING else at the post office that would work and she was not having it. A more helpful postal worker finally found some pretty little Bonsai trees – so my wedding has nothing to do with Japan or whatever, but I was like “I’ll take them!!!” I felt a bit silly freaking out about stamps, but I understand, I do. For the record though, I think George Washington would be okay!
Post # 12
i hear ya, went thru much the same… only i was warned by post office months ago that by glueing too much on i’d need to watch postage ( i was sending a demo dvd slide show to mum without pre glued stuff on it) i went through about 2 months of glueing and cutting.. and come postage /stamp time, i didnt even have the enegery to leave the house to get one measured/ weighed… so i aired on the side of caution and stuck two 1st class uk stamps on them just to be sure, the cards arrived in ireland the next day… but some of the dvds hadnt burnt properly… i gave up worrying, from then on everything else doesnt seem to bad since the dreaded ‘diy’ cards have been posted, i fell i can face anything after that… however this morning when doing out final lists i’d realised i hadnt sent 3 cards out to pals.. crap!! posted today tho… but i never bothered with the dvd, just the diy cards.. saved me some stamps!! damn the post office for getting it wrong, it should have been properly measured and weighed when ur boyf went in, that way there should never have been a problem…. but at least that big bulky stress cloud should move on for ya… hopefully any other wee blips will seem trivial now! gud luck! x
Post # 13
I can’t tell you the last time I noticed what was on the outside of an envelope other than my name…I know you had a vision for these invitations, it’s what’s inside the envelope that matters, besides, you know the post office will beat the crap outta the things on their way to wherever…the stamp will be an afterthought at that point…I’ve gotten things with black streaks and tears, all wrinkled from getting wet…I actually start to feel bad for the little envelope at that point…it worked so hard to get to my door…and then I rip it open HA!
Post # 14
I always look at the stamps, especially if it’s pretty like a wedding cake or flowers, it makes me feel like the sender added that extra touch just for me… But George Washington? He just doesn’t do it for me. So sad there aren’t prettier stamps out there in all denominations!
Post # 15
@LizLemon: ((HUGS)) I can see myself reacting the same way over something like that. Sometimes enough is just enough. You need a stress break, dear one.
Post # 16
@LizLemon: I had a meltdown on the morning of the wedding. I was the only one who knew my way around the city, I was running an hour late and had to go and pick up the button-holes for everybody with my Dad who needed to pay for the flowers. I couldn’t find the damn florist with the car, my cousin was in the back and Dad in the passenger. In the end I stopped the car screamed, slammed the horn a million times, cried a little, and then got out of the car and walked the half mile to the florist, my Dad chasing after me, and my cousin feigning engine trouble until I got back – a bit embarrasing really. As soon as I finished with my driving, my cousin pulled out the whisky bottle and handed it to me and I swigged it on the way into the house – classy bird that I am.