Post # 1
I went into the post office this morning, crossing my fingers my invites would not cost more than a regular .44 cent stamp. A cheerful, they exist(!), guy helped me, congratulated me and said I was good, it would only cost me .44 cents to mail my invites!! And that’s using heavy weight paper including the invite, dinner/brunch card, registry card (yes, we do those where I’m from…everyone expects it) and directions/map card AND some baker’s twine wrapped around it all! He slipped the invite envlope containing all the contents through the little stencil he had to see if it was too thick or the very slight bump from the bow would fit and again, I was good!
But then the told me something I had never heard before……to put the return address on the front and not the back like most people do for cards and especially wedding invites. He said the machine may read it and send the card to my house. Great. I thought that was only a problem for wrap around labels? I’ve sent numerous birthday cards, thinking of you cards and what not and never had a problem with the card coming back to me. Part of me wants to just say whatever and still put the return labels on the back but part of me is nervous they will come back and it’ll just be bad bridal luck. 😮
Anyone else had an issue with the invite coming back with a normal return label or just address on the back flap? Not talking about a wrap around label here, that’s different.
Post # 3
That sounds silly to me. I think the post office will tell people anything to get them to do things their way. Every single one of our mailings had the return address on the back and we had no problems whatsoever.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Hm, that’s strange! I’ve always put the return address on the back (for regular mail, and I did for my STDs too), and I’ve never had a problem at all!
Post # 5
I used wraparound labels and had zero problems with my invites. And I’ve sent out all our Thank You cards with our return address on the back with zero problems as well. I wouldn’t worry about it. 🙂
Post # 6
When I brought my invites (with return address on the back) to the post office, the guy said I should’ve put them on the front, but I sent them anyway as is and it was fine. No biggie, you can do it either way.
Post # 7
@ddubzz: Ditto! Sometimes I throw the address on the front, but I was under the impression it didn’t matter if the return address was on the front or back. I think this guy must have been mistaken.
Post # 8
I would be more concerned that the invite really does need more postage than $.44. I just sent some legal papers in the mail (I think there were 5 total) and had to put more postage on.
Post # 9
@Vegas Pug: I was just thinking that.
I wonder if you might want to take it to another post office, just to double check?
And yeah, I think he’s off base with the return address.
Post # 10
You said he used the stencil to see if the invite was the right size, but did he weigh it? If not, than nothing he told you is binding because only packages under 1.0 oz go for 44 cents.
And all my invites made it with my return address on the back.
Post # 11
I’ve always put the return address on the back and never received it back to my house in error. Is your return address very large or something? or maybe in the middle of the back of the envelope?
My return address is on the back flap and I’m not going to worry about it one bit.
Post # 12
I had never heard that about the back (and always write my RA on the back of the envelope!), but just got the same lecture YESTERDAY. What’s up with that? New USPS policy??
Post # 13
I’d go back for a second opinion…he needed to weigh it. Usually just having baker’s twine would put it in the “rigid” category and would require extra postage because it can’t go thru the machine.
My return address was on the back – it was on the flap and they all went thru fine. That part about only having it on the front is a crock.
Post # 14
I mailed my out with the addresses on the back. I’ve sent and received many things with the return address written on the back flap and never had an issue.
I’m pretty sure that since the stamps are on the same side of the envelope that the address is, you’ll be fine.
Post # 15
I didn’t have this problem and I put my return address on the back. I say go for it!
Post # 16
I always put the return address on the back of everything I send, and I have never had this problem… How weird that he would tell you that!