Post # 1
ok im about to send out my wedding invites from florida to all over the country and internationally. how do i know how much postage to put? my envelopes are heavier than most. should i just go to the post office with all my invitations? what about the rsvp envelope? aah! i feel this is going to get expensive.
Post # 3
I think you can just take one sample invite (with all the stuff included) and have it weighed, then multiply that by your invitations/rsvps and…voila. Be sure to ask them when the prices of stamps will go up, if they know that — there was a post a few days ago warning about that, and it wouldn’t be good if your rsvps couldn’t make it back to you because of a postage change.
Post # 4
Ohh good call on the postage going up…I’m going to double check that!
And Amysue is right take one in to be weighed, but make sure you tell them you have international ones going out so they can pepare you for that cost as well. As it will be different then US mailing, obviously.
Post # 5
Yes, in addition to taking a sample to the post office to get weighed, I’d also recommend asking a post office employee. I didn’t know this, but the amount of postage doesn’t just take into account the weight, but also if there are any ‘details’ that may require special care in transport, like sqaure vs. standard rectangular shape, thickness, ribbons, magnets, etc.
When we sent out our STDs the other week. I weighed them and since they came in below the the 1oz weight for the standard 41 cent stamps, I figured the standard 41 cents was enough. While I was in line to buy stamps, one of the employees noticed all the envelopes I was carrying. He held the envelope up and noticed it was thicker than usual. I explained there were magnets on the cards, but the total weight was under 1oz. He said that we could take our chances with 41 cents, but since these may require ‘extra care’ we were safer with the 58 cent stamps. Even though it cost more, we just paid the extra postage since dealing with returned mail would be a nightmare.
Post # 6
Take one to be weighed, but also check the USPS.com site about international shipping- it costs a little more… I think it was like 75cents versus the typical 41c when I mailed the STD to austrailia… Check with the post office b.c different countries may cost a little more than others.
Post # 7
There is an automatic extra charge if they can’t make it through the postage machinery (if they have to be hand-cancelled). So if they are thick, or square, or over a certain size. If you have some fabulous details on your handmade invitations that would be squished by the postage machines, you should probably think about asking and paying for hand cancelling so stuff doesn’t arrive looking like it was stepped on. I would take one in and show it to them. My post office ladies have been so nice, and very excited about all our invitation stuff.
Post # 9
As far as the RSVP cards…for domestic you can just pre-weigh but for international unfortunately you won’t be able to provide stamps for those guests. They will each need to use their own postage from the country they are in and you would never know how much of that postage they need or even be able to find it.