Post # 1
After lurking on this site for months, I have finally succumbed and signed up as I need advice and if I ask any of my friends not planning a wedding they are sure to think I am nuts for caring about something so menial!
After spending months assembling and printing my DIY pocketfold invitations, I was almost ready to send them out. I did my homework and knew I needed to confirm the right amount of postage before mailing. So I diligently brought one of the finished products to a Canada Post Office and they gave me the amounts needed. I then spent the next month contacting post offices around Montreal to see if any had any of last years “pretty” aboriginal art stamps left over. I hated the wildlife series that was available for 2011. Once I collected all the necessary postage I stamped and sealed each one.
Yesterday, I proudly brought my invitation stack to the post office to mail as I did not want to dump them in a mailbox on the street corner (paranoid, much?). Just to be sure I handed one to the clerk who immediately informed me I had insufficient postage!
She went on to explain that the previous clerk must have made an error as although the weight and size were fine, there is a small rhinestone clip on the invitations that is causing them to be too wide to fit through the machines. I would need to pay for the extra large envelope size or they would all be returned to me. Arghhhh!!!!
I could have lived with this, however, and when I asked the difference it was only 23 cents. The problem is there are no 23 cent stamps available so I would have no choice but to make a collage of stamps. I already have one large 1.03, then I would need to add 2 ten cent stamps, and 3 one cent stamps. Total= 6 stamps for 1 Canadian envelope!
So, my choices are as follows:
1. Suck it up and have an ugly collage of stamps on my outside enevlope.
2. Overpay each envelope and buy a 25 cent stamp which will leave me with only 2 stamps/envelope
3. Remove all my beautiful 1.03 stamps (save for another occasion) and buy a stamp with accurate postage all in one.
Not to mention, Canada Post is starting a rollback strrike program this week which will reduce mail to only 3 days/week and are threatening completely suspending mail if their labor disputes are not resolved!
Post # 3
I would overpay and do 2 stamps. Good luck–this is a tough situation!
Post # 4
While I’m sure your envelopes look beautiful, that’s a detail that only you and other brides will probably notice. I would just do #1 and put the stamps you don’t love on there. It will save you money, and really people will just throw away the envelope anyway.
Post # 5
I’d overpay and do two stamps. Even if you are inviting 200 people, it’s only $4 more and keeps it looking reasonable. It lets you keep the stamp you like. I’ve also never been successful in removing stamps well (not to mention, when else will you need to use 1.03 stamps?).
Post # 6
Do which ever choice makes you feel better (I’d over pay and do the .25 cent stamps personally) but like other posters said, no one will notice the stamps except other brides and you. Don’t let it get you too down about it
Post # 7
I would overpay a few cents and use two stamps. Not the end of the world! (though I understand your stress over the issue!)
Post # 8
I did overpay the 2 cents. We did a test run and realized that the RSVP’s wouldn’t be returned so we bought the 25cent stamp and added them to all of the RSVP’s.
Post # 9
I would honestly just do the collection of stamps. Its not like anyone keeps the envelopes anyways and they will probably only look at it the one time which is when they open it.
I am in the same boat as you with the Canadian Postal Strike though. I will probably just end up hand delivering the ones that I can and the others I will mail and hope that they get them. Its nice that my mom works for the post office so I can get in on whats going on. Goodluck with all your invite mailing!
Post # 10
I would over pay and just have two stamps. It would look the nicest and a few cents isnt a huge deal.
Post # 11
I would over pay, its only 3 cents extra, even if you have 200 invites that would total 600 cents which is 6 dollars.
Post # 12
I am just about to send mine out as well. I am from Ontario and I have decided to only mail the onces who are more then 1 hour drive away. If they go on a full strike our invites could be stuck in limbo for days, weeks…. or even months! I can not risk this, so I am going to hand deliver 90% and fed-ex or UPS the rest. I work right across from the main post office in our town and they said that it is likely they will have a full strike any time now!! Be carefull!!
Back to your questions I would spend the extra $$ to only have 2 stamps.
Post # 13
Thanks for your opinions everyone! I think I’ll have to agree with the majority and pay the extra to have only 2 stamps. Perhaps no one else but myself will care but that’s enough for me and you are all right in the fact that it will only add up to an extra couple of dollars!
Now, on to obsess about whether or not the invites will get stuck in limbo during a possible postal strike…
Post # 14
Right now due to mail volueme its expected that they work Monday, Wednesday and Fridays..or atleast thats what’s up in the air as of now. I will keep you ladies posted since my mom is a carrier for Canada Post.
Post # 15
I’d get another opinion and/or do a test mailing to yourself as is.
I had to talk to THREE postal workers – the first gave me wrong advice and told me I’d need to pay more (for my pocketfolds w/ a wax seal on the inside). They said it was too rigid and wouldn’t fit. The second one wasn’t sure and the third one said I’d be fine.
I really stressed about it and then just ended up going with the ‘it would be fine’ option and test mailed 4 to our parents and friends. They all got there fine with the lesser postage.
Here it’s a .25″ width rule – how wide are yours?
Edit to add: IF you end up needing extra postage, I’d go with the .25 cent stamp – 2 stamps are better than 6, IMO.
Post # 16
I voted overpay just because it would take a lot longer to add all the extra stamps, & make sure you put the right combo on each envelope. I mean, if it was only a $4 difference, that’s worth it to me. However, if you don’t mind the extra work, I wouldn’t care if I got an envelope with 6 stamps, the outer envelope usually gets thrown away anyways.
I would go back to the post office & try to send just 1 or 2 as they are, if the clerk you go to the next time is someone else, ask them if you have enough postage as it is. I tried mailing a letter with a button inside & the strict clerk said that it wouldn’t fit so I paid more postage. About a week later, I sent the same thing, went to the other clerk & they put it through a board as a test (same measurements as the mailing machines) & he said it was just fine as is & there was no problem shipping it.