Post # 1
I have to make a point to go to the post office to ask about the postage on A7 (5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″) and A1 (3 5/8 x 5 1/8″) but was curious if anyone ran into this. I heard a horror story about a friend of a friend ordering gorgeous stamps only to realize when she went to mail them that she needed to by extra small stamps to put on there too b/c the size of the envelope cost more to mail. I think she was using square envelopes and looked online and it looks OK. But I wasn’t sure if anyone had experience w/ this or already thought it out.
Post # 3
Both those sizes should ship for normal stamp prices. I have shipped A7 bridal shower invitations for $.44 or whatever postage is now. It just depends on if they weigh more than an ounce? (I think it’s an ounce) Also I have never shipped a square envelope but I have heard they are more.
Post # 4
Square envelopes are always more postage, because they don’t get sorted the normal way. Rectagular envelopes over 3.5×5 will be .44 and up depending on the weight. If it’s just a card in an envelope, or just a card with a backing, .44 will probably be what you’ll pay. However, if you’re sending a pocketfold/envelopment, or have an additional card like a reply and envelope, the cost will increase. There’s now a bulk charge for envelopes that protrude or puff out more than a certain amount. This may affect you if you have ribbon, or bulky seals inside. I always go to the post office twice, once with my mock up, and again before I plan to buy my stamps, and I ask exactly how much the item weighs. Then I order my stamps from the post office online, since my post office never has any decent looking stamps!
Post # 5
SimplifiedBride is right–do not buy stamps until you have a completed invitation exactly as you would have it mailed and you have weighed it at the post office because one component is size; the other is weight. So even if you have a standard size envelope (which A7 is) if it weighs more than a certain amount, it’ll be extra postage. If it’s anywhere near borderline, spring for the extra .02 to make sure it goes through.
Post # 6
A7 takes regular postage but the weight matters. Our A7 invitations cost 0.61 to mail because they were 2oz.
Post # 7
Great advice! Thanks, girls!! I think it’s a great idea to do a mock up of the total sealed invite and check it out to see if it will cost more. Thanks again 🙂