Post # 1
I took all of my beautiful and expensive invitations to the post office this afternoon to hand cancel and mail them. I had prestamped each with a 64 cent stamp, having weighed them in at 2 oz. When I showed one to the clerk, she promptly told me (though she felt badly to be the bearer of bad news) that they were “wrong”. She then held it up to a measuring device, and explained that because our rectangular invites were addressed parallel to the short side, they couldn’t be considered “letters” but rather “large envelopes” which required $1.08 postage. So now I’m out another $66 for more 44 cent stamps. Sigh. Of course our stupid invitation lady made no mention of this little issue, especially when we paid extra for the pretty French envelopes, and extra for the printed addresses.
Just a warning to other brides out there. Just because it doesn’t weigh much, doesn’t mean the post office won’t find a way to screw you.
Post # 3
@tracylesq: WOW. So sorry this happened to you but thank you for the warning.
Post # 4
@tracylesq: What a pain! I’m sorry!
Definitely make sure you take a mock-up in to the post office. The first time we brought one in, I was told that it would be $1.71 because I had a little bow inside and it made it so that the envelope would not fit through the machine. Without the bow, I was told it would be $0.64. I fixed the issue and went back again (thank goodness!) and found out that it was actually $0.84 because the contents were thick and I could not bend. Therefore, even though it could fit through the machine, they wouldn’t actually be putting it throught the machine. I’m not sure I really understand, but I’m hoping we’ll be okay! Today I’m sending out the test invitation to ourselves!
Post # 5
Wow, that really sucks! Sorry. I would be so annoyed.
Post # 6
Oh wow, that sucks 🙁
krobbie, We printed our own using the kits from Hobby Lobby. I even added a bow to each and inserted a reply card and envelope, postcard with directions to the ceremony, and a card with our website information on it. And we did a wax seal on the back, and the lady at the post office said it could be even heavier and still be fine! We only paid .44 for each :S Your paper must be heavier or something? I don’t think the post office can have different prices, can they?
Post # 7
Aww I’d be upset, what a hassle you had to go through. I was told to go to a few different post offices as well because believe it or not, they measure things differently. If I were you, I might say something to the invitation lady so she could be more upfront with future customers.
Post # 8
That sucks. We had kind of a similar problem. We thought we’d only have to pay 64 cents. But when we took one to the post office, we found out they were going to cost $1.08 because our invitation was considered a large envelope, instead of a heavy regular envelope.
Post # 9
Just a follow-up: After learning that I needed more postage, I called the post office closest to my work and they said they had the stamps I wanted. But I didn’t go get them because I figured that meant they were readily available, plus I pass two other post offices on my way to work. So I stopped at a different post office only to have them tell me (1) I could NOT hand cancel my invites there and (2) they did not have my stamps. So I purchased the stamps from the PO near my office, but again was told I could not hand cancel there. Boo! So finally, I called another one this morning and was told I COULD hand cancel there, and that’s just what I did. My invitations are out in the world!
Lessons learned: The general consensus is that the post offices do not permit you to hand cancel. However, some are less strict than others, and will allow you to do it anyway. Also, call around first. It beats driving all over the place.
Post # 10
Yeah, creativity kinda hits a road-block when it comes to USPS regulations. Such a shame your designer didn’t tip you off to that fact, I would hope anyone who handles pieces for mailing on a regular basis would do their homework and help their clients more 🙁
Post # 11
Wow, that’s super annoying.
This is why I went simple on my invites. People are just going to throw them away anyway. I went with a basic single sheet card from Vistaprint & postcard RSVP’s – not too heavy, no odd sizes, nothing bulging in the envelope – so they only needed one 44 cent stamp and no need to hand cancel.
I understand invitations are much more important to some other brides but I didn’t want to deal with a USPS-induced headache. I’ve still gotten compliments on my invitations, too.