(Closed) Postage PSA

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@tracylesq: WOW. So sorry this happened to you but thank you for the warning.

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that really sucks! Sorry. I would be so annoyed.

Post # 6
788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 10
375 posts
Helper bee

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
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

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