POSTAGE RANT!!! SAVE THE DATES

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Post # 3
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@absolutely_tati:  mine are going to cost over $1 each if it makes you feel better because they’re over weight.

In Canada standard postage is 0.63, it’s going up to 0.85 on March 31.

Post # 4
Member
1193 posts
Bumble bee

@absolutely_tati:  Did you buy your invites yet? We specifically bought ones that weren’t square because I knew that square costs more. We have outer envelope, inner envelope, invite (no cardboard backing or anything), reception card, response card and envelope. We can use regular 49 cent stamps for this. Plus another 49 cent stamp for the response card envelope.

You can also get postcard RSVP cards, the postage is less for that.

Post # 5
Member
2885 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My invites will be normal halmark card size, so they will take regular postage.  I am not including incerts or folders, so they won’t be over weight.  I pre-bought stamps, and spent about $100 for my invites. 

I also bought forever stamps two weeks ago before the rate increase.

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We just got our STDs weighed yesterday, ours are costing .77 cents each – which is better than I thought they’d be! The lady said that because [the magnet] in the center wasn’t bendable, it needed some type of special postage to not be sent through the machines.

It’s costing us less than $30 to send all 37 of them, so I can’t complain too much.

Post # 7
Member
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsGinkgo:  How heavy are they? Mine were overweight (magnets), so I went in thinking they would cost $1 too, but because the envelopes were smaller they only cost 63 cents.

Post # 8
Member
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It was amazingly expensive and a pain in the ass to mail our invitations. My mother hand made them, they are absolutely beautiful but because they are so bulky, they are “unmachineable” and that apparently upgrades them to first class mail. I had a freaking usps tracking label on my envelopes, in addition to three forever stamps each. I spent at least $100 dollars on stamps and then they charged me an additional $20 something at the post office because three stamps each wasn’t enough. If I could do it again, I would make the invites as simple as possible in a NORMAL envelope. 

Post # 9
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@capitalbee:  I’ve already had an invite weighed, they’re 4.25×5.5 and they’re just overweight.  My STDs were postcards and those were only 0.63.

I’ve stocked up on ‘P’ stamps though for the RSVPs

 

Post # 10
Member
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@absolutely_tati:  Postage is a necessariy evil. Just because my invites are in SLIGHTY bigger envelopes – 5.25×7.25 – they’re going to most more than $1 each. The post office definitely should have found a more efficient way of posting them though. 4 stamps each is crazy.

Post # 11
Member
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

All my stamps (STD’s,invites, and RSVPs) cost about $90. I purposefully designed my invites so they would be able to take a normal stamp… only got one returned (because I got the address wrong)

If I had left the bit of raffia ribbon tied around the invite and the RSVP card, it would have been 60c to mail. So I tossed that idea and mailed the invite and RSVP card loose. Only a few people told me they didn’t notice the card in the envelope (sigh)

Post # 12
Member
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@absolutely_tati:  Have you already ordered your invitations?  Could you order rectangular envelopes with your square invites?  Many wedding invitiation websites offer that as an option so you don’t have to pay extra for postage.

@bourkelton:  Letter rate (AKA regular postal mail) is first class mail…  Any additional amount you had to pay had to do with their weight and shape instead of the speed of the mail.

Post # 13
Member
42522 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Both the USPS and Canada Post have information on their websites re acceptable size and weight so you can know ahead of time what the postage rate will be. Check it out before you purchase your wedding invitations.

Post # 15
Member
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We did postcard save the dates to save money on stamps.  I think they were 33 cents each.  We are doing regular sized invitations with postcard RSVPs to save money on those as well! Then again, we have 140 invites going out so we have to save where we can!

Post # 16
Member
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have heard about this.  They upcharge for square envelopes.  

We went to the post office to find out how much our postage would be before we ordered anything (we are on a tight budget) and they told us this.  Also, anything over certain specs/sizes is upcharged and anything “bumpy” (ribbons, bows, buttons, over certain thickness, etc) can be upcharged.  

Here are some of the rules:  https://www.usps.com/send/can-you-mail-it.htm?

But I would HIGHLY recommend taking samples to the post office or at least talking with someone at the post office – they have examples they can show you!!!

 

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