Post # 1
Hello hive! This afternoon I checked the mailbox at our apartment complex, and discovered a misdelivered wedding invitation. It was addressed correctly, but the person doesn’t live here. Normally I would put it in the “misdelivered mail” slot, but it didn’t fit. I took it back inside with me, but now I can’t figure out what to do with it!
Here’s the problem: It’s from outside of the U.S, and I believe from India, however I can’t find any indication in English and I’m not 100% sure of the language origins. It has NO return address on it, and even if it did, I’m not sure the USPS would return it!
There is a note on the envelope with the couple’s name, and it indicates that the woman is from the U.S, so I would imagine at least one of them speaks English. (If I were to try and contact them).
What would you do? I would feel awful throwing it away, but I’m not sure if I should open it and try to let them know by email, website, or RSVP. If I give it back to the post office, I’m not sure they could return it. (There’s a barcode along the side, but whether that contains info about the sender, I don’t know).
Anyone have a similar issue before? Or anyone from India and could give me some insight as to whether it’s returnable? Just wanted you ladies’ opinions!
Post # 3
I’m not sure I’d open it (pretty sure it’s a federal offense), but you could google the names on the front, and see if you can get any contact information?
Post # 4
I have no advice, because I have no clue what to do, but I just wanted to say I think it’s really sweet of you to be working so hard to figure this out!! Yay, you!! I hope someone has something helpful to say!
Post # 5
If it were me, I think I would open it an look for any contact information available on the invitation/RSVP card. I’m sure the senders would be very happy to know that the invitation was mis-delivered rather than think the intended receivers just didn’t respond!
Post # 6
I would open it and try to get any contact information.
Post # 7
I would try googling the intended recipient’s name. Perhaps they have a profile with their company or something and you could could call or email them to let them know that they have a wedding invitation and you would like to send it to them?
If that doesn’t work, I would take it to the post office to see if they have any way of resending it. I would think they would have to. I can’t believe it doesn’t have a return address on it. Hmmm. I’d love to know what happens with this. Please update us!
Post # 8
You can always take it to the post office and they may be able to find the people. Maybe these are people who had your apartment years and years ago, so there could be a forwarding address on file at the post office…
Post # 9
I would avoid the post office because more than likely their way of handling this will be to throw it in the trash.
Post # 10
I would google the names of the people on the invitation & if you can’t find it, open it & see what the contact info is. Just don’t say anything about opening it. Sometimes I get mail that’s not completely sealed, maybe peek in & see what info you can find?
Post # 11
Are you in an apartment complex? I would go to the office and ask if the previous tennant’s left a forwarding address, if not then I’d go to Google like PP.
Post # 12
I’m not sure how Googling people’s names will help but it would be my 1st step too, although it might get you a FB profile or business email.
I’d enter the names into Weddingchannel and theknot.com too to see if maybe they have a wedding site where there’s an email or a “contact us”, etc.
And I guess it’s a good lesson for ALL of us to double check our guests addresses even if we think we have them.
Post # 13
I love Anchors’ idea. I would also try Facebooking or googling the name. I had this happen once with a graduation invite and I facebooked, found her, and sent it her way! If all else fails, I would personally open it and try to find some contact information. Good luck! 🙂 How sweet of you BTW!!
Post # 14
Take it back to the post office and they can deal with it!
Post # 15
This happened to me – well I was the bride who sent it to the wrong address. My friend told me his moms address wrong by one number and it got sent to a complete stranger. I actually got an email from this person telling me what happened, saying he apologized for opening the envelope but wanted to let me know because it obviously was intended for someone else.
I was in shock, I emailed him back and asked how he got my email addy (we didnt have a wedding website and my email was not listed anywhere). He said he called the hotel block line and explained what happened. They didnt give him my phone number but they gave him my email. I couldnt believe some random person had gone through that much trouble to find me!
In short, is there any information you can find inside the invitation, maybe you can call the hotel block or google their names or something?
Post # 16
I think I’ll try Googling them first! Both the couple and the recipient. Why didn’t I think of that?? If nothing comes up, I’ll check with the leasing office first, then post office. (If they don’t have a way to return it, I think I’d rather open it and take my chances than leave it there).
I will indeed update when I figure it out!