RSVP Postage?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

mumkin:   I had the reverse problem with several guests coming to the US from Canada.   You may be able to buy USPS stamps up there, but I’d suggest either sending them without a stamp, or putting in a note that an email RSVP will be fine.


Post # 3
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

mumkin:  We sent our RSVP response envelopes without postage for the ones that were going to England. I didn’t know what else to do! Haha. So far it has not been an issue (we only had a few).

Post # 4
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mumkin:  When I mailed a letter to my aunt in Canada, I bought a Canadian forever stamp in my US post office. So, you will mail your invites with Canadian postage to the US. Your RSVP will need US postage. Go to your Canadian post office, tell them what’s up and they will sell you the US stamp you need to do this (unless you live in a remote outpost with limited services).

It’s very doable.

Post # 5
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bring them to the post office. they’ll be able to sell you the correct amount of postage.

Post # 6
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

mumkin:  Canada Post does not sell US postage. They sell Canadian stamps to mail a letter to the US but not US stamps to mail a letter back.(The USPS is the same- no Canadian stamps sold there).

You can buy International Reply Coupons to enclose with your invitations but frankly it’s a pain in the a_ _ for your guests. They can only be exchanged for US postage at a post office. And it’s expensive- they are $5.50 each.

Most couples simply don’t worry about postage for replies coming from other countries. Not too many people are going to refuse to reply for the price of one US stamp.You could include a card  suggesting your guest respond by email.

If you really want to include postage, you could go to a stamp dealer and buy unused USA stamps to apply to the rsvp card.

You can also download US postage at sites like, but you do have to create an account and I’m not sure if they have minimum orders.

Post # 8
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had the same problem! (and also right at the same time that the postage changed so the RSVP envelopes needed more stamps than the actual invite – Canada Post is cray)

We had a family member who had been travelling in the States pick us up some US stamps, so that was easiest for us, because as julies1949:  said, you can’t send things from the US to Canada with a Canadian stamp. We had an Australian guest though and had absolutely no way of getting an Australian stamp, so for him, we just didn’t include a stamp and told him to RSVP directly to us instead of mailing it : ) 

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