(Closed) Stamps on RSVPs

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

eek- i just bought regular old postcard stamps for mine.

But, hell, Im probably breaking a TON of etiquette rules!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

precanceled stamps are used by bulk mailers. I don’t know why a private citizen would need them?

As long as your envelope is not a special size or too heavy, then you can use regular stamps. I’d take a sample to the post office and ask them to be sure.

If you expect to get a card back, then yes, I do think they have to be pre-stamped…but not pre-canceled

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

as far as hand canceling goes – most mail is read (and canceled) by a machine. this isn’t possible if your envelopes are super thick, square, too small, or have a wax seal.

That’s why square envelopes require extra postage. For the hand canceling. Some people ask for it with wedding invites so their envelopes don’t get damaged by machines.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Hand canceling, from what I infer from other invitation threads, is only really used on the main invitations so they won’t get damaged by the automated system. But I have never heard of using special stamps for the RSVPs. Don’t bother, nobody will care!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can’t help you with the precanceled stamps.  I’ve never heard of those before.

We did have our invitations hand stamped.  Not doing the hand stamp means they’ll go through extra machinery and can get the envelopes dirty and increases the changes they might get damaged.  Handing them to the lady at the post office (versus dropping them in the mailbox) also meant that at least one person was personally looking at them, so I could rest assure they didn’t get stuck in one of the blue mailboxes.

If it hadn’t been easy for me to do (I just asked the the lady said okay and took them), I probably wouldn’t have bothered with it.

That said… all of that was for the invitation stamp itself.  The stamps on the RSVP cards should be regular, un-canceled stamps or else the sender might have trouble sending it off.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Corilee13:Nope, they do it for you at the post office.  I just asked and they did it!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Corilee13: I couldn’t tell you for sure, I didn’t do it for mine. But I know some other bees have asked at the post office if they could do the hand canceling themselves, and they were allowed to. So I don’t think hand canceling itself costs anything extra if you ask them for it, but like PPs mentioned, it will be reflected in the stamp price if you have square envelopes.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Corilee13: Some post offices will tell you it’s free only for the first 50.  The one I went to was slow so she didn’t mind doing all 120 of mine for free.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m leaving the stamps off completely. I mean, they are only 44 cents, and I am giving them the option of rsvp’ing online or by phone. Seriously, if they don’t like having to spend 44 cents on one stamp, they are being petty and cheap. Expecially since I’m forking out THOUSANDS for them to eat.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@vmblai1019: Since your doing online, it’s not that bad then. But if I received an invite without a return stamp for RSVP, with no other method, I wouldn’t return it. I’d be waiting for that phone call (and probably not go).

Why? Because I’d have to make a trip to the post office to buy stamps… Yea, I’m one of those people that never has stamps.

I’m dreading buying stamps for my invites… oh how I loathe the post office.. even automated postage has a huge line here.

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