USPS Rant/ Freakout… Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Member
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m not really understanding why you have to get in there and open it up? I’d just suck it up and add the George Washington stamps instead of going through all the extra work of making new envelopes. It sucks that this changes your plans, but honestly your guests won’t notice or care what stamps are on the envelope. 

Post # 4
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6279 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

sorry to hear.  but i guess the rules are the rules.  you can either add the 20 cent stamp or redo them.  seems like, though not your vision, just adding the 20 cents will be more cost effective and a lot less work.

i took my envelopes last week to be weighed.  mine are all ready to go.  i am mailing mine on the 31st of july.

 

 

 

Post # 6
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ohhhhh ok hmm. Any way you can slip a loose stamp (for the RSVP envelope) in between the flaps into the main envelope without opening it for your guests? 

Otherwise I’d use one of those envelope opening slicers to make a nice neat opening at the top, and then just tape it back up when finished. 

Post # 7
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3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How large are your RSVP envelopes? If they are within guidelines you won’t have to redo them.  Looks like the dimensions of your envelope may be outside of the max which is why they charge more.  Also, like you said, a thickness issue.

Is it possible to just put another stamp on the outside of the invite?

Post # 8
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

What size is your RSVP envelope?  If it’s smaller than 5×7, you don’t need additional postage on it.  I would just add the additional 20 cent stamps to the outside of all your main envelopes and mail them.  No one will even notice the postage, trust me.  It’s not worth destroying your suites over.

I don’t trust the post office.  Many posts on here about having them checked with the USPS for size and weight before stamping, but they end telling you something wrong.  I used the 66 cent stamps anyways on mine which were also odd size at 6×6 just to be sure.  It was worth not hassling later with more stamps or the post office.

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

so weird, with Canada Post, as long as they fit through the slot in their little measuring device we’re fine.  I had to pay extra on some Christmas cards a couple years ago becuase there were tea bags inside and some of the cards had rhinestones so the combination made them too thick..

Post # 10
Member
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just add another stamp to the outside.  The RSVP cards will be fine if they are lumpy, they are small. 

Post # 14
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lolita39:  I don’t think that the twine would warrant extra postage on such a small RSVP card and envelope.  I used ribbon with a bow around our suite and they went fine in the mail for being a little extra bulky (on top of the odd size).

Post # 15
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had to add extra postage on all of our invites because of a twine bow.  And my cousin had to do the same with our shower invites.

Post # 16
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@lolita39:  Be CAREFUL about sending them anyway from the original post office. The invitations still have to travel through multiple other post offices and be sorted. If they notice that you haven’t put enough postage on the letters–you’ll end up getting a LOT of returned invitations. Then, you’ll have to re-send them again anyway and it’ll cost you a LOT more. 

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