Post # 1
Please let me first begin with the statement that I NEVER thought I would be a bride who cared about postage stamps or what they look like…
Due to budgeting, my FH and myself did all of our invitations by ourselves, bought the blank cardstock etc. We took an unsealed envelope to the post office to weigh the rsvp card as well as the entire envelope itself with the invitation. It wasn’t over an ounce so we only needed one stamp. We also put a stamp on all of our rsvp cards as well. Now that everything is sealed, beautiful and ready to be mailed, my hubby calls me telling me that the post office wont take our envelopes because they will have an “odd size” fee… Which is an extra 20 cents… On everything, the invitation envelope and the rsvp envelopes (which is about another 50 bucks for us) because they are not perfectly flat. Which means I will also have to bust open the invitation to get to the rsvp card envelope, thus, runining our envelopes with the pretty calligraphy. Which means I have to reprint all of the envelopes and oh yeah, buy a whole new pack, which takes about a week to ship. Then spend hours reprinting those envelopes and buying new ink.
I’m losing my mind here…. they aren’t that oddly shaped. They’re less than an ounce for heavens sake, it’s just that theres one twine bow on the inside (from the rsvp cards) that make it pucker a little. So now, we have to buy all new forever white rose wedding stamps, because the only 20 cents ones I see are George Washington.
I am so annoyed. I realize that I should have read the post office website a little more clearly, but really?
What would you fellow bee’s do in this situation? I wanted these mailed out last week! 🙁
I uploaded the picture of one of the back of the envelopes sealed and ready to go too. (sorry about my shoes)
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@Pinkmoon: Because the rsvp card is what has the twine bow, which means when they go to rsvp it, they’ll have to add another stamp for it not being flat. So we’d have to open it up to put another stamp on it for them.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
Just add another stamp to the outside. The RSVP cards will be fine if they are lumpy, they are small.
Post # 11
@MissCountryGirl727: they are actually standard buisness size. A10 I think. They said it was because they pucker in some places? I’m all for putting one on the outside, that’s totally do able to me! I just didn’t want to have to reopen them all!
Post # 13
@GeorgiaBride5: I feel like that’s what happened to us, they told us we’d be fine, and then we weren’t. We’re going to try the post office we originally went to the first time, but we’ll see!
I believe it’s a4 (bar) 3 5/8″ X 5 1/8″. They are tiny! Would that still apply?
@Pinkmoon: That’s a good idea! I just have an opener that spilts it at the top, but I could see. I’m not sure about slipping a stamp in…. I sealed those babies up tight! lol
Post # 14
@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
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
@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.