(Closed) 4×6 Photo as Postcard or Do We Need Envelope?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Check with the post office, they have size regulations on the postcards and what can and cant be on it.  Try usps.com, they list everything there.  I would think it would be fine, since most postcards are 4×6.  The photo might get scratched in the process if its not finished properly.

Post # 4
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was having the same debate with our save-the-dates! I think I decided on envelopes, just for extra security. But if you have a thick paper stock, then I’m sure it’d be fine. We’re doing our RSVP cards as postcards without envelopes.

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think the photo may get banged up unless it’s printed on thicker, post card like paper.

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think that pictures would survive the postal machines.  Postcards have the thicker cardboard center which keeps them solid and makes sure they don’t tear or fall apart.  Plus writing on the back of the photo would mark it up.

Post # 7
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I agree that the photo may get a little banged up (even if it is on heavier card stock… those mail machines can make things pretty dirty!), but even if you do still decide to go with this method, take the photos to the post office first to make sure they can go through the mail as a post card. There is a certain thickness that is required for post cards and they are quite picky about this.

Post # 8
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Definitely go with an envelope to protect the photo.

Post # 9
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

To be perfectly honest… my friend just got her cousin’s and it was on like 80lb cardstock, designed in photoshop and just printed out, and it got there fine! I wouldn’t worry too much. Send a test one to yourself if you’re worried.

However, the postcard sizes are usually 4.25 x 6. Hope that helps!

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