(Closed) Anyone did a postcard for STDs?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We didn’t include a return address on our STD postcards, but we did include the URL of our wedding website so people could get in touch with us if they wanted. I don’t think it’s common to include the address as the STD is just to let people start making plans if they want to — guests don’t have to RSVP until they’ve received the invitation.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did put a return address on our Save-The-Date Cards and had a few come back so it’s good that we did (otherwise we wouldn’t have known who didn’t get them).

Also, something to check is where the post office is going to put the barcode when thei mail them.

We ended up putting our STD “postcards” in envelopes because the mailing barcode at the bottom would have covered up our web site address.

This is what the barcode sticker can look like so it can be hard to do postcard Save-The-Date Cards:

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since I designed our own Save-The-Date Cards and figured that people might want to get in touch by mail, I included both FI’s address and mine. It’s not specifically a return address, but should the post-office want to return them they have a location.

@KatNYC2011: Oh wow! Thanks for posting that picture! I REALLY hope the post-office will put the sticker on the side with the next…. if they put it on the photo side, it will cover up our date/location!

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

nope, i didn’t bother with a return address…just make sure you have accurate addresses! 🙂 most of my family let me know that they got theirs, so I don’t think it was an issue.

The only thing was that I ordered custom stamps, and I had to order them in multiples of 20. Except I only needed to send 50 Save-The-Date Cards, so I overpaid a little for the postage that I’ll probably never use.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think you should give people a return address to respond to by hand if they want to be traditional.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did include a return address, which was really handy for those that came back so we could track down their updated addresses. Would never have known otherwise and then we’d waste an invite to the wrong address later.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I designed my cards and included a return address.. just in case some don’t arrive at their destination… i did similar christmas cards one year and forgot the return address and found out later some people never got theirs… so I would def. recommend including it!

Also there should be 3/4″ on the bottom of the postcard back for the bar code / post office info… your designer hopefully already knows this info, but here is a link to the postal regulations: http://www.modernpostcard.com/sites/default/files/pdf/PostalGuide_Std.pdf. Usually any time I design a postcard (i’m a graphic designer) I leave that space white so there are no complications at the post office, better safe than sorry.

And I would have her add your return address to the card design… save yourself lots of time either writing it out or spending more money on labels! Hope this helps!

The back of my save the dates below:

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I actually did a photo thank you postcard. The pic below isn’t mine, but I put our return address in the middle like this postcard shows.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

KristyF:  I am a little worried now! I just ordered my Save-The-Date Cards and I’m positive the information runs down into the 3/4″ threshold where the USPS barcode might go. It wasnt mentioned to me by the designer nor did I think about it myself. What can we do? I have posted my STD around here 5 times, but here it is again so you can see what I mean.

Back: size 4×6

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You could always hand cancel them so you don’t get the barcode. That’s what I did.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@YSQueen Oh..so they DO hand cancel postcards? I wasnt sure. This makes me so relieved…I will definately go that route then! Thanks

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It looks like you have enough room at the bottom that it should be fine (and the graphic is light enough) … just check with the post office to make sure, they’ll tell you if it’ll go through or not…

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@prncss47: I literally hand cancelled them myself though. I didn’t ask the post office worker to do it. I just ask them for the stamp and step to the side to do it to make sure it actually gets done.

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