Post # 1
Who knew it would be so expensive to send wedding invites. Apparently mine are an odd size, so just to send the invite is $1.12 per invite plus the return envelope. Oh well, the cost of being a bride. I can only imagine if I did ribbon.
Post # 3
Great advice! I only thought of it because a friend who just got married gave me some tips as well as a copy of her budget. Since I had some forewarning we were able to use the normal 46¢ stamps (we designed our invites around the 46¢ stamp guidelines) and even those all added up!
Keep in mind stamps for thank yous as well 🙂
All those stamps sure add up!
Post # 4
Yeah I read about odd shapes being more expensive (i.e. square invites) and how things such as twine/ribbon making them bulge would cost more. Mine were pocketfolds and cost 66 cents. My RSVPs were postcards so they only cost 33 cents.
I’d recommend postcards for “thank you” cards so the postage will be cheaper.
Post # 5
And anyone reading this from outside of the USA…
NOTE that the postage rules are different for every country.
So “unsual” shapes & sized Envelopes is “a thing” in the USA… not the same in Canada.
We pay more for postage overall… BUT we don’t have the same restrictions as to sizing or shape
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As I mailed my Wedding Invites from the USA, I have to say I was blown away by this surcharge thing…
I mean it makes little to no sense to me … when you think if I am mailing a letter from Canada to the USA and our sizing requirements aren’t as stringent… that our letters still make it thru the US sorting machines in the USA anyhow.
Example: Canada Envelopes (regular fee) = 9 x 6 inches MAXIMUM
We have NO Minimum on Size
And we have NO restrictions on Shape
US Envelopes (regular fee) = 3 x 5 MINIMUM and 6 x 11.5 MAXIMUM
Whereas in the USA, if it is a Square Envelope there is a surcharge.
Truly, I see it as a money grab.
Mind you… the US has a seperate lower rate for Postcards… that is something we don’t have here in Canada
Hope this helps someone,
Post # 6
And don’t forget to buy stamps for the return envelope and thank you notes! I bought enough for that, but forgot I didn’t need one full set per person, but rather per couple. And I bought some extra to ensure I wouldn’t run out (bought before they went up in price). So I’ve still got 60 stamps to work my way through.
Post # 7
I’m so glad I’ve been reading stuff like this. I’m designing my invites and I’m specifically keeping size and weight in mind so postage won’t be crazy. Before the bee I’d never even thought about that! We ended up doing postcard for out Save-The-Date Cards just to save on postage and envelopes. That stuff adds up fast.
Post # 8
@creeative1: i hear you. i wanted 5×7 and simple invites so i knew i could use 46 cent stamps.
i was very happy.
Post # 9
@This Time Round: Actually, we do have a minimum size! I found out when I went to weigh and size my invite sample. The lady told me the RSVP envelopes weren’t long enough – 3.6 x 5.6″ was the minimum she told me. My envelope was only 5.25″ wide – she said it would double the postage because of that. Sooooo weird to have a minimum!
Post # 10
TO @Pinkmoon: News to me… it clearly isn’t on Canada Post’s Website… and I had no issues mailing out some 3 x 5 Thank You Notes from here in Canada… know for a fact those suckers weren’t 3.6 x 5.6… as they fit snuggly in their envelopes. (Did em at the Postal Outlet… right at the Counter too)
Post # 11
@MrsBeck: you were so smart to plan your invites around the price of stamps… wish I had done that.. but oh well… Here is a pic of them.
Post # 12
I don’t know what mine will cost, but I’m weirdly into the look off the stamps. not to collect, I just think its a pretty way to jazz up my uber cheap invites.
Post # 13
@creeative1: your invites look really nice! I wouldn’t have thought about it if my friend hadn’t put that in her budget tip sheet!