(Closed) Guests from Canada

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hmmm…could you not include US postage for the reply card?   When I need to send mail to the states, I buy 1 US stamp at the post office.  Could it not work the same way because really the reply card is a letter to the states from Canada?

If I wasn’t going to include reply postage, I would include a card that explained that the guests should email you for their RSVP- don’t include a reply card at all.  That way there is no confusion.

Post # 4
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Do you have a wedding website? We have one on The Knot and it allows for online RSVPs. We’re giving folks the option of sending the RSVP card back or responding online. I know most of my friends would rather go online to RSVP than worry about mail. Just a thought…

Post # 7
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ah…I see.

That is tricky.  I’m sure this has been done before…you’d think that it would be easier for you.  BOO.

I’d just insert a card that has the email address then.  You could also call them to follow up.


Post # 8
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

Crappers!  I didn’t think of this!   Well our one guest from Canada will have to figure it out….hope she won’t mind!

Post # 9
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Honestly (as a Canadian myself)…I would not be horribly offended if there was no postage on my RSVP.  It isn’t that expensive to buy a stamp for a basic letter or postcard.  Maybe just tuck a note in saying you were not able to get Canadian postage for the RSVP, so if your guest would prefer to email or call you instead of sending back the RSVP that would be perfect.  Then they can pick what they want to do and you will still get their RSVP in some form or another!

Post # 10
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The postage for the return envelope would have to be purchases in Canada, just like they wouldn’t accept a stamp from Canada if you put it in the US mail.

 I think the idea of sending a blank envelope with the rsvp card and calling or emailing to get the RSVP is the way to go. You can let them know you that you didn’t want them to have to go out of their way but you couldn’t get the right postage for the rsvp. They’ll understand.

Post # 11
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with dance.  I’m not Canadian but if I were I wouldn’t be offended by this at all.

Post # 13
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I lived abroad and got lots of invites without postage on the RSVP cards, and was never bothered by it 🙂

Post # 14
46605 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a Canadian, I can tell you that we don’t by an American stamp to send mail to the USA.

We do buy a higher value Canadian stamp that is the amount required to mail a letter to the USA.

I am sure that your guests won’t mind the lack of return postage and the alternative of email or your website will be perfectly acceptable.

If it is important to you though, I’d be happy to purchse a few Canadian stamps and mail them to you.

I will tell you though we don’t have the variety of lovely wedding stamps that the USA does.Leave me a message if you like.


Post # 15
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A family member of ours actually purchased some sort of postage certificate for us with their rsvp card.  They were american and the certificate said it worked anywhere in the world.  basically it instructed me to take my rsvp to my local post office in canada and present the certificate and that was it.  The bride and groom had already paid the post office in the states for the certificate when they bought it.

maybe ask your local post office about this?

also as a canadian i wouldn’t be offended if there was no postage. for my american family, i called them two weeks after i sent their invitation to make sure they got it and personally told them that they can email or call me to rsvp and not to worry about sending the card back to me.

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