Post # 1
I would like to mail my invitations in a 5×7 invitation box. Before I decid to go with this option and purchase all of the boxes, I want to know an estimate of how much it will cost to mail. I’ve seen many inspiration photos that have regular stamps on the boxes (see photos). However I’ve also been told you have to pay to “ship” them and get a post office label on the box.
I’m confused, any insight or help would be appreciated!!
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Post # 2
Take it to the post office and have it weighed. That is the best way to get the accurate cost.
Post # 3
No one can tell you by pictures. It is determined by its weight and the dimensions of the box. Take a fully completed one to the post office and have them weigh it for you.
Post # 4
I paid $2.24 a piece, to mail my daughter’s boxed invitations – 6.5 x 6.5 inches, in February of 2013. I don’t know the weight, but they weren’t heavy – they charge more for squares. I’m sure the price has gone up, by now. They put on white, individually printed postage labels. The PO branch was small, and not busy, and the employee hand cancelled them for me. I don’t know if they do that anymore?
One issue we had was that the company (Etsy) printed the mailing labels for the boxes in the same font they did the invitations. We were warned that the stylized writing might be difficult for the PO scanners to read. Some of the invitations took much longer to arrive, than we thought they would – like 8 days, for guests who lived 4 hours away. (For the 2nd daughter’s wedding, we made sure to have blocked-letter font, for the addresses).
Different PO employees may quote you different prices. Both my daughters sent out StD magnets, with just a standard, first-class stamp. When my cousin’s SIL went to mail his (actually smaller than ours), the branch employee put up a fuss and charged them for an extra ounce each, since they were magnets.
P.S. I don’t think they’d accept the string, on the box with the brown paper.
Post # 5
A box is definitely a package, not a letter or a large envelope. It is most definitely not a regular postage stamp. The rest depends on weight. I don’t have a box, but I have invitations that are considered “rigid” and therefore need to be sent as a package. They weigh 2.7 oz, so not really all that heavy. Domestic postage is $2.32 and international postage is $9.45. I would expect at least this much plus for what you are considering. I am hoping to use a custom stamps.com stamp. Still need to do my test mailing, so crossing my fingers that everything works out well. Honestly though, in hindsight, I semi regret making my life difficult on the invitation front. It would be really nice to just be able to put them in the mail with a postage stamp and call it a day.