Post # 1
I am planning on sending out 45 records with a label that we design for our save the dates.
Has anyone ever mailed a 45 record for a save the date or invitation before?
I do not want to spend the money on a special padded envelople or box on top of extra postage for each of the 100 save the dates that we are sending, especially since I’m not finding any that are designed to specifically fit the size of the 45 records.
They are 3.75 inches across, and you can’t send a square envelope less than 5 inches via USPS. I don’t think UPS or FedEx would do this either, but I will have to check. I’m not really seeing any 3.75 inch envelopes anyway, only 4 inch squares. Square envelopes require extra postage, and there would be an additional charge because it’s a rigid object.
Now I’m thinking my best option would be 5.75 x 4.375 envelopes since they are easier to find. The records would not fit snugly in the envelope so I would want to include some type of cardstock, tissue paper, or something to keep them from sliding as much. How do you think I could keep it from sliding or breaking?
I am definitely planning on doing a test run where I send one to my mom, and I’ll mark them all “Fragile, do not bend.”
If anyone has any advice or has pulled this off before, I would really appreciate it!
Why does mailing something have to be so complicated?!?
Post # 3
@kelseymac: have you done your “test run”? I’m curious about this because my invitations are acrylic and I don’t want to pay for a bubble envelope or a box but I’m afraid the invites will get cracked from the sorting machines : I plan to do a test run too but I was just curious if you’ve done yours yet.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Media Mail? Then they are definitely going to cost at least $3 a piece though.
Post # 5
Well I was clearly exhausted when I wrote this post because the 45 records are 7 inches across, not 3.75 inches. The labels are 3.75 inches so that’s what made me confused. I have to look for 7.5 inch envelopes which will be considered a “large envelope” when I ship them. For a large rigid envelope under 3oz it’s $2.07 a piece and 3-4oz is $2.24. I’m not super happy about spending $200 on shipping the save the dates, but I will just try to keep my invitations as simple and light weight as possible.
I think if you pay more because it’s a rigid envelope, that should help to ensure it won’t get damaged in shipping.
Post # 6
@kelseymac: Could you buy cardboard and cut it so that you can create an envelope for the records? I’m thinking cardboard the same thickness as a box of cereals – then you cut a long rectangle, fold it in half and place the record within. Buy pretty tape at Michaels, seal the edges, write the address directly on the cardboard and off they go!
Post # 7
Our wedding inviations were actually 45 rpms so I can help you out! 🙂 We got cardboard sleeves that we put stickers on to look like an album cover out of our engagement pictures. Then we ordered envelopes and just mailed them. We did put “Do Not Bend” stickers on all of them and they mailed just fine, just slightly expensive to get them all mailed. Here are some the sleeves we used:
And the envelopes we used:
For the labels on the record which was the invitation itself we just used CD labels where the “tracks” was the info for our wedding.
Hope this helps!
Post # 7
taralynn422: awesome! do you remember how much postage was for one of these?