(Closed) I have a really stupid question about postage for invitations. :p

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  Yea they weigh them and can tell you how many stamps you need or they may be able to print the postage on like buisnesses do and def get forever stamps in case of leftovers or what have you.

Post # 5
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9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@TwoStatesBride:  You can take your invites to be weighed for the purpose of determining postage and then still order pretty postage.  You could get postage from the post office while you’re there or order custom postage online.

As for hand cancelling, that is the method of marking the postage so it can’t be used again for mail.  Typically mail is run through a machine that sorts and cancels the postage by placing a bar or striped pattern over the postage and thereby cancelling it. Hand cancelling is when an actual person at the post office stamps the postage individually; this is typically done with fragile or bulky mail that would be damaged from the machinery typically used for cancelling.

Post # 6
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3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I packaged one together and took it to the post office. They measured it and weighed it and told me I had to use the $0.66 stamp and they “conveniently” showed me the prettiest wedding cake stamps I’ve ever seen. lol I just bought 3 books (20 stamps in a book) of the pretty stamps and went home and put together the rest of my invitations with proper postage.

 

I also took the completed (international) invitations to the post office, stood in line, and asked them to check them again before putting them in the mail. I haven’t sent my domestic invitations yet but went ahead and sent the international ones about a week ago (global forever postage $1.10 each). So that all worked out really well. I plan to take the domestic ones to the post office in two weeks to do the same thing. 

 

Post # 7
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2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bring the invite to the post office and ask if you need handcancel.  I didn’t think we did, but the post office told us to get it anyway.  It costs $.10 more and you can just add it on to the stamp price. So if you needed a $.96 stamp normally (like my invites), order a $1.06 stamp!

I still had 2 invites get kicked back for not enough postage (out of 150).

Post # 8
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2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i took mine UNSTAMPED to the counter at the post office and asked the lady to look them over and advise. she said they would not fit in the small envelope sorting machine, (she had a little sizing thingy there) because of the ribbon tie inside the envelope that created a bulge. she said they would have to be counted as large envelopes, and they would go through a different machine, so i had to pay postage for ‘large’ envelopes which came to 1.32 per envelope. i had to buy enough .66 forever stamps to put two on each envelope. we purchased the stamps, stepped away from the counter and slapped postage on there, and then handed them over when we were done (we didnt have to wait in line again to hand them over the counter).

eta: not a dumb question

Post # 11
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9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@TwoStatesBride:  When in doubt, request hand cancelling.

Post # 12
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13289 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CityBearBride:  They charged you to hand-cancel?  My Father-In-Law works for USPS and said that’s not allowed.  When we got to the post office, they gave us the stamp, had us step to the side, and stamp each of ours individually.  We had no additional cost for that. 

Post # 13
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512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@TwoStatesBride:  not a dumb question, i want to see more answers! 🙂

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@TwoStatesBride:  It shouldn’t cost extra.  But also – you do realize that aside from the machine that cancels the postage, your invitations will go through a machine at some point, right?  Hand cancelling is just one of the several machines it will go through (FIL works at a processing plant, which is how I know).  Hand-cancelling only keeps those ugly red streaks across the stamps from being put in.

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