(Closed) Invitations- GO TO THE POST OFFICE.. save your self my embarrasement!!!

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 47
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I also despise USPS!!  Evidently they have a regulation that requires the length of a letter to be 1.3 times the height in order to be processed by their machines. This requirement is waived unless a 66 cent stamp is used.  Some people are getting our invitations and some are not, I guess depending on which way it was put through the machine (based on if the address was parallel to the shorter side of the mail piece).  Since it’s sq it doesn’t have a shorter end, but only the ones that were lucky enough to get picked up by the machine the right way went through. 

I could have dealt with them coming back if the post office had not put a huge ugly “postage needed” stamp and written 20 cents directly on the invite.  They wrote this not near the stamp but directly over the addresses, some basically on top of them.  Our envelopes are completely ruined.

Going on this rant so anyone who uses sq envelopes will know to use 66 cent stamps and not have to go through this! 


Examples of a nonmachinable letter include:

  • It has an aspect ratio (length divided by height) of less than 1.3 or more than 2.5 (a square envelope has an aspect ratio of 1, making it nonmachinable).
  • It has a delivery address parallel to the shorter side of the mailpiece.

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