Post # 1
So … invites are ordered and will be coming in right at the 8-week mark. I have to hand address them all, stick on rhinestones and tie them with a bow. I am so stressed about them and they are not even here yet.
If I tie the invite and rsvp together with a bow is this going to cause problems with mailing? There is no inner envelope or pocketfold or anything.
Post # 3
Hi! Don’t stress – it will all come together and be perfect. It won’t cause a problem at all. They will definitely fit in the envelope 🙂
Post # 4
To be honest, if it’s a large bow, it might cause a bump in the envelope, making it non-machinable (which is supposed to cost 17 cents extra, but they may say that it needs to be mailed as a package, depending on the postal worker’s mood that day).
Check out how Mrs. Emerald made her bows: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/03/29/its-all-about-the-packaging/
They’re flat and totally mailable!
Don’t stress yet — your invites sound like they’ll be beautiful!
Post # 5
oh, yeah … the envelopes will be 7×7 so I think that means they have to be mailed as a package, right?
Post # 6
Just the fact that the envelopes are square means you have to pay the 17 cent surcharge so it doesn’t really make a difference whether your bow creates a bump or not (mine was 6×6 and had rhinestone buckles and the 17 cent surcharge covered it all).
Post # 7
Postage depends on a lot of things – size (6 x 6 versus 7 x 7 does make a difference); flatness or lack thereof (a little bump may get you a 17-cent non-machinable surcharge; a larger bump gets you defined as a package which can be up to 75-cents more); thickness of the assembled invitation (over 1/4-inch is defined as a package); and stiffness of the assembled invitation (if it doesn’t flex, it can be defined as a package).
We went with the most rigorous definition we got – which ended up costing us a little extra in postage. But the following week we ended up at the post office paying 75-cents postage due on a graduation card that my aunt sent to FI’s son – because she had tucked in a couple of gift cards stacked and it was redefined as a package by the receiving post office. We had been warned about that with our invitations – that people could be assessed postage due by THEIR post offices even if ours thought the postage was sufficient. How sucky would it be to have your guests have to pay extra to get their invitations?!!
Post # 8
Suzanno, good point! Yikes.
Yach, do you have a picture of your inviations? I would love to see them!