(Closed) Invites make me wanna cry.

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
28 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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 # 6
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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?!!

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