(Closed) Just went to the post office….and, what???

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve heard this, too.  Technically, the return address is supposed to be in the upper left corner of the front and you’re required to put a name and full address there.  Wedding invites aside, I’m one of those people who only use an address on my return, no name, and several times in the past have had postal workers give me back letters and ask me to put a name, too.

However, I didn’t care when it came to mailing the invites!  I made labels with our address only and put them on the back of the envelopes.  They all made it to the guests just fine.  I’d like to note, though, that our guest addresses were written quite large (I’d say the first name was even as big as the entire return address label) so there was certainly no confusion!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

It’s very unlikely that there would be an issue but I’ve seen it happen.  One of my friends put a return address label on her RSVP card and it came back to her rather than getting mailed to me.

More importantly, I agree with the other girls that it’s HIGHLY unlikely that your invites are only $0.44 to mail.. I would get a second opinion at a different post office.

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the return address on the back flap and have not had any problems.

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve never done nor heard of putting return addresses on the back flap of an envelope.  But then I grew up with a parent that worked at the post office.  So we always had to do things the ‘right’ way according to USPS.

I think the reason for the concern with addresses on the back, is if the envelope gets flipped around while going through the machines.  The machine would read the return address and send it back to you.  It was no big deal when mail was actually handled by people.  But put it through a machine and anything can happen.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had the return addresses on the back and it wasn’t a problem at all. I have never heard of it being one either. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Never heard that about the return addy before.  Strange.  Especially what vagabondgurl said about having to put the name and not just address for return address. If that’s true, then why do businesses use address only return addresses, leaving you no way of knowing if it’s spam (err, junk mail) or not when you receive it. 

I’ll have to ask my officiant’s wife, she used to work for the postal service. 

I’m hoping all my invite mailing goes smooth, as the mail service (as well as fedex and ups) had a way of interfering with my relationship early on.  Fiance has almost identical name to his dad, but no “jr” telling them apart, and when he moved to his last apartment he did a change-of-addy form.  Well he started getting his dad’s mail sometimes, and his stuff would go to his folks house.  And his apt. building had two different numbers and sometimes that would cause problems getting packages delivered.  There was also no buzzer or paging system on the front door so when UPS/FedEx or a messenger service came to deliver something, if someone hadn’t left the front door open (usually unlocked during business hours, but not always), then you were out of luck.  I sent something via amazon once and the delivery guy I think left it at the building entrance on the street!  Another time Fiance was getting a package (from amazon maybe?) and ups/fedex? said no such address existed, even though they’d been there before! 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

.19 ounce??????  I really really reall suggest you have that weighed again.  That REALLY sounds unlikely (unless everything you have is printed on regular thin printer paper – which you said it wasn’t).  It’s better to double check than to have all your invites returned to you.

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@MaggieGirl: yeah, i second this.  there’s no way that’s .19oz.  i’d have it weighed again.

Post # 26
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253 posts
Helper bee

I fourth the second opinion as far as weighing it goes. We are putting addresses on the back and I think it is appropriate as well.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Congrats on the 44 cent stamp.  I have to admit, I’m a little jealous!

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