- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
So I mailed my invitations this morning (yay!).* While sending out our invitations makes this thing feel REAL for the first time, and I am so thrilled to have the stuffing, stamping, addressing, and stamping again over with, here are a few of the things I learned along the way that I hope will be helpful for some of you:
– Don’t trust the Post Office. Even if they say you only need the 44-cent stamp, get the 61-cent. I went to two separate Post Offices and had them weigh my invitation on 2 separate scales at each. 3 of the 4 came up at 44 cents. So I bought 44-cent stamps. Well, when I went to mail them, you guessed it – 61 cents. Turns out adding two stamps (one for the RSVP card and one to mail) ups the weight of your invitations fairly significantly. I ended up buying another full set of 44-cent stamps because I wanted them to match (and the extra 17 cents worth of stamps I would have needed were just ugly). I wish I had just bought the 61-cent stamps in the first place.
– Don’t worry too much about sweet talking the Post Office into hand canceling your invitations. By the time mine got weighed and thrown into the bin to be mailed out, they already had all kinds of fingerprints, smudges and marks on them. Who knows what they will look like by the time they actually arrive (although I sent one to myself so I can see!). I guess that is the point of the inner envelope… let the outer get dirty and stamped, your guests will still have the clean, lovely envelope experience.
– Don’t use metallic ink. I found a gorgeous platinum stamp pad to use for our return address stamp. It looks absolutely fabulous and I love it. HOWEVER, even when completely dry, the stamp ink rubbed off on other envelopes in the pile. Luckily, the stamp did not smudge, but there are platinum marks on the front of all the envelopes from the stamps. TG for the inner envelope!
I hope this is helpful! I am so excited to have these out.
*Side note on mailing invitations – we are having a semi-destination wedding (read: we and 70%+ of our guests are from out of town), so I planned on mailing our invitations on the earlier side of the traditional 6-8 week window, and considered using the 8-10 week Destination Wedding window. Then my sister said she got an invitation for a wedding in October and was surprised I hadn’t sent mine out yet! Isn’t it weird how these timelines keep getting pushed up?