Post # 16
The USPS has guidelines for addressing envelopes on its’ website. I encourage everyone to look at them before you decide on how you are going to address your STD’s and invitations. Their guidelines are set up so that the machines can scan the envelopes .
In order to process mail, the information has to be in the right place. Even a little thing like having your return address on the back instead of the top left, can cause the machine to scan your address instead and send the envelope to you instead of your guest. Ditto with not having the zipcode on the same line as the city and state.
It would be a shame to go to so much work and not have your guests receive their STD.
Post # 17
I’m not in USA so have no knowledge but these are brilliant! Did you use any tool etc for addressing them?
Post # 18
They look beautiful. Just put them in the mailbox and don’t stress. They will be fine. Mangled mail is the exception not the norm.
Post # 19
Hand cancelling literally only saves one of many machines that your envelopes will go through. Some post offices don’t hand cancel anymore, and some will only do it if you offer to stand there and cancel them all yourself (that’s what DH and I did). But in the end, they will go through machines and the envelope will end up in the trash/recycling. Sorry.
Post # 20
becks90 : I freehanded the last name, and used a Lettermate for spacing and sizing on everything else!
Post # 21
You May want to take a few of these to the post office for feedback before mailing. The spacing of the zip code (all spread out with huge spaces between each digit) may be problematic, and the color of the envelope may as well. You may have fewer delayed deliveries or lost cards if you enclose these inside generic boring white envelopes.
Post # 22
Lovely as these are, I agree that it’s probably overkill for STDs. But you can definitely hand cancel at some post offices with no problem and if it’s convenient, why not? They may go through other machines but not going through the machine stamp is a precaution I’d still take with wedding invitations.
Post # 23
hoosierb : I think taking a few to the post office before trying to send the lot is a really smart idea. It would seriously suck if the majority of these got lost in the shuffle or were returned to you due to address format. My FSIL is a postmaster and they literally have this huge bin of envelopes with wonky formats that just never get sent because they are either illegible to the scanners or the sender did not put a return address (I am assuming yours is on the back). You may want to consider using these as an inner envelope and using standard format for an outer envelope. Also I don’t know if you are in northern Indiana or southern Indiana but the post offices down where I am are notorious for not even trying to sort out fancy lettering (Vincennes, IN area).
Post # 24
smalltownbigworld : Thanks for the heads up! My fiancee was on stuffing, address return label, and stamp duty and those weren’t done when I took the picture. The return address is on the front now, so hopefully that helps a little! I’m in Indianapolis and have only heard of issues with unusually shaped envelopes!