(Closed) Non-USPS invitation mailing?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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6121 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would like to know this too! My invites are expensive and I really don’t feel like dealing with the whole “we lost them” or “the postage was wrong” drama that seems to be a huge problem with USPS

Post # 6
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

To mail something using an alternate carrier, it would have to be mailed using their branded envelope mailers. The Private Express Statute dictates only the USPS can deliver letter mail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Express_Statutes).

These would be your option, and would be very expensive to mai.

The ‘hassle’ people are dealing with is due to a lack of understanding of how the mail is processed. All these cute invitations with baker’s twine are really great for automated machines, that pass almost 20,000 pieces an hour.

Save the date with a pencil? That will go through great!

If it’s really a concern, you can package them in larger manila envelopes, which are typically thicker than a standard envelope, but it still beats sending in a branded UPS envelope, cheaper too.

 

Post # 7
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960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  Technically either of those would be viable options and would even be great for long distance/international friends/family.

 

The other option if most of your guests are local (a few towns radius) would to drop them in everyone’s mailbox yourself. The cost of the gas would probably be a lot less than postage and you’d have the ease of mind knowing it got there. Those outside the easy-drop off zone could be done with FedEx or UPS 🙂

Post # 9
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  Yes, I believe that will be the actual cost. FedEx and UPS aren’t competitive pricewise.

Post # 10
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1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would still go the USPS route, but make sure all the invitations weigh the same, and round up just in case. I used the mail scale at work, then you can just calculate the postage at USPS.com to avoid any confusion with having someone poorly trained at USPS do it. It will ask you what USPS may consider when they process your mail, like rigidity, thickness, etc. I also threw in a few extra cents’ postage (about 0.05 per envelope) just in case.

I had no trouble between the rounded up weight and slight extra postage, plus a couple that came back to me due to wrong addresses that I could just resend. Make sure your return address is printed so that it’s very readable!

Post # 12
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TwoStatesBride; I mailed my invites by way of USPS and everyone keeps telling me how impressed they were. I paid extra for invites through zazzle (got them customized and then got the $.66 ones). Then I dropped them into one of the USPS big blue mail boxes. I’m assuming because I paid more, that they hand canceled them. A lot of people asked me if I went and delivered the invites to their mailbox myself because they couldn’t find the cancelation stamp. On top of that, some got delivered in a day!!

 

Maybe if you’re still worried you can drop them off directly to the post office?

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  USPS is pretty much a monopoly unless you want to fork out ~$8 for FedEx/UPS. It’s worth noting that {well, so I’ve been told, I don’t actually work at USPS} when you hand write your invitations, they are hand sorted versus a scanner. Also, make sure that if you want to embellish your envelope in any way, you need to put it in another envelope to mail. Even though they say you can mail with let’s say, a wax seal, they do get caught on other envelopes.  One other thing, calligraphy is really pretty/fun/trendy but can make a carrier’s job tough trying to read – make sure it’s legible.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Lori2026:  “A lot of people asked me if I went and delivered the invites to their mailbox myself because they couldn’t find the cancelation stamp. On top of that, some got delivered in a day!!”

This would most likely be because a carrier emptied the blue box, and saw mail on their route, and delivered it. Otherwise, it’s impossible for an item you drop in a box to be delivered the same day (since most boxes are picked up at/or around 12 and 5).

@becky_homecky:  when you hand write your invitations, they are hand sorted versus a scanner.

Not entirely true. The machines are capable of reading most handwriting. It’s when the writing is really poor and the machine can’t read the zipcode that it would be required to be handsorted.

One other thing, calligraphy is really pretty/fun/trendy but can make a carrier’s machine’s job tough trying to read – make sure it’s legible.

This. When I see people post inspiration photos of calligraphy that go all the way to the bottom and span the entire envelope, I think, there is NO way that gets delivered like that. Not in a timely manner anyways. Those swirls would make it very difficult for a machine to read, not to mention, probably interferes with the invisible barcodes that are applied-which makes it difficult to be sorted automatically.

 

Post # 16
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kmarie719; The deliveries took one day, as in they were delivered the next day, even in another state. (Which I was impressed by)

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