(Closed) Postage for invitations???

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

letter… in width, length, and thickness

pretty much stuck to invite postage which usually runs 61 cents

Post # 4
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here’s the link where you can read all about this- http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/tips-measure-letters.htm

Minimum size for Postcards and Letters
5″ long x 3-1/2″ high

Maximum size for Postcards
6″ long x 4-1/4″ high

Maximum size for Letters
11-1/2″ long x 6-1/8″ high

Maximum thickness for Letters
1/4″ thick

Nonmachinable letters cost an additional $.20- the most common example of this is square shaped envelopes.

Nonmachinable Criteria

A letter-size piece is nonmachinable (see 6.4) if it has one or more of the following characteristics (see 601.1.4 to determine the length, height, top, and bottom of a mailpiece):

a. Has an aspect ratio (length divided by height) of less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.

b. Is polybagged, polywrapped, enclosed in any plastic material, or has an exterior surface made of a material that is not paper. Windows in envelopes made of paper do not make mailpieces nonmachinable. Attachments allowable under applicable eligibility standards do not make mailpieces nonmachinable.

c. Has clasps, strings, buttons, or similar closure devices.

d. Contains items such as pens, pencils, keys, or coins that cause the thickness of the mailpiece to be uneven; or loose keys or coins or similar objects not affixed to the contents within the mailpiece. Loose items may cause a letter to be nonmailable when mailed in paper envelopes; (see 601.2.3, Odd-Shaped Items in Paper Envelopes).

e. Is too rigid (does not bend easily when subjected to a transport belt tension of 40 pounds around an 11-inch diameter turn).

f. For pieces more than 4-1/4 inches high or 6 inches long, the thickness is less than 0.009 inch.

g. Has a delivery address parallel to the shorter dimension of the mailpiece.

h. Is a self-mailer that is not prepared according to 201.3.14.

i. Is a booklet that is not prepared according to 201.3.15.

Post # 5
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My invites were 5×7, included 3 pieces of thick paper with a belly band and tag, and were in an A7 envelope.  Just 41 cents each.  So you can do reasonably complex invites without paying extra, as long as nothing is sticking up, they’re not square, and they’re not too heavy. 

And if you’re designing your own, make sure you base your paper size off existing envelope sizes.  Otherwise you’ll have a really hard time finding envelopes.

Post # 6
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Be careful on the non-machineable extra 20 cent charge.  I have a belly band on mine that is secured with a small raised pearl sticker embellishment.  Because the pearl is raised, it qualifies for the additional 20 cent charge.

Post # 7
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My invitations were so simple. I had a 5 x 7 card for the invitation, a 5 x 7 enclosure card that described our post-wedding BBQ, the RSVP and the envelope, and my invitation literally was at the cut-off for how heavy it could be before I’d need to spend extra postage. She said if an invitation was cut even a TINY bit more, then my guests would get charged 20 cents. So I just sucked it up and put two stamps on. Saved me peace of mind, and it really isn’t that expensive. Maybe an extra $40.

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