Post # 1
Hi fellow Bees,
So I just returned from the post office, feeling defeated to say the least. I took a sample of my invite in to verify how much postage will be needed and was told becasue I have a ribbon tied around my pocketfold, the rate is $1.39 instead of the $.61 I had originally planned for. The guy proceeds to manhandle my invite and takes it out of the envelope (it wasn’t sealed) and tells me to just take the ribbon off and it looks fine…ummmmm, excuse me mr. post office man, sicne when did you become a wedding invitation designer????
So my question is this: what do you recommend for postage if I plan to keep the ribbon. I was thinking to buy two of the wedding ring stamps $.44 each (not particulary fond of them) and one of the wedding cake stamps $.61 each, but wanted to see if I have any other options before ordering.
Post # 3
OMG, the EXACT SAME THING just happened to me yesterday!!! Unfortunately, I had all 100 invites sealed and ready to go, then I found out that b/c of the ribbon it was going to cost more.
I had to do the one wedding cake stamp at 61 cents and two of the wedding ring stamps at 44 cents each. I didn’t have any other choice. I wouldn’t have removed the ribbon anyway- it’s part of what makes the invitation so fab. But who the heck would have thought that the little ribbon would have thrown the cost over the top like that.
Post # 4
So I’m confused, maybe I’m just being dense but what would have happened if you had taken the envelope in sealed and asked how much they’d be. What would he have said if he had no way of knowing there was a ribbon inside?
Post # 5
he actually mentioned the buliness before even opening it…and we’re taking a very slight bump from the ribbon…it’s not like I triple knotted it or anything. weak-sauce!
Post # 7
So… we were planning on doing a gold chord and charm around ours… is this kinda like the bulginess of your alls? Aaaaahhhh… I had no idea! We already ordered like 400 yards of chord and all of the charms! Can I see a picture of your ribbon?
Post # 8
here is a picture of the ribbon…
Post # 9
mine had a ribbon, and we had them hand canceled in Bridal Veil, 44 cents each!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2010 - Family Ranch outside Glenrock, WY
The reason it costs more is that it’s harder to run it through the machines to sort it. My mom works at a post office haha
If the ribbon lays flat, then it’s not a big deal and doesn’t cost more. But if it creates a bump, then they up it.
Post # 11
I think it also depends on where the “bump” is. I did wax seals on my paper belly bands and had no problems . . . weight wise, it was $.61 (I knew it’d be more than an ounce). If the seal had been on the outside, however, it would have been a different story. The seal ended up being about where the point on the envelope flap was.
Post # 12
Wait a minute… I was just thinking about my DIY Save the dates that I made. They were an actual fold open card, it had several layers of cardstock on the front and the inside, I tied a love heart charm onto a flat ribbon on the front… and I only stuck a 60 whatever cent stamp on them and they took the. Why would that little bow make it so much more if mine were super bulgy? Maybe my post office was being nice? idk!
Post # 13
@ Meitra- same here, the post office lady commented on the bulkiness of mine too. She pulled out this cardboard thing (it was essentially a makeshift mail slot)- and because of the “bulkiness”- (which was so ridiculously slight), she said that is why it cost me more. She said that if the envelope won’t slide effortlessly through the slot, they charge more. It wasn’t like the envelope got stuck, but she said that was why. Then she asked what it was and I told her it was a small piece of ribbon (it was tied into a bow, which IMO was pretty flat, but apparently is what caused the bump).
I agree with you all- I think if your ribbons or belly bands or whatever you put in there lays flat, you won’t get charged more.
Lesson learned, I guess. I still love my invitations, anyway! 🙂
Post # 14
Wow that is kind of ridiculous! I’m planning on having a ribbon on mine but now I’m having second thoughts! I just received an invite in the mail that had a large pearl thindy on the top which totally made it bulky but the stamp was only a 44cent one. I’m worried now!
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
I had the same thing happen with my wax seals! I was expecting the postage to be more because of the bump, but 3 different post offices all told me .61 cents. Now I know why! Feel like I dodged a bullet on that one!