Post # 1
I just went to a UPS store type place to weigh and mail a sample invitation, and it came out to EXACTLY 1 ounce. oy.
Has anyone been in this predicament before?
My grand plan was to mail this sample invite to my parents, and if all goes well to purchase the appropriate amount of postage in advance, so that I can put stamps on as they’re getting addressed.
Now, though, I’m worried that my real invitations will have more ink or something on them and won’t make it through with just a forever stamp.
Should I suck it up and just buy 65 cent stamps for them?
The invite I sent was the sample invite from my printer. It encompasses the exact same components- double matted invite, rsvp card + stamped envelope, reception card, belly band. The only thing different is the wording- could more ink put me over the 1oz limit??
My real invites come in on the 13th and the plan was to ship out the 14th. Should I just hold off stamping until I can send another “official” sample out?
p.s. what is hand cancelling and do i need to do it?
Post # 3
Personally, I’m paranoid so I would just buy the $0.65. Actually, I qualified for that amount and I still bought/affixed two forever stamps “just in case”.
For hand cancelling, it means you use the PO’s red stamp and stamp your stamps on your envelopes yourself thus “cancelling” the stamp so it can’t be used again. It’s up to you if you want to do it. I did it for my invitations, but we only sent out about 70 so it was kind of fun to stamp. However, I realized that in my county, regardless of whether it’s already cancelled or not, it still gets run through the machine and gets the ugly black splatter on the top of the stamps. For other counties though, their envelopes arrived perfect and pristine with just my hand-cancelling on it. I didn’t have to pay extra to hand cancel, but I didn’t do all 70 in one batch. I went to the PO a few times.
Post # 4
If I were in your situation, I would just buy the $0.65 stamps and be done with it. Say you have 100 invitations, what’s $20 for peace of mind?
Besides, if you do get them all sent back to you, you’ll end up paying for everything all over again anyway.
Post # 5
I would just go ahead and get the 65 cent stamps.
Post # 6
I literally just went to the post office for this very same reason today. The very nice postal worker who helped me both times recommended I bring in 3-4 of the official invites to look for variance. If they all came out to 1oz she said the forever stamps would be fine.
I did just that today. What a relief- all exactly 1 oz! The Cherry blossom forever stamps look so great. It was worth waiting that extra step and saved money.
Post # 7
@tarlynn11: this is a good idea! when the “real” invites come in, i’ll definitely weigh a few and see what happens.
but, i’m probably going to end up spending the silly extra .20/invite. i know it’s such a small amount, but i’m frustrated that i ended up on the cusp like that!
Post # 8
Just went to post office today and almost had a heart attack as to how much I spent, but you cant be too careful. I had to buy two 45 cent stamps for outer and one for the response card. Just so they get to our guest saftly. Better to pay a little extra for piece of mind. If you don’t pay the extra 20 cents my postmaster told me my invite could be torn by the machine, because I have a little ribbon on my invite. thats just not an option i want to stress about…lol