- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
bees, just posting this for future brides.
oh what trouble we’ve had with our invites the last couple days!!!
A RANT ON SQUARE INVITES AND POSTAGE…
first off, postage. i ordered 6.5″x6.5″ square envelopes (and the matching backfolders) from paperandmore.com they’re beautiful. we have 4 cascading inserts for 1.6oz. i was expecting $.85 postage from the usps calulator. however, i took the assembled invite to the usps today and they told me $1.10. wow. wow. wow. i called 3 different post offices and got 3 different answers. General consensus SEEMS to be i COULD try for $.85, but they may get returned. Wow. WOW. I think these websites have a responsibility to their clients to disclose the absorbitant postage fees their envelopes are incurring! their 6.5″ square dimensions are considered “oversize” by 1/8″. This is extremely disappointing and has cost me way over budget on postage. I definitely would not have purchased this size if I knew the postage would be so much over. Wow. I am just reeling from the $$$ shock. So…future brides just be forewarned. Budget $1.10 for your squares and you should be fine…if it’s less $$$, that’s just gravy!
THAT BEING SAID…
they are gorgeous. we don’t have time to course correct, and i am taking a deep breath and moving on. I just wish I had known, so I’m posting this in the hopes I might save someone else in the same situation!!!!!
AND NOW FOR A LITTLE ADVICE TO NOVICE “ARTISTS” MAKING YOUR OWN INVITES LIKE I DID…
first of all, make SURE you get a color proof (our home printer was SO OFF the professional shop, it’s unbelievable), and if you’re doing the art yourself and it’s not something you’re trained in…ugh (that was me!) be sure you allow double the printing time in case you need it re-done. ask lots of questions (ex. how much space do they need you to leave on a full-bleed? do they want them 1-up or multiples laid out on a page? specify precise cut sizes, etc.), and if your colors get messed up, see how much they can lighten/darken on their machines without you having to re-do your art. we also lost pieces of type in the psd to pdf conversion process (some problem w/compression that wasn’t my fault). so definitely CAREFULLY take the few minutes to read through the final product at the shop.
OH WOW it’s been a rough few days! Finally, they’re all ready to address and assemble. Phew. Hopefully this means something ELSE will go incredibly RIGHT!!!!!
Anyway, hope this helps someone else in the future. And if nothing else, thanks for letting me rant! ha ha! 🙂