(Closed) Pre-stamping international RSVP cards

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally wouldn’t leave them unstamped unless you are giving them an option to RSVP by phone or email.  American stamps are quite easy to get from the USPS website.  I’m pretty sure the USPS website might even have an option to print the postage yourself and just stick it on, which means you won’t have to wait for stamps to come in the mail (although that is an option).

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Being from Canada myself and living in Ireland, we discussed it and prestamping just is CRAZY, as more likely they would not be delivered!! If I were you jusst leave them stampless, the guests in the US would understand since the Canadian stamps wouldn’t work in their post office.

We decided to do RSVP online and via the phone… much more cost effective

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have some international guests too. We’re planning to just leave them unstamped. Since it’s mostly my FH’s family, they will totally understand. FH is also planning to let them know that they can e-mail him to RSVP, rather than mail it back, if that easier.

It’s $0.85 to mail from USA to Canada (1 oz. letter). Here’s a link to stamps, if you go that route:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=jump&navCount=3&productId=S_575340&categoryId=subcatS_S_OtherPostage’ defer=’defer

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had guests from Colombia, Germany, Czech Republic, Begium and Japan, so we just left them unstamped. We did have a wedding website where people could RSVP though, and they all used that.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Most of the people I know (myself included!) did NOT prestamp international invites. Part of the reason is that postage and weight/size requirements vary from country to country. I also know that prestamping the RSVP cards isn’t the norm in Europe (RSVP cards themselves are also relatively new in some countries) and I’ve never heard of anyone complaining about mailing it back on their own dime (or yen or franc or whatever).

We didn’t have a very formal celebration (it was actually a party after our JOP-esque ceremony), but I don’t see a problem with handwriting a personal note on the RSVP card to your international guests that invites them to call or email you in lieu of snail mail. If it pains you to do that because you like the pristine look of your suite or you don’t think it’s “formal” enough, you can print out a separate slip of paper to include or just email your friends separately. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just left mine unstamped if they were from out of the country. I did explain it to my friends though so they weren’t just thinking I was cheap or rude. They totally understood.

My international guests actually all either emailed YES or sent me a picture of their RSVP card marked off. I thought that was cute!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think if it’s outside of the country, it’s understandable the RSVP is not going to be prestamped. 

For international guests, I would offer email/online/phone RSVP, that way they can pick the easiest option for them.  If they still prefer the traditional route, they will mail back the RSVP themselves. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

People in other countries will have no expectation that their rsvp cards will be stamped.

Many couples invite guests from all over the world, but sometimes it might be only one guest froma certain country. No one expects that you will make arrangements to get one stamp from Bulgaria , for example.

Leave them unstamped, or include an insert that gives them the option to respond by email.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ll be stamping. Having my cousin mail over a bunch of Irish stamps and I’ll stick those on. My Nana will like it better that way and what Nana likes, she gets 🙂

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

We left the RSVP cards for our international guests (we sent invitations to Italy, the UK, and Japan) unstamped.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My family is from Canada so we went online to the canadian post office an ordered return address stamps for them. I’m sure it is possible to do that in reverse if you like. We did this so that it would motivate people to turn in their RSVPs, because we know they will be harder to track down. 

We had 1 invite for China, and did not put a return stamp on it. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

So, I didn’t know you can’t stick USA stamps on the RSVP card for our Canadian guests so we just stuck them on there. To our surprise we actually got them delivered back as is. We only had 2 though, I don’t know if I would try my luck with more.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have been invited to 2 weddings in the states since living in the UK. Both RSVP cards were unstamped. 

I didn’t expect them to be stamped since I don’t know where they would have gotten UK stamps for the RSVP envelope.

One wedding I e-mailed my regrets, the other I bought a stamp and mailed back.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I found out after I sent my invitations that you can actually buy an international reply coupon.  You buy it at the post office, and then your guests use it like a GC to get a stamp to return the RSVP card to Canada.

If you really want to go for it, then you can, but if I did it over again to be honest I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGintreply-e.asp

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