(Closed) Save the Date Postcard Question: envelope or no??

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

We sent our save the date postcards as postcards.  They had our wedding date and wedding website on it.  I think postcards are lovely b/c they save on paper and save on stamps.  And best of all, you get to use those cute 27 cent fruit stamps!  😉

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Personally I would think it was odd if I got a postcard in the mail and it was in an envelope. I would definitley think "huh, why’d they put this in an envelope?"

Just remember that postcards can take longer to reach a destination then enveloped mail.

Post # 5
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Newbee

I used postcards without envelopes but I know that some of the postcards got really beat up in the mail. There were those ink stamps and lines stamped across some of them. Some had that white sticker that went across the bottom once it arrived at its destination. It’s not a big deal if you’re trying to save postage or want to execute a cool idea, but just keep in mind that you might get random marks on your cards. Send yourself a card and test it out!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I recently got a save the date postcard that was in an envelope.  Like BaghdadBride commented, when I opened it, I was a little confused why a postcard was in an envelope.  It wasn’t a big deal, but I do think that it would have been cuter it had just been the postcard alone.  (However, it was kind of a thin postcard, so maybe it’s best it was in an envelope to prevent it from being destroyed in the mail!)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

We’re doing postcards without an evelope.  I’m not really sure anyone in the USPS or the Royal Mail will care that much about our wedding 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

I say no envelope if the postcards are printed on heavy paper, as linzella pointed out.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it would be okay to send a postcard with information.  The postal people will not likely memorize your info.  And also, I believe it’s against federal law for people to go through mail.  So unless it goes somewhere else besides straight to someone’s mailbox, then nobody will really read the info.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I would love any recommendatins that you ladies might have for a good place to produce Save the Date postcards?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

I used overnightprints.com, and liked their customer service/quality better than vistaprint.  You can probably find a coupon online too.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think that if you are only having a date (and destination city if people are having to travel), there is no real need to worry about too much personal information getting out.  Like you said, all the information is already "public" on your wedding website (unless it is password protected).  Personally, postcards remind me of when getting mail was a fun "event," before I started getting bills and advertisements in my name.    I love the idea.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I think the standard is that if it’s a postcard then it’s sent as a postcard… it saves on postage too!  I wouldn’t worry too much about someone getting your information… that would be unprofessional of the mail carriers and highly unlikely!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I had a problem with my oversized STD postcards in that some guests threw them out thinking they were jeans ads or junk mail!! 

If I had to do it all over I would have put them in envelopes to make sure the person receiving it actually opens it and looks at what’s inside instead of blindly throwing something in the garbage.

Besides that problem, many of the postcards got beat up in the mail, and they were NOT hand cancelled even though I specifically asked them to be hand cancelled at the post office.  This was a problem because the resulting bar codes and postmarks printed on the back covered up our website URL, lol.

So yeah.  Maybe a "postcard" in an envelope is odd, but I vote for mailing your STD’s in an envelope anyway.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We printed our STD postcards with overnightprints and were happy with the results. We also chose to send them sans envelope to keep with the whole postcard feel of it.  One thing I am glad we did was personalize each one by handwriting all of the addresses.  Many said they were about to throw it out thinking it was junk mail or a jeans ad had they not seen their name and address handprinted.

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