Post # 1
Ok, so my grandmother JUST told me that the price of stamps are going up AGAIN, in May 2012. So now I wanna know ………………………….
Whats the going rate for mailing a wedding invite??
Tell me please, how much did it cost to mail your invite and what type of invite was it?
I have decisions to make. TIA
Hope (soon to be) G
Post # 3
@TheHotMrsG: This might be be correct but it is something to look in to, I heard that all stamps are forever stamps now. So if you buy them now they are in theory good for a very long time. If that is the case why not purchase a few books of stamps now if you know you are going to have to use them soon enough. The curently have bonsai trees and a few other flower designs that would easily work for weddings.
Post # 4
I would call the post office to see if this is true, I looked on their website but the only increase was shown was the most recent one. Invites differ in postage prices versus how much stuff is in each one. I would plan on .64 cents per invite plus the additional .45 cents for the RSVP.
Post # 4
Go to the post office and buy the wedding forever stamp, now!! 🙂 I actually have no idea if the prices are going up again (they just did in January). I did pocketfolds and they cost me 65 cents. Buy what you think you will need now, and you can always add to them later if you need to.
Post # 5
Ugh.. I really hope the prices aren’t going up AGAIN! I’ve got to get to the post office soon.
Post # 6
i did pocketfolds with a total of 4 inserts. my invites were less than 2 ounces. it’s 65 cents for under 3 ounces. i mailed most for 65 cents but got one (so far) returned for additional 20 cents postage. i’m not sure if the additional postage was for the envelope being too rigid, uneven because of the ribbon used for the belly band (the ribbon was flat with no knot), or if it was because i had red envelopes.
i started buying several books of the love garden forever stamps last year because i found that cute stamps are actually hard to find. whenever i was at the post office for something, i asked how many books they had and would buy them all. i ended buying abotu 20 books of the love garden forever stamps. then the last time i was at the post office, they had four books of the red ribbon forever stamps. it matched my colors so i bought them all. i had a difficult time finding 65 cent stamps and eventually had to settle for the butterfly 65 cent stamps. (these are not forever so when the rate changes, you will have to add the additional postage stamps.) they only had a few books of the 65 cent butterfly stamp so i sent the invites with the bf and he reimbursed work for using the meter. i also had a difficult time buying postcard stamps for our Save-The-Date Cards. i ended up going to three different post offices to find postcard stamps.
Post # 7
You don’t need to call the post office to find out. Just go to their website. Hate to tell you, but if you were trying to save on the price of forever stamps, you missed the postage increase that happened in January.
What might have confused your grandmother is that May is the deadline the USPS agreed to with Congress to hold off on cuts to staff and processing centers in hopes that Congress would bail them out. So far, there’s not been much progress that I’ve heard about on that front, so the cuts still look to be on the table. A quick Google search on USPS news for May 2012 shows that headlines about these upcoming cuts have been making the rounds in the last few days since the USPS put out a press release about it. Point being, this has nothing to do with the price increase of 2012 since that was already announced last year and took place in January.
Post # 8
Theres no set standard for invite postage, it depends on multiple factors. You must take a fully completed and assembled invite in to the usps to have it weighed and measured. Mine were considered oversized, they were about 6×8, and we were charged extra because of the rigidity, and because they were tied with twine, which caused them to have a slight bump. This bump of course wasnt noticeable until the postal worker was really manhandling them, and asking 20 questions about what was inside! They ended up being about 92 cents to mail, and because I didn’t want mismatched stamps, I put 2 of the 64 cent butterfly stamps on them. FYI, if you’re trying to get specific pretty stamps, have the USPS weigh your invite, and just order your postage from the USPS website. I did this, and had my stamps in a couple days.
Post # 9
Go buy some forever stamps. I did that as soon as I heard there was going to be a rate increase in January.
Post # 10
We did a letterpressed invitation, on 300gm paper, but no other items in the suite (online rsvp, etc). Ours were the normal 44 cent stamp. Internationals were $1.05.
Post # 11
My save the dated used a regular 44 cent stamp. I heard that if there is a ribbon creating a bump in the envelope (which mine had but they all made it to where they were headed with no problems) you have to pay an extra 20 cents in postage. The 44 cent stamps only work for mail up to one oz. If you want forever stamps they have really cute ones right now called “garden of love.”
Post # 12
I so appreciate all of the comments and information. While I do realize that all invites have differing weights and therefore different mailing costs I was hoping to get an average from he answers to this post. I will DEFINETLY be buying the new red ribbon love forever stamp but I didn’t wanna get way more than was needed. As was mentioned by @simplifiedbride I really don’t want mismatched stamps. But thank you all for your input.
Post # 13
our invitations were “oversized” so it cost like $.88 each i think (on the old postage rates). We didn’t realize they were a weird size until we took them to the post office. Postage ended up costing $200, which were NOT considering when we budgeted for invitations!
Post # 14
The 44 cent stamp covers a 1 oz enevelope that isn’t square and can be sent through the machines.
For every ounce of weight more add 20 cents in postage. If the envelope is rigid or has bumps in it that is another 20 cents, because it interferes with the auto sorting machines.
I didn’t want mine to go through the machines and it was a pretty solid, rigid, 1+ oz pocket fold, so my postage was 64 cents.
But I went to zazzle and created postage because I’m a little silly. (The experiance was wonderful, the shipping was quick, the custom stamps are gorgeous, they’re just pricy.)
Post # 15
@TheHotMrsG: We have pocketfold invites and the post office told us it would be $.65 for each. However, I have heard of situations where a few invites were returned for not enough postage so we went ahead and ordered $.85 cent stamps JUST in case!!