Post # 1
For those who have done DIY invites or used cardstock – Does the weight of the cardstock increase the postage? I am already having to use a stamp and another stamp for RSVP return. I am debating on what kind of paper to use, resume paper vs. cardstock. When looking at cardstock it says for 50 sheets the weight is 81 lbs and standard mailing rates are to be less than 3.5 ounces without postage increase. Will this increase the amount I pay for postage if I use cardstock? I am afraid resume paper is too thin and will seem cheap, but I am already paying nearly $90 in postage without additional. Anyone done this that can give me an idea at what I’m looking at cost-wise? Thanks!
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Post # 2
Depends on how much you’re using. A single sheet of card stock for the invitation and a single piece for the RSVP shouldn’t push you over. Once you start adding multiple pieces, inner envelopes, etc, that can push you over the weight limit quickly. Best suggestion I can give you is to go to your local Kinkos/office max and buy a couple of sheets of card stock. Cut them to the size of your invitations, add any extras you were planning, put that all in an envelope and get it weighed at the post office.
Post # 3
Yes. Postage is dependent on weight and size. You should bring a sample packet to the post office to be weighed.
Post # 4
Okay thanks. I also wrote the support and they said a single sheet weighs less than an ounce. im using one sheet and cutting into 3’s half sheet for wedding invite, 1/4 for reception and the other fourth for rsvp, so with that and an envelope I think I should be on the safe side. I got a little worried when I seen the 81 lb, haha.
Post # 5
Have you considered postcards for your RSVPs? The stamps are cheaper, so if you have to go up a stamp amount for size/weight, it won’t be that big of a deal.
Post # 6
i used vistaprint for my invitations and upgraded to the card stock, i think it was about 100lbs. or something like that. my invitations were 5×7. i had the invitation, information card, rsvp card and envelope and i was able to pay standard postage.
Post # 7
I second putting together a sample and getting it weighed, but if you are only doing an invite, reception, and RSVP card, you should be fine!
Most likely, the 81lb wasn’t for 50 pages. Generally, paper weight is listed for a ream, which for most types of paper is 500 sheets. This allows you to compare how thick paper will be even when sold in different amounts.
Post # 8
We did our invitation and included an invitation, a reception card and a postcard rsvp. This cut down the use of another envelope. We also didn’t have an inner envelope which also helped. We also tied it together with a thin twine strand. We were at .7 oz for weight and an increase in postage for us would occur if we hit 1oz and over. We were fine and we still had pretty thick card stock. Just make sure you get them weighed and you know exactly how much they are so your guests don’t have to pay postage on your invitations.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lake Lyndsay, Hamilton OH
I just went and had a sample printed of my invitations, RSVP & direction cards. I used 65lb cardstock.
RSVP card: 5×4
Direction card: 5×4
I weighed them with the envelopes and the postage is the same as a standstard size envelope.