Yay! You’ve got your invitation design finalized and in-hand. Now it’s time to package them all up and put them in the post box. One nightmare situation that swirled in my head at this planning stage was not putting enough postage on my invites. Let’s get that worry out of our minds because below is a guide to help make sure that never happens!
First, remember that postage costs adds up. It’s wise to think about the cost of postage well before you receive your invites or save the dates as it can affect your budget.
So how much postage do you usually need, you ask?
Most save the dates and a basic two-piece invitation suite (an invitation and response card) will only need the standard “Forever Stamp.” This estimate is based on 100-110 pound paper and coordinating envelopes. As you add more enclosure cards, the weight of the envelope increases as well as your postage costs.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget you also need to include postage for your RSVP envelopes to ensure they are returned to you with your guest’s response!That means you will need two stamps for each household you mail an invitation.
To ensure your postage needs are met, you will want to take one fully assembled set of your wedding invitation to the post office to be weighed. I’d be glad to estimate the cost of postage, but it’s best to leave it to the pros at USPS when everything is finalized. USPS also has this nifty tool you can use!
Standard First Class Postage
These little guys are all you need for single cards plus envelope mailings (i.e. your save the date, rehearsal dinner invitation, or response card).
Two-Ounce Postage Stamps
When you have additional enclosure cards, the weight of your invitation suite may require between one to two stamps. These two-ounce stamps are your trick to avoid paying for more than you need.
Extra-Heavy Invitation Suites
If you decide to have your invitation suite printed on double-thick cardstock (best for letterpress and gold foil), the total weight of the suite will likely weigh in over one ounce. You’ll need to upgrade your postage to the two ounce stamp above. Remember, always have the post office weigh the suite before purchasing postage!
Wax Seals and Ribbon Enclosures
Wax seals and ribbons enclosures are a beautiful way to add a little more pizzazz to your invitation suite. However, both of these options will increase the thickness of the parcel and require additional postage per envelope. The USPS creates "additional ounce" stamps and these are what you'll need.
It costs more to be square! Square envelopes will cost you extra in addition to the postage required for the weight and dimensions of your envelope.
The moral of the postage story is you can and should estimate the cost into your budget, but make sure to trust the post office at the final weigh-in of your invitation suite to ensure how much postage you will need.
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