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Postage for Invitations & RSVP Cards

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Imagine sending out 150 wedding invitations on Monday, only to realize on Wednesday that nobody has received them. By the weekend you have a mailbox overflowing with invitations to your wedding that should have been sent to your guests with large gaudy return to sender – insufficient postage stamps on them. Believe it or not, this actually happens from time to time when we forget to put enough postage on our outgoing invitations.

A good rule of thumb is to remember that a normal sized invitation is your standard .44 cents and weighs up to an ounce. If the package is slightly bulky or weight just over an ounce, you’ll want to add .20 cents extra or .20 cents for each ounce over 1 that you have. If you have a large envelope, remember the invitation will start at .80 cents with .20 cents extra for each stamp. A good rule of thumb is that if you are at all unsure about the amount of postage needed for your ensemble you should take a ready-to-mail envelope to the post office and have it weighed. It’s better to prepare ahead of time then have a situation like noted above.

When creating your wedding ensemble, be sure to place regular postage on your reply card envelopes. Many new brides who have not attended weddings prior may be unaware of this small task. We all know that in this day in age most guests hate to RSVP. You’ve already made it easy for them by supplying a fill-in reply card, but go the extra step by adding postage to the envelope. This way your guest can fill out the RSVP and mail it with ease.

Additional questions about postage? Never hesitate to check with your invitation company about postage, consult or stop by your local post office to confirm rates/prices.