Archive for June 25th, 2012

Party Invitations – Size & Postage

Monday, June 25th, 2012

One of the most common comments I hear from customers is that the envelope size of their invitations surprises them when they receive their orders.  Most customers feel their invitations are too big, although today I heard a customer say that she felt that a 5 x 7 inch invitation would be too small.  Remember that for each invitation sold on InvitationBox.com, we clearly list the size of each invitation in the product details, so that you can make an educated decision based on what works best for you.

Is there an appropriate size for an invitation?  Is one size too small, and one size too large for a specific event?

The short answer?  No, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to invitation size, however there is appropriate and inappropriate in all cases.  When you’re thinking about save the date cards, be it for a wedding, Bat Mitzvah, etc., we typically suggest a small card, around 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  You can save the larger sized card for your wedding invitations.  If you think about it, the more information you have for an event, likely the more formal your event will be, and thus the larger of an invitation will be needed.  Your save the date cards should only preview a few small details about your event, thus the size of your save the date card should be fairly minimal, though not so small that it gets lost in the mail.

A typical bridal shower invitation or party invitation ranges from about a 5 x 7 inch card to a 6 x 9 inch card.  Anything larger than that can be considered unnecessary, however it honestly comes down to a matter of opinion.  You also don’t want the card being so small that you can’t read the details about the party on the invitation.  If it’s your wedding invitation, or an invitation for a special event, large or even bulky invitations are often appropriate, whether you are using a square invitation, a pocket or buckle style invitation, or simply a large invitation to hold all of your event details.

Remember that when using bulky, odd-shaped or invitation ensembles with multiple pieces, your invitation will likely need additional postage.  There are a few different factors that go into making an invitation have extra postage, from the weight of the item to the size, shape and even the humidity in the air!  If you are ever unsure as to what the proper postage on an invitation should be, check with your local post office before mailing 100 invitations and having them all returned for insufficient postage – or worse, your guest has to pay the post man 35 cents to receive your invitation!  We do not suggest pre-buying the postage for your invitations if you feel it may be over one ounce, or oddly shaped.  Nobody wants to have to go out and buy more postage, or see an envelope with five different stamps on it, for a special, wedding or corporate event.

Remember to contact our experts if you’re ever unsure and we can give you a bit of guidance about selecting the right size invitation for you, with the proper postage!