So you're wedding is around the corner and it's time to mail your invitations. You may have quite a few questions looming about how to finalize this important piece of mail so they safely arrive to your guests. Let me start by telling you that I have made plenty of mistakes in this realm. I mailed square envelopes with forever postage and failed to add additional postage. Some made it fine, other guests (yes, guests...face palm) had to pay the additional postage, and some were returned. I have since learned the ins and outs of mailing invitations, which I can help you with.
Take your Invitations to the Post Office and Speak to a Postal Clerk
When your wedding invitations are stuffed and sealed, I suggest taking one or two to a Post Office to tell you exactly how much postage you need to affix. This is a suggestion for whichever postage method you choose. Depending on how much your suite weighs, the size and shape, and whether or not it is machinable are all ways that change the postage price. If you commission JCE to add postage, purchase vintage or custom postage, I will take your invitation to the Post Office to confirm the *correct postage amount. Please note: Unfortunately, each Post Office works differently and sometimes employees have different opinions, so Jill Christine Events is not liable if the Post Office rejects the amount of postage on your invitations. <-- I understand that sounds scary. Most of the time, being proactive with your postage will not lead to an issue.
When it is time to mail your invitations, I suggest going to the Post Office during a time that may not be super busy. Avoid the lunchtime and closing time rush hours. Depending on where you live this may or may not be an issue. Personally, I would ask for them to be hand-canceled. This means that they will hand stamp your postage rather than feed it through the machine. The machines are not gentle, especially if you have a wax seal or ribbon inside the outer envelope. If the clerk tells you no, you can try another local Post Office or come back at a different time. If the person does not give you an answer you'd like to hear, try again. Be courteous and tell them you're mailing your wedding invitations. They may be more apt to hand cancel. It sounds like I'm giving the Post Office a bad rap but honestly, there is no consistency.
Vintage postage is such a fun way to add a special look to your outer envelopes. There are many Etsy shops that sell vintage stamps. You can search via color or theme, depending on the shop. I do offer the procurement of vintage stamps as an add on. I enjoy tracking down the perfect color palette to go along with your suite. I'm a huge fan of vintage so this detail is something I really enjoy. One of my favorite shops is Verde Studio. Vintage postage is the most expensive way to send your invitations. Securing the stamps cost more than going to the USPS and purchasing the current forever stamps. One way to minimize the cost is to purchase one forever stamp and add on the additional postage with vintage stamps.
Custom postage is a great way to take elements from your suite and carry them through to the envelope. I offer this service in two different ways. I can create the graphic for you and you can order your postage through Zazzle or I can order the postage as part of my stuffing, stamping, and sealing service. Custom postage pricing is less than vintage but again more than USPS postage.
Current USPS Postage
Purchasing postage through the USPS is the most cost effective way to mail your wedding invitations. Currently, there isn't a "wedding choice" as there has been in the past. However, there are some pretty options depending on your wedding suite style and color palette.