Major Wedding Invitation Mistake to Avoid

Invitation Mistake to Avoid

Your invitation is (usually) the first piece of wedding stationery your guests receive and the saying holds true – first impressions matter! Every checklist on the planet recommends mailing out your invitations between 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding, but what checklists don’t tell you is how much postage you should be using.

The major mistake you may be tempted to make is using too much postage.

Sure, it may be easy to stick on an extra Forever stamp, but that could cost ya… and if you’re sending 200+ invitations out, the over-spending could be the cost of a bridesmaid’s bouquet!

Perfect Postage

 

How to Get the Perfect Invitation Postage

 

Follow these steps to get the perfect postage for your wedding invitation:

      1. Assemble It. Insert your invitation, RSVP card and envelope, reception card (etc.) into your inner envelope. Then insert into your outer envelope – but don’t seal it closed.
      2. Weigh It. Grab a handy dandy digital kitchen scale and weigh your entire ensemble. Remember to round up to the next whole ounce (if your ensemble weighs 1.7 ounces, round up to 2.0 ounces). *As of this post, the cost of a First Class Mail Letter (1 ounce) is $.47 which one Forever stamp will cover… but…
      3. Avoid Temptation. Please please please don’t assume that by adding a second Forever stamp (or your custom standard Zazzle stamp) would cover the cost. The last thing you want is for all of your gorgeous invitations to be returned to you – which means you’ll have to order more envelopes ($100+ bucks), more postage (another $140+ bucks), and more whimsical calligraphy (another $600 bucks – but it looks so pretty)!
      4. Know the Secret. If you’re mailing a 2 ounce invitation, it won’t need one Forever stamp for each ounce! *The first ounce is $.47 but each ounce after that is only …. drum roll please … $.21! So for a 2 ounce invitation ensemble, the postage is only $.68 which saves you $.26 per invitation! Bam – $52 bucks saved already and I bet you can use that on Etsy!

*P.S: I heard a rumor that postage pricing for 2017 is expected to increase by the end of January 2017, so keep an eye out before purchasing your stamps. (Pricing is based on when your invitations are mailed out – not when the stamps are purchased.)

 

Attention May and June Couples

 

If you’re eager to order custom stamps from websites like Zazzle, I highly recommend that you wait until February 2017 to purchase them. In case the cost of postage does go up on Sunday 1/22/17 from $.47 to $.49 for the first ounce, it’ll save you a headache and a half down the road.

Real Wedding: Jackie & Cory at Rustic Grace Estate

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Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne Texas

 

Wedding Date: July 8th, 2016
Wedding Colors: Navy, Blush, Ivory, Hot Pink

Rustic Wedding - Jackie & Cory | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Quite possibly the cutest couple on the planet, Jackie and Cory married in a quaint chapel and partied the night away in a rustic, barn-style reception adorned with chandeliers and bistro lights. 130 guests shared in Jackie & Cory’s love and were delighted by a photo booth wagon, cupcakes, a guitar-shaped groom’s cake, and a popsicle stand (Texans love options). When the sun went down, the glo sticks came out, and so did the bride’s blinged out sneakers!

Want to know how their love began? Read about Jackie & Cory’s engagement!

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Photographer: Stanley Tongai
Wedding Planner: Sensibly Chic Weddings
Venue: Rustic Grace Estate
Florist: Petals Couture
Catering: Babe’s
DJ: Black Tie Sounds
Beauty: Elan Makeup
Favors: Steel City Pops
Table Linens & Napkins: A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals
Photo Booth: Photo Wagon
Bartending: H&H Liquid Catering
Officiant: Dr. Rusty Wheelington

Real Engagement: Stephanie & Warren

Stephanie & Warren's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Stephanie & Warren’s adventurous souls met in college at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M in 2012. Warren, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, has a unique sense of humor, often starting jokes with the punchline. Stephanie, who grew up in Coppell, Texas shows her sweet side as owner of Blonde Bakes in New York City.

Stephanie & Warren Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

Stephanie & Warren’s Love & Engagement Story

 

They both share a passion for traveling and dancing! This eclectic couple currently resides in New York City, and when they’re not travelling or planning to change the world, they enjoy new restaurants, exploring the Big Apple, and making memories together.

According to Stephanie, love didn’t come instantly. She admits there was that awkward “is this more than friends” stage that lasted for month, but over sandwiches one day, Warren expressed his feeling for her and their adventure together began. (Hmm, wasn’t this love of sandwiches portrayed in Frozen with Princess Anna?)

Warren’s version is a bit different. He knew early on that there was something incredibly special about Stephanie. After Salsa dancing and “cooking” for her (aka ordering a pizza but serving it like he made it) during their courtship, he realized that Stephanie was one of the most amazing women he’s ever met. Warren took a leap and prepared a Spaghetti Bolognese that won first prize… Stephanie’s heart!

 

Warren’s Proposal

 

Stephanie & Warren's Proposal | Sensibly Chic Weddings

One and a half years of long-distance dating allowed their connection to blossom. On a December day at the Bush Library pond, and with both of their families hiding in bushes and taking pictures, Warren asked Stephanie to be his wife.

Stephanie & Warren will marry on October 28, 2016 with 120 of their world-traveling guests. There will be warm emotions, electric energy, delicious food, vibrant African fabrics, live musicians, sweets by the bride-to-be, and an evening of fun and dancing under the stars!

Congratulations, and welcome to the #SensiblyChicTRIBE!

Real Engagement: Jackie & Cory

Jackie & Cory's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

Jackie & Cory’s Love & Engagement Story

 

Jackie & Cory's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Photography by Stanley Tongai

Wedding Date: July 8th, 2016

Jackie, a college Freshman and Cory, a college Junior, met through mutual friends. They admit (now) that there was a mutual chemistry between them, but at the time, Jackie was in a relationship with someone else. In the Summer of 2014, Jackie and Cory reconnected on Snapchat.

Their first date was later that Fall. Well, it wasn’t just a date… it was actually a 5 hour conversation at a restaurant that continued into the parking lot. Just like in the commercials and the connection was automatic! Shortly after their first date, Cory went on a ministry trip to Venezuela for a few weeks. He returned for one week though – long enough for a first kiss – then he traveled to Africa for another ministry trip.

The emotional connection between Jackie and Cory grew organically and they continued to spend time together and talk. Jackie fondly remembers her calls to Cory, and Cory was very grateful for them day after day. Their connection was getting stronger and it wasn’t long before their first “I love you.”

 

Cory’s Proposal

 

Christmas weekend a year later, under moonlight in a gazebo near a pond, and with Jackie’s close friends nearby, Cory literally gave Jackie the key to his heart. Cory eagerly waited, ring in his hand and a smile lighting up his face. Jackie, blindfolded and curious, was lead down a path of red rose petals and candles, towards Cory. “It was like a dream,” Jackie recounts. Down on one knee, and with a sky full of stars, Cory asks for Jackie to be his wife. Jackie said “YES!”

Real Wedding: Nettie & Kevan at the Aristide

Nettie & Kevan at the Aristide in Mansfield | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

The Aristide in Mansfield Texas

 

Wedding Date: April 7th, 2016
Wedding Colors: Poppy Red, Soft White, Grey

Poppy Red, White & Gray Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings

The vibrant romance between Nettie and Kevan spanned years and distance, which proves that the bond of true love can not be separated for these two “love figurines” – you’ll see what I mean from the photos! They were joined by family and friends for an intimate outdoor garden ceremony, followed by a colorful and love-felt ballroom reception. A sitting vignette near the dance floor encouraged conversation and guests were delighted by the multi-tiered dessert table!

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Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Ceremony Music: Forte Strings
Wedding Planner: Sensibly Chic Weddings
Videography: Spinning Leaf Films
Photography: Thanin Photo
Venue: Aristide
Bakery: Moonlight Cakes
Hair & Makeup: JTorry Makeup Artistry
Officiant: LoveNotes Weddings
Florist: Query Events
Reception Music: Black Tie Sounds