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!
How to Get the Perfect Invitation Postage
Follow these steps to get the perfect postage for your wedding invitation:
- 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.
- 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…
- 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)!
- 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.