One of the most common questions we are asked by our clients is, “How much postage should we purchase?” That’s actually a more complicated answer that you’d think. First, let us stress: We ALWAYS recommend that you take one of your fully completed invitation suites to the post office and have them weigh and measure it BEFORE you purchase any postage. However, here are a few tips that we’ve found useful when planning around your wedding invitation budget. TIP: Remember, you will need to put a stamp on the response envelope AND the mailing envelope, so that’s a minimum of two stamps per mailed invitation.
FOREVER STAMPS - $.55
Forever Stamps are perfect for your Save the Dates, Rehearsal Dinner Invitations, Response Cards and a standard Two Piece Invitation Suite (invitation + reply card). Of course these estimates are based on standard sizing (3.5x5, 4x5.5, & 5x7), and up to a standard weight cardstock (110# or 199gsm). Larger sizes and additional enclosures such as details or reception inserts, maps, etc. will add weight and bulk to your ensemble and may require more postage.
TWO-OUNCE STAMPS - $.70
The USPS now offers Two-Ounce stamps for heavier weighted envelopes. This has really come in handy for those mailing wedding invitations. These stamps allow for letters up to 2 oz. each and typically take care of pocket style invitations, however, I still highly recommend waiting to take your suite to the post office before purchasing postage to be extra sure. The last thing you need is each one of your guests getting the little, “Postage Due” notice in the mailbox because of your wedding invites!!
In addition to enclosure cards that you may choose to add to your wedding invitations, there are a few additional instances in which your postage will increase:
EXTRA HEAVY INVITATION SUITES
If you choose to upgrade your wedding invitation to with multiple layers, double-thick Letterpress stock or Acrylic the total weight of one suite will most likely put you above the 2 oz limit. In these instances, your postage will increase beyond the standard Forever or Two-Ounce postage. We hate to sound like a broken record, but it is VERY important to have your invitation weighed & measured before purchasing postage! Once your invitation ensemble reaches the USPS maximum thickness, it is considered a “Parcel” instead of a “Letter”.
WAX SEALS, RIBBONS AND OTHER EMBELLISHMENTS
Embellishments such as wax seals, ribbon belly bands and rhinestones are a wonderful choice for adding elegance and sophistication to your wedding invitations. However, these items will increase the total thickness of the envelope. If your invitations will not fit into the USPS machine, you will be charged a “Non-Machine” surcharge. This means your invitations will require an additional $0.21 of postage per envelope. The USPS creates "additional ounce" stamps for $0.21 each.
We hate to state the obvious, but just in case you didn’t know, any invitations that are mailed internationally will require more postage. This will be based on the Country you are shipping to which will be determined by the USPS. As of this post, there is a current international stamp available for $1.15 each based on anything under 2 ounces.
In closing, it is always best to let the post office tell you what postage your invitations will require. This will save you time & money in the long run and will ensure that your guests actually receive the invitation. We're always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding postage. Please feel free to comment any questions or just a quick note to say hey!