Invitations & Mailing
In Step, Stylish, Dimensional & Show Stoppers!
author of Beautiful Weddings & Events
NO....we still send invitations -- not e-mails or phone call invitations.
Etiquette offers many methods of sending the invitation, but no other
precedent than the fact, social, business, bridal special events -- all
require formal invitations. In selecting your invitation, you will want
to consider the cost per entire set against the number of guests.
- The Invitations
- The Envelope for the Invitation
- The Reply Card and the Invitation
- Possibly the Map to the Occasion
- The weight of these combined and the postage to mail
CLUE: Saving Money: Weigh the combined items at the store prior to ordering.
Check with postage cost for stamps. Often this jumps greatly with one
or more ounces. It can bump you into a higher mailing cost. Reply cards
normally can use the first class LOVE STAMPS.
ORDER THEM SIX MONTHS AHEAD
- If something is wrong, they can be re-done.......always order ten-twelve
- Define and make certain of the correct addresses and spellings of
- Develop a time-line on your invitations. Receiver must have six weeks
to a month prior to the event.
- It takes five-seven days for the mail in U.S. Longer out of the country.
- It may take two to three weeks to complete the addressing.
- Really examine the invitations and envelopes
for correct returns & info.
When you add up all of the time above, then look at your calendar -
mark it according to what is next - and do it. This is not where you
want to fall behind!!!!!
There is so much to choose from, Full-Page-letter-type, Color, Embossed,
Engraved, & Themes. We suggest looking at some web sites for this
subject before you go to a store or order from the web. The stores who
specialize in this have trained personal to guide you through the process
and will know the correct questions to ask you. Go with correct spellings
of names, accurate dates and times, address of the occasion. You will
seek a variety of key ingredients for your invitations: workmanship in
the displayed styles ability to convey a visual message for your style
event space for your wording - when you have messages to print - there
must be adequate room to place your information
The font (letter formation) CLUE: There are wonderful invitation services
with calligraphy and unique software systems which track your replies.
CLUE: It is sad to say, many people do forget to reply and you may have
to call them at the very end to find out if they are planning to come.
As rude as they are in this, you do not need any last minute surprises
with the caterer and seating.
POSTAGE AND MAILING ISSUES
Get those invitations out properly (and on time) with these hassle-free
Normal Weight of Invitations and the reply card please expect to spend
between 55-65 cents per invite. Plus the return stamp on the reply card(s).
That stamp price today would be .20 cents When you have more than one
reply or a map inside, your combined costs may run higher.
At the Post Office First ask if there's a single stamp for the exact
amount. If not, round up the amount to save yourself some time.
CLUE: Set up a work area to complete this task.....the kitchen table
may be dirty -- this includes putting the invitation stamps on -- you
want clean surfaces for this job also.
We found a great way to get your stamps, zips and great information for
mailings: If you know the weight: "http://www.stamps.com" Stamps.com
has a software program that allows you to print postage either directly
onto the envelopes or onto labels that you peel and apply. For more do-it-yourself
fun, use the US Postal Service's "http://postcalc.usps.gov/" They
offer a rate calculator to help you to determine what it will cost to
send each invitation. Enter the states you're mailing from and to, as
well as the weight of your invitation. The amount of postage required
Make sure all addresses are correct. Both the "http://new.usps.com/cgi-
bin/uspsbv/scripts/front.jsp" US Postal Service and Stamps.com have tools to help you get ZIP+4 codes just right. You simply enter an
address as you have it, and up pops the proper ZIP code.
MAIL THEM FROM A POST OFFICE -- NOT A POST BOX ON THE STREET CORNER
LEAVING IT UP TO THE POST OFFICE TO PLACE YOUR POSTAGE Is not a good
idea, they will run them through a machine.......ugh. You want hand placed
stamps on invitations.
Is required for any out of the country mailings. Check with the post
office on these details.
STAMPS ARE BEAUTIFUL
Sometimes, by reviewing what the post office offers in stamps, you may
find your special interest, or love stamps and/or holiday themes