Special Wedding Edition: Postage Ordeal

Postage, the least of your worries when planning a wedding… NOT! Thanks to Timeless Impressions, I was encouraged to get my postage for my wedding invitations quoted by several different post offices. To be honest, I didn’t believe her and it didn’t help that everyone I asked laughed at me when I asked if they had ever heard of such a thing.

I went to the post office I planned to use, to my surprise; they gave me such a hard time. The envelope was too big, I had to ruin my formal wedding invitation and write in my return addresses and full name on the front, because they couldn’t accept it on the back without a full name. When I sarcastically asked him how many formal wedding invitations he had received in that format, he replied staying that they follow the “rules” in that post office that my invitations were breaking the rules.

Needless to say, I left pretty confused and upset. Because of this, I was forced to check out another post office.

Surprise surprise, no issues with the layout of my envelope at all, but it’s now $1.36 per domestic invitation versus the $.94 I was quoted at the first post office. I was mind blown. Next post office, $1.15 per invitation. I thought, I’m going to have to go back to the original post office with the cheaper rate and make them take my invitations as is. Prepared to do so, I found this useful article to help me make my case about the return address. Before, heading over, I tried one last post office… JACKPOT, $.94 per invitation and they offered to hand cancel them for me instead of pushing them through the machine.

Bottom line, try to stick with a standard size invitation, so you don’t have to deal with this non standard postage situation. If you can’t contain yourself, definitely take the time to get several quotes before you mail them (unless you get lucky on the first shot).

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