It’s two months before the big day and your beautiful invitations are ready to be delivered! What an exciting time to send gorgeous stationery to friends and family. But, wait! We want to make sure they get to their destination in one piece. Here are a couple do’s and don’ts to consider before heading out to the post office.
(DON’T) Lick the adhesive!
Are you thinking about licking the adhesive on your envelopes and moving on to the next task? Say “NO” to licking adhesives, especially the ones on your precious invites. The unusual taste is never desirable and avoid the possibility of getting uncomfortable paper cuts on one of our most sensitive body parts — our tongue! Anywho, the most important reason as to why we do not recommend this closure method is to avoid the package from not arriving the way it was sent, in one piece. Use a strong adhesive such as glue to make sure your invite does not come apart while in transit.
(DO) Weigh your invitations before placing stamps on them.
Prior to mailing your invitations, make sure to ask the post office to weigh a full assembled sample. You will know exactly how many stamps you will need. There’s enough stress that comes with wedding planning but eliminate the embarrassment and headache of having an invite returned because of reasons such as insufficient postage.
(DON’T) Place any old stamp on it!
Placing a stamp on an envelope may sound like the least of your worries but don’t forget about the money, time, and energy that was put into your stationery. Don’t ruin them by placing any stamps. They have to be the perfect stamps just like everything else. Find cute, preferably customizable stamps, on USPS.com or research a few options with your stationer so that your postage matches your invite designs.
(DO) Stamp the RSVP Envelopes!
Remember to order enough postage for your RSVP envelopes. This is a common mistake because it might slip one’s mind or something that is questioned a lot because of budget, etc. However, it is considerate and good etiquette to avoid having your guests pay for postage to RSVP for your event. It makes it easier for them to reply and one less complaint from family and friends.
(DON’T) Drop them off in a street-side mailbox.
Please make sure to physically hand your invites to a person inside the post office. There is a lesser chance they’ll get damaged in transit. It never hurts to have a sense of security and peace of mind knowing they’re safe (for the most part).
(DO) Hand cancel your stamps.
While you’re at it, ask the post office to hand-cancel your invitations and avoid them going through a machine. Hand-canceling just means your invites are marked with a specific stamp that symbolizes your mail has been processed. It gives them the signal to sort by hand rather than through a sorting machine that can damage your envelopes in the process. Post offices also have courier van insurance, which can help if something that happens to their packages or anything they are carrying.
(DO) Mail out invites two months ahead of the wedding date!
We can’t stress this enough. Set aside enough time, preferably four months, to order and mail out your invitations. The full Timeline for Wedding Stationery is a great resource to eliminate some headaches during the planning process.
Good luck and live happily ever after!