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How Much Postage Do You Need for Wedding Invitations? | 2017 Postage Rate Increase

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I always tell my clients and customers that I wish I could hand deliver everything to them, but unfortunately that's not possible! As a stationer, I try to be an educational resource for sweet couples, because the wedding stationery world can be completely overwhelming without someone to guide you through it!

One of the most frequently asked questions from my SJM brides is - how much postage do I need for my wedding invitations? Since USPS just increased their 2017 postage rates, I thought now would be the perfect time to answer that question!

How much postage do you need for wedding invitations? | Wedding stationery advice from Simply Jessica Marie

HOW TO CALCULATE POSTAGE FOR WEDDING STATIONERY

The amount of postage you will need is dependent upon how much the save the date, invitation suite, response card, or thank you card you are mailing weighs. Here is a breakdown of the up-to-date 2017 postage rates per weight:

  • 0 - 1 ounces | $0.49
  • 1 - 2 ounces | $0.70
  • 2 - 3 ounces | $0.91
  • 3 - 3.5 ounces | $1.12

This information is based on the current USPS postage rates for the most common wedding stationery rates. For a full comprehensive breakdown of the 2017 postage pricing, please visit this helpful guide via USPS!

How much postage do you need for wedding invitations? | Wedding stationery advice from Simply Jessica Marie | Audra Wrisley Photography

photo by Audra Wrisley

SO, WHAT ARE COMMON WEDDING POSTAGE PRICES?

Now that you know how much postage each weight group costs, I'm sure you're wondering how to calculate that for your own wedding stationery! If you are working with a stationer for your designs, he or she will likely be able to help you calculate the exact weight of your save the dates and invitation suite (for example, I have an at-home scale I use to help my clients!). 

If you aren't working with a stationer, or even if you want to be extra certain of the correct postage you'll need before ordering stamps, you can always take a fully assembled save the date or invitation suite to your local post office to have them officially tell you the exact postage for your designs!

This is something I still always recommend that my brides do, to ensure they are getting the 100% correct information. That is why it is also important to save enough time in your design process to have your save the dates or invitations shipped/delivered to you a couple of weeks in advance of your mailing date, so that you can weigh a sample prior to purchasing your postage!

So, with that said and with the experience I have had designing and mailing custom wedding stationery, here are the common wedding postage prices I have found for a variety of design types!

Please note: The postage rates suggested here are based on stationery items I have weighed with my at-home scale and have compared to the postage rates mentioned above. Your unique suite may vary slightly from the examples below, so please do not take the following information as 100% binding. I recommend using this as a guide, and taking a suite to your local USPS for completely accurate pricing!

SAVE THE DATES

  • Save the Date postcards | $0.34
  • 5"x7" Save the Date with an envelope, standard thick printing | $0.49
  • 5"x7" Save the Date with an envelope, envelope liner, and standard thick printing | $0.49
  • 5"x7" Save the Date with an envelope, envelope liner, and double thick printing | $0.49

INVITATION ENVELOPES

*assuming the following invitation suites include (at least) one 5"x7 invitation, one 5.25"x7.25" invitation envelope, one 3.5"x4.875" response card, and one 3.625"x5.125" response card envelope.

STANDARD THICK PRINTING | 120lb paper or thinner

  • Invitation suite | $0.49
  • Invitation and envelope liner | $0.49
  • Invitation suite and accommodations/info card (4.25"x5.5") | $0.49
  • Invitation suite, info card, and 1.5" silk ribbon tied in a knot | $0.49 (note: this weighs 0.95 oz on my at-home scale, so I would personally recommend taking it to USPS to weigh to make sure you don't cross over the 1 oz mark for postage!) 
  • Invitation suite, info card, and belly band | $0.70 
  • Invitation suite, info card, and envelope liner | $0.70
  • Invitation suite, info card, envelope liner, and belly band | $0.70
  • Invitation suite, info card, envelope liner, and silk ribbon | $0.70

DOUBLE THICK PRINTING | 240lb paper

  • Invitation suite | $0.70
  • Invitation and envelope liner | $0.70
  • Invitation suite and accommodations/info card (4.25"x5.5") | $0.70
  • Invitation suite, info card, and 1.5" silk ribbon tied in a knot | $0.70 
  • Invitation suite, info card, and belly band | $0.70 
  • Invitation suite, info card, and envelope liner | $0.70
  • Invitation suite, info card, envelope liner, and belly band | $0.70
  • Invitation suite, info card, envelope liner, and silk ribbon | $0.70

RESPONSE CARD ENVELOPES

  • Standard response card envelopes (regardless of if the response cards are printed on standard or double thick paper) should always require one $0.49 postage stamp.

THANK YOU CARDS

  • Regardless of paper thickness or if you use an envelope liner, most thank you cards should weigh under 1 ounce, so they should require one $0.49 postage stamp!
How much postage do you need for wedding invitations? | Wedding stationery advice from Simply Jessica Marie | Perry Vaile Photography

photo by Perry Vaile

ADDITIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS IMPACTING POSTAGE

WAX SEALS | Wax seals are gorgeous, and I love recommending them to my sweet couples! However, they do incur a "non-machinable" surcharge of an extra $0.21 per envelope. The reasoning behind this is that your envelope needs to fit through a thin slot when being sorted at the post office, and wax seals make the outer envelopes too bulky to fit through the slot. Therefore, they are required to be sorted by hand, which is where the surcharge comes into play! Simply add the $0.21 to the postage rate above for your type of save the date or invitation suite. For example, an invitation suite that required $0.49 of postage would require $0.70, a suite that required $0.70 would require $0.91, etc. (note: you don't need to add $0.21 to your response card postage though, as that will be mailed back to you without a wax seal!)

HAND CANCELING | Hand canceling is one of the trickiest parts of mailing wedding stationery! Similar to the wax seal process, if you request hand canceling, you are requesting that a post office clerk sort and stamp over your postage stamps (to ensure they can't be used again!) by hand rather than having them sorted through a machine. Some post offices do still allow you to do this for free, but many have started requiring a $0.21 surcharge for the extra service. I recommend calling your local post offices (call 2-3, because the policies vary from post office to post office) to see if any will allow you to hand cancel your stationery for free. If none of your local post offices offer this service for free, it becomes a personal choice if you would like to purchase extra postage for this novelty. The biggest perk of hand canceling is that your wedding stationery will likely be handled more gingerly throughout the sorting process, preventing as much bending as possible - but it is not a guarantee. I always recommend it whenever I can, though!

RIBBONS | The type of ribbon I most frequently use with my brides is 1.5" silk ribbon. It is soft and lays flatter than a stiffer satin ribbon, allowing your envelope to close more easily. Tying the ribbon in a knot rather than a large bow will also allow your envelope to close more easily! However, if you do choose to use a stiffer ribbon or tie your ribbon in a bow, that may increase the overall thickness of your invitation suite once the envelope is closed. That could mean a couple of things - 1. You may need extra reinforcements to seal your envelope (ex: thin double sided tape), and/or 2. It may require extra postage for a non-machinable surcharge like with the wax seals. This is why I recommend taking a fully assembled suite example to your post office, so they can give you correct advice for the exact ribbon you are using with your suite! 

How much postage do you need for wedding invitations? | Wedding stationery advice from Simply Jessica Marie | Audra Wrisley Photography

photo by Audra Wrisley

While this isn't a comprehensive list of all the postage requirements for wedding stationery (for example, boxed invitation suites will require additional postage!), it does cover the most common wedding stationery types that my sweet couples choose to send. I hope that y'all have found this to be a helpful resource for you during your stationery design and wedding planning process! 

If you have any questions about postage for wedding stationery, please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer your question! 

If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!