It’s Engagement Season!
This week marks the start of engagement season. *happy dance* Engagement Season starts at Thanksgiving and ends around Valentine’s Day because that is when most proposals happen. As a wedding professional, this is the most exciting time of the year! I love seeing friends and family get engaged and I love even more to hear all about how the proposal happened! The holidays are also one of the busiest times to sit around the table with your family and start to plan out the wedding budget. It’s that awkward conversation, but it has to be done. Here’s something you may forget to put in the wedding budget, postage stamps.
What Will I Be Mailing?
There’s more wedding stationery to budget for than most people realize. Here’s a run down of some of the wedding pieces you might send in the mail.
• engagement announcement
• save the date
• bridal shower invitation
• bridal shower thank you cards
• rehearsal dinner invitation
• wedding invitation
• postage on RSVP card envelope
• wedding thank you cards
Cost of Postage Stamps
*Updated to reflect 2020 postage prices*
Each piece of stationery you send to your guests requires a stamp. The United States Postal Service is still the most popular way to mail cards and letters in the US. You could use other shipping companies, but USPS really is the most cost effective choice. Here’s the 2020 pricing for the most common postage my couples use.
• Postcards $.35
• Letters (1 oz.) $.55
• Letters (2 oz.) $.70
Things That Increase Postage
Odd size/Non-machinable surcharge – USPS charges $.15 per item for:
• square envelopes
• items that are too rigid (a bow or string with a knot would fall under this category)
• items that don’t bend easily
• items that have clasps, string closures, or any other non-standard way of sealing
Weigh Your Invitation
Once you have the completed invitation in hand, take it to the post office to be weighed. If you don’t have enough postage on the envelope, they will get returned to sender and you will have wasted a lot of time and money.
Average Cost To Mail Wedding Invitations
Most of my couples have wedding invitations that are 1 oz. or 2 oz. depending on if we use a pocketfold or have a lot of insert cards and embellishments. Here’s what most couples spend on postage.
• Save the Date $.55
• Wedding Invitation $.55-$.70
• RSVP envelope inside of wedding invitation $.55
• Thank you card $.55
Happy wedding planning! As always, if you have any questions about postage or wedding stationery I’m here to help! If you need help addressing your invitations properly, see this article about guest addressing.