3 Tips for Mailing Your Wedding Invitations
You spend a lot of time and money making sure your wedding invitations are exactly as you want them. To ensure that your wedding invitations arrive safely in the mailboxes of your chosen guests, we’re sharing three tips to help prevent mailing mishaps.
Visit Your Local Post Office
Once you have your finished wedding invitation suites in hand, take one completed set, envelope and all, to your local post office to determine the postage necessary based on the weight and size of your invitation suite. Once you know the required postage, purchase the stamps needed for the outer guest envelope as well as the return envelope for your reply cards.
Extra Tip: If your suite includes an unusual shape (example: square) or extra heavy paper you’ll definitely want to make a trip to have your local Post Office give you the exact postage you’ll need.
Request Hand Cancellation
When you take your invitations to the post office for mailing, request for your invitations to be “hand cancelled” rather than “machine cancelled.” That means instead of a machine stamping over the postage on your envelopes, an actual human being will hand stamp them to ensure the stamp can't be used again. This service is free you just have to request it!
Extra Tip: Be sure to request hand cancellation if your suite includes delicate details like wax seals or ribbon.
Seal Envelopes Securely
While assembling your invitation suites, make sure they are sealed securely to prevent pieces from falling out during mailing.
Extra Tip: It’s always a good idea to mail yourself an invitation so you can see exactly how and when your guests will receive theirs.
When should you mail your invitations?
Remember to send your wedding invitations six to eight weeks prior to your wedding date, or 10-12 weeks for a destination wedding. If you sent Save the Dates you’ll have a little flexibility on these timelines, but its best to give your guests plenty of time to plan and RSVP.