Mailing your wedding invitations seems pretty straightforward, right? Not so fast…there are a few important things to remember before sending them out. Here’s a step-by-step to show you how to mail wedding invitations properly.
Step 1. Stamp and address all of the response card envelopes.
This is standard wedding invitation etiquette and an important courtesy to extend to your guests. Feel free to hand address the response card envelopes with your return address or use labels. Guests will find it that much easier to drop their responses in the mail, which means you get a more accurate head count without having to call so many late responders.
Step 2. Stuff the envelopes with your wedding invitation ensembles.
Do you know how the different pieces should be arranged before going into the envelope? Don’t worry, it can be tricky. Usually if the
Step 3. Have one stuffed envelope weighed at the post office.
Many wedding invitation ensembles can be mailed for one standard postage stamp or the cost of a wedding stamp (70¢ per 2 oz rather than 49¢ per 1 oz). However, if you choose a uniquely shaped invitation (square, for example) or if you upgrade to a thicker paper, you may surpass the weight limit per stamp. Have one ensemble weighed so you know exactly how much postage you need.
Step 4. Stamp them!
Get some pretty stamps for mailing those beautiful wedding invitations. The post office has a few options for wedding stamps but you can also get custom stamps from a number of places. Whichever way you go, be sure to order enough stamps for your invitations and response cards.
Step 5. Drop them in the mail.
Send your invitation six to eight weeks prior to your wedding date, or 10-12 weeks for a destination wedding.
Important Note: Wedding invitations that are “non-machineable” (square, tea-length, boxed invitations, etc.) will be hand processed. You can request to have standard invitations hand processed for an additional fee per envelope to avoid possible damage from machine sorting. Some post offices offer a hand canceling option, which means each invitation is hand stamped to indicate it has been processed. This option is free but there is no guarantee that hand-canceled mail will be kept separate from standard.