Avoid Additional Postage – Steer Clear Of Unusual Size Envelopes
In this video, we answer a great question from Angela in Maine. Angela asks:
I’m interested in making my own wedding invitations, but I don’t want to spend a lot on postage. What size invitation do you recommend I make?
This is a great question, because when it comes to making your own invitations, you should be concerned about mailing and postage first, last, and throughout the entire design process, whether you are concerned with the price of postage or not.
Here are the three reasons why:
When Deciding on Invitation Dimensions, Choose Mailing Envelopes First!
Before even starting your design, it is recommended you choose mailing envelopes first. Although it may seem odd to choose envelopes before you have invitations to put inside of them, it is critical that you do. Keep in mind that an invitation can be altered to fit into an envelope, but an envelope can not be altered to accommodate an invitation. Envelopes are typically made to popular, standard industry sizes, and for this reason, envelopes of odd dimensions may be difficult, if not impossible, to find.
After finishing your ideal invitations, you don’t want to spend hour after frustrating hour searching for envelopes to accommodate them; or worse, learn that envelopes to accommodate your invitations don’t exist.
And Speaking of Envelopes. . .
Note that “Unusually” Shaped Envelopes Require Extra Postage
When choosing envelope and invitation dimensions, remember that oddly shaped envelopes require additional postage. If you are on a tight budget, this is probably a factor you want to consider.
So what is considered an “unusually shaped envelope”?
According to the United States Postal Service guidelines, any envelope that falls outside of the standard width and height parameters, or that weighs over 1 ounce, will require additional postage.
Common examples include square envelopes, and vertically addressed policy envelopes.
If you are watching the price of your postage, you may want to design an invitation that fits inside of a standard, rectangular envelope.
Design with Weight in Mind
As mentioned above, anything weighing over 1 ounce will require additional postage. By the time you include all of the components – invitation, reception, direction, response items – a typical invitation ensemble usually does weigh more than 1 ounce.
Although a bit of additional postage is hard to avoid, you can design your invitation with reduced weight, and reduced postage in mind. Here are a few tips for doing so:
- Opt for lighter weight paper: For example, can you use an 80lb cardstock, instead of a 111lb?
- Limit the number of insert cards: Do you need a direction card? Can your reception information fit on the invitation card? Might you use just one “additional information” card?
- Use single envelopes, not double: Double envelopes are a wedding tradition, but are merely preference. Are they worth the extra weight, and possibly extra postage?