How to Save Money on Shipping Invitations
As I plan my wedding and and attend events I am most excited about invitations. There is such a variety from folded packages with ribbon to newsletter formats. If your budget is tight be sure to consider shipping costs. It is very easy to add up to 50 cents for each invitation. Keep these tips in mind when designing and choosing invitations for your next event.
- Avoid odd sizes. I recently received a square invitation from a friend. It was lightweight enough for a 45 cent stamp but because of the square shape she paid 65 cent postage.
- Keep your inserts to a minimum. The fold-up invitations with multiple inserts are beautiful but will add weight. Take a completed invitation to the post office to be weighed before committing.
- Do not use rigid materials. The complete invitation must be able to bend. Using a rigid material will bring up your postage rate.
- Use postcard RSVP’s. The cheapest RSVP option is to refer your guests to your free website. Although I love website design, a real paper RSVP is important to me. The next best option is to use a postcard as an RSVP. Postage on a postcard is 32 cents. Postage on a card, even if it measures 4″ x 6″, is 45 cents. Over the course of 100 invitations you will save $13. You also avoid the added expense of an extra envelope.
- Skip the custom stamps. You don’t have to have a liberty bell either. Go online to http://usps.com for a wider range of stamps than would find at your local post office.
- Write the address in the correct direction. The sending address must be written horizontally on a rectangle invitation to avoid higher postage.
If you were to send 100 invitations, following these simple tricks could save up to $50. You could pocket it of course, but I will be added more brooches to my bouquet.