Your invitations are finished, envelopes are addressed, now it's time for adding the postage (btw - don't forget we print on envelopes:). With many of our couples making a valiant effort towards keeping everything matching, our suggestion is to keep the theme going by using stamps that follow suit with their invitations.
Your first step is to see how much your invitations will cost to ship. If you have a reply card with an envelope your postage will be $0.45 (until the Post Office decides to raise it, again). If you have reply post card your shipping will be $0.32 - same thoughts, respectively. *Note to self: if you are trying to stay within a budget a reply post card is a good way to save some cha-ching. Once you've taken your invitation to the post office to be weighed you will probably be looking at $0.45, $0.65 or $0.85 for shipping cost. Now here comes the fun part...deciding on which stamps to showcase on your envelopes. Every year the post office has a "Wedding" stamp, usually one for the $0.45 stamp and another for the $0.65 stamp.
Currently the $0.45 stamp is white "wedding roses" and the $0.65 stamp is the "wedding cake". There is also a "love" $0.45 stamp that is another common postage option.
Or, you can always do what we love to do and think outside the box!!! Take this for example, say you're have a beach wedding (one of our specialties while living at the beach and all) or you might be having something of the nautical persuasion, there's the $0.45 Edward Hopper stamp, a sailboat sailing the seas.
Or if you are going with an eco-friendly wedding theme there's the "Go Green" $0.45 stamp.
While there are many options for $0.45 stamps, your options are a bit limited for the $0.65 and $0.85 stamps. Besides the $0.65 "Wedding Cake" stamp there is the "Baltimore Checkerspot" butterfly stamp or if you're interesting in including your furry family member in the wedding there's the "Dogs at Work" stamp. The $0.85 stamps are also very limited. There is the "Glacier National Park" or the "Birds of Prey" - WOW with so many options, which one should you go with? BARF!
Do not let having to choose a single stamp restrict you. If there is a certain stamp you like, but it doesn't come in the right amount you can easily pair up a few stamps and only spend a little extra money to get a stamp, and look, you like. For example, if your invitation requires a $0.85 stamp and you don't like either of the two options the post office has to offer, consider spending a couple more cents to have everything match. Use two $0.45 stamps, spending $0.05 more per invite, leaving you to spend only $2.50-$5.00 for 50-100 invites.
Our Ticket to Broadway invitation with Love stamps
If you really want something a bit more personal you can get stamps made at zazzle.com. Create your own personal stamp, or browse their numerous categories, for stamps that you can coordinate with your invitations. They have 137,000+ stamps under the wedding category alone. There is an up charge for zazzle stamps. Stamps come in sets of 20 and can cost $0.95+ per stamp (for a $0.45 stamp) so plan and budget accordingly.
Our Miami at Twilight invitation with Miami Skyline stamps by Zazzle.
If you are shipping outside the United States you will need to pay air mail prices which are currently $1.05, there is one stamp available for that price, the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania stamp. Do you need to put postage on the reply card for other countries you ask? No. The postage rates are not exchangeable. Simply leave the stamp off the reply card envelope or reply post card and your guest will have to pay for the postage in their county.
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