I've been thrown into wedding invitation craziness this week as I'm on a mission to get three suites prepared and mailed by Thursday. So considering this fact, tons of thoughts have crossed my mind about the very 1st impression your guests will see regarding your wedding day...the wedding invitation.
Instead of using clear mailing labels on your envelopes (because they aren't really clear) consider contacting a calligraphist to hand address the envelopes. But should that be out of the budget, ask the calligraphist or invitation designer about digital calligraphy. The cost is a fraction of what you would spend on actual calligraphy, plus their are tons of lavish fonts and still adds elegance to the envelopes.
Also, add a tiny number to the back of the reply card consistent with the spreadsheet you have created for tracking the replies. This way, should a reply card be returned with no name or the hand writing isn't legible, you will still know who sent it.
Make sure to take a completely assembled wedding invitation to your local post office to have it weighed. You will need postage for the outer envelope and for the respond card envelope. Most standard invitations will need a $.61 stamp for the outer envelope and a $.44 for the reply envelope.
Upon speaking with one of my friends that works inside of my local post office, she disclosed to me - do not mail wedding invitations around the holidays because the flow of mail is usually backed up due to closures. Also, don't mail invitations on a rainy day. Sometimes the adhesive from the envelopes comes untacked. Last, don't drop the invitations into a mailbox. Take them inside and have an invitation weighed one last time before mailing them off to your wedding guests.
Until next time...WEDologize!
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