The New Post Card Stamp . . . ohhhhh

Stamp prices have risen again.  (boooooo).  Bad news for people who plan to mail out 150-200 invites.  Probably 150-200 rsvp cards.  These same people will likely mail about 150-200 thank you cards to their wedding guests, not to mention the 30-40ish shower thank you cards.  Let's not forget the extra mail for sending deposits and payments for wedding services.

A note about the post card stamp.  As many know it's more affordable to mail an RSVP postcard rather than a traditional card and envelope. Reason number 1 is because you don't have to pay for a envelope and pay for your address to be printed on the envelope.  Secondly you only have to apply $0.33 postage instead of the full first class postage of $0.46.  If you mail out 150 invites this saves you almost $20.00 - not a huge amount in the grand scheme of a wedding but if you are counting pennies (and many are) this $20.00 could instead be spent towards your head piece or a more special cake topper.  Whatever floats your boat.

Another thing I like to discuss is the design of the post card stamp.  While you can purchase many, many first class forever stamps - we are at the mercy of the postal system when we buy that $0.33 stamp.  This year the post card stamp is a pretty apple.

Okay, so that isn't going to suit every invitation style it's far better than the polar bear that was available several years ago.  Gals who graduated from ONU were happy to use it since their mascot is a polar bear.  Others had to suffer.

Once I had a bride who confided that she was disappointed that I used the above post card stamp on her very elegant invites.  I'm glad she spoke up!  I visit the post office daily so I know the selection of stamp.  I failed to realize that most brides have no idea that there is ONLY ONE post card option (save for using a more appropriate, but more costly, love stamp.)  This was a lesson learned and now I make sure to educate people that they have a choice.  It is cheaper to go the post card route but we have to live with whatever the post office selects for us.  Hopefully this year everyone likes the apple!

From the United States Postal Service Link

The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in Jan. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents