Many couples forget to include the cost of postage when calculating their wedding budget. Stamps for the save-the-dates, invites & RSVPs add up quicker than you’d think! Also, as of 1/27/13, the USPS has raised stamp prices – don’t forget to take that into account when budgeting! Your goal is a mailbox filled with RSVPs – not envelopes marked with
- 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
Typically, wedding invitations require more postage than a standard letter. A $0.66 stamp should do the trick, but we always suggest heading to the post office with one completed/stuffed invite and having it weighed out just to be safe.
RSVP Cards done in a traditional 4Bar envelope will require a $0.46 stamp. Post card RSVPs as well as Save-the-dates will now run you $0.33/each.
Also, something to keep in the back of your mind – the Post Office tends to be busy on certain days/weeks – try to avoid going on the 1st or 15th of any month, and be aware of tax filing deadlines – the most popular ones are 3/15, 4/15, 9/15 and 10/15.
Now, let’s get on to the pretty stuff… Some of the new stamps that the USPS is coming out with for 2013….
Above is the 2013 wedding stamp – which is sold at the 2-ounce rate ($0.66) and should cover most invites. To the right is a standard rate forever stamp which would be a perfect compliment to the wedding stamp & could be used for RSVPs, Save-the-dates, and thank you cards.
This year’s LOVE stamp is a pretty twist on the wax seal. At $0.46, it may not be enough by itself for an invite, but it’d be lovely on a save the date.
If you want to opt for something a little more modern, we’re loving the new Kaleidoscope Flowers offering. Just be aware, it’s a $0.46 stamp. How fun are these color combos?
For the art-lovers, this year we will see a set of stamps commemorating Modern Art in America. This series is made up of a dozen different first class stamps depicting masterpieces by Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Gerald Murphy, Charles Demuth, John Marin, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Aaron Douglas, and Charles Sheeler, as well as a photograph by Man Ray. We’re loving the Brooklyn Bridge by Stella and the #5 by Duchamp (especially if you’re getting married on the 5th!).
We’re also loving the Spicebush Swallowtail (say that 5x fast) – the stylized image of the butterfly is really unique. This stamp may be used for square envelopes weighing up to and including one ounce. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for an additional 20 cents postage–or the use of this butterfly stamp. The butterfly stamp may also be used to mail envelopes with irregular sizes and shapes.
There are several websites where you can design your own postage or maybe even put those engagement photos to work. And if all else fails, you can totally go bad-ass and use a couple of Johnny Cash stamps!