If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that every January I write about the increases in postage and what the new stamp options are (mostly specific to event and wedding invitation mailings). I’ll still write that post in a month or so, but to pre-empt that I wanted to write this as a bit of a warning for folks who are sending out invitations in the next 30 days.
Effective January 24, 2014, the following increases will take place:
- Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
- Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
Overall, if you’re sending 200 invitations you will pay an extra $6-8 on postage (plus an extra $6 if you plan to stamp your RSVP envelopes).
Not the end of the world, right? But you do want to be careful not to have the wrong postage on RSVP envelopes. If you’re sending out your invites between now and the end of January, just be sure to not just use this years postage. Some guests will wait a few weeks to return the card. And if they wait until after Jan. 24, the card may not get back to you because of insufficient postage. Whatever shall you do?! Well…
- Wait and send them on January 20 (if it’s feasible based on your wedding date and RSVP date). You can save on using the OLD postage on the carrier envelopes, but use the NEW postage on the RSVP envelopes.
- If you’re opting not to include stamps on your RSVP envelopes or postcards, use that opportunity to have your designer add a small box that includes the postage cost. I use something simple like “place $0.49 stamp here” on certain projects and it works well.
- If you want to get witty about it (this suggestion won’t be fitting for most people), add a line on your RSVP card that says “Your response is appreciated by January 24. After that date, the cost of your RSVP will go up by 3 cents.”
That last one is really only a half suggestion and should only be used if you’re really funny people to begin with and can reword it in a more humorous way that your grandmother won’t be appalled by.