Signed, sealed, delivered...hopefully! If you're nearly ready to head to the post office to mail your wedding invitations (yay -- you're in the home stretch!) you may think you've learned all there is to know about wedding stationery. But before dropping those pretties off at the post, make sure to consider these five important things.
1. Tissue paper inserts aren't just for good looks. While placing tissue paper between the layers of your stationery suite can increase your costs, it also helps prevent the ink from smudging. If you chose to use a darker-colored ink on your invitations, or your invitations utilize thermography, your cards could rub together in the mail. If it's not too late, add a bit of tissue paper to ensure your pretty paper arrives in pristine shape.
2. Square invitations require more postage. Due to the abnormal shape, square envelopes require more postage to mail. While this isn't a huge monetary difference (about 20 cents per card, depending on the size) you can easily cut a couple of extra dollars by opting for a traditional rectangular envelope. If you're looking for other ways to save on your invitations, opt for an RSVP postcard rather than a traditional mail-in response card, as the cost of a postcard stamp is less than a normal stamp.
3. Never lick the adhesive to close your envelopes. To avoid having one of your precious invites open en route, reinforce the closure method on your envelopes by adding a layer of glue or adhesive. For a pretty touch, add a sticker or piece of washi tape -- but don't rely on these things as the main closure method.
4. Always take your cards to the post office. For extra peace of mind (and to avoid making your invitations battle the elements), never drop them off in a street-side post box. If you hand them to a person at the post office, they are less likely to get damaged in transit, and you can ensure you have the correct postage on each (especially important if you're using vintage stamps).
5. Ask the post office to hand cancel your stamps. Instead of letting the post office run the invites through a machine-operated sorting system (which marks the envelope with thick lines in the top right corner and may damage the envelope in the process) ask them to "hand cancel" your invitations. This means that they'll use a special ink stamp to mark your invitation and they'll sort it by hand, reducing the risk of the damage. While some post offices refuse to do this, most are flexible if you come during a slow day or time.