Hooray! If you’re a planner, you are probably loving every bit of the wedding planning phase, and are probably right on track (if not a little ahead) with getting your wedding invitations planned out. Who you’re going to use, what style you’re going for, etc. Well, one thing I find brides being blindsided by quite often is how much postage ends up costing for their dream wedding invitations. Whether you have a simple invitation suite or something more elaborate, it’s best not to forget about the cost of postage to get those little pretties off to your excited guests. Here I’ll break down the different types of postage you’ll need, and things you might not think of that could throw a wrench into your plans later.
No matter how well you plan, things might be different than you think they are. I’ve done tons of research before and then when you get to the post office they are like, oh no, that’s not a first class large envelope because it’s rigid, it’s a different cost (fyi, WAY more). So word to the wise, work in an extra two weeks into your timeline so when you receive your invitations, you have time to take a full one to the post office, find out how much it will cost you to mail, and then order your postage.
Here are the basic postage rates, pulled straight from the USPS website (as of June 2019):
- Letter Stamps - standard-sized rectangular envelopes - from $0.55
- Letter Stamps - square, oversized, or unusual envelopes - from $0.70
- Postcard Stamps - standard-sized, rectangular postcards - from $0.35
- Global Forever (International) - standard-sized, rectangular envelopes - from $1.15
Notice they all say “from X amount”... that’s because additional ounces add to the cost, and like I mentioned before, if it’s rigid (think wood or acrylic invitations) the price changes completely. Something that might normally cost $0.85 might now cost $4.85. You can always try to estimate and buy your postage ahead of time, but I’d still advise taking a FULLY assembled invitation to let them tell you how much it will cost.
In all my spring and summer wedding projects, I’ve noticed a big trend continuing this year (and I LOVE it)... dusty blue. I love it because it’s traditional and feels like a classic wedding “something” blue but has a modern twist with its dusty gray hue. I also love that so many shades fall into this color category, making it easy to coordinate colors without feeling too matchy-matchy, if you know what I mean.
Even if you want a more neutral tones sort of wedding you can easily work in dusty blues to give touch of color, or you can use it in more places to make it a more dominant color. It can be used for romantic style weddings, modern, boho or minimal. So versatile and so beautiful and timeless.
Here are some beautiful ways to use dusty blue on your wedding day.
First and foremost, congratulations, girl! You’re officially a bride-to-be. While you’re elated and so ready to dive into wedding planning, you must realize it’s not all pinning and day-dreaming... There’s a TON of numbers and logistics that make your dream wedding happen. Now that you’ve pulled your head out of the clouds for a minute, let’s chat about save-the-date timing.
So you’ve set a date, booked your major vendors, and you’re working on planning your timeline for all the finer details. Before you do anything else, figure out when you need to send out save the dates. The purpose of this customary wedding checklist item is to officially announce your wedding is happening and to give your guests an idea of when and where it will be so they can mark the date/weekend on their calendar and start planning.
If you are anything like me at all, when planning your wedding you want your guests to open their mailbox one day and be delighted that there’s some “fun mail” in there, mixed in with the typical sea of bills and junk. While it is just essentially a way to tell a person they are invited to your wedding, and provide them with details they need to attend, it’s also the first impression your guests will have of your event. You want to set the tone and let them know what to expect. Luckily today we all have access to some way of printing and quickly sending out invites. That hasn’t always been the case. Have you ever wondered how wedding invitations got their start? Maybe it’s just me, but I did some digging and wanted to share my findings. Here’s a brief history of the wedding invitation.
It’s hard to imagine, but there was indeed a time before the printing press existed. Before 1447 when that came about, English weddings were typically announced via a town crier. Can you imagine? Someone roaming the streets yelling your wedding is happening, and anyone within earshot was expected to be a part of the celebration. I imagine the modern day equivalent being a post on social media and anyone who sees it is invited. Please don’t do that.
The Birth of the Wedding Crest and Wax Seals
Something a little more eloquent to think about is the fact that our use of wax seals and wedding monograms and crests originated with nobility and monks who were masters of calligraphy. In the Middle Ages, most people still couldn’t read or write, so only the nobility sent out physical invitations. They would commission monks to do calligraphy and hand write their invitations, which at this time typically included a Coat of Arms and a wax seal.
Hi! In case you don't personally know me, I'm Amanda Sides, and I love pretty paper. I believe it's a reflection of you as a person and especially sets the tone for any wedding, event or party.
I also love red wine, hot coffee, fresh flowers, and good shoes. You can usually find me wearing great fitting blue jeans, a white tee (or something equally as basic) and always good shoes. Okay and probably a good bag... but lately I just carry my diaper bag... but you know it's a stylish one.
Before kids you never would have found me without a perfect at-home manicure. We won't talk about how that's going now that I have three tiny dragons...
I'm a mom of three working to build a beautiful, happy and healthy family as well as this business.
While I started The Calligraphy Bar a few years back to turn my calligraphy hobby into a side hustle, it started turning into only handmade, custom one-off orders and while I do enjoy that, it was keeping me from growing the invitation side of the business, which is where my passion truly lies.
I designed my own wedding invitations almost six years ago and it sparked something in me that just won't quit. I feel like your invitation is ultimately the start of how you present yourselves to the world, and should never be an afterthought.