Wedding Invitations Mailing Tips.
Insert the invitation (folded edge first for a folded invitation, left edge for a single card invitation) so that you see the printed side of the invitation on top when flap is opened. If invitation comes with the inserts (RSVP card, Directions card & etc) they are placed on top of the invitation, printed sides up, in size order with the smallest on top. With invitation pockets or folded cards stack insert cards in the pocket smallest on top.
Before purchasing any stamps it is advisable to have your assembled invitation weighed at the post. Inserts or oversize envelope might require extra postage.
Always take your cards INSIDE the post office
For extra peace of mind (and to avoid risking your invitations having to battle the elements), never drop them off in a street-side mailbox. If you hand them to a person at the post office directly, they are less likely to get damaged in transit and you can ensure you’ve done everything correctly, from the postage to the writing of the addresses.
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” or “hand stamp” 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 pop in during a slow time.
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 using glue or some other super strong adhesive. Licking is not only hard on your mouth, it also doesn’t guarantee the package will arrive in one piece. For a pretty touch, add a sticker or piece of washi tape, but don’t rely on these things as the main closure method. They can fall off or catch on other items during delivery.
Bubble wrap envelope protector
If you are sending invitations overseas they might require an extra protection. Flat cards with little or no embellishments do not need a bubble wrap protector, however, cards with raising embellishments traveling overseas might need it. Check with your local post office if bubble wrap envelope is advisable.