Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Skinny on Postage

Ok, so most you know by now that on May 11, 2009 the postage stamp increased in price. BUT... what you may not have known is that they also released a new wedding stamp! That's right, so anyone who is sick of the same old purple hearts wedding stamp is in for a treat. Recently released was this charming new stamp, featuring a beautiful, white, tiered wedding cake! Make sure to ask for it next time you are at the post office.

Additionally, while at the post office, I did some asking around of my own and got the skinny on the new postal regulations... here is what I found out:

- Anything less than 1 oz. can be mailed with a Forever Stamp, which is currently $0.42.

- Anything 1 oz. to 2 oz. (which includes most wedding invitations) can be mailed with a special wedding stamp.

Here’s the important part:

- USPS Postage Stamp Rates increased on May 11, 2009.

- The First Class rate increased to $0.44.

- The new wedding stamp was issued at a rate of $0.61.

However, all this being said, it is always best to take a completed/stuffed invitation to at lease 2 post offices for weighing and rate purposes. Two you ask? Yes two! It sounds crazy, but often times different post offices will provide different rates! A bride was recently quoted anywhere from $0.85 to $1.15 to mail her invitation! That is a big difference and the last thing you want is to find that your beautiful invitations have made their way back to your mailbox!

Happy Mailing!

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