There have been a lot of changes happening with USPS over the past month. Between the postage increases and the decision to stop mail deliveries on Saturdays soon, you probably have a lot of questions about how this affects sending your save the dates and invitations. So, I just wanted to take a few moments to give you a quick summary of these changes and a few tips too!
Postage Increase (effective 1/27/13)
1. First class letters (1 oz.) increased by one cent to $0.46. This would be the stamp for your response envelope. Any FOREVER stamp works for this purpose. There are a lot of Forever wedding stamps…white roses, heart wax seal and even a pretty red calligraphy LOVE stamp. You can check your local post office or if you plan ahead, order online at USPS.com. They will ship via priority mail for about $1.00 and you don’t have to stand in the long lines at the post office!
2. Each additional ounce (2 oz.) was NOT increased. So, most invitations require the 2 oz. rate to mail or $0.66 cents. USPS has a white wedding cake stamp that is perfect for mailing your invitations. Remember to always take one completed invitation to the post office and have it weighed and measured to ensure you purchase the correct postage. Keep in mind that envelopes that are thick, rigid and/or square can increase postage rates too.
3. Postcard rates will increase one cent to $0.33 each. Currently, there is no new stamp, so if you are considering a response postcard, you will have to purchase at least two stamps — the Aloha Hawaiian shirts and a one cent stamp too. Or, just pay a little more to get a Forever stamp!
No More Saturday Deliveries
According to USPS, effective August 2013, they will no longer provide deliveries of mail to homes or businesses on Saturdays. Mail will be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays and post offices that are currently open on Saturdays will remain open.
So, hopefully that helps clear up the “news” from USPS! If you have any other questions, just let us know!