In the last decade, the USPS has iterated upon its wedding-related correspondence, introducing personalized postage stamps as the concept of bespoke attire and décor rose in popularity. Soon, however, the postal service will discontinue all orders for custom postage stamps, designating a mid-June deadline for all personalized orders until further notice. Some services are pushing this deadline up earlier to fulfill orders by the deadline.
Most personalized postage stamps from authorized vendors function like Forever stamps, so couples can purchase the stationery items with reassurance for future use. (Also, couples can think ahead beyond, save-the-dates and invitations with holiday and thank you cards in mind.) "Think bridal shower guests, bachelor and bachelorette attendees, and specialty vendors such as the wedding planner, officiant, gown boutique, hair stylist and florist team," suggests Minted's team. "You could try a different stamp design on each type of mail that ties back to your overall wedding theme."
Keep in mind: the price of custom stamps is higher than one standard booklet of 20 Forever stamps, which is about $11. Custom postage stamps are also sold by sheets of 20 with one booklet priced at $37. If you have your guest list in mind, the cost for 100 custom postage stamps is around $185, presuming each first class letter is under an ounce.
One big tip is to stuff your invitations in advance and to take it to the post office for a preliminary trip. Have the USPS employee weigh it for you to determine and factor all the final costs regarding postage. "The last thing you'd want is to send several hundred beautiful wedding invitations in the mail only to have them each returned with the 'Return to Sender' stamp across the front for insufficient postage," the rep concludes. "A tragedy like this can easily be avoided with just a little bit of research."
The Forever stamp was first introduced to customers in 2007, and remains an important component of wedding correspondence today. This isn't the only adjustment made to the postage stamp category in recent years. In early 2019, the postal service announced a price increase in its first-class "Forever" stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents per item.
by Esther Lee