// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Stamp of Approval

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We’re pretty obsessed with snail mail (in case you haven’t noticed). And there can’t be snail mail without postage. Your postage stamp has a very practical job; it covers the cost of getting your invitation across town, or across the country. And yet, even though practical, it can still convey a sense of style. Is love in the air? Obsessing over that “something old”? Have a destination wedding? Why not let the first impression on your envelope tie in to the overall feel of your event?

You will need stamps for the outer envelope, but don’t forget to put another stamp on the smaller envelope for the reply set. It will help ensure that the rsvp comes back to you.

One of the most common questions we get from our brides is how much postage will their invitation require. We always recommend taking your entire suite to the post office to get it officially weighed. The cost will be determined by the stuffed envelope. But below are the current prices from the United States Postal Service:

1 ounce “forever” stamp envelope  |  .50
(should cover most response card envelopes or standard size Save the Dates)

1 ounce square or odd size envelope  |  .71

2 ounce envelopes  |  .71
(for many invitation suites on standard paper including the invite and reply set)

2 ounce odd size  |  .92

3 ounce envelopes  |  .92
(may be required for invitations with multiple inserts, heavier lined envelopes, or on double-thick card stock)

The USPS offers several different wedding themed stamps, including some by our friends at Rifle Paper. You can create personalized stamps sanction by the post office. Adding a collection of vintage stamps to your invitation is another trend we happily stand beside. There are stamps for every occasion. It makes running to the mailbox that much more fun!

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// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Thank You Notes

Merci Beaucoup! Grazie! Thanks!
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One of the most popular weekly segments on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are his Thank You Notes. Saying thanks to everything from hard taco shells, to yoga, to thanking fellow late night host James Corden from going by the name Jimmy, Fallon writes his notes on classic Crane stationery.

Although we may not have an audience like Jimmy Fallon, getting in the habit of writing thank you notes is just as important. Especially after a big occasion like a wedding.

During this exciting time  you will be showered with well wishes, gifts, and festivities. And each and every one one should be met with a heartfelt thank you. As Margaret Shepherd says in her book The Art of the Handwritten Note, “Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter, on the occasions that really count. And sometimes it’s the only way; your words will carry sympathy and gratitude with a special kind of sincerity when the reader sees them on paper in your writing.”

In general, gifts received before the wedding should be followed by a thank you within two weeks. According to Emily Post, couples have three months post wedding to get the task done. Especially since the gift giver was not there to see you receive all of the gifts at the wedding, it is important to make sure and let them know you received the gift and, of course, loved it.

Late is always better than never. So don’t hesitate to send one past the three month mark.

So what do you say? Shepherd gives 5 characteristics of a well-written note.

  1. Be generous

  2. Be specific

  3. Be prompt

  4. Be succinct

  5. Be personal

Be generous in thanking the giver in writing, even if you thanked them in person. Mention the gift specifically. Send the thank you notes out in a timely manner. Keep the topic of this note to the occasion and the gift. Hand writing the note, especially on your own stationery, keeps it personal. Don’t use pre-printed cards without your own hand-written sentiment.

Picking out some personal stationery makes the process a little more fun! And with a great sale from Crane & Co. right now, you can get 50 personalized cards for only $99. Add a fun stamp and you will be sending some paper love in the mail!

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