Postage increase beginning in January
If you haven’t heard, there will be a postage increase on January 22, 2012. If you plan to mail anything from save the dates, engagement party invites, or wedding invitations remember to consider the postage increase when mailing items out. If you are expecting response cards to be returned, don’t get caught with out enough postage or you can expect a giant stack of bright yellow ‘return to sender’ stickers stamped on your beautifully addressed invitations.
The increase will affect everything being placed in your mailbox with postcards having the biggest price jump with a three cent increase. If you plan on ordering custom stamps do consider the price increase when you place your order.
You can also check out our post about personalized postage if you plan to order custom stamps for your invitations.
Here at ccwedblog we are not preparing to get married, but we are sending out a LOT of mail these days. We are planning our Annul Bridal Showcase here at Menifee Lakes Country Club and are sending out stacks of postcards. We thought we would be smart and save money by sending postcards this year to avoid the postage increase in January. Lucky for us we didn’t buy 2,000 postcard stamps because we plan on mailing 2,000 postcards before January 22, 2012 in order to receive that .28 cent postage.
Here are the facts straight from the United Postal Service regarding the postage increase:
Prices for most Postal Service mailing services will change on January 22, 2012.
FIRST-CLASS MAIL HIGHLIGHTS:
■ Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents.
■ Single-piece letters additional ounce rate – unchanged at 20 cents.
■ Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
■ Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
■ Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05
It is always a good idea to take the item you are going to mail to the post office to have it weighed in order to determine the correct postage amount. If you are unsure of the weight of the item, or the postage amount, it is better to be safe than sorry. Do make a short trip down to your local post office and be sure to get those invites out.