In our digital age, youngsters born after 2010, or the so-called generation alpha, have hardly been to a brick-and-mortar post office.
This post will be more beneficial to those born in the late 1990s and mid-2000s who may be planning to tie the knot soon. They can, of course, email a wedding template to all guests in a few clicks.
However, few things are more touching than finding a personalized wedding invitation in your home’s mailbox.
How to Mail Heart-melting Wedding Invitations Without a Hassle
As with all pre-wedding operations, invitation campaigns require careful planning and organization. Here is how to avoid stress and maximize efficiency.
Make a list of your guests
It’s easier said than done because it’s hardly possible to invite all of your friends and relatives to the party.
Even if you did, chances are that you and your significant other will get lost in the crowd at some point.
Focus on close friends and wealthy relatives
Cruel as it may sound, you don’t have to invite all of your relatives to the party. Focus on the ones who have enough connections and means to help the young family smoothly sail off into married life.
How to find long-lost relatives?
Before looking them up on people search sites like Information.com, you should ask the rest of the family about them. Your grandparents sometimes know more than Google; just enter the right keywords!
Track down long-lost friends and re-establish links
As to friends, invite the ones who’ve proven their loyalty in hard times. Ideally, there should not be more than 100 guests at the reception.
Suppose you had a really close high school buddy, but your life paths diverged after the prom.
Scrape graduation books and old phone directories for some basic info and run it through a reliable people lookup service online.
Alumni.net and Classmates.com have specialized in reviving high school friendships. If the report is inconclusive, try tracking them down through mutual friends or a people finder like information.com.
Find the guests’ addresses
Next, you should ensure you know the wedding guests’ correct and most recent residential addresses.
How to look up one’s address?
There are plenty of sites like Information.com or Whitepages.com where you can carry out an address lookup. Enter the person’s phone number and request their current address.
If they have specifically requested their phone number not to appear in people searches, try to find them on social media through mutual friends.
You can also request their address via a valid email address, which appears in a standard person checkup.
Once you’ve verified the post addresses of all guests, you can start the heavy lifting.
Find a designer
The next step is to find a designer to create exceptional wedding invitations and response cards. You can, of course, find plenty of free templates online or visit a site allowing you to make one from scratch.
Find a budget print-house
Printing 100 colorful wedding invitations on top-quality paper and as many response cards can be costly.
You can order cheap printouts online, but the risk of critical shipment delays exists. Better try to find the best deal in your area so that you can collect your order in person.
Prepare the envelopes
To cut down postage costs, use same-format envelopes. You can handwrite each if you feel like it, but the more practical thing to do is have the print house stamp each one with the recipient’s address in some fancy font.
Make sure there’s one invitation and one response card in each envelope and that every response card contains your address.
Calculate postage costs
Now that all envelopes are ready for postage, it’s time to do the math. For your information, envelopes below one ounce cost $0.50 to send within the US.
For 100 items, you should go out of $50. Armed with this tip, go to your local post office and check out the best domestic shipment deals.
How much do RSVP cards cost?
RSVP Cards must accompany each wedding invitation. If printed out from a free standard template, they can cost around $50 per 100 items. If you’d like a unique design, the total can increase to $200.