The one thing we get asked about time and time again as stationery pros? All about wedding postage and addressing. From formality of addressing guest names to adding the postage on the envelope - we’re breaking down all you need to know when crafting your address list and ordering postage! Read on for our top tip
The return address should always appear on the back flap, and traditionally it does not need to include a name, though more than often it is still added. We also love placing monograms on the flap for an extra touch of personalization. The return address is typically either your parent’s address or the bride and groom’s address. Another option to some money on printing is to use a return address stamp that has been custom made for this purpose. A stamp allows you to use any color ink (even metallic colors!) and is very affordable.
Digital printing is the most cost effective way to address your envelopes, while still keeping them looking formal and elegant. We can typeset your addresses in a coordinating font and have them printed digitally. Many brides opt for this option because it saves time, and it is usually a small incremental cost to your wedding suite.
Rules of Addressing
There are so many different scenarios for the proper address formats - married couples, families, doctors, military personnel - but the most general rule to follow in addressing your wedding envelopes is that everything gets spelled out. (Rd. = Road, St . = Street, Ln = Lane) We will provide you with a template to use so that your addresses are properly formatted. Making sure that your addresses appear exactly how you want them to on your envelopes is always a huge time savings.
We also have this handy Resource page, where you can download a file to enter all of your guest addresses, so that we can print them right on the envelopes! Trust me, your hand will thank you!
Check Postage Before Buying Stamps
Take the entirely assembled invitation suite (or two if there are variations, ex: one for local guests, another for out of town guests, which may include additional enclosures) to the post office to be weighed. It’s likely that additional inserts, or extras/add ons - such as ribbons or belly bands - will call for extra postage. Square invitations (and envelopes) require more postage than rectangle formats. Also, make it easy for guests to send back their reply cards by adding postage to the small reply envelopes.
There are so many options for postage on your wedding invitations, and we believe that you shouldn’t settle for Forever stamps. The post office offers several “wedding” postage stamps that may be in line with your colors and overall theme. These stamps are for larger weights, and therefore you may need more than one stamp to cover the cost of one invitation. Completely custom stamps with a monogram or photo are unfortunately no longer available to purchase (USPS did away with these).
Another option to really personalize your envelope is to curate your own collection of vintage stamps. There are thousands of options when it comes to vintages stamps: colors, patterns, states, and special events. Because vintage stamps are from decades past and were designed for letters that cost .5 or .10 cents to mail, you may need many of them on one envelope. This can get pricy for every envelope, so if it's not in your budget we recommend you order about 5 sets for keepsakes, styling photos, and special guests!