etiquette part II

For you couples getting close to mailing your invitations, here are a few tips from experts like Emily Post, Peggy Post, Martha Stewart, and others.

Assembling the Invitation:
Here’s the order in which they should be stacked to go in the outer envelope. The invitation is on the bottom, print side up.  Stack all other inserts, such as a map, reception card, and reply card, on the invitation in your preferred order. Insert everything into the envelope with the print side up, so that when guests open the envelopes they will see the lettering.

Postage and Handling:
Bring a completed invitation to the post office to have it weighed; many require postage for at least two ounces, which usually exceeds the cost of a first-class stamp. Have a reply card and its envelope weighed as well, to ensure that you don’t over- or underpay for that postage. While at the post office ask what’s available for stamps, or browse through a wider variety at usps.com. Vintage stamps can be purchased from philatelic societies. They are worth the amount printed on them — but they can cost much more, since they are collectible and limited in quantity. You can also customize stamps through such sites as zazzle.com to go with the theme of your day or utilize a monogram you’ve chosen.

Our favorite tip of all, Hand-Canceling:

You can take your invitations to the post office and request that they be hand-canceled. Machines print bar codes on the envelopes, but hand-canceling — just marking each stamp — keeps invitations neat and prevents damage that machines can cause.

ryan miller