Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Postal Primer for Mailing your Invitations...

Let’s assume that you have already ordered your invitations, had your designs sketched and contracted your deposit. You are now reaching the print proof date. At that time, the stationer should present you with a full invitation ensemble, exactly as it will be created and in the same stocks as was ordered. The reason for a full representation in this case is so that the mailing characteristics will be the same as the order you pickup on contracted completion date. Please note – the same type of envelope should also be provided. Shiny envelopes do make a difference when mailing.

What you should do with that proof (after making sure that all the information is correct, of course) is mail it to yourself. Take the proof to the post office, ask someone to run it over the scales and through the sorters to find out the postage costs. Buy that amount of postage, and mail it to yourself that day. Track the number of days it takes to arrive and see what condition the envelope is in when it comes to your home. Only after you are satisfied with the receipt and condition should you purchase postage for the total number of invitations you will be mailing.

Some glossary terms that will help you in the process are listed below. Final tips and tricks will wrap up this Methods blog entry at the end of our post…

Postage - the total monetary value of the stamps placed on the outside envelope to guarantee delivery to the addressee or recipient.

Weight - the amount of ounces the total invitation envelope measures on a calibrated postal scale.

First Class Postage – the current cost for mailing a ‘regular’ size 1-ounce or less envelope. Currently that is $ .44 cents. It is not scheduled to increase in 2011. It is also the current value of any forever stamp.

Non Machineable - the categorization of an envelope that is not able to be run through the postal machines. Anything that is too rigid, too thick or not the right shape will be considered non-machineable. The extra fee for a non-machineable envelope is $ .20 cents

Square - an envelope that is the same size on both edges. The extra fee that is paid for a square envelope is THE SAME FEE that you will pay if your invitation is too rigid to sort.

Oversize - any envelope whose larger edge is greater than 6 ¼” wide. There is an extra fee for an oversize envelope.

Additional Postage - the amount in excess of $ .44 to mail an invitation. Additional ounces and non-machineable fees are considered additional postage. The additional ounce rates will increase on April 17th

Hand Cancelling - means having the person behind the counter use a rubber stamp to mark the postage as ‘spent.’ It WILL NOT prevent your invitation from being sent through the sorting machines.

Minimum mailing size - the size that a piece of mail must be in order to be legally mailable. Currently that size is 3 ½” by 5”
Postcard - a single card printed with information on one side and an address on the other. It must be a certain thickness and size to be mailable, and it costs less than first-class regular postage. The maximum size for a postcard is 4” x 6” Currently, the postcard costs $ .28 to mail – but on April 17th that price will increase to $ .29

Hand Sorting - the process by which small packages are run through the postal system. This is not the same as hand cancelling. Hand sorting goes into a different bin at the post office. If you want an envelope to be hand sorted – you will have to pay the non-machineable fees.

While there are several more intricacies of the US Postal Service and their categories, extra fees and additional services, this information will give you a beginning postal primer. What to keep in mind when mailing (and sometimes when ordering) your invitations is that the general or average weight of an invitation ensemble is between 1.7 and 2.5 ounces. The first ounce is $.44 and each additional ounce will cost $.20 each. Most pocket invitations are considered too rigid for the sorting machines, so there will be another $.20 fee. But that also covers a square invitation, so size won’t be an obstacle when you order.

If you pay the $.20 non machineable fee, be sure to give your invitations to a person to have them HAND SORTED, not hand cancelled. The process of hand sorting ensures that a person not a machine looks at them each step of the way. When taking them to the counter, use the phrase “Put these with the spurs and small packages.” It should ensure that they are delivered to your guests in pristine condition. Boxed invitations are considered small packages and postage costs are based upon weight and classification.

These tips and tricks should help your invitations get to their destination as pretty as they were the day they were picked up from the stationer. Overall, if you choose to have a completely custom invitation created for you, then the additional postage costs to ensure they are gorgeous when put into your friends’ and families’ mailboxes will be small in comparison to the reduction in worry about how the post office will handle your invitations.

DBY shares the stage with Rivini designer on 6-12-11

DBY invitations is proud to be exhibiting their couture and custom work at this Sunday's Bridal Expo... so you are cordially invited to view our collection, as well as the New 2012 Rivini Collection!

Sunday, June 12th at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers: Show Hours: 12p-4p
Couture Show at 2-3pm Special Designer Spotlight Presentation-Rivini

Rita Vinieris, Designer For Rivini Will Be “Live” on Stage With Bridal Expo Chicago’s Fashion Director Carol Tardi as We Present A Special Spotlight Presentation Featuring “The Best of Rivini’s Spring 2012 Collection.” Our Attending Brides Will Be Treated to a Special Presentation of Rivini’s First Ever Appearance of Spring 2012 Gowns in The Heart of Downtown Chicago!

Rivini is one of the most revered designers in the world. Rivini designer Rita Vinieris says she was inspired by Central Park in the Spring for her recent collection. Tones of blossom with layered tones of ivory create a dreamy and ethereal mood with gentle movement. Gentle and luminous textures are hand cut and hand layered in an organic yet meticulous manner, creating graceful elegance and depth.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bridal Expo 2/27 Noon - 4pm

If you're recently engaged, and are looking for the best vendors to work with on your big day, then visit the Bridal Expo!

And if you are anything like us at DBY, you will be looking for a diversion until the early evening when the fabulous coverage of the Oscars begins! So visit us at this week's Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury Show. DBY will be exhibiting at the Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove. Doors open at Noon and the Fashion Show will go off at 2pm. Stop by to see our invitations, check out some brand new boxed couture invitations designs and see what might be the way you would like to set the tone for your event.

See you at the show!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


For those of you in the midwest - this photo doesn't even do justice to the waist high drifts we're all dealing with. Needless to say - DBY invitations will be taking a Snow Day and staying home to design.

We will plan to be open again on Thursday, February 3rd at noon. In the meantime, feel free to email us with any questions or issues. We'll be staying connected all day!

Now - go shovel and stay safe everyone...

Monday, January 17, 2011

DBY invitations will be exhibiting at 3 more Bridal Expo Chicago shows in the next two months...
1/23 - Sheraton Chicago Hotel
1/30 - Doubletree Hotel Oakbrook
2/27 - Belvedere Banquets

Please note, we will also have our studio closed to walk-ins and appointments for a little over a week in February.

To stay as informed as possible about our availability, where to see our work, when you can meet us and the best days to make ordering appointments, view the calendar and link to our Facebook page for wall updates and new events postings.