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New Postage Rates

Before you begin addressing envelopes, assemble one complete invitation (including tissue paper, any maps or additional insertions, and the stamp on the return response envelope) and take it to your local post office for weight and measurement. When you order invitations, it is safe to assume that you will have to pay extra postage. Don’t assume .42 cents will be enough with all the insertions it could easily exceed one ounce. In addition, often it’s the size and not the weight which may require more postage than one first class stamp, so taking this extra step now can save a lot of aggravation later. Don’t forget to buy stamps for the response card envelopes or postcards while you’re at the post office! First Class Letter postage prices are based on the shape, as well as the weight of the envelope.

USPS follows the guidelines below:

Shape
Rectangular; length is the dimension parallel to the address
1. At least 5″ long x 3 1/2″ high by .007″thick
2. No more than 11 1/2″ long x 6 1/8″ high x 1/4″ thick
3. Up to 3.5 ounces

Letters that meet one or more of the non-machinable characteristics below are subject to the $0.20 non-machinable surcharge. Items over 3.5 ounces must be mailed as a Large Envelope or Package.
* It is a square letter (the minimum size for a square envelope is 5 x 5 inches.)
* It is too rigid – does not bend easily
* It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
* It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
* It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven

The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5 oz

Weight
Less than 1 oz. = 42 cents
1.1 – 2 oz. = 59 cents
2.1 – 3 oz. = 76 cents
3.1 – 3 1/2 oz. = 96 cents

visit http://www.usps.com/calculateretailpostage/ for domestic postage calculator or visit http://www.usps.com/ for further details

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