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New 2014 Postage Rates

2014 Postage Rate Increase via DelphineThe USPS just raised rates for 2014! Here’s a quick guide to new 2014 Postage rates as they apply to most wedding invitations:

  • Letter, Save the date, Reply Envelope (with single reply card inside), Single card/invitation: 49 cents
  • Invitation set (invitation, reply card, reply envelope, and another card or two, up to 2 oz.): 70 cents
  • Postcard (size 6in x 4.25in or smaller): 34 cents
  • Any letter/card or invitation set (up to 2 oz.) to all international destinations: $1.15

Keep in mind: square envelopes/postcards, non-bendable envelopes, and extra thick envelopes don’t fit through the USPS machines, so there is an additional fee for being non-machinable — check with local post office for rates or use the usps’s handy postage price calculator. There are also additional fees for postage weighing over 2 ounces.

Besides buying stamps at your local post office, you can buy official USPS stamps online at USPS.com. There are lots of pretty ones to choose from. If you’re looking for something a bit more custom, check out Delphine’s Zazzle shop with stamps to match most of our invitation designs. If you don’t see what you’d like, or need the colors/monogram switched out just let us know and we’ll whip something up for you.

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Hello, October

Desk Calendar by Delphine October 2012Hello, October! I’m looking forward to changing leaves, chilly evenings, and spooky sights. Wishing all of you a spooktacular month!

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Hello, September

September 2012 Delphine Desk Calendar Hello, September! There’s something about Back to School season that just gets me going. I love lists, schedules, planning, and, of course, school supply shopping. There’s a lot of all that going on here in the Delphine studio this month. Let the big plans, strategy meetings, and brainstorm sessions begin.

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Whose name comes first on the invitation? Mom or Dad?

Dear Delphine Stationery Etiquette and Tips

Dear Delphine, I’m confused about how I should order my parents’ names on the invitation. When listing my parents’ names, who comes first? Mom or Dad?

Thanks,  Perplexed Bride-to-be

whose name goes first on wedding invitation

Dear Perplexed, It’s a common question (and the most common error we see when people place orders). Proper etiquette is to list a woman’s name first, man’s second. A simple way to remember this is that a man’s first and last name should never be separated. Each of these examples follow proper etiquette rules:

Anne and Bradley Cline   •   Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Cline   •   Mrs. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline  •  Dr. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline  •  Mrs. Anne and Dr. Bradley Cline

This same rule applies when addressing all your envelopes.

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Stationery vs. Stationary

Stationery vs Stationary Spelling

How to spell Paper Stationery versus StationaryFellow stationers, I know we share a collective “aaaaaargh” every time we see our beloved industry spelled incorrectly.

For the record, when referring to paper goods, the correct spelling is ‘stationery’ … and when referring to something standing still, like an exercise bike or a parked car, the correct spelling is ‘stationary.’

“Word to the Wise” graphic courtesy of Fig. 2.  •  Delightful stationery and stationary definition tote by Sapling Press available in their Etsy shop.

 

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“Please R.s.v.p.” is Redundant

Please R.S.V.P. is redundantA gentle reminder … R.S.V.P. is an acronym which stands for “répondez s’il vous plaît.” The literal translation of this French phrase is “respond if it pleases you.”

Writing “please r.s.v.p.” is like writing “please respond if it pleases you.” Which is silly.

Merci for listening. I will step down from the soap box now.

 

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2012 USPS Postage Rates for Wedding Invitations

2012 wedding invitation postage rates uspsThe USPS is raising rates in a few days (January 22, 2012). I can’t wait to see the new stamps. I’m particularly looking forward to the new bonsaii and cherry blossom ones.

Now is a good time to stock up on those Forever stamps! And remember if you are sending out invitations with reply envelopes you expect to receive after January 22nd to put an extra penny stamp on them to ensure delivery back to you.

Here’s a quick guide to 2012 USPS rates as they apply to most wedding invitations:

  • Save the date, Reply Envelope (with single reply card inside), Single card/invitation: 45 cents
  • Invitation set (invitation, reply card, reply envelope, and another card or two, up to 2 oz.): 65 cents
  • Response postcard: 32 cents

Keep in mind: square envelopes/postcards, non-bendable envelopes, and extra thick envelopes don’t fit through the USPS machines, so there is an additional fee for being non-machinable — check with local post office for rates or use the usps’s handy postage price calculator.

Besides buying stamps at your local post office, you can buy official USPS stamps online at USPS.com. There are lots of pretty ones to choose from. If you’re looking for something a bit more custom, check out Delphine’s Zazzle shop with stamps to match most of our invitation designs. If you don’t see what you’d like, or need the colors/monogram switched out just let us know and we’ll whip something up for you.

 

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