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Five Things To Know Before Mailing Your Wedding Invitations

The wedding invitations are signed, sealed, and ready to be sent out. But before you head to the post office, there are a few major things you need to consider that may have never crossed your mind. Here are five things to do to make the most of your mailing.

1. Post in time.

Let’s face it, the SA Post Office is not a favourite with many who use its mail services right now. But they have promised that things will get better. If you are going the traditional way of sending printed wedding invitations -  it still has its charm even in this day of online invites, rather do it early. You would not want your wedding guests to get the invite long after the day itself!

2. Tissue paper inserts aren't just for good looks.

Placing tissue paper between the layers of your invitations can increase your costs, but it can help you prevent the ink from smudging. If you chose to use a darker ink on your wedding invitations or you went with thermography, there are chances that your cards could rub together as they make their way through the mail. So just add a bit of tissue paper to ensure your pretty paper arrives in its pristine shape.

3. Never lick the adhesive to close your envelopes.

To avoid having one of your precious invites open en-route, reinforce the closure method on your envelopes by using glue or some other super strong adhesive. Licking is not only hard on your mouth, it also doesn't guarantee the package will arrive in one piece. For a pretty touch, add a sticker or piece of washi tape, but don't rely on these things as the main closure method. They can fall off or catch on other items during delivery.

4. Always take your cards inside the post office.

For extra peace of mind, never drop off your wedding invitations in a street-side mailbox. If you hand them to a person at the post office directly, they are less likely to get damaged in transit, and you can ensure you've done everything correctly, from the postage to the writing of the addresses.

5. Ask the post office to hand cancel your stamps.

Instead of letting the post office run the invites through a machine-operated sorting system, politely ask them to "hand cancel" your invitations. This means that they'll use a special ink stamp to mark your invitation, and they'll sort it by hand, reducing the risk of the damage. Some post offices will refuse to do this, but some will be flexible if you pop in during a slow time.

Part of this article was adapted from an article by Alexia Conley at bridalguide.com.