Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The stamps for the invitations finally came. I stopped everything and put the Forever stamps on the reply card envelopes, placed each in the inner envelope. Then after checking to make sure the name matched, placed the inner envelope in the outer envelope, put the .66 stamp on it and sealed it. Done.
All was going well until I reached the last one in the first box (which would have been the first one the calligrapher at the engravers placed when packing the lot.) On that envelope was a Post-it Note that simply read "Postage $1.10". Suddenly panic set in. I knew I had called the engravers to see what amount of postage I needed. And, the nice young man had pulled up my order and told me, based on the size and weight of the invitations and the reply cards, I would need .66 for each invitation. That was why I ordered the .66 stamps. That is why (I assume) the US Post Office puts out a very pretty "Wedding Cake" .66 stamp, knowing that the postage on most wedding invitations is going to be that amount.
I ran and asked my DH to weigh one of the invitations on his postal scale. Then I measured the length and width of the envelope. Using the postage calculator on usps.com, the correct postage should be .66. What was I missing here? Even if you add .66 plus a Forever stamp (now valued at .46) you would get a total of 1.12. Where was the 1.10 coming from?
Mentally, I quickly checked to see if I had enough extra Forever stamps to add one to each invitation. And, no, American flags or dingy doc workers were not going to cut it.
I just went back to the task at hand and continued putting the stamps on as I originally had been and filling the envelopes. About five invitations later, there was another Post-it Note. Once again it read, "Postage $1.10". I just looked at it. Then it hit me. I went back and pulled out the invitation that was originally flagged. There was my answer.
Both of the invitations were addressed to guests in Canada. The calligrapher was kind enough to flag the two, noting the extra postage they would need. And, I was too dense to figure it out.