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#1 Shay2679

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    Posted 11 August 2008 - 12:21 PM

    Hey everyone...

    We've just ordered our paper supplies/envelopes for our Invitations and RSVP cards (to be mailed end of January - for AHR only)

    It has just come to my attention, that our RSVP envelopes, size A4 (I thought this was a pretty standard size) envelopes (3 5/8" x 5 1/8") will be too small to come back through the mail?!?

    All of our invites are within Canada...and I am having a really hard time finding anything about the minimum dimension requirements...

    Does anyone know, or has anyone used this size RSVP envelope with or without problems? I'd hate to have to spend more now on new envelopes...I've spent enough!!!

    #2 lucy106

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      Posted 11 August 2008 - 12:25 PM

      Wow, so if something is too small they wont mail it? that seems like a normal size envelope. Can you call your post office and ask them? What a PITA!

      #3 Shay2679

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        Posted 11 August 2008 - 12:31 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by lucy106
        Wow, so if something is too small they wont mail it? that seems like a normal size envelope. Can you call your post office and ask them? What a PITA!
        Okay..so...kinda funny story...I am currently living in Montreal, but speak very little french (I'm lucky I'm able to manage MOSTLY without it)!...

        I called the post office (two different ones actually)...and...LANGUAGE BARRIER. It was hilarious trying to ask about A4 envelopes, trying to give dimensions in french...and...translating. Apparently all the english speakers were on lunch...

        SO...I came here. You guys usually answer me quicker than any phone anyways!

        And yes, apparently, if its too small (or doesn't meet their minimums) they simply will NOT mail them...they will return them to the sender?? asking for additional postage, or, if return address is not included, they just simply do not get sent. Lost mail...go figure.

        #4 ErinB

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          Posted 11 August 2008 - 01:30 PM

          I don't know what Canadian Post rules are, but I know A4 can be mailed in the US.

          If they return them to sender, why don't you just put the return address as your address as well, that way it comes to you!

          #5 ErinB

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            Posted 11 August 2008 - 01:36 PM

            Have you tried searching the webiste for package dimension guidelines?

            Canada Post - Rates and Prices

            #6 Shay2679

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              Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:00 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by ErinB
              If they return them to sender, why don't you just put the return address as your address as well, that way it comes to you!
              HAHA!! I wonder if that would work?! That is awesome...LOL

              I'd probably just confuse all my guests by putting our address on the envelope twice!! But...I COULD try to explain somewhere...LOL

              Oh...and yes, I have searched the canadapost.ca website, but I had no luck finding basic envelope dimensions...parcels, yes. Envelopes, no. I'll try again, thanks!

              #7 KrysNelson

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                Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:02 PM

                I never knew there was a minimum envelope size for mail

                #8 Shay2679

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                  Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:14 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by KrysNelson
                  I never knew there was a minimum envelope size for mail
                  I know! ME either...I knew about over-weight or over-sized parcels...but never put much thought into them being too small...

                  Grr.

                  #9 Helen_S81

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                    Posted 11 August 2008 - 05:08 PM

                    Ok I found this:

                    Canada Post - Canada

                    Size and Speed
                    Size Speed
                    Maximum:
                    Envelope and Self-mailer: 245 mm x 156 mm x 5 mm
                    Card: 235 mm x 120 mm x 5 mm
                    Other Lettermail: 380 mm x 270 mm x 20 mm
                    Local – 2 days
                    Provincial – 3 days
                    National – 4 days
                    Minimum: 140 mm x 90 mm x 0.18 mm

                    It looks like your envelopes are just under the requirements but that might be for the sorting equipment. I'd try one just to see what happens?

                    BTW I send stamped addressed envelopes out quite often with the sender and return address the same with no problem.

                    #10 Hitched Invites

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                      Posted 12 August 2008 - 09:45 AM

                      Hi,

                      Not to add insult to injury but I think you mean 4Bar, an A4 envelope size is
                      4 1/4 x 6 1/4 which would probably work but might be to big, there is also an A2 which is close in size to a 4Bar, A2s are 4 3/8x 5 3/4.

                      Hope this helps




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