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#1 fogdog

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    Posted 31 August 2007 - 03:22 PM

    ugh...I am diy'ing my invites and my cousin designed them for me. I was so excited they were going to be done soon and was looking at postage rates when I realized there is a minimum size for letters! shoot. my reply cards are tiny, much smaller than the 3 1/2 x 5 inches minimum the post office shows on their website.
    Has anyone used reply cards smaller than these dimensions? Did they go through the mail?
    I'm inclined to send them anyway and see what happens...is this dumb? I figure we'll know who's coming. The reply cards are already printed, so my only option is to go back and buy an envelope that is bigger than the card... What would you all do?
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    #2 cheese_diva

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      Posted 31 August 2007 - 03:29 PM

      Don't send them.. I work for a magazine and deal with advertiser's brcs all the time.. if they aren't the correct size, they won't go through.. I would try the envelope route.
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      #3 Jackie

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        Posted 31 August 2007 - 03:52 PM

        Definitly get a bigger envelope. They cant be that much smaller can they? The envelope size difference shouldnt seem that noticeable I wouldnt think anyways.
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        #4 cheese_diva

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          Posted 31 August 2007 - 04:05 PM

          How many reply cards do you have? Maybe it wouldn't cost very much to reprint? You'd save on the cost of the additional postage and envelopes, a thought to consider.
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          #5 fogdog

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            Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

            Thanks for the input (though not what I was hoping for...)!
            As for your questions, yes, they are much smaller. They are 2 1/4 X 3 1/2 so about half the 3 1/2 x 5 minimum of the post office. The main problem is that we had designed a band to go around the invite and when you open it, the reply card plus envelope was on one side and a little information card on the other. Going to a bigger envelope completely ruins the design bc it won't fit into the band. I could just put it in the back, but then the envelope would be 2x the size of the card...but it sounds like that's what we'll have to do if we actually want to get them back!
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            #6 Wisco4

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              Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:49 PM

              Could you attach the card to a piece of card stock as a border in one of your colors? Make it the exact size to fit in the larger envelope.
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              #7 Mrs.Morley

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                Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:55 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by fogdog
                Thanks for the input (though not what I was hoping for...)!
                for your questions, yes, they are much smaller. They are 2 1/4 X 3 1/2 so about half the 3 1/2 x 5 minimum of the post office. The main problem is that we had designed a band to go around the invite and when you open it, the reply card plus envelope was on one side and a little information card on the other. Going to a bigger envelope completely ruins the design bc it won't fit into the band. I could just put it in the back, but then the envelope would be 2x the size of the card...but it sounds like that's what we'll have to do if we actually want to get them back!
                or you can just leave it and have them RSVP on your wedding website if you have one...

                #8 Wisco4

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                  Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:01 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by sanchez0014
                  or you can just leave it and have them RSVP on your wedding website if you have one...
                  oooh I don't know if I would rely on that. I've heard from a lot of girls that guests dropped the ball when replying that way.
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                  #9 fogdog

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                    Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:12 PM

                    We do have a website and I had initially thought of having people respond there but Brian wanted to get the little cards in the mail. Weird.
                    Anyway, since it's destination, we already know most of who's coming anyway and could just do both, I suppose... I guess the thing I'd hate the most is if someone actually tried to mail it and it got sent back to them and they felt like they had to deal with it...
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                    #10 Mrs.Morley

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                      Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:22 PM

                      I did both too but looking back in retrospect, I would have eliminated the response cards...

                      The only people responding that way are the people who are not coming. I pretty much know who is coming and those are the one who RSVPd on our site. It was a waste of money but my dh wanted response cards.




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