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Sending and receiving social stationery is a time-honored tradition that carries postal etiquette rules. The following recommendations adhere to traditional guidelines.
WHEN TO SEND
Wedding Invitations: It's the event of a lifetime. If your wedding is local, mail invitations 6-8 weeks before the event. For destination weddings, a lead-time of 2-3 months is necessary so guests can make travel plans in advance.
Save-the-Date Cards: To ensure that your special event is on everyone's calendars, we recommend sending Save-the-Dates beforehand. Save-the-Date cards include your name, the event date and location. Some couples choose to list travel information, but including it is not a necessity.
Thank You Notes: After receiving a gift, attending an event or simply enjoying a meal at a friend's home, a handwritten note is a polite way to say "thank you." Ideally, a note should be sent within the week, though it will be appreciated no matter when it is received.
ADDRESSING ENVELOPES & HOW TO SEND
In addressing an envelope, do not use abbreviations, with the exception of non-professional titles like Mr., Mrs., or Jr., etc. Spell out all professional titles, such as Doctor and Professor. Always spell out commonly abbreviated words, such as street, boulevard, avenue, apartment, etc. Spell out state name. Children over 18 years old should receive their own invitation.
Additional Postage: Square and heavier pieces require extra postage. We recommend having your stationery weighed at the post office to determine the proper postage. Hand-Cancelled Postage: Recommended for wedding invitations and any piece you want to arrive in the best and most clean conidition possible.
Stuffing, Stamping & Mailing: SGD offers envelope stuffing and stamping services at no additional charge. We cannot be held liabile for invitations that do not arrive to their destination. This can be due to a wrong address or getting lost in the shuffle at the post office. SGD will work hard to ensure a solution to this if it is necessary.
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