A small, but often overlooked, wedding budget item is postage. If you’re sending Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations and Thank you cards – do the math, it quickly adds up. Unfortunately, as of 1 July 2016, this bit of your budget is going to get bigger, as NZ Post has announced postage is going up – which means posting wedding invitations is going to get more expensive. Boo!
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. NZ Post is struggling to keep afloat with falling mail volumes. It’s a bit of a bitter pill to swallow for us paper-fiends though. I LOVE sending cards and letters in the post, but you do start to weigh up if it’s worth it when it’s getting increasingly expensive.
Grab the NZ Post Mail Size Guide
Quickly and easily determine your mail size and price to post
As a post-nut, I am sharing a freebie today – download this free NZ Post Letter and Parcel Guide and print on A3 paper (or two sheets of A4 paper). You can easily work out which size bracket your letter or parcel will fall into and I’ve got the current prices listed too.
How much will it cost to post a wedding invitation?
The price varies depending on the size of the wedding invitation – I always recommend picking something that uses one stamp. That means you need to ensure your wedding invitation, all packaged and ready to send in its envelope, fits within the “Medium Letter” size (130 x 235mm with a thickness of 10mm) (if you’re inviting a few people, it really starts to add up if you need to use 2 stamps).
All the information has been sourced from NZ Post’s official website here, so if you’re wanting to verify anything, check it out.
Domestic Letters – Standard Post
- Medium Size (130 x 235mm) currently .80c – going to $1.00
- Large Size (165 x 235mm) currently $1.60 – going to $2.00
- Oversize (260 x 285mm) currently 2.40 – going to $3.00
International Letters are going up as well, but there’s such a variety it’s best to check directly on NZ Post’s website.
If you’re wondering whether your wedding invitation will use one stamp or two, then download this free NZ Post Letter and Parcel Guide. (Funny story, I actually designed this for my own use about 3 years ago, for when I was selling books and random stuff on Trade Me, and wanted to quickly figure out how much they’d cost. I now use it more for ensuring wedding invites are going to fit within the Medium Size range).
How can I save on posting wedding invitations and thank you cards?
So, all hope is not lost with these price increases, as we’ve been given advance notice by NZ Post. What I would recommend is to estimate the number of stamps you are going to need going forward for wedding invitations, thank you cards etc. Then purchase these as KiwiStamps before 1 July 2016. That way you are purchasing them at the .80c price instead of the $1.00 price.
Is the price rise going to put you off sending snail mail?
In the scheme of things, a 20c price rise isn’t horrendous. But if you’re sending 100 invites, thank you cards and save the dates, that’s another $60 in postage. Will you avoid mailing as many invites, or decide to hand deliver your invites with this price rise?