Charm School - 2014 Postage Rates

The price of stamps went up on January 26, 2014. You can of course still use old forever stamps, but the price for purchasing all stamps went up. Here is a quick guide to postage for wedding invitations and other mail...

Forever Stamp

- New 2014 Rate - $0.49
- Generally will work for response envelopes, thank you notes, invitations under 1 ounce, please always weigh your mail at the post office before buying postage!
- Rectangle shaped envelopes only
- Mail under 1 ounce
- Suggested stamps for wedding response envelopes and stationery: White Roses, Blossom, Vintage Seed Packs, Cherry Blossoms or Sealed with Love.

Additional Ounces

- New 2014 Rate - each additional ounce is $0.21 plus $0.49 ($0.70)
- Most wedding outer envelopes will be need a $0.70 stamp, again please always weigh your mail at the post office before buying postage!
- Rectangle shaped envelopes only
- Mail over 1 ounce
- Suggested stamp for wedding outer envelopes: Wedding Cake

Postcard Postage

- New 2014 Rate - $0.34
- Will work for any rectangular postcard, at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long and no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long
- Suggested stamp for wedding response postcards or save the date postcards: Hummingbird

Square Mail

- New 2014 Rate - $0.70 if 1 ounce or under & $0.91 if it is over 1 ounce
- Any square envelope or postcard
- Suggested stamps for square mail 1 ounce or under: Wedding Cake
- Suggested stamps for square mail over 1 ounce: multiple stamps will probably be necessary!

Custom Postage

I can design custom art to coordinate with you invitation and can be uploaded and purchased from stamps.com or zazzle.com. Please feel free to email me for more information on custom stamps.

Hand Canceling

Most post offices in Chicago will not hand cancel your mail at all. I have found that the Lincoln Park Post Office Annex and smaller suburban post office will let you hand cancel them yourself. I have had good luck at the Northfield post office. I would suggest calling ahead and asking nicely :)

Lincoln Park Post Office Annex
2643 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614
773-525-5965

Northfield Post Office
1787 Orchard Lane, Northfield, IL 60093 
It is hidden from the street, behind the library!
847-446-3777

For more information here is a good guide to the new 2014 postage rates!