It seems like a quibble, but a few trips to the post office will be enough to convince any engaged couple that stamps are the biggest racket since numbers running. "Most wedding invitations require more than one stamp. Be sure to weigh a completed, sealed sample of your invitation at your local post office before you send them out," Forrest says. "Nowadays, stamps cost 45 cents each, so if your invitation needs three of those, that's over a dollar extra per invitation." And it's cute that you think you only need stamps for the invitations. No, no, no, no, no. There's an entire boutique stationery industry built around your glossy little "save the date" cards, antique-style invitations and color-scheme-appropriate thank-you notes. Even if you were to send only invitations, your guests still need to send them back to you. That's another 45 cents a pop for response card envelopes. There's some room to trim costs here by using postcards for your save-the-dates and/or response cards, since postcards require only a 32-cent stamp. But woe to the couple that expects guests to spring for their own response stamp. They will never be more disappointed in humanity than they will be four days past the RSVP date when they're calling and texting friends, family or members of their own wedding party in an attempt to get them to scrawl an X or checkmark on a piece of paper, drop it in a stamped envelope and drop it in their mailbox for pickup. If potential guests want to start the most brutal fistfight of their lives, they only need to say these four words to people who sent them a wedding invitation: "You know I'm coming." -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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