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4 x 6 Envelopes For Pictures And Postcards

Updated on June 30, 2009

4x6 Envelopes Should Be Easy To Find, Right? Wrong.

After my fiancée and I gathered up all of the addresses for all the people who we are inviting to our wedding and finally got our save the date invitations printed up delivered to us all we needed to do was find envelopes to send them out in. Our save the dates are 4x6 double-sided postcards, so there isn't any room in the design to put a stamp or addresses on them. So, what we figured we'd do is just go out to a local store like Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot or the like and grab about 300 4x6 envelopes so that we could stamp and address each of them up before we send them out. That should be a fairly easy task, right? I mean, 4x6 is a very popular size for post cards and pictures, I was sure that we'd be able to find 4x6 envelopes at any of these stores that we would stop at. Wow, was I way off.

The object of our desire -- a 4x6 envelope
The object of our desire -- a 4x6 envelope

The Search For The Odd-Sized Envelopes Begins

Little did I know just how rare these odd, little 4x6 envelopes were. My fiancée and I stopped at her favorite store, Target, and the things were nowhere to be found. We looked in the card aisles and nothing. We looked in the stationary aisles and nothing. I was starting to worry if these things even existed at all quite honestly.

Then I thought of Staples, which is just like Office Depot (I think?), and I combed through their envelope aisle that literally had stacks and stacks of every type of envelope known to man. Big envelopes, small envelopes, yellow envelopes, brown envelopes, but did they have 4x6 envelopes? Of course not. None of these rarely shaped pieces of stationary seemed to find a home in Staples envelopes section, which even surprised the guy working there that was trying to help us out. We left in pure disappointment and only had one other place that we could look for the envelopes of our desire, the Internet. I guess that's where we should have started our search in the first place.


Amazon.com Saves The Day!

So after running all over the place like fools looking for gold, we finally decided that we were done wasting our time looking all over the place for the seemingly mysterious 4x6 envelopes that we were seeking and headed straight for Amazon.com to see what they had for us. Could they help us find what we were looking for? I mean, if Amazon.com doesn't have them, who does, right?

Thankfully Amazon.com did have the 4x6 envelopes in stock and not only did they have them, but they had all different types and varieties for us to choose from! But, at least we now had options and thanks to them we can now let everyone know when we're officially getting married (which is a good thing).

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      Rob 5 years ago

      Funny (I mean frustrating) as I sit here with 100 4x6 thank you cards for my wedding and 100 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 envelopes that DO NOT fit 4x6 cards. They're much too big. Perhaps 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 will be better. Let's hope Amazon does not disappoint!

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      Jared 5 years ago

      Standards photo paper sizes and standard printed paper sizes are two different beasts. An envelope for a 4x6 is not standard the closest thing would be and A-6 which is only 1/4 inch too big. not that big of deal. I have run into this problem many times being a designer.

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      Melodie 6 years ago

      Glad I found this post. I designed my daughter's 1st birthday invitations and printing on 4x6 was a lot cheaper than 5x7. I was going to run to wal-mart and staples tomorrow to look but now I know just to go to amazon. Saved me time!

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      Hup Challenge 6 years ago

      Hey Tara, they fit inside the envelopes, no problem. I'm glad that I could help and if you need any other help, please let me know!

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      Tara 6 years ago

      Did the save the dates fit inside the envelope? Or did you need to buy a bigger size so they would have more room?? I am going through the same problem and this article was a life saver!!

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      Penny 7 years ago

      I found the envelopes at a local printing business for less than half the price of the ones found on Amazon.

      Amazon price was $27.00 for 100 (not including shipping).

      Printing Company was $12.00 for 100 (no shipping, only tax)

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      Emma Winters 7 years ago

      This is my story and my experience exactly. I nearly gave up looking for the 4X6, but your article pointed me to amazon.com. Thank you!

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      Stephen 7 years ago

      Check your local printers. They will have quite a few standard sizes also. What is standard in one industry (photo) is not always standard in others such as printing where the bulk is used. Graduations (mainly in April and May) or the few weddings use them. Remember a Post card mails for .27 cents and anything in an envelope is .44 as of Feb 2010.

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      Tanya 7 years ago

      Thanks! I was having the same exact problem!

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      Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Hey Ethel -- so glad that I could help! Believe me, I know how hard it is to find these things.

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      ethel powers 8 years ago

      OMG, you have saved the day! This is such useful information and I thank you for posting. Using envelopes for postcards allows you to use the whole back side for information. We are planning a fundraiser and finding these envelopes is just what we need.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Hmmm - maybe go to Big Lots and buy boxes of 4x6 greeting cards on sale cheap, envelopes included. lol

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      Hup Challenge 8 years ago

      JamaGenee - Nope, I checked the photo departments, too - no go. If you need these, be sure to go online.

      Gypsy Willow - We're getting married in August! It's getting close!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting hub, when are you getting married?

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I *like* this! Who knew that 4X6 envelopes wouldn't be a stock item at office supply stores and stationery depts??  However... Being 4X6, the standard size of photos, I'm wondering if the elusive envelopes weren't tucked away in the Photo department???  Just a thought.  ;D