Orders are shipped in a padded envelope to protect the beads. I usually ship by the next day, using first class. There are times when I am out of town for a couple days, especially in the summer, and your order may be delayed in shipping. IF you are needing your order quickly, please contact me first to make sure of how fast I can ship it. I also try to reply to emails and phone calls right away, but again, if I am out of town, I may not have cell service, but be assured I will respond as soon as possible.