Post # 1
I’m mailing my invitations today!! The guy at the post office said they would let me stamp them myself but acted like with the stamps, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. When I asked if they would still have the bar code on them, he wasn’t sure…maybe…? Sigh!
So….is it worth it? Does it make a big difference in the look? Do people even notice???
Does anyone have examples of with and without hand cancelling?
Post # 3
Ohhh I’d like to know too! I’m sending mine in a few weeks.
Post # 4
I would think unless going through the machine will actively mess up something on your invites (pearls coming off, gemstones something not flat) no one will notice your envelopes have a barcode on them, it is just like every other piece of mail they receive.
Post # 4
From the USPS horror stories that I’ve read on here, I would say yes.
Post # 5
We hand cancelled ours (the lady who made the invites did it though) but when we got them back they just had a black circle ink stamp (a little bigger than a quarter) near the real stamp. That was it. No bar codes or anything. So it makes the envelope look a lot cleaner but honestly if I was a guest and got an invite with either one I probably wouldn’t even notice the difference. Just cause people are so used to the bar codes.
Post # 7
As a guest receiving the invite, I have to say that I don’t notice if it’s hand canceled or not. The envelope goes in the trash as soon as I receive it and I save the inner envelope with the invite until the wedding. I know so many brides hate to hear this, but it’s unfortunately what happens when I get an invite.
Post # 8
Not worth it. Nobody will notice that your envelope looks a little less inked. Put your energy towards something else – there’s only so much of you to go around!
Post # 9
Does anyone have pictures?
I’ve never even heard/noticed/thought about doing this.
Post # 10
The reason we got it done is so they wouldnt ruin our invitations. There is a gem and ribbon on them and if they got canceled through the macheine it probably would have squished them and possibly tore the invitaitons.
Im pretty sure that is the main reason to hand cancel them instead of just putting them through normally, they still have to stamp them so I doubt there is any less ink.
Post # 11
Well I ended up NOT hand cancelling them. When I saw the line I would have to wait in and was already tired from putting the stamps on them…I said screw it and just dumped them in the bin!! haha!!
Now I cross my fingers and pray they arrive to everyone ok!!
Post # 12
I had mine hand canceled and no one noticed, when I asked a few people about it no one even knew the post office did that. If I recall right it didn’t look any different than regular canceling. If you have different shaped invites (like a square) it might be a good idea so they don’t get ruined in the machine.