(Closed) Hand Canceling?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Take the time =o)  We did it.  Its true, the hand cancelling prevents the invitations from going through the FIRST machine.  But if they are being sent across teh country, it may still go through another one.  It looks so nice though, and the marks are less noticeable because it prevents the normal postage mark on the upper right corner.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We hand-canceled, and I say it was definitely worth it.  I saw the invitation after it arrived @ my sister’s house, and it didn’t have the normal giant ugly postmark across it — just the hand stamp, and it looked so nice!  Of course, we only had 70 wedding invites to send out, and the lady at the postoffice actually did the hand cancelling for me.  (It took her maybe 5 minutes, but she was speedy!)  So if you have a lot more invitations than this — like 100+, it might be kind of a pain.  Also, I doubt that many guests would even notice the hand cancel, so I guess you should really only do this if it matters to you personally.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I debated this for about an hour the other day… I think I’m leaning towards not doing it. From what I’ve read on WB, it’s actually not allowed and if a P.O. lets you do it, they’re being nice and doing you a favor (which is awesome).

I also figure many of our invitations our going out of state anyway and will surely go through other machines, and that people are going to look at the envelope for 2 seconds, rip it open, and then focus on the invitation. Not worth it for me – but I can see why it would be pretty and worth it for some people. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

agree with skibo.  We had something like 175 to send out, and the lady at the PO did it for us (some rule in NYC that you cant take the stamp)  I sent one to ourselves and to my BMs here, and it looked SO nice when it arrived.  Even my parents, 4 hours away, didnt have any machine marks.  I think one that went to Cali did, and maybe one in Arizona.  Aside from those, the rest were flawless

And to pp – fomr what I understand, it is allowed.  I doubt they would let SO many brides do t if it weren’t.  I could be wrong.  But I live in the most unfriendly city ever (mostly employees at places, the residents are nice!) and even she was ok with doing it

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

P.S. And I still kinda want to do it – if only because it would be fun to stamp it myself!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I hand-cancelled mine (all 90 of them) and it only took 5-10 minutues, tops. The post office didn’t want to do it for me, so I offered to do it myself and they were more then happy to hand the stamp over. I mailed one to myself to see how they would end up and they were absolutely pristine and lovely. So glad I did it!

Post # 9
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2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We had ours done in Bridal Veil OR. I liked supporting the small post office!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would definitely go ahead and take the time. If you went through the time to send out the invitations, take the time to do this too.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I juat sent my invites out yesterday and asked for hang canceling, all I had to do was hand them over. The lady at the post office stated that the customers are not allowed to do it, its the PO’s job and no extra cost.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

They still have to through multiple machines, so you are just eliminating one from the list, not all. Unless you want to take the time to hand cancel each envelope, it’s not worth it in the end, because your time is money as well. Some post offices don’t even offer or allow the option.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What is hand canceling?  I have never heard of this.  I guess I could just google it.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We hand cancelled our STDs, but all of the out of town guests’ invites got run through a machine anyway.  All of the invites we’ve received from out of town also got run through at some point despite being hand cancelled. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I chose not to–I think after reading somewhere that they still end up with the barcode on the bottom. I don’t think many people pay attention to the envelope anyway, and I still got TONS of compliments on our invitations.

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