Post # 1
Hi everyone! I just spent last night assembling and adding stamps to our invites with the FI. I had my invites done on very heavy stock (160#), so I asked about paying the nonmachinable fee at the post office. The lady at the desk just brought out the first class 66 cent stamp without much explaination. I’m assuming she knows what’s up, but my paranoia got the best of me and I wanted to ask you all: Does the 66 cent stamp mean it’s not going into machines? I would so hate for my guests to get wrinkly invites 🙁
Post # 3
I am pretty sure there is not an extra fee to have them hand-cancelled. The 66 cent stamp is based on the bulkiness and/or size of your invitations.
Post # 4
The post office is phasing out the hand cancelling, but please realize that, at some point (likely several), your invitations will ALWAYS go through a machine. There should NOT be a fee for hand cancelling anyway, but it’s pointless to have done.
Post # 5
There isn’t an extra fee for hand cancelling. The $0.66 stamp was for the additional weight. Also, something to keep in mind – hand cancelling does not guarantee that it won’t get run through machines. It just means that it’ll skip some of them.
Post # 6
All of my invites were printed on heavy stock and none of my guests (that I have seen so far) have gotten ‘wrinkly’ invites… Is this something you have seen before? I am wondering where the concern of ‘wrinkles’ is coming from?
Post # 7
Thanks for the responses everyone! The fee I’m talking about isn’t for hand canceling, it’s hand processing. For example if you include a pencil, or something breakable in the envelope, it can’t go through the machine roller, so you pay a nonmachinable fee.
I’m concerned about wrinkles because this isn’t standard invitation stock. I’m a Type A graphic designer and wanted my invites printed on what’s essentially thick cardboard :). It’s not flexible at all, so if it goes through any particularly tight rollers it’ll end up creased.
Post # 8
@mrsfun: nope. the $0.66 stamp just means your stuff is getting mailed, and will go through the machines. when i asked for non-machinable, they told me they are phasing that service out and it won’t be offered any more. everything will get machined. :/
Post # 9
@mrsfun: So sorry I responded incorrectly! I would just go to the post office and talk to someone. Hopefully you will get it sorted out (no pun intended!).
Post # 10
@GeorgiaBride5: No worries! 🙂 I think that’s going to be my plan… Now to find someone at the counter who responds to questions with something other than a death stare!!
Post # 11
Yeah, I don’t think the 66 cent stamp will mean that it’s not going through machines. I know with photos there is a stamp or sticker or something that they put on that says “Do not bend”, so you may need to get something like that.
Post # 12
@mrsfun: Good luck! Because of the “stiffness” of my invitation suite, I had to pay $2.07 PER INVITATION in postage. I think they saw a fool (me) coming, and took advantage.
Post # 13
So I wanted to check in (and kind of rant a little).
I mailed my invites out two days ago. I went to the post office, told the guy at the desk that I didn’t want the invites going through any machines at all. I didn’t care if I had to pay extra. He looked at them, said I was fine, and started hand canceling them all. Great! I was super excited, our invites were in the mail!
Cut to yesterday afternoon, when I come home from work and check my mailbox. There I see a navy blue envelope with a wrap around label… The post office had mailed an invitation to my address. Not returned, mailed. To the return address. That was on the back of the envelope. On the opposite side as the stamp. And of course, I notice that it’s kind of beat up and the label is peeling up on one end… It had been through the machines.
I’ve gotten reports from a few family members, thanks to the pressing and abuse from the machines the ink from the RSVP envelopes stained the front of the invitation. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. I tried calling the post office, their line was busy. Same thing 10 minutes later, same thing 20 minutes later. USPS is sooo inept.
It really didn’t help my mood when I get a text from my cousin later that night saying she “planned on bringing a date” to my wedding, and could she change the number on her RSVP. I politely responded that no, she couldn’t as we have a limited number of people we can invite. Then she calls me an hour later, when we’re already in bed. (Ugh)
I know that ultimately, it’s just an invite. It has no bearing on the wedding or my marriage and life with my amazing fiance. But it’s just so incredibly frustrating to not have people at the post offices (two that I went to) try even a little bit.