(Closed) Anyone requested their invites to be hand canceled at the post office?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, and if they don’t, find another post office. My place had ME do the hand canceling because they were really busy at the time….but then they ran it through the machine anyway. Go figure. 

BUT I’m not sure that the machine would have caused all the problem, it could have been just the normal physical stress the mail goes through to get delivered, because you said yourself that it smudges when you rubbed it. I bet some bees might have an idea but what if you were to hairspray the part of the invitation that gets smudged? I remember in art class when we did a charcoal drawing, that’s what we did when we finished it to keep it from rubbing off. There could be a more high tech or professional solution than hairspray too :). 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

we had to hand cancel mine ourselves as well. I think it’s actually because they were a weird size, so the machine would’ve eaten them.I think it’s kind of cool and old fashioned to hand cancel them.

Post # 7
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2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s what tissue paper inserts are for!  It protects the invitation from getting smudged. 

Post # 8
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2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

OH yes, we took our hand-calligraphied invites to the USPS to be hand canceled.  Which they were.  Then they were also run through the machine.  My mom got hers in the mail (yes, we mailed one to my own parents, I know) she took it to the post office and was like “um, WTF” and they were like “well, we hand canceled them but they have to go through the machine anyway.  We try to tell people that but they never listen.  You’re going to have it through the machine if it fits through, that’s just how it is”.  So, OKAY!  I dont’ know, maybe the lied to her?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Yep. I also sat in the PO and canceled them myself. They didn’t feed them through the machine afterward. At least I don’t think so. Somehow, a couple of them still got mangled, but for the most part, I avoided it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had magnetic bottle-caps in my Save-The-Date Cards which would not have fit through the machines, so they needed to be hand cancelled. The guy at the post office, set me up at an empty window and handed me the stamp. It took me a while to get through all of them, but it was kind of fun. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@fresitachulita:  Oh no, don’t go through the hassle of cutting tissue yourself!  I got 100 pieces in the exact size for my invites for less than $5 online!  There’s lots of different sizes and shapes and it’s very cheap, if you decide to go that route.

Post # 13
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i had to go to 3 different post offices before they let my hubby and I hand cancel our invites

Post # 14
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3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There’s a fabulous post office by my work and they all recognize me as I’m over there a fair amount. I didn’t send out a ton of invitations (about 50 total, about 25 at a time) and they would hand-cancel them for me between their other customers or really quickly while I was paying. Once, they let me hand-cancel myself. That being said, I would say some of them were still run through the machine as evidence by the extra black smudge on the top and the barcode at the bottom. It may be a regional/county thing as locally, everyone’s that were hand-cancelled were double-scanned whereas some in another part of the state only had the hand-cancel stamp on it. All of the stamps were correctly hand-cancelled so it’s not bc one was missed. Just an FYI for all your future endeavors as well.

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