(Closed) Did you hand cancel?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

How do you do that? I keep seeing posts about it but i have no idea what you mean!?!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

nope, I will be giving them to the mail lady at my building!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I hand cancelled! We went to a teeny tiny post office and asked to hand cancel. The woman at the desk refused and we argued with her for a few moments. Then another woman came out from the back and heard us, and said it was no problem at all. She handed us the little round cancellation stamp and a stamp pad and a big box to put the cancelled envelopes in. It took us about an hour to get them all stamped and dried. They came out great!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

so you can do it yourself? what is the benefit?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I love wedding bee, i would never have known that! Now that I do I will totally think about doing it! If we go with the vellum enveloppe it could save some ink smearing too!!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My mom mailed them from a rinky-dink post office near our venue that has literally ONE employee.  I told her to go in and offer to do the cancelling herself and the guy (overwhelmed at the prospect of handling 200 pieces of mail at once) gladly let her do it!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not personally, but I did ship them to Bridal Veil, Oregon to get the infamous Bridal Veil hand canceled post mark.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I got the laugh and look of "You are kidding right", so decided it wasn’t that important.  I guess it just depends on the post office you go to…

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did.  I took them to the main post office near Penn Station in New York.  The first 50 were free, but I paid $.05 per invitation for the remainder.  I did not get to do the cancelling myself.  I had to entrust them to the care of the post office.  I was a little nervous letting go of them — I was afraid they would get pushed aside or lost. 

They did make and they were hand-cancelled, but there was still the bar code at the bottom indicating they had gone through some machine.  I don’t think there is any way to avoid that.  Still, they looked better than if they had the machine cancelling. 

Overall, I would do it again.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Bridal Veil hand canceling?

@Bree- can you tell me more about this?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I just sent my invites out and my post office (the main post office where all the smaller annexes send their mail) told me that it was against the law for them to hand a customer the postal stamp, or to allow a customer to do it themselves. Although I’m not sure it was true, she explained that the canceling signifies that the postal employee has inspected the mail according to government standards, which of course customers aren’t familiar with.

She was a little feisty about it, but then offered that a postal employee on "light duty" could hand cancel them for me. I checked on a few of the local invites and the WERE all hand cancelled, so shout out to the USPS!!!  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Ditto Jenny Bee. We had ours hand canceled at the HUGE post office in NYC Penn station. We had our invites letterpressed and hand calligraphied, so we figure the extra $.05 per envelope was a small price to pay.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@vistagirl – you can send your invites in a separate package to get handcancelled in other cities…usually ones with cute names, like bridal veil, OR. i remember reading a martha stewart article that had a whole bunch =).

oh and i’m going to handcancel mine! our envelopes are cream with a wonderul letterpressed pattern and i’d hate for them to get all messed up. thankfully i’m a frequent visitor to both post offices in my area and they’re really nice to me =)! i’m hoping they’ll let me hand cancel with no problem once i’m ready to send!

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