(Closed) does anyone in the DC-area know where I can get my invites hand canceled?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Did you mean delivered?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi,I’m not in the DC area but you can generally just walk into a post office and nicely ask them if you can step off to the side hand cancel them yourself.I did that for our Save The Dates and invites and both times they were nice enough to let me. Just explain it’s for your wedding and most times they will let you.

Go during a non busy time it’ll probably increase your chance.

GL!

P.S. Just to warn you even if you hand cancel them some postal workers still send them through the machine! 🙁

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Okay…I guess I just don’t know what “hand cancel” means?

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would just go to your local post office

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The post office.  My mom walked in, asked to have them hand canceled, and they did it no problem.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with Gerbera.  I tried to get them to hand cancel at a downtown post office and had no luck.  I think your best bet would be to go to a suburban PO during a weekday – maybe that tiny PO in 7 Corners (same shopping center as the Michael’s)?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@karatechick27:

You know when you get a piece of mail there is usually a “inked stamp” over the postage stamp? That’s usually done via a machine. Which you can imagine when done through a machine it can tear and bruise your beautiful invitation envelopes.

So when you hand cancel you manually put that date stamp over the postage. Usually they have one of those stamp thingies with the rotary dates. Most brides like to do that in hopes that their invites will arrive at their destination in a prettier state. 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would stay away from the downtown post offices (unless you go on a weekend) because they tend to be much busier. any post office will do it for you though.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

Former postal worker here.

Any PO in the country can hand-stamp (cancel) mail upon request.  

Gerbera’s experience, however, is quite out of the ordinary.  In fact, having a customer hand-stamp mail is highly illegal (mail fraud) and could bring down the wrath of the postal inspectors upon whoever allowed it.  Only a USPS clerk can legally hand-stamp mail.  Simply stand at the counter and watch as they do it for you.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get one with a pleasant attitude.  But if not, it’s still their job to do it.

If they say they can’t, ask to see the postmaster. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Sometimes they have weird rules if your invitations are a unique size or shape. We used wrap-around labels, and because the return address was on the back instead of the front they said hand cancelling wasn’t an option. And they said it rudely. Yell

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I dread the day I have to do this.  They are always so rude about everything.

ETA: I’m shocked to hear it’s illegal for a bride to hand cancel her own invitations.  I hear brides state that the PO simply handed over the stamp ALL THE TIME.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know my friend was allowed to do this in Rockville. Good luck!

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