(Closed) Hand Canceling Discontinued????

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

*shrug* I went to a smaller post office branch instead of the main one in my city during a slow time of day last year and there was no problem with asking to hand cancel all my invitations. No extra charge or anything. I guess it just depends on the employee you’re talking to on any given day.

Post # 4
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3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

idk about the hand cancelling.. but I sometimes do swaps on swap-bot and if it includes somehting like a pressed penny in an envelope or anything I don’t want bent out of shape.. I write non-machinable on it and tack on the extra 20c postage.

Post # 5
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1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know in St. Louis for a couple years they have been telling people they don’t hand cancel anymore (according to a local wedding board) – the way the USPS system works it all has to go through a machine (previously it didn’t, I guess). Because of the new system, if they hand cancel it, it also doesn’t go through any machines, so it’s hand sorted, which means more work, most cost, thus – you pay more.

So yup, I’m going to confirm it. Although I have heard of brides getting their invites sent non-machinable and just not being charged for it.

Post # 6
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

If you have a really fragile invitation (textured, beaded, etc.?) or something that makes it truly non-machinable (i.e. we used wax seals on ours, so we went that route), then the extra 20 cents is worth spending. (You can even get pretty 65-cent wedding stamps – unlike the postcard stamps, which only come in Hawaiian shirts).

If your envelopes don’t really need to be treated as non-machinable, though – why bother? Nobody is going to notice the postmark. Seriously. This is one detail, at least, that you really do not need to get stressed about.

Post # 7
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881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had wax seals so we opted to hand cancel.  They didn’t give us any trouble, just gave us the stamp and let us do it in the PO for no extra charge.  We sent our invites out in May/June.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It’s true! I just sent my STD’s & asked them to be hand-cancelled because the insides were very uneven & I didn’t want anything catching on teh machines. The guy said no problem, I asked if there was a charge & he said no. Two weeks later I’m getting my STD’s delivered at my home(return) address instead of the deliver to address. Problem- they weren’t properly hand-cancelled unless I paid the 20cents per item, and they got ran through the machines which read the return address as the deliver to address… So if your worried about it I would just pay the extra to avoid the hassle. To make it worse, the ones that got delivered to our house are all the future in-laws! 

Post # 10
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That’s so weird… I had my invitations hand cancelled in San Diego 6-7 weeks ago. I did not have to pay $0.20 per item. The invites were a normal size and I had the USPS woman confirm I had the correct postage (a forever stamp) before I handed them over. I had no problems and they were all delivered. 

Post # 12
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@soontobeford:  Yes, all my guests received their invites within a week. We didn’t get any returned to us. I didn’t even know they (sometimes?) charge $0.20 per item.

Post # 14
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2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I sent out 80+ invitations in July and had them hand cancelled at no extra cost.  However, today I went to a different post office with a single invitation and was told it couldn’t be hand cancelled because the return address was on the back flap instead of the top left corner!  Needless to say, the first batch also had the return address on the back flap.

@KCKnd2:  The ink from the machine postmark tends to smudge and make the envelope dirty 🙁

Post # 15
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882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It may just be your post office. My closest PO doesn’t hand cancel, but the lady at the desk told me one in my city that still did them. So I went there (in Philadelphia, BTW). I had mine hand cancelled in May (and a frined got hers done last week). It was free for the first 100, then 5 cents per invite after that. I had no problem. If you can find a PO that does it, I say go for it. I think it does make a difference—especially if you pay all that money for calligraphy. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@soontobeford:  I don’t know if it made a difference, but I purposely went on a Wednesday or Thursday (I can’t recall which) at 10am when I knew they wouldn’t be busy. We were the only people there and the USPS woman cheerfully said “I can do these now since we don’t have any customers right now!”

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