Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law just took our invitations to be weighed at the post office and asked about hand canceling. They said it’s an extra 22 cents per envelope for that. WHAT?! That can’t be right. We are going to try taking them to a smaller branch and hoping they are nicer or will let us stamp them ourselves. We are mailing them out of Central Jersey, if anyone is familiar with the area.
Just curious if anyone recently had any problems or successes in hand canceling their invites. I know there have been previous threads on this topic but I didn’t see one that was recent, and am wondering if the “rules” have changed.
Post # 2
I’ve definitely heard of post offices tacking on a small fee for hand-cancelling envelopes, it just depends on the place. Chances are that if you go at a non-busy time and offer to cancel them all yourself, they won’t charge you. Also try calling ahead to ask about hand cancelling instead of walking in; that’ll save you time and frustration!
Post # 3
I’m curious what “hand cancelling” even means..!…?
Post # 4
tessadub: It’s probably something you’ve never even noticed! When you mail a letter the post office runs it through a machine that creates a mark over the stamp so it can’t be used again. Because it’s automated, this may cause the letter to get bent or messy with the mark it creates. To avoid this and to keep wedding invites pristine (as best as they can), many people opt to have this process done manually, which just means the envelope is hand stamped instead of the machine.
I can say I have never noticed if any invitations I received prior to planning my wedding were hand stamped. Now of course I pay attention!
Post # 5
grapefruit19: WOW I learned something new, thank you!!! So yes I second the idea of going to a smaller post office and see if they will do it for you. Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
They didn’t charge me extra at my post office, and it wasn’t a small local on either – it was a large post office downtown in a major city. I just said, can these be hand cancelled, they are wedding invites. and they said yup and that was that.
Post # 7
The thing is, it’s going to end up in a sorter or a series of sorters, so is it really worth it?
Post # 8
I had no problem when I did mine a year ago. I went at a non busy time and they did them right then.
Post # 9
oh geeze i was expecting a post about whether cancelling someone’s wedding invite (as in un-inviting) should be written by hand! I was prepared for a shitstorm!
Post # 10
gwendolyn86: HAHAH sorry this post was underwhelming for you.
Post # 11
Kaymar: I with you. In the long run I don’t see this as being worth it. No one cares about the envelopes anyway.
Post # 12
Try going to a smaller branch at off hours (i.e., not right when it opens, lunch, or right after work). We had no problem at ours when we volunteered right away to hand cancel them ourselves. They gave us the stamp and an open counter and we went to work!
Post # 13
I hand cancelled my save the dates because I liked the look of the stamp. I just asked the post office when a convenient time was, and they did it for free.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead
grapefruit19: I tried 3 different ones, always went when it was slow, offered to do it myself and still got told I had to pay. Finally gave in, they were only my save the dates no less. But have decided that the invites wont get hand canceled due to budget.
Post # 15
I never heard of this until now! I definitely wouldn’t spend money on this – totally not worth it imho!