Post # 1
went to my local post office this morning to get postage for our Save-The-Date Cards. i asked about hand cancelling and the clerk told me USPS doesn’t do that anymore. whaaaaa? she said most envelopes get a small barcode across the bottom of the piece now, and they don’t hand stamp. just sharing the news, i had originally found out about hand cancelling on this board!
Post # 2
This was also my experience mailing Save the Dates and Invitations this year. Both post offices I went to were smaller local post offices – I figured you might still be able to hand cancel if you took them to a sorting center, but I wasn’t sure.
A few people have sent me photos of their invitations arriving, and they look to have held up well in the mail. There was just a postmark over the stamp on my invitations.
I think you could also pay the nonmachinable surcharge (it’s 21 cents per first class envelope, I think) and that might keep your invitations from going through the machines.
Post # 3
My invitations were hand cancelled when I sent them in July. Maybe certain post offices are still doing it.
Post # 4
Why would Save-The-Date Cards need to be hand cancelled anyway?
Post # 5
The USPS does still hand cancel. I think they just dont want to do it for you. The machine that they now use is much more efficient and keeps the line moving. They still have the stamps because if the machine goes down they will have to hand cancel everything. I had to stand there and use the stamp to hand cancel babyshower invites myself just last month. Im sorry they did not want to take the time to do it for you.
Post # 7
How bulky is your STD? Do you really need to hand cancel?
Post # 8
When I was wasking about hand cancelling at my post office, they told me if if they hand cancel at their location, the mail will end up going through machinery somewhere along the line.
Post # 9
hand cancelling is where the post office uses a hand stamp to mark the post date and location across the stamp, rather than using a machine that feeds envelopes through one at a time and cancels the postage (marks the stamp to show it’s been used) with a larger mark, among other marks on the envelope.
The two reasons to hand cancel are for a prettier envelope (stamp collectors do this sometimes) and if your envelope is bulky, such as due to having twine wrapped around or some other feature that might catch from inside the envelope and tear.
Post # 10
I had my invitations hand cancelled in June- they asked me to help them with it but it didn’t take very long at all 🙂
Post # 11
Just sent my invitations on Tuesday and they were hand cancelled. I think the key is to find someone who is willing to help you. or try another post office
Post # 12
this is what they told me, even if we hand cancelled them at my local post office, they would be shipped from there to a bigger sorting facility and they would go through the machine and be stamped there as well.
Post # 13
hmm looks like i’ll be trying a different post office! im in a small town, and the clerk said the machines at the larger sorting facilities would be running it through the machines, too.
the clerk mentioned the surcharge for non-regular sized envelopes when i asked her about mailing squares. i might just suck it up and deal with regular sized invites/envelopes cuz it starts to get pricey.
Post # 14
didn’t need hand cancelling for Save-The-Date Cards, was just asking.
Post # 15
I work for the government. I have friends at USPS. The USPS still hand cancels. But this is the standard answer from particularly unwilling postal workers who feel they are too busy or just don’t feel like it. Every last piece of correspondence I sent was hand cancelled–from the save the dates to the invitations to the breakfast invites and rehearsal dinner invites. Invites will still get sorted and as such, need to fit the dimensions of that machine (which has a slot)–they have a cardboard piece with the slot size in it if you are worried about size. But that’s about the only “restriction.”