(Closed) Hand cancelling– should i worry about this?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I read something online about hand-canceling, and I was worried, so I brought all of my Save-The-Date Cards to the post office. The lady working there said they won’t do hand canceling anymore… But I still felt better dropping them off at the post office in person. I got calls from local guests the very next day saying they got their STDs!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hand cancelled because I thought that was what I was supposed to do.  The guy at the post office thought I was silly, since the envelopes still needed to go through a machine (processing machine?) anyways.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had mine done (the hand canceling method) yesterday.

 I went in a month or two ago and had them weigh my invites and then they told me in person because the envelope wasn’t flat that they would need to be hand canceled.  So when I went in yesterday I brought everything there in a box, confirmed that I had enough postage, and the lady assured me that she would cancel everything in between customers and directed me to a mail carrier thing that they sent out all the hand cancelled mail in.  She also showed me a stamp that said ‘not for use in machine’ or ‘hand cancel only’ or something like that, but the lady that was helping me said because they sent out all of the hand canceled stuff in a seperate mail carrier that it wasn’t really necissary.  Also I needed extra postage for the hand cancelling process.  I was very happy with the service I recieved from the post office I went to.  My advise is that if your post office says they don’t hand cancel go to a different one (If you can!).  Hopefully my they will arrive today so that I can confirm that they were hand cancelled!  

If your invites are flat though, and can go through the machine, I would go for it.  I had to put an extra .20 cents stamp on each invite for them to be hand canceled.  Also if your mail doesn’t normally come damamged (and mine doesn’t), I wouldn’t expect my invites to be damamged either.  

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

No.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t hand cancel, I thought about it and in the end was too lazy to take them to a post office that would do it (usually only the small, less busy ones seem to be willing to do so). People still got them the next day or within a few days but I wish that I had taken the time to have them hand cancelled. Some arrived creased and mangled, and I embossed mine, then the embossing stamped other pieces of the invite when it went through the hot machine. I had one invite returned for an incorrect address, and when i opened it to change the envelope, I was SO disappointed to see how messed up it looked. I know that other people probably could care less, but I worked SOOO hard on my invitations I wanted to cry over it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hand cancelled invites go through a machine in each post office they encounter anyway–all you do is cut back the machines by one.  It’s a total waste of money–I’ve had hand cancelled invites come to me as battered as regularly mailed invites, although the vast majority of invites I have received have been in very good condition.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can someone explain exactly what “hand cancelling” is? And how much extra does it cost?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@shannonh32:  hand canceling is the old school rubber stamp over the stamp to cancel the stamp or make sure it does not get used again.  a machine usuallly does this but hand stamping means they don’t have to go through a machine… or so we think.

All envelopes go through a machine regardless.  The machines read the address from the bottom line up starting with the last digit of the zip code.  state and city will be determined but at the post office where the envelope is being delivered the invitationis run through another machine to determine the street address.  Essentially you pay extra for nothing.

We did not hand cancel.  I love the post office and am always pushing for correspondence but this was a trying experience.  Two envelopes showed up open and empty.  One showed up full but a two inch section on the flap ripped straight through, out of state got their invites in 2 days but a friend in a neighboring suburb got his 2 weeks later and than our postcard RSVPs were sent to a kind lady on the East Coast instead of us.  All headaches that I thought I would not encounter but came across anyways.  What a joyous time!

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@shannonh32:  It should be free.  The PO is not supposed to charge for this service.  Instead of putting the invite through a traditional machine where the stamp gets that black mark over it it gets a circular postmark. You can see the difference in the photo below. I personally think it looks better.  Many POs however do not do it. One 1 of the 3 in my town would allow it.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hand cancelled all of mine. It was worth it to some counties and not for others. All of the ones in my county still got scanned through the machine but others to other states or other parts of the state stayed pristine. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Why would anyone use them again? I’m confused.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I mailed my invitations on Monday.  At the post office, I asked about hand canceling and the woman said only the main post office does it.  Also, she said it’s no different because it still goes through the machine.  Basically, they don’t do true hand canceling anymore.  So, I dropped my lovely invitations in the mail and was done with it.  People received them today and no complaints yet! Smile

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