(Closed) Is hand canceling a myth??

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m so sorry that happened to you! That was awfully rude of him. 

I know that at many post offices (large, urban ones especially) they do not hand cancel unless you call ahead/go when they are slow or sometimes not even then.

I, luckily, planned around this and am calling the post office my calligrapher suggested (small one not the large one I usually use) and am going early on Monday morning.

Yayy for getting our invites out tho, datetwin 😀

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You should be able to find a post office that hand cancels in your area if that one won’t do it.  A word of warning, though.  I had mine hand canceled at the post office (I watched the man do it) and they went through the machine anyway, so they ended up with two postmarks. I’m slightly upset, but what can you do? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

what a jerk!  ive found that some post office workers say one thing and then anotehr worker says something totally different.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is probably a totally stupid question I’m sure and it definitely shows how much I know about invitations and stuff but…what’s the deal with hand canceled v. machine canceled? Does it look different, or better? Or does it do something else? How does a hand canceled envelope look and how does a machine canceled one look?

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@rawrkitty: It does look better and for some invites that are larger, they can’t go through the machine without messing up the ties and things like that.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

rawrkitty: From what I understand, hand canceled creates only a circle with the date it was stamped instead of the look one normally sees on a card that is sent through the mail with the line printing and stuff from the machines.  Most girls perfer it so the envelope looks cleaner—especially if they have fancy calligraphy or something.  I think it’s just a personal preference but can be time consuming and also hear the ink can smear. 🙁

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

No, it’s no myth, you just got a jackass postal worker who decided he was too lazy  to take a few minutes out of his day to keep your invites looking pretty. Sorry this happened to you, but you’re right most people won’t notice the difference.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s a total pain!  It’s not a myth.  You just got a huge jerk!  Our post office clerk is the sweetest lady and when I asked her about if they will mail letters with a wax seal, she told me unless it was thin enough, it would have to be hand cancelled and cost $.20 more.  So it is possible to hand cancel, you just have to find a low key post office.  Finding a smaller office during times when they aren’t busy is a good idea.  Maybe even going and getting your stamps there to make nice to the normal day clerks so that they ensure you invites are treated right.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Hand cancelling is easy.  If you have a nice post man…  US  Postal employees need to take note that brides like special treatment!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@poetryreader from what my calligrapher explained every card will go through a machine…but the hand canceled ones get the bottom marking and the top is done by hand so it is more neat looking overall but yes, still marked

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ah! Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation everyone 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well I don’t think we pay billions of dollars for him to be rude either! The first post office I went to said something similar, but not as rudely.

Oddly, when I went to a smaller post office they said there was no way to do it. When I went to the main post office in my town they hand cancelled them. You just have to ask the right person I guess.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@sulli301 I sent one to myself to check, and it came back with the regular post mark and the hand cancelled mark.  I don’t know if the guy threw them in with uncancelled letters or what.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If there’s a huge worry by brides out there about postal markings on the envelope… what about doing double envelopes as it was custom ages ago?  The outer is meant to be marked/dirty but the inner is pristine/has the beautiful calligraphy and detail to it.  

@poetryreader80 Is it possible that the receiving post office or maybe an intermediate mail center runs it through a machine too leading to the marks?

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