Post # 1
Today was a big day for me, <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-weight: bold”>I got to mail my invitations!!! I had a very interesting experience with getting them hand canceled. I ended up mailing them from a tiny post office in St. Louis Park because the woman there let me bribe her with a chocolate chip cookie in order to do it. Apparently they don’t have to hand cancel anything, and are encouraged to avoid date stamping any general mail item (unless it’s specifically requested for billing or due date purposes) until it gets through the sorting machine. Finding a small, quiet branch mid morning is your best bet – stand back for a few minutes and get a feel for the personalities (if they are snippy or mean, I wouldn’t bother). It might take a couple of different tries to find a fit – but eventually you should be able to find someone to hand cancel for you.
That being said! <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-weight: bold”>I can’t wait until my first RSVP shows up!!! It was really exciting and nerve-wracking.
Anyone have good luck with hand canceling? Share the places (good or bad) for the rest of us!
Post # 3
Here is a blog on my experience with Hand Cancelling:
Now that they’ve been out for ahwile here is what I’ve learned — local invites made it no problem, but invites that had to be sent another post office first were sent through the machines at the other post office. Oh well, at least I got the cool circle shaped cancelling on the stamps.
Post # 4
The invites have arrived in homes – and the good news is, they were hand canceled and looked great!
Post # 5
I was told (at the Downtown "Loop" post office) that hand canceling is not permitted, but that the St. Louis Park office might be bribed with donuts- I can’t believe it worked for you.. Did you just offer up the cookies right away? Or what? I’m trying to develop my game plan for getting my invites hand canceled next week.. Thanks!!
Post # 6
No, I just begged, a little. Told her I read it online that I could get it done and then she looked over her shoulder and said "I really like chocolate chip cookies." I asked her when she worked the next day, and brought her cookies and my invites. Sure enough, the were hand canceled and no chocolate stains either!
Post # 7
I don’t think I’m going to have my invites hand cancelled, because they are pretty much all out of town and all of those go through the machines regardless. I did have my STD postcards hand cancelled though, because our website address was along the bottom and I was afraid that they would slap that bar code sticker on there if I didn’t. I chose a small, out-of-the-way post office (the one in Tolleson, for you Phoenix bees) early in the day when it was not busy. The lady was very nice, and remember, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, so be super-nice! She gave me the stamps to affix to the cards and then set them aside to hand cancel herself later. I was skeptical that they would be done, but they all arrived the way I wanted them to!
And no chocolate chip cookies needed