(Closed) Thank you hive for your advice on hand cancelling, BUT…

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

aww! At least they’re in the mail!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

does hand cancel just mean hand stamp?

Post # 5
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Honey bee

That’s awful. The holidays are a terrible time to have the post office barking down your neck since they’re busy and stressed themselves. Seems strange that they couldn’t have given him a stamp and asked him to move to a corner table and do it there, then get back in line when you’re done. Most postal workers have no problem with doing that. However in speaking with a number of postal workers, they say that despite something being hand cancelled, it still has to go through other machines. It just skips the first in the long line of them. So really you don’t save it from going through the machines despite what some folks say.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I just don’t get the appeal of hand cancelling but that really sucks he got yelled at!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m sorry but i don’t quite understand- what is “hand cancel” are you canceling your save the dates?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

why would you need to hand stamp them? Why couldnt you do that at home? Why couldnt they do it? Sorry but i kinda feel the pain of others in the line as I have to stand in the line at UPS ~4 times a week and although I am pretty used to the wait it still bugs me when people take up time at the counter because they werent prepared with an address, the right tender, etc. I wish sending things was more streamline haha. Usually i just bring my ipod because its guaranteed to take some time but some people freak out at the time some people take, esp if its lengthy at the lunch hour when everyone wants to get in and out.

I’m not trying to say you/your Fiance were wrong, just saying ive been on the opposite end and can feel that pain. hehe.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

sorry about the hand canceling pain! we spent a lot of time on our Save-The-Date Cards and there was no way I was going to have a big nasty mark on my cards! it’s a hassle but it’s worth it.

everyone needs to have a little more patience. i do a lot of shipping myself, but i would certainly not be yelling at someone who is running his/her own errand. it’s the holidays!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am glad you posted this. I really want to hand cancel… but will be mailing this week and wasn’t even considering the holiday crowd. I will have to go to a less  busy place or skip it =)

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Im sorry that happened.  I probably wouldve been one of the frustrated ones too, BUT if I wouldve known he was hand canceling STD’s I wouldnt have minded ๐Ÿ™‚  At least if you hand cancel your wedding invitations (which your Fiance will probably make you do now!) it wont be during the holiday season so you shouldnt get too many annoyed people ๐Ÿ™‚

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Hand cancelling is cool, but your cards will be put through a machine if they go outside your local area anyway. They’re not just processed on your end at your post office, but are sorted by the parts of the country that they are going to, and as part of that process go through machines that may scuff or mark them. It’s unfortunately, but all our hand-cancelled invites ended up with machine marks except those that were sent to other people in Seattle.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

eek– I feel bad for your fiance. I must admit though, I probably would have been annoyed in line too (although I have better manners than to yell at strangers!). I agree that the problem really lies with the post office who doesn’t have some provision for people want to hand cancel without holding up the line… but honestly I think the solution would probably be for the post office to just not allow it. People understand taht mail gets scuffed up.. I’m sure people wouldn’t think less of you if your Save-The-Date Cards were a little scuffed. 

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