(Closed) The Post Office! Such heinous people!

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You know- that was a good idea you had- to send the invite to yourself so you could see what it would look like. I will have to remember to do that.

But on the other note. You have to laugh. Seriously. I am finding more murphy law type moments happening to me- that stories like yours- it hurts too much to cry you have to laugh. Like. OF COURSE the friggin USPS people would do that right? Whatever happened to common sense? If you see a bunch of pretty envelopes why don’t you just try to pick a smaller stamp?!

I went off on a tangent. sorry.

I guess it is just a reminder to wait in the incredibly long line… get to the counter… and kill the clerk with kindness. ;o) Then hope for the best!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

It is a good idea to send the invitation to yourself BEFORE you mail the rest of them, just to see how it will mail (for instance if your fantastic buttons and bows and rhinestones and belly bands and pocketfolds will make it intact).  And, in this case, to see what the postmark ends up looking like.  And if you want your envelopes *neatly* hand cancelled, it’s a great idea to come at an off-peak time, and stick around to cancel them yourself.  I would suggest that treating the USPS employees badly is probably not going to make them more inclined to handle your invitations with the utmost care after you’re out the door…

It is, of course, frustrating that your envelopes didn’t look the way you wanted when they arrived.  I actually blame this on Martha (and numerous wedding blogs) that show only the envelope ready to mail – with the beautifully hand-written address taking up most of the envelope, and sometimes with an array of 6 or 8 vintage stamps across the top.  (For everyone doing the multiple stamp thing – you do realize that EACH stamp has to have at least part of a cancellation mark, right?  That is absolutely the best way to make sure your envelope has the maximum amount of USPS ink on it…)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Suzanno- I didn’t say (nor was I trying to imply) to treat the employee badly. I was saying take extra care to be incredibly kind to them. =o) (hence- kill the clerk with kindness…) unless I mis-spoke the phrase.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

EEK! I sent out my save the dates today. I should have sent one to myself, shoot! I hope they don’t arrive all ratty tatty!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

The post office can’t send large letters throught their autosorters, it’s done by hand.  And calligraphy also makes it difficult for the autosorter to read, so quite often wedding invitations must be run by hand.  You’re paying for an actual person to look at all your invites and send them to the right post offices.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Sorry.. It’s one of those things you plan and work hard for, but didn’t anticipate it to fall short for somehing like this.  All in all you’ll look back and laugh,  And hold on to that envelope it will be funny later on.  Maybe it’s a passive aggressive way for the post office to get back at all those wedding invitations. 

My husband and I actually got to cancel our own invitaitons.  The post office was more than happy to let us do it.  (It wasn’t our request.  They bascially asked us to.  I guess I should be thankful.)  I guess in light of this, I would suggest all brides ask to cancel their own invitations.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Makes you wonder where they come up with these rules, doesn’t it?  Sorry about the postmark.  What a bummer.  Thanks for sharing though!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@Sparkles – No worries.  I think that your recommedation to kill the clerk with kindness was reasonable.  I was a little more concerned about the recommendation to "hound" the USPS employees…

Really, the absolute best way to ensure that your invitations are hand-cancelled is just to stick around to do that yourself.  I know that doesn’t help much now, but I hope it helps everybody else with the same issues.  The clerk who ends up processing your invitations has no particular idea why you put so much postage on them – and if in fact they do turn out to be machinable, they will get put through the machine unless you are there to explain that you want something different, and believe that you paid for it.  And honestly, if your post office gets backed up, it’s likely that they’ll get machined anyway.  Some larger post offices won’t even let you hand-cancel yourself and won’t do it for you, so it pays to ask in advance, and even perhaps shop around.

And for everybody wondering about the utility of the inner envelope, here you are.  It’s really the same as it was 100 years ago, when the problem was the outer envelope getting muddy or fingerprinted (or splashed by something from the back end of the horses) as it was being hand-delivered.  The inner envelope is the one that stays clean – with no horse manure or ink or bar coding – for your guests.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m so sorry bluegreen.  I’m sure the invites are still gorgeous on the inside… plus who really saves the envelopes, anyway?  I would be very upset as well.. you’ve worked really hard for those!   

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Um I usually barely look at the front of an invite before I rip the thing open. And out of all the weddings I have been to (and I am the last of my friends to get married so there have been MANY in the last few years) I honestly cannot remember who had calligraphy and who didn’t. I barely remember the invites and the only reason I do is because I knew that I was getting engaged soon and needed to start paying close attention to those things. I think you may be stressing yourself out worring about whether the USPS puts a big inky mark on the outside of your envelope. Step back and take a deep breath and remember that it is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. 

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