USPS using Black envelopes

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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487 posts
Helper bee

Just a heads up – when I asked my local postmaster for hand canceling, I was told that even though I could stand there and hand cancel all the envelopes myself, that doesn’t mean it will not be run through a machine somewhere along the way.

Sorry, don’t have an answer about the bar code.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We did wax seals on our STD cards as a trial and ended up skipping them for the invites. Even though we hand canceled, they still got ran through a machine and a lot of them got completely destroyed. It was a huge pain in the ass. One of our friends literally got half an STD card. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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Jess13 :  inside. even if you hand cancel, the post office told me it’s pretty likely they will get ran through a machine in another city. So unless everyone is local, you’ll probably get some destroyed ones. 

Not worth it IMO, and I was really glad we tried it before we did it for invites. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I used wax seals inside as well.  I am not sure if you already sealed, but you can buy special wax that is more rubbery than traditionally brittle – specifically for the purpose of surviving the USPS machines.  I ordered the special wax from etsy I believe, and did do the initial hand cancelling at my local post office just as a procaution (how little it may be).  I had no issues with my seals arriving intact. 

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