(Closed) What does Hand Cancel mean? In terms of invitations and posts I see here?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Member
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hand cancel means that you (or a post office worker) hand stamps the ‘cancel’ onto the envelope. It’s usually done so the invitation doesn’t get stuck in the machine and ruined (it can also look nicer- none of those lines on them!)

 Does that help?

Post # 6
Bee
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Usually only hand-cancelled invitations that are sent to guests in the same city will escape being machine cancelled. Once mail is out of local delivery range it is put through sorting and canceling machines whether or not you request hand cancelling.

Post # 8
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133 posts
Blushing bee

A lot of brides have trouble getting their local post office to agree to hand cancel their invitations. (Tip: go to a less busy small town or suburban post office on a quiet weekday morning.) And some brides find that their invitations get run through the machines anyway. For me, it’s not worth the trouble– postal employees are pretty grouchy around here– I already know what the answer will be if I ask for hand canceling!

Post # 9
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1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Keep in mind that hand cancelling only accounts for one machine.  It is solely to cancel the stamp and save it from going through the cancelling machine.  The envelope will still go through other machines, to be sorted and such.  However, from what I understand, the cancelling machine is the one that could mess up your thick envelopes the most.  

The main reason to hand cancel is if your envelope is more thick than normal, or if the invitation has extra things on top (such as flowers, or beading, etc.) that may get ruined going through multiple machines.   

Post # 10
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1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Ms Cherry Pie — I don’t believe that is entirely correct.  Envelopes that go through multiple cities don’t have multiple cancels on them, they do have to go through the pre-sorting machine more than once though. 🙂

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