(Closed) What does this mean.

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

hand canelling is when you manually stamp over the postage rather than have it sent through a machine to do the postmark.  You do it because wedding invites tend to be very thick and running them through the machine and damage them, or even rip them, dirty them,  crease the actual invite, and if you have anything bulky (bow on the bellyband, embellishments, etc) it can rip them off or poke them through the envelope.  Also, weding invitations, because they are so thick, are notorious for getting stuck in the sorting machines.  Its not a lot of extra work, and it looks much nicer

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i should add that it doesnt prevent them from going through any machines on the way – it prevents it from going through the intiial machine, which should avoid those wavy lines (thats what the hand stamp is for) and the ugly barcodes that get on the bottom

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Ugh, I didn’t even think about that extra way for invitations to get trashed. I wish I could just hand deliver them all. :/

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@fiftyfootbride – yeah, I sent one through the machine and one hand cancelled to see how they would come back.  The hand cancel was immaculate, the machine one was a little dirty and had bar codes on it.  We went with hand cancelling.  Not sure how the ones that had to travel far looked when they arrived, but 90% of the people we spoke to said they were beautiful so oh well Smile

A lot of my family and friends DID ask for me to hand deliver them so tehy’d be in perfect condition (thanks for the notice BEFORE I bought the postage…<sarcasm>…Tongue out) so maybe some of yours will too?  I figued after spending like 20 hours on the calligraphy and the hand made maps and the lace wraps, if someone wanted it in perfect condition, they could have it!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’ve decided to use outer envelopes ilo hand cancelling, and I am going to hand deliver some of the invites so that they will be pristine (mainly to my mom, his parents, the wedding party).

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

How do you do the hand cancelling?  Do you just go to the person at the postal office instead of putting in the mail slots? 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Laylabelle – I did outer and inner envelopes as well.  Honestly Id still suggest hand cancelling them if they are even remotely thick.

 

@jingle96 – I just went to the window at the Post Office and set the box there and said they needed to be hand cancelled.  In most places, they will give you the stamp and have you stamp them on the side.  Since I am in NYC, no such luck, but it wasnt a big deal.  Here, they hand ancelled 50 for free then charged me .05 for each additional evelope, so I ended up paying like $3.  totally worth it.  They do still need postage, FYI

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