(Closed) What is hand canceling?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You will probably know what I’m talking about when I say that they run envelopes through a machine that prints a bunch of wavy lines through the stamp in the upper right corner. Hand canceling means that someone uses a prettier, less obtrusive stamp and literally stamps over your postage stamp with it.

Post # 4
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

at some/most locations there is an additional charge to do this – they recommend it if theres something inside the envelope/invite thats bumpy, rough etc.

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Regular mail is run through a machine that puts a stamp over the postage.  This is called canceling.  Hand canceling is having the envelopes stamped by hand. You do this if the envelopes or invites might be damaged by the machine. 

Post # 6
2254 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You may want to check with your post office to see if they still offer this. After the anthrax scare, many post offices decided to cancel this service.

Post # 7
2001 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Wow I feel stupid, I always thought it meant going and canceling having them sent.  like they’d have to go through and pull them and not send them.  LOL not sure why I thought that

Post # 9
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, how do people think of these things?!

Post # 10
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Definitely check if your post office allows this. My post office was actually one at the center of the anthrax scare and they said they only sporadically allow hand-canceling.  When they do allow it, you have to go first thing in the morning, and you have to do all the stamping yourself. I ended up doing just that, but as PP mentioned they have the right to refuse.

Post # 11
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We got ours hand cancelled.I think it really added to the final invitation. I also like how the stamps and calligriphy didn’t get ruined by running throught the machine. 

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