From our Invitation Designer Carolina:
Mailing Your Invitations
Everything you didn't know you needed to know
So you've spent the better part of your weekend stuffing your beautiful invitations into envelopes with the help of your fiancé and any other people you roped into the task. They are all neatly stacked in a box and you're thinking, "Perfect, I'll just bring them to the post office during my lunch break and cross it off my list!"
Not so fast - before you end up yelling at an unsuspecting postal employee and leave the place with your invitations still in hand - here are some things you may not have thought of…
Part 2 – Hand Canceling
When you mail something through the USPS they “stamp” over the postage to show that the stamp has been used and has no further value. Most of the time this process in now done by a machine that processes tons of mail in a day.
“Hand canceling” is when a good old-fashioned rubber stamp is used that slightly overlaps your postage. It’s prettier to look at (especially after you’ve spent countless hours deciding on your envelope colors and fonts) but also keeps the envelope from possibly getting bent, damaged or dirty by not going through the automated process.
If you’re using custom stamps (printed with your own images) then no worries – these stamps are considered ‘metered’ mail and therefore don’t need canceling.
Best advice – Since the postal service does not charge extra for this service, be very nice to the person you ask! They will most likely give you the date stamp and pad and ask you to do it yourself at the counter. If it’s a small amount they may do it themselves. Also, if your local post office is a main hub and typically crowded try to pick an off-peak time or go to a smaller nearby branch.
Did you know?
* You can have your invitations canceled in different towns – imprinting them with their love-inspired names like “Bliss, NY” or “Romance, AR”. To do this, send your stamped and addressed invitations in a large envelope or box, and a note stating your request. Address it to "Postmaster," followed by the name of the town, state, and zip code. Be sure to call them to let him or her know the invitations are coming. Consider using Priority Mail so you can track the package.