Oh hey. So I was all ready to post a bit about our invites, how I spent obnoxious amounts of time on the envelopes alone, how I asked to have them hand canceled, be all helpful, and such.
And then I got this in the mail:
Yes, that is a stack of invites. No, I did not mail myself 7 invitations. Those are ones that were returned to us, with this stamped on the back of them:
Basically saying I need 20 more cents of postage.
Um. Excuse me, post office. NO. You know why? Because I had our envelopes weighed, and was told they would be 65 cents each. However, once I saw the amazing cherry blossom stamps that Miss Mink recently posted about, I decided to overpay by 25 cents on each invitation so that I could have the complete cherry blossom vista (I’m kind of obsessed with them.. recall my tattoo?). I know for a fact that several people in Maryland and Pennsylvania have already received their invites, no problem. And all those invites that were returned to me? They are addresses in either New York or New Jersey.. including my mom.
So, yes, I’m pissed. Upset. Annoyed. Confounded that someone(s) clearly can’t see that there are not one, but two Forever stamps on each invite. Because there is no other explanation, except for the notion that certain people just didn’t pay attention. What’s to say that when I mail them out again, I don’t wind up with them back in my mailbox the second time around?
Ugh. Ok. ::breathing::
Anyway…part of the point of the original post I was going to write was about hand cancelling envelopes. A lot of us late spring/early summer brides have been writing posts including invitation reveals and the mailing process of said invites as of late (Unicycle, Boa, Mink, Wizard, Doe, Hawk), and I wanted to join in on the fun.
See, this all started when I brought my invites to the post office last week to be hand canceled. All this means is that, instead of running the envelopes through a standardized machine to sort the envelopes and “cancel” the stamps, someone physically sorts and cancels. This is a good idea for larger or oddly shaped envelopes and packages, as you’ll end up with a lower chance of something getting mangled a la Miss Doe’s invite.
Alas, the first post office I went to said “we don’t hand cancel envelopes.” Weirdos. So I went to another, bigger post office, where the clerk looked at me all fishy like and had to reassure me several times that yes, I can just leave my box of invites with him and they will all be hand canceled. Cue slight panic and distrust on my end, because yes, I’m a crazy person. Of course I sent one invite (not seven) to myself so I would know how they would look when they arrived…so if they weren’t hand canceled for some reason, I would know. (I swear I’m not a bridezilla. Just really anal.)
To date, I know of at least four different people who have received their invites, and so far there have been three variations on all this hand cancelling nonsense.
First variation: nothing.
Two people have received their invites like this. The folks above actually asked if we just dropped it off in their mailbox, because the envelope was so pristine looking. I mean…the stamps aren’t even canceled. It’s like a gift of 90 cents that they can use again. You’re welcome, friends.
Variation two: we’re in kindergarten and need to scribble over a perfectly nice envelope and ruin it.
This was how ours came. That’s the lamest hand cancelling ever. (Mind you, we live no more than 3 miles from the people with the lack of hand cancelling.) I think they knew it was us and wanted to spite me for being so nuts at the post office. I seriously hope other people don’t get theirs like this. It just makes me a bit sad.
Variation three: oh hey, we actually know what hand cancelling means.
This was brideslady M’s invite. Clearly hand canceled. Looks good. Crazy Miss Fox approves.
Needless to say, I’m (not so) eagerly awaiting to see what other variations undoubtedly pop up; I may have also asked several people to send me a picture of the envelope as soon as they get it. Like I said… #anal.
Can you tell I’m in a snarky mood today? Some things just irk me, especially when it deals with something that I worked on for countless hours to make as close to perfect as I could manage. I also just want these invites to be out and delivered so that I can finally reveal them to you all!
Has anyone else encountered issue with the post office lately? Did it affect your invite timeline at all?