For some reason I built up having our invitations hand cancelled and manually sorted as a big, scary thing. For one, I’ve heard some horror stories about post offices refusing to do it, or charging more money. Secondly, I wasn’t able to find a lot of information about the hand cancelling process in Canada (except for Miss Eagle’s post, which was a relief for me to read!).
Personal photo-another little spoiler! The white envelopes are for our photographer, and for the people who gave us their addresses AFTER I wrote out their envelopes with the wrong address. Whoops.
With 26 invites stamped, addressed and ready to go, stacked into a little cardboard box, I entered the post office with trepidation. I made Mr. Dragon go along with me for moral support (I also made him go with me when I sent out our passport applications—I guess I have a Canada Post fear).
See, when I sent out our save the dates, I just chucked them in the regular mailbox outside our house. I had sent one out to BM Ashley in advance so I knew they’d make it through, and I didn’t really care about something like hand cancelling. But then, FSMIL Dragon told me that they use a hammer to cancel mail at her post office, and I really didn’t want a hammer going at the invitations I had toiled over for weeks (although it sounded kind of cathartic).
When we got to the front of the line I glanced down at the sheet that came with our Picture Postage, which reiterated we should ask the clerks to hand cancel and manually sort whatever mail the postage was stuck to, and nervously said, “I guess we’re supposed to hand cancel these…”
The wonderful, reassuring, lovely clerk smiled, looked down at the box and brightly said, “Okay! We’ll cancel them right along the side.” And then she took the box away from me, put it on the back desk and told the other clerk that she’d have something to do later on.
When I threw in an “Oh! And manually sorted, too!,” she just nodded her head and smiled. Totally chill. Her only comment the whole time was, “Wow, you guys spent the big bucks!” after seeing how we used two custom stamps per invite.
Seriously. That was that. No trauma involved. We didn’t even have to do anything.
Miss Eagle’s photo—from her post, I was expecting we’d have to cancel & bundle the invitations ourselves!
What a relief! Except now I’m terrified that I somehow screwed up and things won’t get to where they’re supposed to go…or I put the wrong invitation in the wrong envelope…or I got the postage wrong…or they’ll forget my invitations on the back desk…or the mail truck will explode or something. And then, after that, if we don’t get RSVPs back, the same thing all over again. I can’t wait to be done with this mail rigamarole!
Did you hand cancel your invitations? Was it a challenge at the post office, or an easy process?