Monday, April 6, 2009

Hand Cancelling

Wade and I sent out the invitations today. I asked the post-mistress to hand cancel. A brief look crossed her face (that clearly said that hand-cancelling sucks), but the look quickly passed, and she readily agreed to do it. I offered to help if there was any way I could (evidently, there is not).

Thanks, unnamed post-mistress!

Here's Wade & I stamping the invitations:

With Canada Post, it takes 2 days for delivery within the province, 3 - 5 days out of province. They will be picked up tomorrow, which means that guests can see them as early as Thursday ... as late as Thursday next week (I think Good Friday and Easter Monday are both federal holidays).


But you're still not seeing any invitation pictures on this blog until I'm on my honeymoon. Check back after June 6th!


Krista said...

I don't think you can read the names on the envelope. If you can, please let me know so I can blank out their name (for privacy reasons).

melissa said...

Your so clever for thinking of hand canceling. Sending out invitations and getting RSVPs is so exciting. Your going to have fun the next few weeks.

I was just going through old emails and saw your comment about the map. Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I use Illustrator everyday so there wasn't a learning curve for me but some say it takes some time to get used to. But I find it is the best program to take any sort of image and trace it. That is basically what I did. I traced over some symbols from Laura Hooper calligraphy and other cartoon type images. If you decide to go with Illustrator let me know and I can email you my file and then you could copy some of the symbols, etc.

Cyd said...

YAY!!! So exciting!

Marie said...

Very exciting. My apologies though but I don't know what hand stamping is. Can you explain? Thanks!

AmyJean said...

Yay for getting that sent out! :)

Krista said...

Hand cancelling or hand stamping is where the post office worker "cancels" the stamp by hand. You know when you receive mail, the postage stamp has a stamp on it? That stamps is what "cancels" the postage stamp, which is why you can't re-use a stamp.

Most of the time, the envelopes are fed through a machine that automatically stamps the postage stamps. If you ask for a "hand cancel" or "hand stamp", the post office worker uses a hand-held stamp (simlar to the stamps you might find in an office that say "IMPORTANT" or "PLEASE POST" or whatever). They are stamped by the post office worker, "by hand" the "old-fashioned" way, which means the envelope is not fed through the machine.

The machine can bend or smush the envelope, so you are essentially reducing the risk of a bent invitation arriving at your guests' homes.

It's more work for the post office worker, so you do have to ask nicely.

Brandy said...

woohoo! Did you know that some Canadian towns have specific cancelling stamps?
I'm not sure if you still can but you used to be able to send things to them(in a package) and have them hand stamp them!


Congrats Krista! That's a lot of must be so relieved to have that completed. Can't wait to see the invites :)

Krista said...

I did know that Brandy. If I'd had my butt moving faster, I'd have used the "Hearts Content" or "Hearts Delight" (2 towns in Newfoundland). But - alas - I ran out of time!

Nicole said...

It is definitely flying by! It looks like yours will be here in no time. Looking forward to seeing pics from the actual wedding!