MAILING YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY and why you should hand cancel your envelopes

On a recent instagram post, I thanked my local post office for a number of things. It was national postal worker day and I wanted to shout my amens.

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TIPS FROM THE PROS:

When you take your wedding stationery to the post office, ask your postman (or woman) to hand cancel your stationery. This avoids having the machine sort your envelopes, ensuring a careful handling of those pretty envelopes.
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Hand canceling your envelopes is ...quite literally... “marking” the stamp as used - you know, that cute little circle postmark stamp (instead of the computer generators barcode). 
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TRUE STORY: I once heard that a calligrapher took their stationery to the post office after writing each guest name and address. Without hand canceling them, the post office's machine sorter printed a black barcode over that pretty writing. Every calligrapher's nightmare, right
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BUTTTT for those vintage stamp lovers like me ...this means if you have four vintage stamps across 200 envelopes, that’s 800 hand motions.

So keep that in mind when you bring your stationery in. Maybe add a few extra lead-time days to your mailing goal date because this is just a time-consuming task and it may take your post office a few extra days to get everything out!

True story: I once hand-canceled a set of 200 envelopes (five vintage stamps across each envelope) because the post office was a bit backed up over a holiday month. Yep! The crazy paper lady over here. #guilty #sonotguilty


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I'm Hope. The inky hands and freckled face behind the studio doors of TLBC. 

I believe in paper, words, and romance.

...and something beautiful happens when you combine them all together - be it a Jane Austen novel, a handwritten note, or as you've presumably guessed it - wedding stationery.

 

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