I remember when I was sending out my wedding invitations (almost 5 years ago!), I went to the post office to have the invitations hand stamped before they went on their merry way. I did this for the very important reason: my mother told me to. I patiently waited in line, then proudly presented my enormous stack to the clerk who barely looked at me and pointed to the stamp. Oh. I do it? Where on the envelope? Like this? And then I spent nearly 20 minutes hand stamping the darn things.
But why? I asked some of my friends (google and yahoo), and it’s actually for a couple of reasons. One is that to cancel typical mail, the post office puts it through a machine, which inks those squiggly lines you see on most letters. The machine can also dirty up the envelope and even tear it. Another reason is to give it a formal look. Like, hey mailbox, this isn’t your average piece of mail!
Will you (or did you) hand stamp your wedding invitations?
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