excuse the iphone pictures – top picture shows you what the hand cancel stamp looks like. bottom picture shows you what the envelope looks like when you’re done canceling the postage. basically you have to stamp each stamp (haha!) so that it can’t be used again. still not particularly beautiful, but way better than machine-canceled.
this is what a machine canceled envelope looks like. the picture doesn’t look bad, but imagine if that ink were in the middle of your pretty stamps, or even on the calligraphy? some brides may not care, but machine canceling is also very rough on thicker letters such as invitations and may rip the envelope.
alright, there you have it, my best tips and tricks on wedding invitations! invitations were one of the first things that I picked out during our wedding planning, which I don’t think is necessarily normal but it was definitely something that I enjoyed. if you’ve been married, did you discover any tips on your own that I missed? if you are a bride-to-be, best wishes and happy mailing!