Hand-Canceling - Is It a Thing of the Past?
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
The U.S.P.S. has made some changes. These days, the post office uses machines to sort mail and mark each stamp so they cannot be reused. However, when it comes to mailing delicate pieces of mail, like a large wedding invitation with crystals, wax seals, etc., they are more likely to get ripped.
According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), hand-canceling is no longer available as of June 2019. The post office now offers the option to purchase a non-machinable surcharge stamp, like a Forever Stamp, but with the purpose intended for not putting it through the machine. This stamp is in addition to the cost of postage to mail the envelope. The post office has explained the time involved to sort and mark, and with the equipment upgrade they have done, it is no longer necessary. If you have an extravagant, embellished invitation, or oddly shaped invitation, it is recommended to purchase the optional non-machinable surcharge stamp.
You will have weight out the cost benefit option for your scenario.