Why Brides Are Traveling Around the World to Mail Their Wedding Invites

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A tiny town in Oregon has become the go-to destination for brides from across the state to as far as Korea and Australia.

It’s not because they’re giving away free weddings. Nor are they home to the world’s most amazing wedding venue (though I’m sure their venues are gorgeous). It’s because their 110 square feet post office (the third smallest in America) will hand-stamp your wedding invitations with a postmark that says:

Marriage Station
Bridal Veil, OR

According to NBCNews, over 190,000 pieces of “bridal mail’ pass through the Bridal Veil post office each year, making bridal mail 95% of the small town’s business. Which means postal clerk Tara Stiller, the only employee at the office, is pretty busy.

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Via NBC News

“I sometimes get callouses on my hands!” said Stiller, a former wedding planner who hand cancels each one with a couple’s choice of interlocking hearts or interlocking doves. But rather than get overwhelmed at the amount of brides, grooms, or other family members who have been roped into making the trek to Marriage Station, Stiller said she enjoys taking part in the process. “I get that they want this day to be perfect. They want the fairytale and I want to do everything I can to be a part of that fairytale in a positive way,” she said.

Bride-to-be Christine Dougherty drove two hours to get her wedding invitations postmarked at Marriage Station for her wedding later this summer. “It’s just something different.” said Dougherty. “Everybody pays attention to the little details…They just kind of push them over the edge and make them that much more meaningful.”

When asked if she thinks guests will look at the postmark, Dougherty laughed and said, “They better notice.”

What do you think brides? Would you make the journey to Marriage Station for the special postmark?

Watch the full story on Marriage Station, below.

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