WEDDING NOTES - Announcements and Gifts
We are often asked questions by guests as well as brides. Brides want to know when to send announcements rather than invitations, or even if they need to send announcements, And guests who have received an announcement want to know "Do I have to send a gift?"
The answer to both is "You don't have to do anything". However, announcements are a very nice way to inform distant relatives and friends who would love knowing about your wedding but would be unlikely to attend the ceremony. If you are planning a smaller wedding, announcements may also be sent to people you see on a regular basis but who would not be included in the guest list.
Announcements are mailed immediately following the ceremony and should never duplicate the invitation list. People get one or the other.
Since wedding announcements do not obligate the recipient to send a gift, brides should feel free to share their good news with everyone they care about.
On the other hand, receiving a wedding invitation does have other implications. Technically, receiving a wedding invitation to the ceremony only does not obligate the invitee to send a gift. It is obvious that guests send wedding presents to any couple they care for, but if a person receives an invitation to both the ceremony and the reception but declines to attend, he/she is officially relieved of the obligation to send a wedding present. If one does attend, it is expected that a gift will be sent.
If you have questions about your invitations or other aspects of your wedding, phone 605-348-8816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.