Destination Weddings: What Mailings Should We Do?

Q: Besides the save-the-dates, what other mailings should I consider doing, and what should these mailings include?

A: In addition to save-the-dates, you should also send out the formal wedding invitations eight to ten weeks before the actual date -- they act as a reminder after the save-the-date. Other mailings you should consider are wedding welcome packets, sent a few weeks before the wedding, which include information about your wedding location such as local restaurants, maps, weather forecasts, and things to do; and a wedding announcement, which will appear in your local newspaper after your wedding and give a description of your big day.-- JoAnn Gregoli


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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot