Q&A: Invitations: Handwritten Invites for a Small Wedding?

Q: I'm having a small, low-budget wedding and I thought it might be nice and less expensive to handwrite my invites. However, I don't know how to do calligraphy very well. Would my handwriting the invitations come across as cheap?

A: If you're having a small, casual wedding (fewer than 50 people, pretty laid-back), it's completely fine to handwrite invites. You don't even have to use calligraphy. If you or someone close to you has nice handwriting, you're set. And you're right -- you'll save some bucks. Then again, for a large, formal wedding, you may not want the handwritten look because it wouldn't match the style. But for a small, intimate wedding, handwritten invites are just that -- intimate.


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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