Q&A: Invitations: Send to Wedding Party?

Q:

Do we have to send wedding invitations to our parents and attendants? They're working closely with us on the planning, and they obviously know when the wedding is, so isn't it redundant?

A:

The short answers: No, it's not redundant, and yes, you should send them. While you're right that clearly they know the scoop on the wedding, they're still going to want an invite to remember the day. So while they don't necessarily need an invite, it's still a lovely gesture to send one. Many brides even choose to send one to themselves, so they have a stamped, addressed invite for their own scrapbooks!


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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