Between destination weddings, elopements, and intimate family ceremonies, there are many reasons why all of your loved ones may not end up being included in your big day. One great way to let everyone know of your recent union is with a traditional marriage announcement. While etiquette calls for announcements no matter what the size of the wedding, this is great way to include close-ones in the news. Here, all you need to know about sending out these joyous cards.
Traditionally, marriage announcements are sent the day after the wedding to inform all of those who may be interested that you did, indeed, get married. Whether it's those left off of the guest list because of size limits or coworkers and distant relatives who didn't make the cut but would still care to know, it's important that you get these printed or handwritten cards right.
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There are a few definite don'ts, though, when sending out this polite announcement. First, you shouldn't send it more than a short while following your wedding — if you eloped a year ago and are just telling people, do so by phone calls or in person. You definitely don't want to send it to someone out of spite, like an ex boyfriend who missed his chance or a friend you had a falling out with. And, of course, you shouldn't expect gifts in return for this piece of news. If someone feels compelled to send a gift, that's on them. This is solely meant to let those who are interested know of your new relationship status.