Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we’re running an excerpt from Dee Lane’s etiquette column in our New Orleans Bride Magazine Summer-Autumn 2019 issue.


Q: I already know that some of my extended family cannot attend my wedding, and I don’t want them to feel like they have to send a gift. Should I still send an invitation?

A: The short answer is yes. If you know someone can’t attend you should still send them an invitation. If you know someone can’t attend and you don’t want them to be pressured to send a gift, but know that they would appreciate keeping the invitation as a keepsake, handwrite a note to send with or on the invitation stating your wishes.



Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.