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Wediquette Wednesday: Do I have to send out save-the-date cards?

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 discussing save-the-date cards.


Question: We are having a destination wedding in Hawaii. Only 10 of our closest family and friends will be invited to the event, which is in about eight months. Do we have to send out save-the-date cards or can we just email, call or tell people the date in person?


Answer: Hawaii sounds like a lot of fun and is a très romantic setting for your wedding. Despite the small group however, it’s expected that you mail save-the-date cards to everyone who is invited to the wedding. With only 10 attendees, this should be an easy and fast task for you and your spouse-to-be. One of the things I love most about save-the-date cards, is it’s the first opportunity to set the tone for the event. With your tropical destination, opt for a whimsical fruit-infused cocktail, a photo of the two of you on a beach or a simple palm tree, to name a few, for the design of the stationery. The save-the-date should reflect the casualness or formality of the occasion, so keep that in mind as you shop. To allow guests ample time for planning, be sure to get them in the mail at least six months prior to the date of your Big Day.


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



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