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. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: We sent out our wedding invitations five weeks ago (following the traditional six to eight weeks in advance of the wedding etiquette) to a very small group of close friends and family, per the COVID-19 restrictions at the time. Eased COVID restrictions means more wedding guests, but how late can we invite them?

Answer: The pandemic has turned a lot of the conventional etiquette on its head and just like our having to be more flexible as hosts and guests when it comes to being uninvited, due to tighter COVID restrictions, we are also tasked with being similarly laid back when it comes to being included. While three weeks may not be enough notice for friends and family who live farther away, you never know and, it’s always nice to feel included either way. Mail another round of invitations as soon as possible, but plan to call, email and text the intended recipients with a heads up and to let them know about the loosened restrictions that are allowing you to move forward with original plans that included having them there to celebrate with you. Be sure to emphasize that you understand if they are unable to attend, given the shorter than usual timeframe.


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