Post # 1
I need some help figuring out then logistics of when to send out our wedding announcements.
We are having a small DW, 8 people- only our parents and siblings. it will be 5-26-14.
i can’t decide if we should send out an announcement after we get our engagements in April, or after the DW.
Here’s where I’m having a dilemma. If we send them in April I don’t want it to see like an invite, I purely want it to be an announcement. The announcement will have a link to our wedding website/blog so people can read about our proposal, the wedding planning and eventually the wedding – we will post our wedding pics here too.
I want to send them after we get married, so we can have some wedding pics in the announcement and same link, etc. However, three weeks after we get home we are heading to South Africa for our honeymoon for a month. I’m kind of afraid that getting out announcements (and perhaps even pics from the photo for the announcement) might be chaos. I can handle chaos though. My bigger issue is what happens if people start sending gfits (no expectations) or try to call, and we are MIA in South Africa. We live in a basement apartment so we would have someone that could bring in gifts/cards if they show up – but I hate to leave my landlord in charge of that. The other problem is we wouldnt get to thank anyone formally until after we got back.
What would you do, or have you Done?
eta: I added another poll option. Reading some etiquette blogs and we should send out announcements right before we the wedding. this would also “buy” us an extra week while we are in DR.
Post # 3
An announcement is usually sent after the fact or at the earliest, on the wedding day. After all, you can’t announce that you are married until you are.
You can have them all ready to go, addressed and ready to mail before you leave for the DW. You can include a link to website and let people know that there will be pics added later. Leave them with someone trustworthy and ask them to pop them in the mail.
If you are home for 3 weeks, then away for a month, you can still get thank you notes out in a reasonable period of time.In Canada we can pay a fee to Canada Post to hold the mail for a period of time, or,alternatively, have it forwarded elsewhere. Can you do that with USPS?
Post # 4
What julies149 said! If you can’t get them to hold your mail, you can get a op box at the post office and ask them bout holding the packages for you there (ie forwarding all your mail to the op box while you are gone). Do not send an announcement beforehand
Post # 5
@julies1949: I think you are totally right. Even though the poll shows otherwise, after reading about etiquette and thinking about it – I’m going to send out the announcements the day we leave for the DR. We fly out Friday evening, wedding on Monday! As far as my mail goes, we could have the post office stop it, but I think my landlord will be OK with bringing packages inside (he lives up stairs and we live in a furnished apt downstairs). I think sending them out right before we go is what’s the best, and it leaves me plenty of time to send out thank you cards when we get back. I really wanted to include pictures on the actual announcement, but after thinking about it – we wouldn’t get wedding pictures that fast anyways. My photog is stay a few extra days after we leave, and I would still have to get them printed, addressed and mailed out. Doing it beforehand eliminates all that.
Here’s what I designed for our announcements… What do you think?! (I wanted them to be more artistic, and less formal).
Will be printed 4×6, with rounded edges. (These are just screen shots)