(Closed) hand deliver groom’s parent’s invitation??

posted 12 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
27 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I would mail it!

Post # 4
228 posts
Helper bee

Never heard of it.  What if they live really far away? =P

Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Ha!  I have never heard of that tradition, but strangely that is what we did (they live near us).  Miss Tiramisu = subconscious random etiquette follower?  😛

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, in the olden days most invitations were hand-delivered.  The outer envelope was to keep the actual envelope from being smudged by the coachman or footman’s fingers… and after delivery, the whole thing was presented on a silver tray by the butler.  Nowadays, we use the mail service.  The only reason I can think that you would hand-deliver your FIL’s invite is if you don’t want to spring for a stamp.  And isn’t it more exciting to find it in the mailbox anyway?

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee

i do know that in some asian (chinese, vietnamese..) cultures, hand-delivering invitations if they are local is the more respectful way to invite parents, grandparents, and close relatives. it just depends on whether this is the preferred method for parents (usually the more traditonal ones). but in these modern times, i think most people understand. 🙂 

Post # 8
5 posts

we were going to hand deliver them to people where possible.  It would be a special visit and who doesn’t like a face-to-face meeting?  We’re not too into etiquettes so could care less about following them.

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