Post # 1
Dear Bees: Does anyone out there know if is proper etiquette to HAND deliver invitations to our local guests? or too tacky? I plan to order my invitations from a company in India. They are heavy due to the paper stock and the emblishments. Hand delivery would help with the postage. THANKS BEES !!!
Post # 3
Huh. I don’t think there’d be anything wrong with this, if you deliver it to them at their homes. I’d worry that if you delivered it to them when you saw them out-and-about that they might misplace it.
Post # 4
I generally think that hand-delivery is considered *more* polite b/c it shows that you made an extra effort to invite guests personally. This may be cultural bias, though. In India (and amongst our Indian friends in the US), it’s customary to hand-deliver invitations to close friends and family along with a box of sweets or small gift. My parents did this for their closest local friends.
Post # 5
I think hand delivery would be a really nice touch as well. I agree w/ Amysue, handing them out while at a social setting or out and about would be a little awkward since it could then be a hassle for them to carry around, but home delivery sounds lovely.
Post # 6
I am totally hand delivering as many as possible as my postage for EACH invite is $1.73. I’ve only sent 22 so far. Need to send about 20 more and delivering 100… luckily, it’s doable.
Post # 7
Where I live hand delivering is very common. But I also live in a predominently “foreign” culture. For my cousin’s very extravagent wedding her and her mom hand delivered each invitation to local guests. They turned it into a social visit thing before the wedding.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Tacky? Tacky? What could possibly be tacky about hand-delivering a wedding invitation? I would love to receive something like this in the mail, but if postage is really a concern, it’s perfectly find to hand-deliver. In fact, isn’t that how it used to be done?
Post # 9
I do not think hand delivery is tacky. A hand deliverd invite has personal touch to it, and I think your guests will appreciate the effort. It would be much easier to just pay the postage. I think I will do the same.
Post # 10
I think hand delivery is thoughtful, I hope to do as much of it as possible!
Post # 11
I don’t think so. I hand delivered invites to my coworkers and closest friends. I see them everyday…why waste the stamp. 🙂
Post # 12
I think it does depend on some cultures. Its actually something you have to do in my culture (Vietnamese). Some representative of the family will have to do the inviting. Otherwise a lot of people will not come if just an invitation is mailed to them well in my family anyway.
Post # 13
I’m doing box invitations and hand delivery would be cheaper and a nice touch. So mybe I’ll consider it too!
Post # 14
I don’t think it would be tacky at all. I’m sure your guests wouldn’t mind a quick visit for you to drop of your invitation.
Or were you thinking about just driving around and sticking them in mailboxes??
Post # 15
I think hand delivery is a sweet idea. I do love getting mail, but it would be so much more exciting to get a personal visit!