You want your wedding day to be full of the people you love, but there is a chance that not everyone you want to see on your special day will be able to make it, or they simply won’t all fit into your plan for small nuptials. With distance between old friends, family members who live on the other side of the country and prior commitments, some loved ones just won’t be able to make it to your wedding day. You can still let those faraway people know that you have tied the knot by sending wedding announcements.
Just like you will let your friends and family know that you got hitched, you should also find a way to let professional colleagues know that you will be changing your name. Same as you would create a guest list, create a list of people you would like to invite to your wedding but are unable to. These are the people who should receive wedding announcements. Design the cards to fit the atmosphere of your big day so that those who are unable to attend will still be able to get a feel for what the day was like. You can even use the same design as your invitations, just delete the date, time and place lines. Announcements are also beneficial for parents of the newlyweds, helping them announce to their friends that their children have gotten married.
Be sure, of course, that you don’t send your announcements too early. You don’t want the announcements to arrive before you actually walk down the aisle. You can send them the day of the wedding, but you may want to have someone from the wedding party head to the post office so you don’t have to worry about the logistics. While announcements do not suggest that gifts are expected, be sure to send a thank you card right away if someone sends a gift.