Should You Send Wedding Announcements?

Wedding Announcements

Wedding announcements provide a way to share news of your nuptials with people who did not attend your wedding. They should be mailed as soon as possible after your wedding, typically within one month.

Announcements for Destination Weddings

If you had a small destination wedding surrounded by immediate family and very close friends, announcements are a must. Consider the following DIY wedding announcements from The Printable Wedding that feature room for a photo to share with recipients:

Elopement Announcements

Wedding announcements are crucial if you eloped on the spur of the moment and are planning a reception to celebrate. Some options from The Printable Wedding that are perfect for your elopement announcement include:

Other Reasons to Send Wedding Announcements

Although most wedding announcements are sent after a destination wedding or elopement, there are a few other cases where announcements might be appropriate. For example:

  • Very Small Wedding: If you were married in a venue that required a very small guest list due to space and/or budget constraints, sending announcements lets you share your news with friends of your parents, distant acquaintances, and extended family members.
  • Change of Address: If you and your spouse will be moving, sending announcements with your new address is a good way to keep everyone up to date.
  • Change of Name: If they're changing their name, women often send wedding announcements to coworkers and colleagues as a professional courtesy.

Review our guide to Wedding Announcement Wording if you need suggestions for what to say in your wedding announcement.

Creating a Cohesive Look for Your Wedding Stationery

Although wedding announcements aren't a required part of your wedding stationery, they can be useful in certain circumstances. Choose announcements that coordinate with your invitations, thank you cards, and other stationery items to create a cohesive look.


Written by: The Printable Wedding Team