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What is the difference between a wedding announcement and a wedding invitation? Amelia, Montpelier, VT

A wedding invitation is what you send to invite potential guests to your wedding. A printed wedding announcement is intended to only announce the event has happened. If someone receives a wedding invitation, whether or not they are able to attend, they should send a gift. However, if someone receives an announcement, they have no obligation to send a present, but can, if they wish. Announcements should never be sent before a wedding to avoid any miscommunications. Ideally they should be mailed out the day after, or, at the very least, within the following week.

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http://www.mywedding.com/wedding-ideas/advice/deciding-on-a-guest-list/

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http://www.mywedding.com/wedding-ideas/invitations/ask-the-editor-when-should-i-send-my-invitations/