Do I Send Out of Town Family Baby Shower Invitations?


A happy occasion can turn into a dilemma when planning a baby shower. You want to include everyone, but don't want to appear as though you are asking for gifts by inviting out-of-town family. Before finalizing the guest list, consider rules of etiquette and alternatives when deciding whom to invite.


  • It is acceptable to invite out-of-town family to a baby shower, according to Emily Post. The invitation shows that you do not want that person to feel excluded. Upon receipt of the invitation, it is up to the invitee whether to attend.

Time Frame

  • Mail invitations two to three weeks before the baby shower, according to Send them a couple of weeks sooner if inviting out-of-town guests to give them time to plan their trip.


  • Set up a webcam or Skype at the baby shower so out-of-town family can be part of the special day. Let them know of this alternative to attending the shower in the invitation. If you choose not to send baby shower invitations to out-of-town family, keep them informed and remember to send a birth announcement after the baby is born.

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