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Birth announcement etiquette

Are there any "rules" for birth announcements?  I'm putting a list together and have about 100 names on it.  I think I'm being unreasonably excessive (and I don't want to go buy stamps).  Who did you/plan to send announcements to?

Also, there isn't a gift grabby association with announcements the way there might be one with invitations, is there?  I have no problem showing off my little peanut to everyone, but I'd hate to send out a ton of announcements if people would feel pressure to send something.  

Thanks for your input!

 

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  • We sent out at 25 announcements. They were sent to our immediate families, grandparents, close aunts & uncles and a handful of close friends. I also sent one to my work so my boss could put it up on the bulletin board for all of my co-workers to see. They loved it!
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  • We sent about 42. They went to both of our families, close friends, and coworkers. Actually I used the same list of people I sent our baby shower invitations to. (regardless if they made it to the shower)
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  • I sent 50. 

    Family and close friends. Plus both our offices.

    Hey of they send gifts, yay! Lol  

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  • I ordered 100 and sent out 75. I don't think it's gift grabby at all! I didn't send them out expecting gifts I just wanted everyone to get a look at him! I sent them out to everyone that attended the shower and all family members that live far. Well, pretty much just sent them to everyone! 
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  • We're doing a joint announcement/Christmas card so basically anyone who usually gets a Christmas card will also get an announcement.
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  • I sent out about 80 announcements to family, close friends, a few coworkers, and anyone who came to one of my showers.  We moved to the Midwest shortly before DD's birth and I wanted to make sure everyone got a picture since they won't be seeing her in person until we get back East for the holidays when she's 4 months old.

    I don't think anyone would assume you're fishing for gifts because you've sent them an announcement.  Actually, I would be more offended if I went to a shower and gave a nice gift and then didn't get an announcement.

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    I sent out about 80 announcements to family, close friends, a few coworkers, and anyone who came to one of my showers.  We moved to the Midwest shortly before DD's birth and I wanted to make sure everyone got a picture since they won't be seeing her in person until we get back East for the holidays when she's 4 months old.

    I don't think anyone would assume you're fishing for gifts because you've sent them an announcement.  Actually, I would be more offended if I went to a shower and gave a nice gift and then didn't get an announcement.

    I haven't sent mine out yet but this is my plan, pretty much exactly.

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