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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

People Don’t Like It When I Bark, ‘Leave Me Alone!’

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How long should you wait after you have been engaged to announce the wedding date?

GENTLE READER: Long enough to make sure neither you nor your betrothed will have a change of mind, but not so long that your would-be guests have booked conflicting vacations.

(Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)