Question: Is it appropriate to invite friends from far away even though you know they will not be able to make it?
Answer: This is a tough question as it can go both ways. Some feel that if you invite friends from far away that you are only looking for a gift if you know that they can not attend. On the other side of the coin, they may feel insulted for not getting an invitation. The best recommendation is to be sure to invite all your close friends (whether they can make it or not).