Yes, writing thank you cards may be time consuming (and result in severe writer’s cramp), but they truly are a sincere gesture that shows your appreciation for guests’ kindness. Don’t know where to start? Here, my top tips for "thank you" card success.
#1 – As you receive gifts before the wedding and open gifts afterward, keep a list of who gave you what, whether in Excel, a notebook, or whatever works for you. If you receive a gift from a group of people, be sure to list all of their names individually, so that no one is left out when you send your cards. For monetary gifts, be sure to also note the amount on your list. Though you won’t mention the amount in your note of thanks, keeping a record will help track just how much you’ve received.
#2 – Try to write each card as soon as possible after receiving a gift, even before the wedding. This way, you’ll avoid a huge backlog, and will also let guests know right away that their gifts made it safely to you.
#3 – Did your vendors do a great job? Don’t forget to thank them with a nice card or note! You may even want to write a review for Wedding Wire or another vendor site they’re listed on, so that others will know how fabulous they are.
#4 – Stuck about what to say? Just be sure to thank each gift giver for his or her generosity, and when appropriate, mention how you intend to put the gift to good use.
#5 – Want to personalize things? Tucked inside some of our notes, Stephen and I included a photo of that particular guest having fun at our wedding, or posing with us. For those who gave us Honeyfund gift certificates, we often sent along a picture that showed the two of us in Hawaii, enjoying whatever trip or special extra they had funded. Many couples also like to include a photo from the wedding day featuring a pretty parasol or prop, like the one seen above.
Do you have any advice to share? How quickly do you plan to send out your “thank you” cards?
(Photo Credit: iDoOriginals)