Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thank You Note Tips and Tricks

The time leading up to your wedding and the few weeks after can be a whirlwind. It's hard to imagine when you would possibly have time to write out all those thank you notes! Ideally, thank you notes should be written within two weeks of receiving a gift, but no later than two to three months after the big day. So how do you make sure your sentiments go out in a timely manner? Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Thank You card design by Eutopia Events

Why not order your thank you cards when you order your invitations? Not only will they coordinate, but you will have them in hand as soon as the gifts start arriving (engagement gifts, shower gifts, etc.)

Keep a record of the gifts you receive and who they are from. It can be as easy as adding a line to your wedding guest list spreadsheet. That way when it is time to write out your cards, all of the information you need is right there for you.

Both newlyweds should share in the responsibility of writing out thank you cards. It will take far less time to get them completed, as well as act as an excuse to do something constructive together as a couple. Also, don't try and do them all in one day. Your words tend to become monotonous and less personable when you try to do too many at once. Instead, work on them in small chunks, everyday, until they are completed.

No matter the gift you received, your sentiments should be heartfelt, and always in writing. You should not use fill-in-the-blank style cards, email, or your wedding website to express gratitude. In your handwritten note, you should make mention of the gift they gave, that it is appreciated and note how you plan to use it. If the person gave you money, you can mention how you plan to spend it, but you do not need to mention the amount that was given.

While you should always write thank you notes to those who have given you a gift, it is also a good idea to send notes to others that have assisted you before, during, or after the wedding. This includes but is not limited to your neighbor who has accepted wedding packages at their door on your behalf, a friend who has helped you write out your place cards, even your vendors. Even though you may tip your vendors, it is still nice to send a handwritten note, whether giving a tip or not.

If you still find yourself missing the "deadline" for mailing out your thank you notes, don't worry. A late showing of your appreciation is better than none!