Yes, the idea of writing out all of those notes is overwhelming. Who has the time? But personalized, handwritten notes are a must. Even if you thanked the person face to face, it’s still imperative a card is sent. Generic preprinted cards would be the quick and easy way to get the job done, but it would also be construed as insincere. Address the recipient by name and thank them for the specific gift you were given, as well as their attendance at your wedding, perhaps citing a specific memory you shared that day. Be sure your notes extend beyond gifts. Also thank people who did something to help your day become what it was. Vendors, hosts of events, coordinators, anyone you feel made an extra effort on your behalf.
If you’re looking to make the process as simple as possible, order thank you cards that match your invitations when you’re placing your initial order. It will save you a step and carry your theme and style over across the board. Doing so may also allow you to have your envelopes addressed, making it all that much easier.
If you’d like to do something different, there are many fun ways to personalize thank you cards. For a more personal keepsake, have photo cards printed up using a picture from your wedding, or include a photo from the day of the guest to whom you’re writing. For something a little more whimsical, buy postcards while on your honeymoon. If the gift was a functional item, such as fine china, include an invitation to the giver to come for dinner so you can put the gift to use. If the person does not live nearby, send along some cookies made using your new mixer or baking pan. They’ll love the extra touch, and it will make them happy knowing that you’re getting good use out of the gift they selected. If you were gifted cash, let the giver know how you plan to spend it. If it went toward your honeymoon fund, include a picture from your trip.
Although within a year was previously considered an appropriate amount of time in which to send thank you cards, within three months is a more fitting time line. The easiest way to do so is to send cards as gifts arrive. With online ordering guests are not necessarily bringing gifts to the wedding in order to give them. As they are shipped to you, send out a thank you. This will make the process feel less overwhelming, and less like a chore. But for all of the gifts you do get at once, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your new spouse to sit down together. Set aside an hour every Sunday afternoon, pour a glass of wine, and take the time to really put thought into your note. Revel in your gratitude. Taking the time to think about how the gift will enrich your life will make you more excited about writing out that card and your feelings will shine through.
Thank you cards don’t have to be a boring chore. By personalizing them, and getting yourself in the right mind set, it can be one of the most enjoyable, heartfelt parts of your wedding. Be willing to really set aside the time to reach out and express your gratitude. Your guests will appreciate it more than you realize.
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