By Amy Lowry, The Thank You Cards Shop
The wedding was wonderful, you're back from your honeymoon and you and your new hubby have unwrapped a mountain of wedding gifts. Now it's time to put pen to paper and express your thanks to your guests. You feel panic... stress... and the desire to procrastinate!
I’ve got good news-- writing out your wedding thank you notes doesn’t have to be a bland, dull task to be put off indefinitely. It can actually be a lot of fun and a wonderful way to remember your wedding day and stay in touch with the people who are most important to you.
8 Tips for Writing Wedding Thank You Notes
1. Get Organized: In the weeks after the wedding, put your thank you notes in a package that can fit in your purse, and pack a pen too. Whenever you’ve got some time to fill, you're thank you notes are ready for you to work on. They can be completed virtually anywhere-- on the plane as you come home from honeymoon, at the doctor’s office or any time you have an opportunity to work on them.
2. Reflect Your Personality: Be sure to choose thank you cards that represent you and your husband in some way... that will make writing out your cards a lot more fun.
3. Share the Job: There is no reason the Mrs. has to write out all the thank you notes herself. If it was a joint gift you can both write the notes, or one person can write them and the other can address them. This will help ensure you get the notes sent off in a timely manner.
4. Details, Details: Be specific about the gift and include details about why you appreciate it.
5. Be Thorough: Don’t forget the proper postage and to use a return address because there is nothing worse than having your card lost at the post office and never knowing it didn’t make it to the recipient.
6. Money Matters: If the gift was money, mention how you’ll use it. It’s ok to say you are saving it for a larger purchase (school, car, etc) and how much you appreciate being closer to your goal.
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7. Have a Personal Touch: Mention the past, present, and future. You can address the past by mentioning a favorite story about the person or a fun wedding memory. The present is the gift and why you appreciate it, and mentioning the future helps complete the message. We’ll see you at the family reunion in July. Or, We’re looking forward to our vacation to Mexico; thank you for the tip about your favorite restaurant.
8. Sign It: Handwritten thank you notes are typically the best because they are the most personal, but in some cases (like if the recipient has poor eyesight and prefers large, printed text) a typed note is preferred. But in either case, get ready to sign your name! It completes the message and makes it more authentic and heartfelt.
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