After the wedding is over and you are back from your honeymoon, you will have to pause and think about the people who came to your wedding and brought gifts.
Thinking of those people is great, but, it is not quite enough. That is where thank you notes come into the picture. You should send out tokens of appreciation or simple thank you notes to wedding guests as soon as possible, but don’t wait more than 3 months after the wedding. Thank you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within 2 weeks.
Thank you notes should be sent especially for those friends or guests who showed up with wedding gifts. Wedding etiquette will also have you send thank you notes to people who were not able to come to the wedding, but sent in their gifts.
Sending out personalized thank you notes are a great touch. If it is not too much for your budget, thank you notes with pictures of you and your partner with the particular guest would be a really good gesture of sincere appreciation.
It is not against wedding etiquette to buy thank you note templates, but be sure to personalize it by adding your personal hand written notes of appreciation. Some couples also prepare thank you notes along with wedding invitations to save time and money.
Etiquette when writing thank you notes
Here are some rules of etiquette to follow when it comes to sending out thank you notes:
o Remember to send thank you notes to relatives and people who coordinated showers and parties for the both of you. It would be okay if you thank them for the efforts within the same card sent to them for their gifts.
o Wedding etiquette suggest that you appreciate each gift you have received. That means each and every gift should be recognized through its own thank you note. If a person sent you two gifts, for example, send two thank you notes for each gift. The same treatment should be given to gifts received during the shower or even stag party.
o Advanced wedding gifts or gifts that arrived before the wedding should be immediately responded to so you will never have the chance to forget sending out thank you notes for them.
o It might be time and money saving, but it is not advisable to send out preprinted thank you notes. Sending preprinted cards will give the person receiving the thank you note the impression that his or her effort or gift was not totally appreciated.
o Personalize your thank you note by handwriting the message. Warm but short thank you notes are better than longer but non-personalized or insincere notes.
o Write your thank you note message in blue or black ink. It is for the simple reason that the colors are far more readable.
o You should also include your new return address on every thank you note you have sent. The recipients will greatly appreciate the gesture if he or she is informed or posted of your new and correct address.
If you follow these pointers, writing your thank you notes should be an easy task. If you have any questions on thank you note etiquette or general wedding etiquette, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.