However much you might wish it, the wedding planning process doesn’t end the minute you return from your honeymoon. You’ll most likely come home from the wedding to a pile mountain of gifts and as tempting as it is to unpack your new treasures all those wedding gifts need acknowledging. It is crucial that you thank your friends and family for their time, their generosity, and their thoughtfulness. They all helped celebrate your special day and must be acknowledged.
Also, chances are you’ll receive gifts and well-wishes by mail so the thank you note acts as a confirmation you received the gift. Don’t leave your loved ones hanging! If you need help preparing, assembling and penning your thank-you notes look no further. Here are 5 steps to writing your wedding thank-you notes.
1. Start Early
Wedding thank-you note prep starts months before you unwrap that first gift. Do yourself a favor and track the gifts that you receive. Remember the wedding binder that you created? This is a great place to track the gifts you receive or keep a record electronically in Excel or a Google Doc. Add a column for gifts and wedding thank you notes to your guest lists. This allows you to keep a record of what you received and from whom while logging your progress as you go. It is so easy to think you have already sent a thank-you for your wedding gift when you are writing so many notes-trust us. Best of all, you won’t have to hunt for your mailing addresses as you already have them recorded on your guest list.
2. Stock Up
This is the fun part of thank-you note writing! Invest in some stationery that represents you as a couple or pick up some simple white note cards. Thank-you notes never go out of style so stock up shortly after you’re engaged. Don’t forget to stock up on stamps as well! They are expensive so you may want to buy in bulk (hello Costco!) to save a few pennies.
3. Set Up Shop
Designate a “writing station” in your home—you’ll be more likely to pen wedding thank-you notes if you have a comfortable place to sit and all your supplies at the ready. If you don’t have a desk, keep your note cards near a table or hard surface. A glass of wine and some Spotify can really sweeten the deal.
4. Get Down To Business
Penning a thank-you note is not an option, it is a must. The rules dictate that every wedding gift deserves a thank-you note. Wedding planning takes a lot of time—I get it—but I recommend penning notes as soon as wedding gifts start to arrive. This may mean before the wedding and long after.
Don’t attempt to get them all done in one sitting. Instead, set aside 30 minutes every night to tackle your wedding thank-you note list or have a goal of 5 thank-you notes per night. And remember the wedding gifts you have received were intended for you both. Regardless of who’s penning the thank-you notes, sign both of your names.
5. Pen The Perfect Note
Personalize your wedding thank-you note to reflect your relationship with the addressee and the gift they gave. Describing the gift in details is best: “the Waterford crystal vase from our registry.” If you’ve been gifted money for your wedding, explain how you plan to use it, like we’re saving for our first house or we can’t wait to indulge at the spa on our honeymoon. Their presence was a present too—don’t forget to thank your gift giver for attending your wedding and for thinking of you at this special time.
Writing thank-you notes takes a lot of time and effort, trust me I can relate! What other tips do you have for brides for penning their thank -you notes? Leave your comment below.
DON’T FORGET IT: PIN IT!