Today’s post is a guest post about wedding thank you notes. You need to make sure that after you have done all your wedding planning, found your wedding rings, completed the ceremony, and enjoyed your reception, that you thank everyone who came and brought you a gift. Doing so shows your gratitude and humility. Hope you enjoy the post!!
Wedding Thank You Notes: Basic Etiquette
Couples planning on being married are generally quite busy. If you’re planning your wedding, you have to think through decorations, venues, food and ceremony details. You’ll also need to order wedding invitations and set a guest list. You can make wedding planning easier by combining several tasks into one. When you purchase invitations, be sure to buy thank you cards and custom envelopes. Thinking ahead to after the ceremony will save you the headache of trying to come up with thank you cards on short notice.
Sending thank you notes to your wedding guests is absolutely essential. Thank you notes express gratitude and let guests know that you truly appreciate their contributions to your new life together. Use the following tips as a guide when preparing your thank you notes.
Never, ever send preprinted cards. It can be tempting to have a generic card made up to express thanks to your guests. Nonetheless, this approach is very tacky. Recipients will feel as though they did not make a special contribution to your new life together. It is essential that you set aside time to write thank you notes. Remember that this isn’t the bride’s duty alone. The groom should be actively involved in writing thank you notes.
Timeliness is important. Most etiquette specialists recommend sending thank you notes within three months of your wedding. One of the best ways to ensure that you can do so is to stay on top of sending out thank you notes. Some guests may send gifts before your wedding. If you receive a gift in the mail, open it and write a thank you note as soon as you possibly can. Gift givers will appreciate your timeliness.
When you write thank you notes, it is essential that you be specific. Guests want to know that you’ve taken note of their gift. Mention what was given to you in the card. You don’t need to be overly descriptive, but be sure that Aunt June knows that you are thanking her for the beautiful crystal punch bowl. This attention to detail is meaningful to guests.
After you’ve specifically thanked your guest for the gift, tell your guest how you plan to use the gift that he or she gave. Again, you don’t need to go into too much detail. You can simply note that the new piece makes a great addition to your bedroom or that you are looking forward to using the waffle maker on Sunday mornings. Let your guest know that you value what they’ve given. If you don’t plan on using the gift, fudge a bit. No one wants to know that you’re going to return a gift that was specially chosen for you.
In addition to thanking your guests for gifts, you should also thank guests for attending your wedding. Your guests sacrificed their own time to attend your special event. Sending such notes is very important. Some guests, especially those who traveled, may not be able to give you a gift. Instead, they’ve given you their presence.
Writing thank you notes to wedding guests is a wonderful way to embark on your new life as a couple. It shows that you are classy and care about others. Remember to add the little personal touches to your thank you notes so that guests can treasure them for years to come.
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