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Wedding Gifts: 10 Thank You Card Tips

Posted on November 27th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Etiquette 2 Comments

Thank you cardOpening your wedding gifts kind of feels like Christmas, except that it’s all about you and your new spouse! The only difference is that none of your new gifts came from Santa, and you’ll definitely need to thank each and every one of your guests who gave gifts. It may seem like a daunting task, especially if you leave it all till the end (like I did), but if you consider the following 10 tips for writing thank you notes ahead of time, getting all your cards out to your guests is sure to be a breeze!

  1. Have your fiancé, or husband as the case may be, help you write and send out thank you notes. Maybe he would feel more comfortable writing thank you messages to his friends and family.
  2. Write down what you received and from who immediately after you open a gift. If you open a lot of your gifts at once, like after the reception, that makes keeping everything together a little bit easier.
  3. General etiquette advises that you have all of your thank-you notes sent out no later than 3 months after the wedding has taken place.
  4. Many couples send out thank you notes that match with their wedding invitations, but you can easily choose to go a completely different direction with your thank you notes.
  5. Don’t try to write all of your thank you messages in one sitting; if you do, your notes will all start to sound the same, and they’ll start to sound trite. Instead, try writing only four or five in a sitting so you don’t burn out.
  6. For monetary gifts, you don’t need to mention the amount you were given, but you could easily mention how you intend to use the money. This extra effort actually makes thank you notes for cash gifts easier to write!
  7. If the giver of a gift traveled a long way to attend your wedding, it is appropriate to include a sentence thanking them for the trip. If the giver could not come, you could mention that they were missed.
  8. Both you and your spouse can sign each thank you note, or you can choose to have one of you sign. Just be sure to mention your spouse in the note. (Ex. John and I love the toaster…)
  9. You can sign your thank you card in a few different ways. “Love” is probably appropriate for your close family and friends. A less familiar option for others is “With Affection.” Finally, for gift givers who are more acquaintances than friends, a simple “Sincerely” is probably your best bet.
  10. Etiquette doesn’t specify whether you should sign with your surname or not, so you’ll need to go with your instinct. If it feels to proper to add it, go without.

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Comments (2)

  1. 1Melissa

    What is the proper etiquette for the timing on sending them out? See, I ask this because we waited like 4 months to send ours out. Not because we’re lazy, lol, but after we got married we were super busy! Someone told me you could wait up to a year to send them out, but I just think that’s tacky, I felt bad waiting 4 months!

  2. 2griffy

    I recently got a thank you card within 3 weeks of the wedding – I was VERY impressed!

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