How to Write a Great Thank You Note
by Lori Sanders
Wedding gifts are definitely an exciting part
of getting married. It is very important to acknowledge them promptly.
Here are some pointers to help you tackle your thank you notes.
- Keep your gift list with the wedding guest
list. This will help you to maintain accurate records of
the giver's name, address, gift, date received, and the date
the thank you was sent.
- Specifically mention the gift by name and
comment on the gift itself. Tell the gift giver why his
or her gift is perfect for you and your new spouse. You may
also want to include a comment about the wedding or reception
and add a personal touch.
- If you receive cash or a check from a guest,
it is nice to tell the giver how you plan to use it. Knowing
what the money will be spent on is always nice to hear.
- Start your thank you's early! After
a bridal shower, begin them immediately, and be sure to have
them done prior to the wedding. Otherwise, you will find yourself
- If you receive gifts prior to the reception,
write your thank you's immediately. Don't put it off to
be done with the others after the wedding and reception.
- Allow the groom to get involved. He
can always be responsible for the gifts that come from his family
and friends. Besides, the bride may have never met some of his
friends/family, so a thank you from the groom would definitely
be more personal.
- Thank you's should be sent within three
weeks of receiving the gift. In fact, it is better to send
the thank you within 2 days of your receipt. Remember that if
the giver does not see you open their gift, they do not know
that you have even received it until a thank you is received,
especially if they send it through the mail. Sure you are incredibly
busy, but so is the person who spent his or her time getting
you a gift.
- Write legibly. As genuine as your thanks
may be, they mean nothing if the recipient cannot read your
- Never type your thank you's. All thank
you notes should be handwritten.
- Send it off with style. Don't use an
old scrap of notebook paper to write your thank you notes. Purchase
some nice folded notes on a heavy weight cardstock. You can
even order engraved or printed stationary and envelopes. Not
only do they look great, but they tell the gift giver that you
After the Honeymoon
The wedding is over and you're home
from your honeymoon. Now what? There is still a lot
that needs to be done, and it is hard to know where
to start. Use this as a place to begin as you start
your new life together.
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