Tips for Wedding Thank You Cards

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Wedding thank you cardMost of my blog posts focus on either the wedding day itself, or the preparations leading up to it.  But for today, I’m going to be focusing on an important post-wedding task: the wedding thank you cards.  Although this might not sound all that important, it actually does require some degree of thought because it’s important for you to be able to express your gratitude and appreciation in a way that each guest can relate to.  Plus, let’s face it – the thank you card will be the last shred of “wedding stuff” from your big day that most of your guests will ever see, and thus you’ll want them to be top-notch in order to leave the best lasting impression that you possibly can. 

Here’s a short video that shows the correct way to write out your thank you cards, and more detailed advice can be found beneath the video.  Enjoy!

First, one thing to keep in mind is that you can order matching thank you cards when you select your wedding invitations.  This will allow you to keep the same look and feel of your wedding stationary from beginning to end.  That said, if you forget or are unable to order your thank you cards at the same time as your invitations, don’t fret.  You can always buy them separately and chances are that no one will be comparing the thank you card to their invitation to make sure they both have the same design!

As far as the thank you card wording, it’s pretty cut and dry.  Obviously you’ll want to handwrite the note on the inside of the card.  Simply address each card as per normal, the same as how you addressed that guest’s invitation (i.e., “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith”).  Thank them for attending your wedding, and also thank them for their generous gift.  Note that you should actually mention the specific gift, including how you will use it or what attributes of it you particularly like, so that the thank you is personalized; avoid using the same exact generic wording on every thank you card.  End the note as you would end a typical letter (“Sincerely, [the happy couple]”).  Then simply stuff the card into the envelope, affix an address label, and stamp it.

As far as the timing of when you should send your wedding thank you cards, standard wedding etiquette is to get them out within a year, but that seems like an awfully long time to me.  I’d prefer, and would recommend, that you get them out within 2-3 months after your wedding while the event is still somewhat fresh in everyone’s mind.

As you can see, sending wedding thank you cards is not an arduous task.  Just make sure each thank you card contains a sincere, personal expression of gratitude for each guest’s attendance at your wedding as well as your wedding gift, and personalize it.  And of course, get them mailed within 2 months after your wedding – your guests will surely appreciate this.

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