The ever-dreadful final task in the entire wedding event is writing the thank you notes. Following the rules of courtesy and politeness, thank you notes are sent out whenever there is a gift given or service rendered. Basically, thank you notes are supposed to be short, sweet, and simple. They focus on appreciation and gratitude, putting emphasis on the gift-givers generosity and thoughtfulness and how these virtues made the bride’s life easy.
Considering the timeline and hectic nature of weddings, thank you notes should be sent out within 3 months of the event. With all of the chaotic planning and endless gatherings before the actual wedding day, it is always recommended that you should start writing thank you notes as the presents roll in, batch by batch. Planning to set aside a single day to tackle writing all 50 (or more!) thank you notes in one sitting is just unfeasible. It would be best to write 3 to 5 per day or divide the task by week so that it does not become too tedious for you. Also, why not bring your significant other on board? After all, you have promised to share everything – the pleasant and the onerous!
Still blanked out when it comes to writing the thank you notes? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep a list of all the guests and their addresses and jot down the presents they have given as well. Make sure you double-check all the names for spelling errors and have the right present attributed to the right person. Snap photos of the presents with the cards for an even better way of remembering said items and avoiding confusion.
The missing link.
Received a gift via the registry and don’t know who it is from? Try to call the store and ask for any means of identifying who might have made the purchase. Ask the bridesmaids and even the parents if they have any idea of who it might be from and use the process of elimination when all else fails.
Keep it short but sweet.
Focus on the thank you’s and do away with the overly lengthy ‘how are you’s’ and ‘see you soon’s’. It is meant to be a thank you note and not a thank you letter so less is more in this case.
Add a personal touch.
Yes, the guests know that you are writing one note after the other. Not only mention the specific gift but also how useful it might be for your new home so your guests know that you are sending sincere tokens – from the heart.
A wedding is a once in a lifetime event for you and it is never a solo venture. It always benefits from the attention, care, and wishes of your near and dear ones. They spend time and money in choosing items that might appeal to you and make your married life easier. Make that initiative feel valued through your thank you notes.