In our world today, we communicate at lightning speed with as few words or even complete sentences as possible! Who would have thought we would all be so attuned to staying in touch this way?
“Tweet, Pin and Post” to your heart’s desire to extend your gratitude but, when it comes to gifts, a hand-written note is still the most gracious and, frankly, expected way to express appreciation! The Emily Post Institute remains firm on this social must as do all the prevailing bridal and wedding experts.
Why the Hand-Written Note?
The hand-written note is the most thoughtful way to recognize both gifts and special things that folks have done, exemplary service and niceties that clearly show someone went over and above just for you!
Your friends, family and anyone involved in making your “Big Day” one to remember will be touched and delighted to receive your personal, hand-written reflections. Sending a thank you note in an era when folks rarely sit down to write will go a long way to make someone feel over-the-top special! And trust us when we say that this gesture will be spoken of holding you in highest regard!
When and How to Send
Thank you notes should be sent no later than 3 months after the receipt of a gift, and ideally they should be written as each gift is received. Adopt the habit early on of sending thank-you notes in this manner and you will be at ease knowing that no gift will be left unacknowledged!
To Whom Should Thank You Notes Be Sent?
Notes recognizing those many kindnesses and extraordinary services you have no doubt received are equally important. By no means all-encompassing, the list of those to whom notes should be sent may include your bridal attendants, parents and other relatives, vendors and service providers, caterer, baker, stylist, entertainer, officiant, and photographer.
How Best to Accomplish
Both the bride and groom should share in thank you note writing – it can be a daunting task and splitting the work load will not only make it easier, but help to keep your thoughts fresh and genuine. If one of you does not have the gift of the written word, perhaps thank you note duties can divided based upon what each person does well. If the bride is doing all the writing, perhaps the groom can take charge of assembly and mailing. And yes, these notes really should be addressed and either mailed or hand-delivered.
Stationery and Wording
Appropriate stationery is a must! Form letters won’t do here! Acknowledge the actual gift in your note, mentioning it by name and giving at least one example of how you plan to use it. If you receive a cash gift, you may thank the sender for their “gracious gift” and generally do not mention the actual amount or form. Be utterly positive, never convey disappointment with a gift, nor tell the sender that you plan to return or exchange their item.
Stationery selection can be such fun! Have notes that you love on hand as soon as your engagement is announced. You will need them sooner than you think!
Be sure to order your wedding thank you notes well before the big day. Choose whimsical or heartfelt motifs or set the tone for future correspondence with an elegant, custom monogrammed card with your new initials. If you plan to send wedding photos with or as part of a card, make arrangements to have those in your possession as quickly after the wedding as possible, as you should not delay your notes while waiting for photos.
Advantage Bridal features dozens of varieties of personalized and pre-printed thank you note cards and stationery. Be it a beach or tropical theme, a classic monogram or embossed name or just a fun motif reminiscent of your wedding, express your appreciation in a style that is uniquely yours and conveys in a thoughtful way, your gratitude for your generous guests.
For the Beach or Tropical Bride and Groom!
From the Bride…
Share a Motif
Lovely Whimsical Vintage Appeal…
Never Forgetting Kindnesses Great and Small…