Wedding thank you cards are sent to your guests to let them know just how grateful you are that they could attend your wedding and how appreciative you are of their gift.
You may have purchased them at the same time as your wedding invitations, especially if a matching design was available which is quite common. If you wish to include a wedding photo, then you will need to order them afterwards but don’t wait too long as they are typically mailed within a month or so and no later than 3 months after your special day.
For any gifts received before your wedding, it’s a good idea to send out those thank you cards within 2 weeks.
A personally handwritten note is like a gift in itself to your guests showing them your sincere gratitude. You should use the same tone in your note as if you were thanking them in person. Black or blue ink is recommended with that same ink being used for addressing the mailing envelopes so everything matches.
A thank you should be written and sent to everyone involved in your wedding, from the flower girl to the best man along with all those who should receive your gratitude.
If the couple is going to share the responsibility of writing these notes together, it will lessen the task somewhat. You may also try writing some each day to make the job seem less overwhelming.
Here is an outline of a typical wedding thank you card:
Salutation: “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Johnson”, “Dear Uncle Tom” and “Dear Mary” are all ways of starting the note depending on your relationship with that particular guest.
First sentence: Begin with yourself (and/or spouse). “I would like to thank you…” or “Dan and I would like to thank you…”. Let the recipient know who is thanking them.
Mention the gift: Be as specific as possible. Tell the person how nice it is and why.
Be careful not to step on any toes in writing your thank you’s. DO NOT mention you are going to return a gift for ANY reason. Also, you should not say that you received the same gift from someone else.
Tell them how you plan to use the gift: In the case of monetary gifts, you should not mention that it was a check, cash or even the exact amount of the gift. An example would be, “Your generous gift is highly appreciated. We have it earmarked for our house fund.”
Thank the person again: Maybe include a personal thought about your relationship with the giver or a special memory from your wedding.
Close the note: Give a heartfelt closing and sign your names.
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