Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} How soon should you write your thank you’s?

Photo by Shane Welch Photography via Style Me Pretty

All of you lovely Louisville couples who were married this past spring, it’s time to get those notes out!

When should you send out thank-you notes for your wedding? ASAP! The sooner, the better. Everyone appreciates a thank-you note, especially if it comes soon after the event.

Thank-you notes for weddings gifts received before the wedding should go out two weeks after receiving the gift so a prolonged period of time does not go between receiving the gift and sending the note.

Proper wedding etiquette says that notes should be sent out two weeks to a month after you return from the honeymoon. If it took you quite some time to finish them, send them anyway. People expect thank-you notes for their gifts and they will still appreciate one even if it is late.

Handwritten notes are the only way to go. If a guest receives a pre-printed thank-you note, he or she will feel unappreciated and think you are not thankful for their time and effort to get you something. No matter how short your handwritten note it, it expresses your appreciation so much better, and your guest will know you are truly thankful. Be sure to send thank-you notes to friends and family who planned showers or parties for you and your wedding vendors who worked hard for the wedding.

Keep in mind that the wedding thank you note project begins way back when you gather your wedding guests’ names and addresses to send the invitations.Use the same list you used for your wedding invitations.  Make sure you have someone next to you when you open your gifts who will jot down the gift that everybody gave.
Also, The Knot has some great note-writing advise, like - “If the gift was money, mention how you plan to use it.”

A thank-you note is an easy but important gesture and these tips will help your guests appreciate your politeness and the time you spend thinking of them.

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