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Wedding Thank You Note Etiquette

Wedding Thank You Notes Etiquette

Thank you notes are perceived as being one of the last stops of the wedding train. In a way, they are, but in order for you not to drown in envelopes, hand cramps, envelope moisteners, and gift lists, some thank you cards can be done along the way. For example, your bridal shower thank you notes should be sent out within a week, with a special note or gift to whoever hosted. Also, when you get gifts that come in the mail, you should go ahead and write your thank you note right after you open the wrapping. So what happens when you wait till after the honeymoon to send out your thank yous? Well...then you got to get a move on!

What time frame to write your thank you notes?

Some people say that newlyweds have a year after their wedding to send out all their thank you notes, and while you can consider that year mark as that absolute deadline, it is best to get them out within the first four months after your wedding. Like I noted above, thank you's for bridal shower gifts, those who hosted celebrations, or otherwise assisted with your wedding, should be sent out within two weeks.

Fuchsia/Orange Damask and Crest Thank You Cards

What do you say in a thank you note?

Even if the gift or service is coming from someone that you may not be one hundred percent chummy with, the number one concern with a thank you note is to be genuine. This means using a stationary that is not pre-written or fill in the blank. Furthermore, in your personalized note, don't exaggerate or overly gush about how their gift is your favorite, especially if its not. Then, on the other hand, don't inform them that you are returning their gift because they were the fourth person to give you a crock-pot. Simply give your appreciation for the thought and time in which they have supported your new adventure. For guests that gift you with money or gift cards, if you know how you are going to use the money, feel free to tell them. 

 

Peacock Feather Thank You

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Practice Style and Substance with Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes: Start Early!

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

You’re going to get really sick of writing thank-you cards for gifts during the weeks of wedding activities leading up to the big show, but you still have to do them. Bridal shower thank you notes will likely be the first set of hand-penned words you commit to cute little cards, but they certainly won’t be the last. Let your bridal shower thank you notes act as a practice for the notes to come. Try to get started on your bridal shower thank you notes as soon as you can – right after the shower, while the events of the day are still fresh in your brain. Have your hostess pen a list of givers and gifts during the shower, and always keep the card with the gift. Detailed records will make your bridal shower thank you notes so much easier.   When selecting the right bridal shower thank you notes for your bash, take your own personal style (and the style of the party) into consideration. You don’t need fancy bridal shower thank you notes for a backyard barbeque, and ripped sheets of legal pad paper won’t cut it for a swanky catered affair. Just like with your wedding paper goods, your bridal shower thank you notes are all about context and consistency.
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Keeping your Wedding Deadlines Straight

When you start your wedding planning, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the various deadlines. How long do you have to write a thank you note if someone sends you a gift six weeks before the big day? Is a year too early for a wedding website? Save-the-dates? Here’s a quick run-down on some of the more important wedding deadlines you don’t want to miss:

Your Wedding Website – 8-12 months before
A wedding website is a great way to organize the details of your wedding in a way that your guests can access and enjoy as soon as they get their save-the-dates. The website is where you’ll put details about local hotels, directions to venues, registries, and even your unique proposal story, so feel free to make one as soon as any of those details are nailed out. You can always add information as you progress in your planning and spend the extra time tweaking details.     Your Save-the-Dates – 6-8 months before Save-the-Dates are for letting your guests know to make travel plans ahead of time. If you’re having an entirely local wedding, don’t even worry about sending them. If not, it’s important to balance when you send them out. Your guests need to book hotels, find a way to get time off of work, and maybe even book an extended stay babysitter. If you’re planning a summer wedding (high traffic vacation time) or a Christmas/Thanksgiving date, send them out as early as eight to nine months ahead of time. Just don’t send them out so early that everyone tacks them up on their refrigerators and forgets about them.
It’s also important to note that you should have your guest list (mostly) finalized before you send them out. A save-the-date is as good as an invitation, and guests will be confused and potentially offended if they don’t “make the final cut” and receive an invite. Your Registry – 6 months before
You can bump that registry deadline up if your circle is into engagement parties (as the point of a registry is to let everyone know what you want and need for gift giving occasions), but there really isn’t any reason to put together a registry until someone offers to throw you a shower. You don’t want your favorite items being discontinued way before your wedding date, especially if they’re part of a set and you end up with half a stemware set.
If you do end up setting up your registry early, avoid registering for sets of things and just throw some items on it that can be purchased singularly. You can always go back and add/remove items at your convenience.   Your Invitations – 8-10 weeks before
It’s important not to send your invitations out too soon, as you don’t want them collecting dust on a desk for three months. If you didn’t do save-the-dates, however, it’s equally important that you let your guests make plans well ahead of time. Be careful, though - any more notice than10 weeks and your guests are going to forget about their RSVP date.
Your RSVP cards, by the way, should carry a date of about two weeks or so before the wedding. Ask your caterer when they need the final headcount by, and give your guests a few days of a buffer zone; you want plenty of time to make a few calls to guests who missed the deadline.   Your Thank You Notes – within 2 months… within 2-3 weeks if it comes ahead of time
Get your thank you notes done as soon as you can – trust me! Any time between a month and two months after you return from your honeymoon is fine, but you can only help yourself by doing them as soon as you can. If you wait much longer than a couple of months, a note will just draw attention to the fact that it took this long to send a note.
If you receive a gift before your wedding date, you generally have a few weeks to send a note out, but don’t wait too long; your guests like to know that everything arrived in one piece.

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What role does a thank you note play on the eve of your wedding?

An elegantly embroidered handkerchief for wedding party, which carries a thought-filled card reflecting the spirit of this truly wonderful occasion, is indeed a perfect accessory. A note of appreciation that comes with it expresses gratitude to your father or mother. Conversely, it can well be a gesture of sharing and caring from them to their beloved child, ready to step into a new world. Let us find out what a proud and emotional mother has to say to her daughter: “As you will be taking on one of life's most fulfilling roles - that of a wife – you’ll sure be a wonderful wife, as you’ve been a loving daughter. May you get happiness in all that you do! I hope you may enjoy the unique happiness someday that I’ve found can only come from a daughter as wonderful as you.” An emotion-filled note sent to a sister thanks her for being ‘one of the best things ever happened to you’. It goes on to add: “Who but you would let me be as silly or as serious as I want to be? You not only tolerate all my actions, but also understand them. .. "They say friends might come and go, but a sister is there forever. And I say, thank heaven for that since I don't know what I would really do without you.”
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