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Thank you note etiquette

Saying “thank you” is one wedding trend that will never go out of style, and while cutting corners to save time sounds appealing, it is important that you take the time to write meaningful thank-you cards.

What should I say?

The key is to be specific and honest. Say “thanks!” in a way that makes the giver feel appreciated.

A personal thank-you note is the only appropriate way to express your sincere gratitude, and there are several conventions that should not be overlooked:

  • Do's and Don'ts for Wedding Cards
  • Never send a pre-printed thank-you card! A personal note, however brief, shows that the gift you received is appreciated.
  • Thank-you cards should be handwritten (hand-written notes convey sincerity and warmth). Use dark blue or black ink for legibility and keep white-out handy for mistakes.
  • Thank people for their time as well as gifts. Hosting showers, helping with wedding décor, or DJing all take considerable time and effort and deserve your acknowledgement as well.
  • Shower gifts should be acknowledged within 10 days, and wedding gifts within two weeks.
  • And don’t double up! Send separate thank-yous for each shower and wedding gift even if they’re from the same person.

Article inspired and used by permission from Denise Vivaldo, author of Do-it-for-Less! Weddings

Published on April 25, 2016.

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