A wedding thank you card is a type of correspondence that expresses gratitude for a gift or a service received on your special day. And they’re as important as your wedding invites. Your guests have taken the time and the trouble to attend your wedding and bring you a gift – so now it’s your turn to send your thank you words of appreciation.
You should try and send your wedding thank you notes within the first three months after your wedding. And they need to be handwritten to ensure they’re personal. See what to write in wedding thank you cards here…
Refer to the list that you made as you opened your wedding presents – this makes the thank you wedding cards specific and personal. You may have ordered your thank you cards to complement all your other wedding stationery from a couture stationery house and have them to hand– if not they can easily be purchased from local stationers or ordered online.
Remember you’ll need to buy stamps with sufficient postage to cover the delivery costs. And self-addressed labels are of great benefit if you’ve got a vast amount of thank you cards to send.
You’ll find if you add a personal message to each card the process can be quite time-consuming. It’s a good idea to divide the task over several days to keep the communication fresh. Letting the giver of the gifts know what you’re looking forward to in using it or how you plan to enjoy it is a simple sentence that conveys your appreciation of the generosity.
Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette
Wedding thank you messages are needed even if your guests didn’t bring you a gift – if you’re thanking the recipient for a gift it should be mentioned. If cash was given there’s no need to mention the amount.
Wording for a thank you wedding card can be divided into different categories:
When you’re given a wedding gift – think of how you felt when you opened the present and why it was such a good choice. Focus on how the gift will make your life easier, better, or add beauty
When you’re given cash gifts or gift cards – simply refer to the generous amount and thank recipients for their thoughtfulness. Mention a few general plans as to how you’ll be spending it
Wedding attendance – if your guests have made a special effort or travelled a long way to attend your wedding inform them that your day was made even more special by them being there
Bridesmaids and groomsmen – use casual language as you would do every day to thank them for their time and energy – remember to include the ushers and attendants too
Family and friends – simply thank them for being part of the wedding with your gratitude for them making your day unique
Photographer and hairstylist – and all the other wedding professionals – add a PS that you’ll highly recommend them to others and give them a five-star rating
Parents – put in writing just how much their support and encouragement mean to you. And include a specific wedding memory that they made exceptional for you on the day itself
Absentee guests – mention how much you wish they could have been there and thank them for the gift. Say you’re looking forward to celebrating with them in the future
What to Write In Wedding Thank You Cards
How to write a thank you card is made easier if you follow a few simple guidelines. The thank you card should include:
A thank you to your guests for sharing your special day with you – remember that their attendance was more important than the present
A thank you for the gift or money
A note of what you intend to do with the gift or money
A finish of well wishes
See a selection of endings that make your wedding thank you cards stay in the memory of the recipient as much as your special day:
With heartfelt thanks
Speak to you soon
Always write your thank you cards from the heart with meaning and you won’t go far wrong. Remember that this card acknowledges the act of kindness, or the gift itself. And will remind the receivers of how much they’re loved – and what a big part of your life they are and will continue to be.