The final touch of your Wedding the Thank You cards. Your guests have returned home and started back up with their daily lives. No doubt still glowing from their mini-vacation of attending your tastefully fun wedding. But one thing is still missing; the thank-you card.

Thank-you cards are your way of tying everything from your Wedding. So they are a lot more important than you think. Here are a few ways of ensuring your final touches are some of your best ones:

What to Write?

1.) Do it the old-fashioned way. That means handwriting them and sending them through snail mail. Yes, this may be the digital age, but a handwritten card will be infinitely more appreciated. More so than a typed card or an e-card. Honestly, sending all your guests generic e-cards as thank-you cards is just plain lazy.

2.) Be personal. Writing a simple “Thanks for coming!” on every card and calling it a day won’t mean much to your guests because that card could have been sent to anyone. It doesn’t show that you appreciate that they came. It shows that you’re too busy to show appreciation for a guest who probably took time off work and spent a few hundred dollars (if not more) to make it to your wedding. So say something that would prove that the card was meant for only them. Something like, “We’re so glad that you and Uncle Tim could make it to our wedding. We loved the handmade quilt you gave us, and we can’t wait to snuggle up in it once the weather cools down. Give (insert name of pet) a hug for us and enjoy all that sunshine or us down in Florida!” Or at least something to that effect.

When to send them?

3.) Send them within a couple of weeks of the wedding. This may seem like a time crunch, but it really isn’t.  You can find the time to write them out. If you’re on your way to your honeymoon, use those extra couple hours during your layover to get started. If you’re delaying your honeymoon for a bit, pick a day and focus all your energy on getting your thank-you cards done. After all, you just got married, which means all that time you spent planning your wedding is now free. You have time.

4.) Keep them readable. This means writing legibly and writing in ink that shows up. It’s completely understandable for your handwriting to start to slack once you’re on your 74th thank-you card. Just take a break and come back when you can. Please, please write in a visible color. I once received a thank-you card written on light blue paper in white ink. It was ridiculously hard to read. I can only imagine being in my 60s with bifocals trying to make out what it said.


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