Thursday, September 22, 2011

Write Wedding Thank-You Notes

Send personalized thank-you notes to all of your gift-bearing wedding guests. This is your chance to let them know how much you appreciate their thoughtful presents. Be sure to purchase plenty of extra cards. You may receive more gifts than you expected. Thank-you notes are traditionally written in cursive, and are headed by the date and a salutation: "Dear Aunt Ruth," followed by a comma. Discuss the past and refer to the future. An example might be along the lines of "I enjoyed seeing you last summer at Uncle Jack's birthday party and am thrilled that you will attend our wedding next month," or "I was so happy to share our wedding day with you and hope to see you again very soon." If you do not have frequent contact with the sender, as simple "I think of you often and hope you are well" will suffice.

Write about how you plan to use the gift. Say "thanks" once more. Consider adding a line telling invited guests who were unable to attend the wedding how sorry you were that they couldn't be there with you. If possible, include a photograph of you taken with the person who gave the gift, at your wedding. People will enjoy this gesture. If you received money as a gift, do not mention the cash itself in the thank you letter. Instead write something like "Thank you for your generosity". Let the bride write the ones for her family, and the groom write the ones for his.