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Thank You Card Guidelines for all Gifts
Planning for your wedding can be a busy and stressful time, but it is also a time to receive gifts! It is very important that you show your gratitude to the gift givers as well as the people who helped plan your events. This can be accomplished through a simple, but sentimental thank you card.
Here are a few tips when creating your thank you cards:
Hand write your thank you cards! This may take more time, but it makes the cards more personal. Be sure to include a note to each gift giver in the card. Your recipients will find this type of card more sincere and appreciate your efforts.
You might not like all the gifts you receive...in fact you might not even know what some of the gifts are intended to do! This doesn't mean the person who gave you the gift shouldn't receive a thank you card. It is important that all gift givers receive a thank you. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to send thank you cards for those "unexpected gifts" just remember the old saying, "It's the thought that counts".
Gifts of money, or monetary gifts, also deserve a thank you note. When writing the note, do not include the amount. It is usually a good idea to mention in your thank you, what you will use the money for. For instance, "this will help us purchase the new washer and dryer for our new home".
Group gifts can be tricky. If you receive a gift from a party of 10 or less people, each person should be sent a separate card. You can keep it simple, but be sure to thank each person individually in your note rather then addressing the individual as the group. For example, you could say, "Thank you for the plane tickets to Hawaii. Bob and I are very excited....". If the gift you receive is from a party of over ten people, such as your office, place one thank you in a central location. A cork board in the break room or on the inside of the front door are good locations. It is also a good idea to thank the individuals that contributed to the gift verbally on a one-on-one basis when you get the chance.
Some people may give you multiple gifts at one time. For instance, a co-worker may give you a gift at your bridal shower for that event as well as giving you a gift for your wedding at the same time. If this is the case, be sure to write out separate thank you cards no matter how close the events are to each other. Also, send them separately even though they will be addressed to the same place.
It is important that you send thank you cards to the people that helped you plan and/or put on your event. This includes bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, clergy, people who cooked, people who set up tables, cleaned, etc.
Most importantly, send thank you notes earlier than later. The best time is within a week after the event, if possible. If you go on a honeymoon immediately following your wedding, within two weeks of returning home is adequate.