Bride's Total Guide To Writing Thank You Notes
By Emilie Gauthier
If you think that once you walk down the aisle that you're all done with the responsibilities of your wedding, you're sorely mistaken. It's not over once you've said your “I do's”, because you've gotten a lot of gifts and many people have taken time and made an effort to be a part of your big day. Those people genuinely care about your happiness and probably won't hold it against you too terribly long if they don't get a thank you note, but why risk your grandma's wrath if you don't absolutely have to? Here's a guide to thank you notes that will help you get through your post-wedding responsibilities as quickly and easily as possible.
1. Being Prepared
Once your guest list is finalized, make a copy and keep it in a safe place. Once you've gotten your wedding gifts and you're ready to start opening them, retrieve the guest list and make a note of which gift came from which guest while you're opening them. Your guest list should contain the addresses of your guests; if it doesn't, jot addresses down from the gifts, if available.
2. Setting Aside A Space
The second step in the guide to thank you notes is getting started writing them the right way. It's a good idea to set up an area specifically for writing your thank you notes. It should be an area that is centrally located and accessible, while also being quiet. If you can work with distractions, a radio or television can provide background noise and make the task go faster.
3. Choosing Stationary
Every guide to thank you notes makes a big deal of the stationary choices you make, and with good reason! Don't be afraid to spend a little of that cash you got for wedding gifts to get good-quality white or ivory stationary; have monogrammed stationary if you like. You're married now; flaunt it!
4. Pens Make a Difference
Cheap ball-point pens often leave ink blobs everywhere after they've been used for a bit. A good blue or black roller-ball pen will write much more smoothly and give you the ability to write well and without leaving an inky mess.
5. Tips and Tricks
No guide to thank you notes would be complete without some tips and tricks to make the process easier. The best tip is to start writing notes as soon as you start receiving gifts. If you leave them all to do until after every gift has been opened, you're going to be facing a mountain of work. If you've waited and they all need to be done, don't expect to get them all done at once. Include a mention of the gift and your appreciation of it, and get your notes sent out within a month of returning from your honeymoon.
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