The Thank You Note Formula

People love weddings and often put a lot of thought into the gifts they give the couple. They look forward to thank you notes and what you write in them can leave a lasting impression. You don’t want thank you notes that read, “We loved your present, thanks!” There is a formula that makes every thank you note personal and meaningful.

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Before you write a single word, you need to streamline your process so you don’t miss any guests or mix up who gave you what. As you receive gifts in the mail for guests who can’t make it, write down who sent you what. If you have time, send them thank you notes as soon as you receive their gift so they are not waiting months for a thank you card. Within two weeks is a good time frame.

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When you open your wedding gifts, have a family member or your Maid of Honor writing down which guest gave you a gift. Once you have that list, make your own notes. Add information about anyone who helped you a lot with the wedding. You want to mention how much you appreciated their time and commitment to your wedding.

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With each note, make sure you specifically describe the gift you were given. You may have received three fruit bowls. Make sure you specifically describe the fruit bowl each guest gave you. Talk about your plans to use it, where you will place it, how long you have waited for a gift like that, or hopes that guest will be able to visit and see the present. If you were given cash, specifically talk about how you plan to use the money.

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Try to mail out all the thank you notes within a month of the wedding. This means you need to sit down and make time to write out, address, and stamp all of your notes. For my wedding, we had two days before we left for our honeymoon. We had a party the day after the wedding where we opened presents with close family. I took the notes a family member wrote on the gifts along with a box of my thank you cards on my honeymoon. I knew we had a 4 hour layover in Denver both ways and I got most of my notes done in that time. Find pockets of time like that to get all your notes done.

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