Mastering the art of the thank you card may seem like a dated tradition, but thank you cards are a sincere way to show your guest appreciation. To follow up from our Invitation Etiquette blog past week (click here to recap!) a Thank You card is the formal farewell to your wedding guests and vendors!
This is our board of Thanks here at Lauren O Events! When we receive a handwritten thank you card, it is the ultimate memento of a beautiful day. We look back and remember the decor, flowers, energy, love, and family. It is a great feeling to know our work was appreciated, and your guests will feel the same!
The Thank You Etiquette is simple!
To the Gifts:
Sending a thank you card to anyone who send you a gift before the big day confirms the arrival and shows your appreciation right away. Use a black, ball-point pen on stationary, keeping in mind the date, who the gift is from, and what it means to you. Cash gifts are just as thoughtful as something from your registry, the card can reflect how you plan to use it towards a purchase or renovation.
If you want to customize the thank you cards with photos from your wedding, make sure to let everyone know who sent a gift early, and mail promptly after you get back from your honeymoon! Talk to your wedding planner and photographer before the date to arrange how they will be printed so you can start writing – right away!
Remember, guests technically have a year after the wedding to send a gift, so keep extra stationary laying around!
To the Vendors:
Including all vendors that were a part of your wedding is important, and we love receiving them! After months of planning, vendors are just as excited for your ceremony and reception to go off without a hitch. Maintaining that relationship not only shows your gratitude in a personal way, but will allow for a smooth process if needed for a future event. Personalize the card just as you would for a gift.
To the Wedding Party:
Thanking the group of guys and gals who put up with the ups and downs asks for a special message. Including a memory you have with each person in the wedding party shows the special reason why you chose them for that role and will show them your appreciation for everything they have helped with along the way.
From the Guests:
Thank (& Congratulate!) the Bride and Groom! As a guest, extending a personalized card congratulating them on their marriage and thanking them for a beautiful ceremony and reception is a meaningful keepsake they will cherish! While this typically isn’t expected, we are all about keeping the art of handwritten cards alive! If everyone sent more thank you’s, we would all be feeling fuzzy inside all the time!
Just as our invitation etiquette covered, address your thank you cards just as you did with the invitation. Keep a checklist of names and addresses for both pieces of mail to remain formal and respectful!