Tradition has it that wedding guests buy gifts to the newly married couple. In response, the bride and the groom must send out thank you notes. In that way, they will show them that they appreciate the presents… even if they don’t really like them. In this article we will give you some basic guidelines that will help you write your thank you notes with little effort.
- Start immediately – Don’t wait too long to write the notes. As soon as you receive a present, sit down and scratch a basic thank you letter to the sender. Often, gifts don’t arrive at the same day. That, however, gives you the fake impression that you will have plenty of time to do this task. But you are wrong! Before you know it, you will be neck high in presents.
- Timing – When it comes to thank you notes, there are some basic timing rules you should learn. If you receive a wedding gift before the wedding day, you should send a response within two weeks. For presents which have arrived after the wedding, thank you notes are traditionally send within a month after the honeymoon.
- Be specific – It is always nice to include specific details about the gifts you get. In that way, you are showing your guest that you have remembered their gesture and you don’t simply use a template thank you note. However, wedding presents often come in bulks. In addition, they are often similar (china, crystal, silverware, kitchen appliances and etc.). Therefore, make sure you keep a list of the things you receive and the people who have send them to you. Also, add some details to it like colour or brand.
- Divide and conquer – Even if you do your best, it is almost certain that you won’t be able to write all the thank you notes in one sitting. That is why you should not even try it. What you should do instead is to write a little every day.
- Ka-ching! – Some guest may send you checks or cash money as a wedding gift. When you write them a thank you letter, mention how you plan to use the money.