The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us! Not only should we give thanks for our many blessings, but we also must remember to give thanks to those who present us with shower and wedding gifts!
Ideas on How to Save Money on Your Thank You Cards
From the time I chose my colors, I was on the lookout for inexpensive thank you cards. I wasn’t being presumptuous—I just knew I would be receiving gifts at various wedding events, plus I wanted to send thank you cards to all of our bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, the minister, etc. I could have ordered thank you cards that matched my customized wedding invitations, but they were pricey, and I figured this was one place where I could save some money!
So at every store I visited that sold paper and Hallmark cards, I looked for thank you cards that matched my colors or theme. I wanted to have a variety of patterns/designs so that no one would get the same card from me twice…or more. Let’s face it—there will be some people that will give you an engagement gift, a shower gift, a bachelorette gift and a wedding gift! If you are inviting 200 guests to your wedding (or approximately 100 couples), you are going to need at least 200 cards when you factor in all the events. (I didn’t have a single card leftover!)
Some great places to look are Target, Wal-Mart, any bookstore, any craft store and any party store. I found some great cards at Party City that were $1 for 8 cards! You can’t beat that! You can also find great cards online at any of these retailers’ sites.
You can also find some cute thank you cards online that are customizable yet inexpensive! VistaPrint.com is one of my favorite companies. Once I created an online account, I started receiving coupons on a daily basis. I even ordered return address labels that were FREE! All I had to pay was the shipping & handling, which only cost me $3.73. (I also ordered my Save the Dates from them, but more on that in an upcoming blog entry!)
VistaPrint.com will allow you to choose a design, customize the colors, the font, the wording, the text alignment and add a photo! You can order postcards or bi-folds, and you can order coordinating envelopes.
You can also upload your own design! The company is quite helpful, and they can send you a proof for your approval prior to printing. I learned about this company from another bride on a wedding community blog. So from one bride to another and on to you, I give the company a two thumbs up!
Of course, there are other companies out there that do similar things. WeddingPaperDivas.com is a great example, if you are willing to spend about $1 per card.
One last note on thank you cards—do not wait to write/send them all after the wedding. Write your engagement thank you cards immediately after the party and before the bridal shower; write your bridal shower thank you cards before the wedding; and so on.
And do not wait more than a month after the wedding/honeymoon to send your wedding thank yous (two at the most). Not only is it poor form, but your guests will be wondering if you even received their gift. There is nothing worse than a friend asking you if you received their blender and having to reply, “Yes, I just haven’t finished all my thank you cards yet.”
My husband and I made an evening out of writing our thank yous, complete with wine and tunes! Make it fun! Make another memory!