After your wedding day, there are a few tasks that seem pretty daunting. There are many things that couples must do once they are married. One of the first and biggest challenges that approaches newlywed couples is writing out the dreaded thank you notes.
Thank you notes can be quite scary. It sounds funny to use the word ‘scary’ … but its true. If you have a 250 guest wedding, you have to hand write 250 thank you notes. AND these thank you notes must be written in a timely fashion while still living your busy life! … Scary? Yes!
I’m here to share with you a few tips on thank you notes that will hopefully help any newlywed couple get through this challenge:
First, when writing thank you notes, remember that this has to be done in a timely manner. Yes! Normally thank you notes should be written and sent out in 4-5 weeks time. The “one year” time-frame is a thing of the past. If you happen to have relatives of who are strict on the thank you note etiquette, it would be best to send out their thank you notes first, and leave the more carefree guests at the end of your list.
In the past, the bride typically wrote all of the thank you notes. Today, both the bride and groom will likely share the gifts received from a wedding. So, it only makes sense to share the responsibilities of the thank you notes. Right? This will help speed things along.
Use spreadsheets! When planning a wedding, you most likely used some kind of spreadsheet to keep track of all the guest names and addresses for invitations. It will be a good idea to reuse your spreadsheet or create a thank you note spreadsheet with all the guests’ info and gifts received. This will help you figure out which guest gave which gift. Just remember to mark off every person you write a thank you note to.
Have a thank you card workstation! It is best to gather all the materials and supplies needed for your thank you notes before the wedding. Make sure you have enough thank you notes and stamps. This will help the production line of thank you cards. Another good idea – if you have the time to do so – is to write the thank you note as each gift is opened, so the process will be much shorter rather than dragged out over weeks.
Happy Planning :)