It's wedding season, which means invitations are flying and gifts are being exchanged. There's nothing better than celebrating the happiness of your nearest and dearest, but if you're anything like me, an etiquette misstep can spoil some of the fun. My biggest pet peeves? Invites addressed to"& Guest", registry information printed just below "First Presbyterian Church", and no-show thank you notes. But the good news is that these errors are easy to avoid! I've rounded up my best advice on sending your thanks, and I hope it serves you well this wedding season!
Cards made to match your wedding invitation are darling, but I've rounded up a collection of chic thank you cards from Wedding Paper Divas that are perfect for sending your thanks from the announcement of your engagement to your first married Christmas!
Anyone who sends a wedding gift gets a thank you note, of course, but the list doesn't end there! Well-wishers who send presents in celebration of your engagement or attend your bridal shower should also receive thank you notes, as well as the sweet friends or family members who host these celebrations or help you during the planning process. There's no need to flood your best friend's mailbox for every favor she helps you fashion, of course, but letting people know how much you appreciate their generosity is always in good taste.
Anatomy of a thank you note:
Thank the giver for the specific gift, whether it's the chrome KitchenAid mixer you registered for, or the coffee table book on Monet (don't let on if you prefer Miró).
Explain how you'll make use of the gift, particularly if it's a cash donation. Your aunt will love to know that her check went to a beautiful dinner on the beach–and if it doesn't delay sending out your thanks, why not include a photo?
Include a personal line or two. Maybe you're looking forward to seeing them at your family's Fourth of July picnic, or grabbing lunch once you've shaken the sand out of your carry on.
Maybe you've heard that you have your first newlywed year to send out thank you notes for wedding gifts, or just three months. But here's the real reason to send your thanks sooner rather than later–your guests want to know that you got their gift! Packages go missing in the mail, your baby sister might have left a wedding present behind at the end of the night, and when your guests don't hear from you, they worry that something's gone wrong.
Etiquette isn't just for nitpicking Type A's–it's a code of conduct that lets the people are us know how much we respect them. After all, who do you appreciate more than the friends and family who celebrate your happiness, and shower you with presents?
Tell me, what are your best tips for writing thank you notes, or your biggest etiquette pet peeve?