Wedding thank you card writing isn’t just a to-do on a list; it’s an artform. Let’s make sure your notes leave a lasting impression on loved ones with these five tips for how to write wedding thank you cards.
We’ll tell you what to look for in a card, what is extremely important to put inside, and even how to write thank you cards for the wedding with examples you can use.
How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards
1. Choose personalized thank you cards to send
Don’t lose that sense of unique, individual charm you sought after while planning your wedding. Handmade thank you cards can make a huge impression on guests by tying in your wedding theme (think: love birds, western cowboy boots, nautical wedding, fall leaf, or coffee-themed thank you cards) for guests to recall your special day.
You can find these charming handmade cards by designer DeanPenn.
A custom stamp never hurt, either! We showed you these stamps that we think would tie in well with your thank you cards. Plus, it makes writing thank you cards much easier — no need to hand-write those return addresses, thankyouverymuch!
If you’d like to coordinate your thank you cards with wedding invitations, use the same colors, and floral designs, or even incorporate a favorite photo from the day. Here are some examples from Minted.
2. Handwritten messages are important
You may not be a professional calligraphy artist, nor may your handwriting look the best, but that doesn’t matter to guests.
What truly matters is you took the time to handwrite each note.
Worried about how long it will take? Put it in perspective by considering how each guest took time out of his or her day to attend your wedding (which involves plenty of extras like dry cleaning their suit or dress, makeup and hair styling, getting a haircut, picking out a comfortable pair of shoes, selecting and wrapping a gift… you get the idea). A little handwriting goes a long way!
Buying a special pen to make your writing look even prettier is always a good idea, too. This is one of my favorites to use when writing thank you cards. It is permanent, has an ultra-thin tip so writing is easy (even when you need to fit in a lot of words on a small card), and it doesn’t smudge. You can get it here.
3. Here’s what to write in wedding thank you cards
What should you write inside wedding thank you cards? The key to making YOUR thank you notes sincere — and not cliché — is with a personal note.
Instead of simply saying something like, “Thank you for attending our wedding”, include that but also tie in a memorable part of the day.
What to Write in a Wedding Thank You Card: Examples
Here are some examples of what to write in wedding thank you cards WITH an acknowledgment of their attendance at the wedding.
• SPECIFIC COMPLIMENTS
“Who knew you were such stars on the dance floor? We had so much fun dancing the night away with you two!”
Or “Thanks for dancing the Cha-Cha Slide with me!”
Or “You had the best song requests!”
Or “It was nice chatting with you at the reception.”
• MENTION THE GIFT
When you’re writing thank you cards, include a mention of the wedding gift, such as money or a tangible item, by being specific when you can. You don’t HAVE TO be specific, but it helps add that personal touch if it feels appropriate.
THANK YOU MESSAGE FOR WEDDING GIFT OF MONEY
What do you include in a thank you message for a cash gift? Here are a few examples.
“Thank you for the gift of money. We used it to scuba dive on our honeymoon cruise; we can’t wait to show you photos!”
“Thank you for the gift. We plan to use the funds towards furniture in our new home.”
“We appreciate the generous gift of money.”
THANK YOU MESSAGE FOR WEDDING GIFT ITEM
If the gift was an item, be sure to mention the wedding gift by name. For instance,
“Thank you for the gift of crystal candle holders. They look beautiful on our dining room table.”
“The new towels you sent to our home are so soft! Thank you for thinking of us.”
“We can’t wait to have you over for dinner and use our new cookware. Thanks for the gift!”
Guests love to know their gift arrived, is appreciated, and will be enjoyed or used.
It goes without saying, but don’t forget to re-read, proofread, and check for spelling errors.
5. Send wedding thank you cards in a timely manner.
Work on just a few thank you cards at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Give yourself plenty of time to finish and mail them – we recommend sending your wedding thank you cards no longer than 6 weeks after the wedding.
We hope these tips help as you send out those thank you cards!