Writing thank you cards for every wedding event, shower, party, and your reception is a must. But when should thank you cards be ordered? Should you cross thank you’s off the list now, or wait until a specific event or after your honeymoon? We’ll tell you! Plus, we’re showing you three different types of cards to consider AND sharing a really awesome custom-design tool we spotted over at Basic Invite. It’s all inside…
Thank You Cards: When to Order?
So, when should you order them?
Immediately, we say! Stock up on thank you cards for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding as soon as possible. Along with your thank you cards, stock up on plenty of stamps, a return address stamp, and lots of envelopes (which usually come with the cards anyway). A favorite pen is a great idea, too. Personally, I always gush about these markers because they write like a pen, but they dry like a fine-point marker with NO SMUDGES. It dries immediately. And, my favorite — no bleed through! I use them everywhere. Plus, two for under $2? That’s crazy good.
Okay, immediately — got it! But what kind should I get?
There are three types of thank you cards to consider:
1.) Simple (basic) thank you cards
This type of thank you card is typically purchased in a large amount — a box of 100 ct. with envelopes is the norm. This style usually features a simple folded white card with black lettering and a white background, and pretty much goes with anything. This is the best choice for the couple who wants a mass-amount of cards at the ready — but with no real personalization or custom feel.
Pros: Affordable. Easy to get in a pinch.
Cons: No customization.
2.) Wedding thank you cards with a personalized design
Pros: Customized look and feel. Your names in print; a beautiful style that goes with your wedding theme. Can be ordered early and used for all events throughout your wedding. Better quality paper (depending on where you order).
Cons: You’ll want to order in advance, as custom orders *might* take longer (but that’s not always the case).
3.) Thank you cards with a photo
These thank you cards feature your photo on the front, whether you hold a “thank you” sign at your wedding and have your photographer snap a shot, or use engagement photos you took before the big day. This is customized charm at its fullest.
Pros: Include your engagement photos or wedding photos for added charm. Finally USE those engagement photos. Better quality paper (depending on where you order). Make a cute keepsake for guests after the wedding!
Cons: May cost more (again, not necessarily).
Pro Tips for Writing Thank You Cards
These two tips are important to note:
o Keep a list of gifts as you receive them — it’s easy to forget who gave what
A simple notebook will do the trick! Or, if you’re a spreadsheet nerd like me, maximize those cells, yo! Ha.
o Don’t write too many at once (you’ll get bored and your cards will look messy. Also, your words might start sounding generic)
o Send out thank you cards as soon as possible immediately after the event
People say you have a full year to send thank you cards, but I don’t buy it. I say six months — max. Otherwise, you’re more likely to forget — and that’s the worst. Or, people will think you didn’t get the gift OR you’re not really all that grateful for it.
You Will Want to Try This Custom Design Tool
Ready to get started? You have to check out the really amazing custom thank you card maker we spotted over at Basic Invite. We made that top image using their super-easy card generator. You essentially pick a professional-grade design and then order it or customize it with your choice of color and wording. The best part? You can see a preview instantly! Take a look at this example that shows you how easy it is in 3 easy steps!
1. Pick your design
2. Change your color, text, or font
Love it? Order! Or, try another combination. Oh, I could spend a lot of time using this!
You can see hundreds of customized-ready cards Basic Invite.
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