Oh Internet, I have a confession to make. And since my parents read my blog too, this is a big one.
I haven’t finished our Thank You notes.
There, I said it. I wrote it. Now the whole world knows. So learn from my mistakes and get a system in place so that your loved ones and guests who are attending your big day in person or in spirit, can be thanked in a timely manner.
Although, on a side note, I would like to say that about 95% are complete, stamped, and addressed. And after speaking with an old colleague who married in June 2008 and said that they hadn’t send any notes out yet, I don’t feel so bad. I’m putting them in the mail tomorrow, promise!
Tips for wrangling thank you notes:
- Order/purchase your Thank You notes prior to bridal showers and the wedding. We ordered ours from Wedding Paper Divas.
- Use your bridal shower as a trial run for how you will manage your thank you notes.
- As you open gifts, have someone (sister, mom, best friend, bridesmaid) keep a record of who gave you what.
- Use the list of addresses you’ve compiled for invitations to address your thank you notes.
- If you received a registry item (i.e. via Macy’s or Crate & Barrel, etc) keep the order slip! It has the shipper’s name and address on it.
- Purchase Forever stamps before the next postage hike. I know the Liberty Bell isn’t the cutest stamp, but at least you know your note will be covered in the event of another postage increase.
- Don’t put it off! I was really good about getting my thank you notes out post-bridal shower. Post-wedding, not so much.
- Write thank you notes in manageable batches. I wrote our wedding thank you’s in groups of 10-15. This made writing 100+ much more palatable.
- If you’re writing thank you notes on behalf of your new spouse, make sure you ask how to address his side of the family – “Auntie So-and-So, Uncle What’s His Name, and Cousin Beula” etc.
- And most importantly, GET THEM DONE! Show your loved ones you appreciated their presence and/or well wishes.