You’ve experienced your fantastic wedding day, traveled and relaxed on a honeymoon, and now you have come home to a pile of gifts from your guests. Of course, you will have some presents that you are ecstatic to open and others that may end up in the storage closet, but either way – a thank you note is a must!
Depending on the number of guests you had at your wedding, the thought of writing that many thank you notes may overwhelm you at first – but if you have a game plan, they should be easy to get done promptly. Previous etiquette has said that you have at least one year to send out those thank you notes, but three months is way more like it. It still gives you time to write each letter, but it doesn’t leave a lingering deadline where you may end up forgetting them all together.
Here are a few more tips to get your thank you notes in order!
Create a spreadsheet to track everything.
Using something like Google sheets can be a great resource to keep things in order when it comes to your tokens of appreciation. Organize the spreadsheet with a column for the guest’s name, their address, the gift you received and add in mailing confirmation. Create the beginnings of this spreadsheet BEFORE you open presents to ensure that no one slips through the cracks.
Incorporate something personal into each note.
No need to write out a novel here, but mention something personal for each thank you note. Something along the lines of, “we loved seeing you show off your dance moves during the reception” or “we can’t wait to use our new mixer to bake Grandma’s famous pound cake,” will do.
Take large stacks of notes directly to the post office.
Help out your local mailman and make sure your notes make it to the right spot by dropping off large stacks of send outs to the post office. Not only is it the kind thing to do, but it can also give you some peace of mind as well.
Set some due dates.
Create a weekly set time to work on writing to help chip away at that list along with a set completion date. No need to go overboard, but setting aside an hour or so every Saturday morning can get the task done quickly and with less stress!
Recruit your spouse to help.
You both received those gifts, so both should contribute to the efforts. One could look up the addresses or drop of the envelopes while the other writes the messages. Share the load on this one.
Hope these tips help get you started! Don’t forget to stock up on stamps!