Thank You Notes!

Thank You Notes!

This week we want to talk about thank you notes. Whether you have finished up with getting all your wedding invitations out or still in the process of having them designed remember to get your thank you cards. Everyone knows sending a thank you card is common courtesy. We believe it is more than that; a handwritten note is by far the best way to thank guests. It shows you're making an effort to the people closest to you of how much you appreciate them. Ordering them sooner than later will help you be strict with yourself about getting them out in a timely fashion after the wedding/honeymoon. Let’s face it people love getting recognition and a personalized note in the mail is the perfect way to do it. In our pictures below we have some different ways to make your own custom thank you notes.

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The pictures above show a more modern style thank you with a picture of the bride and groom on their wedding day saying thank you. The picture on the left is a folded note card with a blank inside to write a personal note. They held two blank pieces of paper for the photo and we designed it to say “Thank You!” Where the one on the left is more like a postcard with room on the back to write a little message.

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The lower left picture is classic and elegant from the wording of announcing themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Argust to the added backer for thickness and a blank inside for a personalized note for each guest. Where our colorful and simple blank note cards on the lower right are just great to have on hand for any occasion to send someone a special thank you.

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The lower pictures are a great way of showing how this bride incorporated the design work from her wedding invitations into her thank you notes by using the leaf and same envelope liner. They added a picture of themselves on their wedding day on the inside with room to leave a personal thank you. This thank you note kept the flow of the wedding theme going all the way to the end final touches of the Thank You!

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Timing is Everything: Your Guide to Sending Wedding Correspondence

Happy Tuesday! We're not wasting any time today. Let's jump right in!

Today's post answers the ever-burning question, "When should I send my save the dates, invitations, thank you's, etc?"

My first answer to that question is, "Well, it depends." I realize this probably isn't the answer you wanted to hear, but read on!

I say, "It depends," because every wedding is different. Some are formal (think black tie events), some are very laid back and casual (think backyard wedding with barbecue to follow). The coolest part about it is that your wedding can be a reflection of you. The nature of your wedding is really what dictates your wedding correspondence to begin with, along with the timing of sending it out. That being said, I'll give you the guidelines for what etiquette encourages, and then you can custom tailor your own timing around the nature of your event.

Save the Dates: 6-12 months

Here at Ann Elizabeth, we recommend sending your Save the Dates out six months to a year in advance.

This recommendation is with your out-of-state guests in mind; you want to give them as much notice as possible so they can plan travel and lodging.

If you still have questions, check out my in-depth post about Save the Dates and see if your questions aren't answered there. If not, you're welcome to email me at dana [at] annelizabeth dot com and I'd be happy to help you out.

Wedding Invitations: 6-8 weeks

It's best to mail your invitations around 6 weeks prior to your event, which would mean starting your wedding invitations 10-14 weeks before your big day. You may think this is a huge chunk of time, but believe you me: it will FLY by! It's important to make sure you give yourself enough time. Personally, I'd rather have more time than not enough.

If you are including an RSVP with your invitation, tack on 2 weeks to the "6 weeks prior" deadline I just mentioned and make it 8 weeks. You'll want to set the "RSVP by..." date a couple weeks prior to your wedding to give yourself some time to get everything organized and your numbers down solid.

Thank You Notes: ASAP

My Grandma always used to say, "Gratitude is the best attitude." And how right she is! Get those thank you notes into the hands of your beloved guests as soon as you can, but no later than your 2 month anniversary. They'll be happy and so will you.

I hope this helps you feel better about the timing of when your wedding correspondence should be sent. Until next time!

 

Featured photo credit: 2bsquaredesign