If you’ve never written a thank you note then you should be ashamed of yourself. No really… you should. Last month, my husband and I received a handwritten thank-you note from a 4-year-old. Yes, you read that right. A teeny, tiny, adorable 4-year-old girl with manners. She obviously got it from her mama. One thing that I’m thankful for is a mother that made me realize that thank-you notes never go out of style.With text, email, Facebook, and Twitter the days of good ole paper goods and handwritten notes have practically been deleted from our minds. But I’m here to tell you that there’s nothing like feeling appreciated and you gotta show people that you’re grateful… and not tacky.
After opening gift after gift at my own bridal shower, I thought, these ladies really love me. What can I do to top this? I have to write them the perfect thank-you cards! I was so happy that I didn’t even think about having to write each one of them a special note as a burden, but more importantly as my top priority.
But if you do consider this as too much of a task or a burden then my advice to you is to get a head start. In those months leading up to your big day you have your best girlfriends and family members on a roller coaster with do-it-yourself projects, a bachelorette party, bridal expos, a bridal shower and more. Get some practice in and start sending out written “hugs, kisses, and pats on the back” throughout the entire process. It may take some getting used to at first, but after writing about the tenth note you’ll ignite a gratefulness you never knew you had.
image credits top-bottom: My go-to for fabulous paper goods(The Dotted-Line) in Nashville, TN/ thank-you note written by 4-year-old, Johanna Marie James
As for your actual wedding thank-you notes you should know a few things… First, there’s a world of fabulous paper goods out there waiting for brides to tap into. Secondly, writing the thank you-notes will more than likely be a solo-dolo job. I’m just telling you from my experience because the moment after my husband and I sat down and actually opened our gifts, I was left to do the “thank-you” work. Also, be sure to make make a list of who gave you what as you open the gifts. Trust me, you don’t want to learn the hard way and have to play the guessing game two months later. And lastly, if you’re really struggling then check out sites like About.com. They have a help section dedicated to weddings that offer sample wording for wedding thank you cards. So, I challenge and encourage you brides and beyond to show some tact and follow the example of the 4-year-old that can write her own thank you notes and get them out in a timely fashion.
Photos by: Marlena Wood-Moltimer
Marlena Wood-Moltimer is a newlywed that is having a tough time giving up the title “Full-Time Bride”. It took about six-months of planning for her, her wedding planner and mother to pull off every detail of her Fisher Island Wedding. Now that her planning days are over she focuses on finishing up her thesis script for her MFA graduate program at the University of Miami. She also holds a Broadcast Journalism degree from Hampton University. Most her of time is now occupied with coming up with new characters and scenes for her script, Chubby Chasers, but she admits that she’s still very much so a wedding junkie.
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