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Etiquette and Thank-You Notes

Read our guide to thank-you notes for advice on this wedding etiquette essential…

Yes, we all love to receive gifts, and weddings are a perfect occasion for gift-giving, as friends and loved ones customarily honor the commitment of the newly betrothed by showering them with wedding gifts. As the happy couple, just remember to always feel privileged – not entitled. Approach thank-yous with as much thought and organization as the rest of your wedding planning. 

Wedding Etiquette: Your Thank-You Notes

Here are some practical tips to make sending your thank-yous a breeze:

  • Send thank-you notes to acknowledge everything from place settings to gifts of time or talent. Remember: A separate, handwritten note must be sent for each wedding present or act of kindness.
  • Start sending wedding thank-yous as soon as gifts arrive, even if it is before your wedding (but make sure to use your maiden name).
  • Gifts that you receive on your big day should be followed up with a thank-you note no later than one month after you return from your honeymoon (now you can use your new last name).
  • To ease the process, keep track of wedding gifts and thank-you cards on the same list of names and addresses used for your invitations.
  • Personalize the thank-you cards by ordering them with your monogram or with a picture from your big day on the front.

This complete guide to thank-you notes has even more advice and examples of thank-you notes.