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FIND YOUR THANK-YOU STYLE
Some wedding etiquette rules will never change, and this is one of them: If you receive one hundred wedding gifts, you can plan to send that many thank-you notes. A little less strict, however, are the ways in which you can show your gratitude. Here are some clever new tactics and tips for sending wedding gift thanks.
STICK WITH YOUR SUITE
By ordering thank-you notes along with the rest of your wedding stationery, you can ensure a similar look and feel for all your wedding-related correspondence. Plus, you’re guaranteed to have cards on hand if gifts start coming in before the wedding — which of course they will.
PICK A WEDDING PORTRAIT
Consider using your thank-you notes as an opportunity to show off your first pictures together as husband and wife. Your wedding photographer may offer services specifically for snapping and printing select photos as thank-yous—say with you two holding a “thank you” banner—so be sure to ask.
HAND-CRAFT YOUR OWN PHOTO CARDS
If you choose to make your own thank-you notes using a wedding portrait, be sure you have the photographer’s permission, and ask when you’ll be able to get the first set of pictures in after they are snapped. Because photos take some time to develop, address the envelopes and write the notes first so they can be mailed as soon as the pictures are ready.
PERSONALIZE A POST CARD
If the limited amount of space on the back half of a post card is scaring you away from this stationery option, remember you don’t need to write a lot—our or five sentences will suffice—as long as what you do express is heartfelt. Identify the gift, say why you appreciate it, why it has a personal meaning for you, and how you plan to use it. For cash gifts, you need not mention the dollar amount, but it’s a nice touch to say how you plan to spend the money.
DIY SOMETHING SPECIAL
If you crafted most of the elements of your big day, by all means, feel free to craft your thank-you notes too. One of the simplest ways to dress up cardstock is with rubber stamps. Use a monogram or single-initial stamp to customize your cards with embossing ink.