When it comes to their DIY weddings, brides and groom focus on getting all the details ready from the DIY wedding invitation to the honeymoon. It’s seldom that they put much focus on what post-wedding details they need to take care of afterwards, such as sending out thank you cards and proper etiquette when sending them. Today, we look at what your DIY thank you card can be, and how you can say “Thank You” to your guests who graced your special day and bestowed a lovely gift too.
These are not the ‘Thank You’ tags you might want to include with your wedding favour or bomboniere, but the actual card that is sent via mail to your guests, usually with a personal note, handwritten by you or your newly wedded spouse. People might assume that sending over a thank you card is merely etiquette, but in actuality it also shows your guests and people who attended that you appreciate the time and effort they put in by making it to your big day and sharing your happiness and memories. When you are opting to send a DIY thank you card, the gesture shown towards thanking your guests is even more cemented.
Essentially, since your thank you card is considered part of the wedding stationery, though a post wedding item, it should have the wedding theme carry through to its design as well. Therefore, consider this fact when you are purchasing invite card kits and materials to create your DIY wedding stationery. You might not be able to fathom how many thank you cards you will actually need as you cannot estimate how many will be attending. Some brides and grooms feel that it is best to wait till it’s closer to the wedding day, and after the reply cards have been received. This way, you will be able to budget how many people will be attending, and order the DIY thank you card kits with a 20% buffer, just in case there are last minute responses or human errors while creating your DIY thank you card. You can then accent and embellish your DIY thank you card as you see fit, with the wedding invitations and stationery theme in mind, to keep things flowing.
When it comes to etiquette concerning thank you cards, it’s always a good idea to send across your thanks as soon as you can. These types of cards are easy to write and need not be too lengthy. However, it is always nice to consider including any of the following in the thank you notes.
1. The Recipients Name and Salutation
2. Use of the words “Thank You” as well as the specific name of the gift
3. Saying something nice about the gift, and/or how you plan on using the gift(s)
4. Add a personal note
5. Signature line
A good example of a thank you card wording is as follows.
Thank you for the beautiful picture frame. It’s just so pretty. It’s now home to one of our honeymoon pictures on John’s bedside table. We are settling in just fine in our new home at Castle Hill. Let’s meet up for coffee soon.
Mia & John