After the wedding, you and your partner are left with writing various thank you notes for gifts and services. Follow these "dos and don'ts" of writing thank you notes.
- Personalize your notes. Make references to the person as well as the gift.
- Be enthusiastic, but try not to gush.
- Do not send form letters or cards with preprinted messages and just your signature.
- Do not send email thank yous in lieu of a handwritten, personal note.
- Do not mention that you are going to return or exchange the gift!
- Do not write a note to show value of the gift.
- Do refer to the use of how you will use cash gifts. People would like to know that they are helping towards your new house or a big purchase.
- Do not include wedding photos or cards if this will delay sending thank you notes.
- Do write your thank you notes as soon as your receive the gift or service. You will be thankful that most of your notes are taken care of after the wedding.
- On that note, promptly acknowledge receipt of gifts shipped to you - even if you call or email to let them know that you did receive the gift, follow up with a written thank you note soon.
- Do not use lateness as an excuse to not write a thank you note - better late than never.