Psst…the most memorable wedding thank-you cards aren't necessarily the ones that are a perfect match to the wedding invitations.In fact,they may not cost much at all!Here are the secrets to wedding thank-you notes your guests will remember well after your first anniversary.
Include a visual.
A photo of you and your groom is nice--if you're close with all of your guests.A pro photo of the guests,themselves?Now that's a gift.My friend Sarahjust sent her thank-you card and included a very cute picture of my friend Kelly and me with big smiles on our faces as we listened to the maid of honor's brilliant toast.It's tough to get photos worth sending of every guest,so another idea: Make a photo collage of the wedding,working in pictures where lots of guests are visible,and shrink it down to a 4x6 that can fit in the envelope.When guests see their faces in the group of pictures,they'll feel special.
Make your words personal.
Generic "Thank you for coming.We really appreciated the generous gift" wedding thank-you notes are quickly forgotten.(Theyallsay that!) So talk specifically to the person whose card you're writing.Not sure how?Answer these questions: Why were you happy they came to your wedding?What was your favorite interaction with them at the wedding--or before?I had forgotten to put a stamp on one of Paul's cousin's RSVP cards,so I joked about my flightiness in her card--and included a stamp!
Get a gimmick.
Corny as it sounds,I think the idea to do message bubbles on our wedding thank-you cards came to me in a dream.And I'm so glad it did.It worked with the lighthearted mood I was trying to set at our wedding and was a bit more interesting than tucking in a plain ol' wedding photo.
Sneak in a symbol.
Lots of different tokens symbolize gratitude in various cultures.Research some,choose the one that resonates with you,and put it in with your card (explaining what it means,of course!).If that would make postage too pricey,just include an illustration of that symbol.
Make it a game.
For more casual weddings,how fun would it be to include a word game,like a word search or a crossword puzzle with your wedding thank-you cards?No,the whole message shouldn't be contained in a game,but a piece can.And I give you permission to use the same puzzle for every guest (as long as there's a personal note to go with it)--if you made custom games for each person in attendance,you'd never get those babies out on time!
How are you making your wedding thank-you notes memorable?Are you more likely to remember a card if it contains one of these ideas?What was the most unforgettable thank-you you ever received?
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