Bella Figura, a Central New York printer who makes unique wedding invitations with over 300 designs, and who offers one of the largest collections of letterpress wedding invitations anywhere in the world, contributed to this story. Thank you card photos courtesy of Bella Figura.
After the final bottle of champagne has been popped and the last song of the reception has been played, receiving a thank you card will be the cherry on top of your wedding guests’ experience as part of your special celebration.
There is something to be said for receiving a handwritten note in the mail. It is the kind of sentiment that one can hold as they feel the crispness of the paper in their hands and see the one-of-a-kind penmanship etched across the page. This kind of message is not one that comes with a ringtone nor will it disappear after time. It will stay with your loved one for as long as it is in their safekeeping. At first, the task of writing so many personal notes can seem incredibly daunting, but it does not have to be if you narrow your focus to these three steps:
Design your thank you notes
Consulting stationary experts, such as from Bella Figura, will help you decide on how to incorporate your style into your thank you set. Typically, thank you notes are designed to complement the rest of your wedding stationery (invitation, response card). This is not a steadfast rule by any means, but it does make the ordering process that much simpler should you choose to keep everything in the same design family.
That kind of simplicity can translate into more time to focus on selection of your gown or tux, and discovering the perfect Toll Golf venue for your celebration.
Decide how to say “thank you”
There is no right or wrong way to say thank you, but there are certainly ways to get creative with what you decide to have printed, and leave space to include something personal.
Often, couples will create an elegant monogram or have their names printed in a beautiful font. Some couples arrange with the photographer and printer to select an extra special photo from the wedding right away, and surprise their guests with a wedding photo preview on the thank you card.
Phrasing in your thank you notes can range from the informal, such as, “Many thanks from the new Mr. and Mrs.” and “Thank you for helping us tie the knot,” to the formal, such as “Words cannot express our gratitude” and “We sincerely appreciate your well wishes and thoughtful gift.”
Experts note whatever the message, writing from your heart and keeping the note both authentic and simple will have the most significant impact.
Plan your mailing
It is easy to put the mailing task on the back burner, but remember, it is best to send thank you cards within three months of the wedding. Bella Figura suggests ordering thank you sets with the wedding stationery. Ordering these in advance will ensure the cards are ready and waiting for you to tackle once the celebration has come to a close.
Remember that no matter how long or short the message may be, a thoughtful note will mean so much more than a generic thank you. Don’t worry if the words are not coming together as seamlessly as you had hoped. Whatever enters your mind will be more than enough. When it comes to receiving a thank you, no matter how eloquent, it will never go out of style.
Visit our Toll Golf Country Clubs or Brier Creek Country Club to discover the perfect venue for your wedding celebration, or visit our Toll Talks blog for more on wedding trends and invitation styles.