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You will thank us later! 5 tips on writing your thank you cards.

The wedding was amazing, the honeymoon even better but now it's back to reality.

There are still wedding to-dos to be finished. It's time to send out thank you cards. Follow our tips below to make your final wedding to-do stress-free.

Here are 5 etiquette tips for thanking your friends and family.

  • Keep it timely.

Order your thank you cards as soon as possible.

According to Bride magazine, "a window of 1 to 2 months is proper and provides ample time to ensure they are ordered, written, addressed, signed, sealed and delivered without couples feeling overwhelmed."

If you are going to match your invitation stationary, thank you cards can be ordered before the wedding along with invitations.

If you are planning on using a professional photo, order those as soon as they are ready.

For engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party or early wedding gifts make sure to send a thank you no later than 3 weeks after a gift is received.

  • Keep a record.

Not all gifts will arrive at the same time. It's difficult to remember who sent what. As you open your gifts, write a small note for yourself on the back of each card of what gift was received. This will make it easier when you are writing the individual thank you cards.

  • Divided and conquer!

Write your thank you cards as a couple. Designate a place in your home to write your cards and have all the necessary supplies handy. Try removing distractions and write a handful each day so the task doesn't seem so daunting.

  • Get personal.

Thank you cards should be handwritten and personalized to each recipient. Have a greeting, the reason you're grateful, a follow-up and a closing. If a gift was sent, you may reference it in your thank you. When it comes to writing your thank you cards, be sincere and express your gratitude and you will be all set.

  • Thank more than the gift giver.

Who should receive a thank you? Gift givers are important but so are those guests that travelled for you wedding and those who helped make your day perfect.

Make sure the following people receive a thank you:

Anyone who purchased a gift.

Everyone who attended your wedding.

Your parents.

Your bridal party.

Your vendors.

Although writing out all of those thank you cards may seem like a lot of work, you will rest easy knowing that you have shown your gratitude to your family and friends.

I hope that this post was helpful to you in your planning process. If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section.

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