A wedding thank you card is a way to express your gratitude to the people who attended your wedding. It's a thoughtful gesture that lets your guests know how much you appreciated their attendance. But if there's one thing that can make even the most seasoned card-sender feel nervous, it's writing wedding thank you cards. Saying "thank you" is easy. But writing it down? That's a whole different story.
We’ve broken down the process into five manageable steps, so you can enjoy writing thank you cards to each of your guests.
- Step 1: Start With A Greeting
- Step 2: Thank Them For Coming To Your Wedding
- Step 3: Include A Shared Memory From Your Wedding
- Step 4: Thank Them For Their Gift
- Step 5: Conclude With A Personal Sign-Off
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Step 1: Start With A Greeting
When writing thank you cards for your wedding guests, make sure to start with a greeting. You can go with something simple like "Dear [name]," or "To [name]," but make sure to always address them by their name. This will show your guests that each card has been personalised and will make them feel appreciated.
Step 2: Thank Them For Coming To Your Wedding
Once you have addressed who the card is for, write a sentence or two thanking them for attending your special day. This could be something like “Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding day”, or “Thank you for helping make our dream wedding a reality.”
Step 3: Include A Shared Memory From Your Wedding
The next step is to include a particular memory that you and each guest shared at your wedding. This could be anything from a funny moment at the reception, both of you being mentioned in a speech or them traveling a long distance to attend. If a guest had a notable involvement in the celebrations (with a toast, a speech or as part of the entertainment etc.), make sure to thank them for their contribution to your special day.
Step 4: Thank Them For Their Gift
Make sure to write a quick thankyou to the guests that came to your wedding with a gift. When you and your partner are opening the gifts you received, make sure to make a list of which guests brought which gifts - that will make it easier to complete this step.
You can also briefly mention how helpful their gift has been or how you use it. For example, “Thank you so much for the new set of glasses, we use them all the time when guests come over” or “We really appreciate the bouquet of flowers, they truly brighten up our living area.”
For guests that did not bring a gift, feel free to skip this step.
Step 5: Conclude With A Personal Sign-Off
Lastly, conclude each card with a personal sign-off. It could be something as simple as, “Love from [name] & [name]” or “Many thanks.” A warm and friendly sign-off leaves is a nice way to finish each card and leaves each guest feeling appreciated.
Wedding Thank You Card Examples
Below are some examples of wedding thank you cards using the aforementioned 5-step structure:
Thank you for coming out to celebrate our marriage with us! We hope that the time spent celebrating with us was as special for you as it was for us. Your speech had every single guest in hysterics and was certainly one of the highlights of the day. We really appreciate the new coffee machine you gifted us, we can’t stop using it!
Thanks once again,
Love [name] & [name].
It was so nice seeing you at our wedding! Thank you so much for coming and being part of this special day in our lives. We really appreciate you helping set everything up, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks again for the earrings you bought [name]. They paired perfectly with her wedding dress and she received a number of compliments from other guests.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
[name] & [name].
Dear [name] & [name],
Thank you for being part of our wedding! We had so much fun celebrating our union with everyone who helped make this day special. You two were the best MC’s we could have asked for! You had all the other guests in stitches the whole night. A big thank you for the personalized doormat, it makes us smile every time we enter our new home.
Hope to see you again soon!
The newly weds.
Do Wedding Thank You Cards Have To Be Handwritten?
Yes, we highly recommend that you handwrite your wedding thank you cards. Thank you cards are a very personal way of showing appreciation to your guests and handwriting them makes each card feel more genuine and authentic.
How Do You Thank People For Money At A Wedding?
If a guest has given you money as a wedding gift, it's important to make sure that you let them know exactly what you're using it for. Whether you put it towards your honeymoon, a new kitchen appliance or a nice dinner, mention what their money will be going towards in their thank you card, as well as your appreciation.
How Long Do You Have To Write Thank You Cards After A Wedding?
We recommend sending thank you cards no later than 3 months after your wedding. This will allow you enough time to create, write, personalise and mail each card, all while ensuring your wedding day is still fresh in your memory.
Do You Need To Thank Wedding Guests Who Didn't Give Gifts?
It's important to send each guest a thank you card, even to guests who didn't give a gift. As much as we all love presents, there are other ways to thank your guests in a thank you card. You can still write them a sentence or two thanking them for attending your wedding and for helping make your day special.
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