Well, the big day has been and gone. You’re married now! Congratulations! It was probably a wonderful and special day, made even more so by having your friends and family there to see one of the biggest moments in your life. Unfortunately there’s a good chance you’ve now been bought back down to earth with a bang as you’ve remembered you have to send wedding thank you cards and notes out to those friends and family. They may have bought or sent you a gift, a lovely card or just attended the big day, all of which you will want to thank them for. But what is the right thing to say? How long should the note be? When should it be sent? And how do you express your gratitude in the best way possible? Fear not, as we’ve put together this guide to help with all your questions and worries, covering wedding thank you card etiquette, what to do and not to do, as well as providing a large selection of wedding thank you wording examples.
So whilst the idea of writing your own thank you notes and cards may seem daunting it doesn’t have to be. Yes, the volume may seem vast and the wording tough to think up, but there are some tips you can use to make the process easier. Not to mention some things to avoid as to save embarrassment or seeming rude.
So follow our guide below to writing the perfect thank you notes or scroll further down for a wide selection of wording ideas and examples that you can use as inspiration, change to fit your situation or copy directly.
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It’s much more likely you’re reading this after having had your wedding, and that’s fine! If so then you can just skip this section. However if you’re a forward planner and have thought about your thank you notes before the wedding you can get started now, saving you time and bother afterwards.
Writing a thank you card or personalised note isn’t really very difficult. You just have to express your gratitude for the gift, flowers, card etc. It doesn’t have to be, and probably shouldn’t be, very long. Just acknowledge whatever it is your thanking them for, mention how and why you appreciate it so much and then wish them well.
Follow these steps for writing your own:
There are many people who you should take the time to thank for their involvement in your wedding. From guests, family and gift givers through to the vendors and anyone who helped with the planning.
Use this list to keep check of all the different people you need to send a thank you note:
The obvious answer to when to send wedding thank you cards is as soon as possible after the wedding. Up to 3 months after is seen as an acceptable time for sending them but don’t leave it any longer than that. As wedding gifts can arrive at different times it’s also acceptable to write your thank you cards as you receive them even if that’s before the wedding.
If you still aren’t confident about writing your own then we’ve put together some wedding thank you wording examples below for a whole range of different people. Hopefully we’ve covered all the types of guests or people involved with the wedding who you might need to thank.
So just use the ones that are most appropriate for your needs as either a starting point that you can edit and change or to copy it directly.
Thank you so much for the lovely wedding gift. We absolutely love the champagne flutes – you’ll have to come round and have a drink with us! Can’t wait to see you!
All the best,
Thank you for such a generous gift. We were so happy to share our perfect day with you. It meant the world to us.
We were so thrilled to receive your generous gift. We’re planning to have the kitchen remodelled and your generosity will go a long way to helping with that. Thank you for making our day extra special.
We can’t thank you enough for your generosity. We plan on moving house in the near future and that generosity of yours will help go towards making that dream come true.
With so much gratitude,
Thank you so much for attending our wedding! It was fantastic to see you and we just wanted to send this quick note to say how glad we were you were there. It wouldn’t have been the same without you!
Thank you making the effort to come to our wedding. I know it was a long journey so we really appreciate you making it. Having you there to share in the magic was really important to us.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for all the support and help with the wedding. We couldn’t have done it without you and you just being there was enough to bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for helping our dreams come true.
Thank you for all the hard work and help with the wedding. The hours you put in and the help with my dress, make up etc. are so appreciated. I know we both were so pleased to have you by our side for the meaningful day.
So much love,
Thank you guys for being able to make the wedding. You know it wouldn’t have been the same without our best friends! And thank you for the wonderful gift. No surprise you knew exactly what we wanted. We’ll catch up soon.
Thank you all for the incredible gift! We’re so blessed to have such a generous group of friends. We hope you enjoyed the wedding as much as we did!
Hopefully this guide to writing your own wedding thank cards and messages will have provided you with some great wording examples as inspiration. All that’s left is for you to get writing!