A Word of Thanks

Writing thank-you notes should be on every bride and groom’s to-do list. You’ll be receiving many gifts at pre-wedding celebrations, as well as on the big day itself. Bottom line: There will be a lot of thank-you notes to send out and, as tempting as it might be to use technology, e-mail just won’t cut it — only handwritten notes are acceptable for this special occasion.

The process can be overwhelming, though: You may find yourselves feeling disorganized, overly-stressed while trying to get them all out within the recommended three-month time period, and eventually at a loss for just the right words to use to express your appreciation. To the rescue: 101 Ways to Say Thank You: Notes of Gratitude for All Occasions by Kelly Browne (Sterling Publishing Company, $12.95).

101 ways to say thank you

This handy little book — with a special chapter devoted exclusively to weddings — offers tips, guidelines, thank-you note suggestions and checklists to keep you on track and stress-free. The chapter also includes news on the current social media trends on websites, wedding hashtags and wedding favor charity donations. Trust me, you’ll refer to this book often as you write your thank-you notes and use it many times afterward throughout your marriage. A great book to have and to give, 101 Ways To Say Thank You is available at book stores nationwide and at amazon.com. Visit KellyBrowne.net for more information. Caveat: Be sure to order your stationery well in advance so you have it on hand to write your thank-you notes right after the bridal shower, as gifts arrive at your home and when you return from the honeymoon. Here’s a look at some fabulous stationery ideas:

This exquisite selection from Ceci New York features a combo laser cut/photo card:

wedding thank you card ceci new york

A sepia-toned photograph on a notecard:

wedding thank you card ceci new york

A couple’s photo paired with a floral accented card:

wedding thank you card ceci new york

And a pretty print notecard:

wedding thank you card ceci new york

Ellen Weldon Design offers these elegant, beautifully monogrammed thank-you notes:

ellen weldon designs wedding thank you card

ellen weldon designs wedding thank you card

ellen weldon designs wedding thank you card

ellen weldon designs wedding thank you card

From Wedding Paper Divas, choose a special thank-you note showcasing one of your big-day photos:

wedding paper divas wedding thank you card

Or opt for a gorgeous floral notecard:

wedding paper divas wedding thank you card

wedding paper divas wedding thank you card

Or an elegant gold-gilded thank-you:

wedding paper divas wedding thank you card

wedding paper divas wedding thank you card

Minted offers a selection of romantic watercolor prints:

minted wedding thank you card

minted wedding thank you card

And a number of creative options featuring a favorite photo of the two of you:

minted wedding thank you card

minted wedding thank you card

 

minted wedding thank you card

Pear Tree Greetings features more unique ways to use your photos on a thank-you note, such as on this tri-fold card:

pear tree greeting wedding thank you card

A fun “craft” paper look thank-you:

pear tree greeting wedding thank you card

A chic black-and-white notecard:

pear tree greeting wedding thank you card

And an inventive “cut-out” notecard showcasing one of your favorite shots.

pear tree greeting wedding thank you card

From Smock, notecards displaying “Thank You” in a variety of designs and fonts will perfectly express your gratitude.

smock wedding thank you card

smock wedding thank you card

smock wedding thank you card

smock wedding thank you card

Tell us: Which would you choose for your thank-you notes?

—Diane Forden