Hand-written or typed thank-you notes?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m confused. You’re giving gifts and thank yous? Who are the gifts for? If it is bridal party gifts, I think you’re fine with typed. 

Post # 4
2102 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have terrible hand writing and I still wrote mine out.  I just took my sweet time and tried to focus.

I think thank you cards are more genuine when hand written.

If you really can’t stand to write them out at least sign them with your own handwriting to include a small, special touch.

Post # 5
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Handwritten is always more personal IMO.

Post # 6
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Handwritten, absolutely.


Post # 7
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Fanciful: I know etiquette states that they should be handwritten, but so many people have horrendous unreadable handwriting these days. I haven’t thought about this issue much, but here are my reactions to thank you notes I received this year:

– I just got a typed thank you note (for a baby shower) that was typed on a TYPEWRITER! I immediately said “so cool!” And put it on my fridge. 

– We got a cute thank you note on Kate Spade stationary with a simple sentiment of gratitude handwritten inside, and mention of our gift to them. I said “Aw cute” and tossed it.

– We got a typewritten thank you note from a huge wedding that we attended 9 months ago, with a generic message on the inside, and then a printout stuck inside that generically thanks us by name (no mention of gift). I was like “uh okay” and tossed it.

I know there are a lot of etiquette sticklers out there, but I think if I received a typewritten thank you note that was personalized, timely, and gracious, I would be pleased with that person’s tact. If I received a handwritten card that satisfied those three characteristics as well, I’d think it was special, but only because it’s so rare to recieve a handwritten note these days.

Post # 8
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Handwritten, for sure .I don’t have great handwriting either,so I practice  before I start writing so it’s the best it can be.

Post # 9
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

@Fanciful:  Handwritten…there are only 12 so you can take your time, or have you FI write them if his handwriting is better? Unless it’s specifically a thanks from YOU only

Post # 10
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hand written. Even if you have a typed card, it would be nice to add something hand written to personalize it.

Post # 11
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

Definitely hand written.

Post # 12
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Handwritten is more personal.

Post # 13
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

It would mean a lot more to me to get a TY in horrible handwriting than one that’s typed.

While doing our weddings TYs, I found it helpful to do drafts before hand, so I wasn’t messing up too many cards. You could start these 12 now -one a day and they’re done before the wedding. I also addressed other TYs beforehand to help save on time after the wedding.

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