Post # 1
I’m sorry if this is a stupid question–I really have trouble wording my thank-you notes. I think that my thank-yous are okay (admittedly, I stole a lot of the verbiage from things you Bees have written here!), but it’s also that both my mother and my Mother-In-Law write very long elaborate thank-you notes and I’m just not that kind of gusher and I’m getting a complex. It also doesn’t help that after you write 5-6 thank-yous that recycle some of the same sentences, you start to wonder if they’ll sound sincere enough from the other end. Is something like this okay?:
“Thank you very much for the [INS: GIFT]. [INS: something about gift, a la: it looks beautiful in our living room/we didn’t have a BLAH BLAH and have desperately needed one for quite a while/we’re great admirers of [INS: DESIGNER] and so happy to finally have something of his in our house/etc. etc.]. We are excited and blessed to begin our lives together and your generous gift will help us in doing so. Thank you again for thinking of us at this special time in our lives and we look forward to celebrating with you in February.”
Do I need more?
Post # 3
No more needed! That’s what I did for my thank you notes.
Post # 4
Sounds about like the formula I use for any thank you — talk about the specific gift, thank the person and talk about how great the giver is, the end. 🙂
Post # 5
i think that’s great. it’s the effort that counts. when you register for gifts, it’s not like the give needs a detailed explanation of why it’s a good gift 🙂
Post # 6
Phew. I was just knocking them out and starting to feel like a thank-you note sweatshop assembly line!
One more question, out of curiosity: it’s early for us to be receiving gifts and we don’t yet have our “official” thank-yous printed, so I’ve just been using whatever nice stationery I have (which is mostly either white cards with a little motif on them (a pineapple on one; a palm tree on another) or art notecards that you normally buy at museums)–I didn’t know if that’s proper to do, but then again, I probably shouldn’t wait, should I?
Post # 7
It’s probably much easier if you start doing thank yous as soon as gifts come, but for me, I started after the wedding b/c i wanted to design a cute Thank You card and didn’t have time before . After the wedding, i made me and hubby do 4-5 thank yous each day, and we finished in a week.
tip: use a small thank you card- it’s cute and you don’t have to write as much!
Post # 8
Good job. You are not alone in your thank you note writing anxiety. Your guests will appreciate the thought.