(Closed) When to cash checks?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’d deposit as soon as possible, even if you can’t write thank-yous right away. It’s a big deal to some people to have a check waiting to clear for a month. They’d much appreciate if you deposit right away. I’m sure they’re not expected a thank-you note immediately!

We deposited all cash and checks right away, but it took us a couple of months to get thank-yous out because we were waiting on our pro pics to come back.

Post # 4
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We deposited immediately…too scared of somehow losing them!  People understand thank yous can take some time post-wedding and it can mess up some people’s checkbook balancing systems if you deposit later.

Post # 5
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1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Definitely just cash the checks-I always assume the check will be cashed far before a thank you card and I prefer it too.

Post # 6
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349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I HATE when people don’t cash my checks within a reasonable amount of time. Do it right away and just make sure you’re disciplined enough to send the thank yous as soon as you get back.

Post # 7
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828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 I think that cashing the check soon after it’s received is best because otherwise the giver has to keep that check in mind when using their account until it clears and if it’s more than a month later they may forget that it’s out there.

Post # 8
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2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say prep some thank you cards in advance and do all you can to send them out Sunday. Have your husband do half and get a sister/mother to help if possible.  You can pre-write “Thank you for your generous gift” on a few cards if you’d like and have a ready-to-go list of things you’ll say you will spend the money on.  With a basic outline set up, you should be able to whip through them. If you have a registry, less than half of your guests will likely go the check route.

Oh, and pre-stick/type/print the return addresses for the thank you notes.

Post # 9
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532 posts
Busy bee

I would deposit them right away, people could have problems with their bank accounts if you don’t. I definitely would not wait a month.

Post # 10
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2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For the same reason, we didn’t cash our checks until a few weeks after we got back from our honeymoon. Though, I still took 3 months to send out my ty cards :T

Post # 12
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Ms. Blue:  this! i am one of those people who balance to the penny – so an outstanding check would drive me nuts!

we cashed checks immediately!

Post # 13
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1866 posts
Buzzing bee

@Rock Hugger:  If I were the check writer, I would absolutely prefer that you cash the check – the sooner the better.  I’m a nut about balancing my checkbook, and when people take weeks to cash checks, it really irritates me!  I’m sure people won’t think anything of it if you cash a check before writing the thank you card.  Plus, uncashed checks can be a liability issue if something were to happen (knock on wood) and they got stolen!

Post # 14
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

we deposited  the checks when we got back from honeymoon. which was about a week later.  I dont think one week should amke that much difference to peoples bank accounts. IMO if the bride and groom cash the check the very next day after the wedding it just seems like they couldnt wait to get their hands on the money

Post # 16
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2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I say deposit them right away. If you wait a whole month, people may forget they gave you money and you could have bounced checks.

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