Post # 1
We are about wrapping up writing and sending our thank you cards for those who got us gifts or brought cards to our wedding on August 6. There are about 10 people who have not given us anything at this point. I’m planning on sending thank you notes to everyone regardless of if they brought us something. My question is — how long (if at all) should we wait before sending out thank yous to these people? Some are relatives who I think will probably send something and I know you technically have a year to send wedding gifts. I’d rather not write a thank you note now and then another one when we receive a gift. So am I being lazy and we should write/send them all now — or can I wait a while and then write notes for those who we haven’t gotten anything from at that point? To be clear, I am not whining about not getting anything, just trying to avoid extra work.
Post # 2
You don’t. The reception was a thank-you to guests for attending. Sending thank you notes to someone who didn’t give a gift can come off as gift-grabby.
Post # 3
When you send thank you notes to people who didn’t send a gift, you risk your message being interpreted as a passive aggressive reminder about the gift.
Post # 5
Just send them out at the same time as the others unless it is common in your circle to send a wedding gift after the wedding. It must vary by region or culture but I never heard of sending a thank you card as being gift grabby until the bee. Where we are it is common to thank people for attending the wedding even without a gift or card.
Post # 6
Yeah, you don’t. You’re not supposed to. It can come off as fishing for a gift. You thanked them in person on the day, right? That’s enough.
Post # 7
We sent thank you notes to a couple people who did not send us gifts.
Our thinking was: the post office DOES lose mail (they lost 2 of our invitations, at least – which is a ~5% loss rate), and I was worried that someone might have sent a gift, but had it get lost in the mail. Or even that in all the stress of wedding planning, DH or I might have forgotten to write down a gift. The fear that someone might have given us a gift, and NOT received a thank you note, seemed way worse to me than the worry about sending a thank you note to someone who didn’t give us a gift. So, for couples that we were unsure about, we went ahead and sent a sweet thank you note, thanking them for traveling to see us and supporting us in this exciting time of our lives.
Post # 8
In my social circle, sending thank you cards to people who didn’t give gifts comes acoss as gift-grabby. The reception is the thank you for attending the ceremony, and there isn’t a reason to send a thank you card if they didn’t bring a a gift.
If, like a PP said, a gift was lost in the mail, the sender can always follow up with you (and likely would, if it was a check that wasn’t cashed!).
Post # 9
I am not sending thank yous to people who just attended. The reception is for receiving your guests after the wedding and thanking them for attending the wedding. It seems weird to me to send a thank you to people for attending.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t send Thank You cards to someone who didn’t get me a gift. The favor was your “thank you” and it could come off the wrong way if you send them a Thank You and you have no gift to mention. It could be taken as rubbing it in their face, or letting them know you noticed you didn’t get a gift; I’m sure that isn’t your intention of course.
Post # 11
I agree with everything you said. Where I come from the reception isn’t a thank you to your guests. It’s still part of the celebration of your marriage and you should thank everyone who attended.
Post # 12
Weird, everything I have heard says you should thank your guests for attending (as theatrejulia and joy1313 say)! Like this article says too:
I didn’t get a chance to talk much to some of the people and would like to thank them for making the trip to attend our wedding (most people had to travel). And one of the people is also a close friend and I’d like to thank her for making a speech during the reception.
Post # 13
If you’re sending “thank you for traveling all that way to celebrate with us” notes I think you should do them right away. The longer you wait, the more passive aggressive it might seem (even if it’s not your intention). The worst case scenario is that someone gets your card and is all “ohhhhh is she trying to call us out for not getting her a gift?!” And frankly the kind of person who has that reaction is going to have a problem no matter what. Most likely people will just feel quietly guilty, or appreciate the note.
Post # 14
i sent all thank you’s (gift or no gift) at the same time. i also had never heard that you are not supposed to thank someone “just for showing up” until i came here. for me, coming to my wedding was good enough, gifts were just a bonus. and everyone at our wedding knows us well enough to know that we are not greedy, gift grabby people.
i did receive a couple gifts after our thank you’s went out and i just another note to thank them and to let them know we received it.
Post # 15
We got married 3 weeks ago and we will get all our cards out by the end of September. Where I am from, EVERYONE who attended receives a card. Im not sure how “thank you for being a part of our special day! It meant so much to have you there!” is gift grabby but if someone didn’t give a card or a gift they would get a message along those lines.