Don’t Forget to Say Thank You!
Thank you cards tend to be one of the most dreaded parts of planning a big event! When you first get started, they are a tedious and daunting task. Not to mention, you are planning a huge event at the same time. How do you keep track of it all? We’ve compiled a few tips to make writing thank you cards as painless as possible.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
You’re likely to be writing a lot of thank you cards while you’re planning your event; from thanking those hosting, your friends participating and saying thank you for every gift you get along the way. If you are planning a Quince Años, you need to be ready to send a thank you note to every Padrino who donates to your event. For a wedding, you will be writing cards for everyone who attends your engagement party, bridal shower, and bachelorette party. While this sounds like a ton of notes, the majority of them will be written after the event is over!
Stay ahead of the curve by writing your thank you cards as soon as you can. After an event like a bridal shower is over, sit down and start writing. Every time you receive a gift in the mail, write the cards immediately. If you put these off, you’ll be drowning in thank you notes by the time your event is over. As tedious as it can be, grit your teeth and get down to business as soon as you can!
In order to write all these thank you notes, you’ll need to be stocked up! Pick out a style or a few different styles that suit the theme of your event. You can shop online or in stores for thank you cards with your event colors or theme. You can also order a custom thank you note on a site like Vistaprint with a photo of your own. In addition to being stocked up on cards, you’ll want to make sure you have enough stamps to mail them all out.
Pick a Spot
In order to stay organized, you might want to designate a certain area of your home as your “Thank You Card Station.” Keep all your supplies in one place, including your envelopes, stamps, and some nice pens. Every time you receive a gift, you can immediately go to this spot and get the thank you note done. You might also consider keeping a list here of every thank you note that you have written and need to write so you don’t lose track. This will help you stay on task and it will keep you from turning your living room into an event-planning mess!
Your guests buy you gifts and attend your events because they love you. So, on the thank you note they receive, they don’t want to hear something that sounds like it was written by a robot. They also don’t expect a Hallmark card! Keep your cards genuine, simple, and personalized. You can write something similar on each one without making it feel like a “copy & paste.” If you are writing cards for a wedding, remember to use “we” and sign the notes with both your and your partner’s names.
Follow this simple formula:
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Perez,
Thank you so much for (the specific gift- describe it)! I (was/am) so excited to take it out and use it for the first time, (give an example of how you used it or plan to use it). I really love it. Thank you again for coming to my Quinceanera, it meant a lot to me and my parents to have you there! We hope you really enjoyed yourself!
The above example is a barebones thank you and so you can add more to it if you desire to. If you are writing a card before your event, write something like, “I am so excited to see you at my Quinceanera!” in place of the last part. If you are writing to someone you are very close with, just write from your heart! Your guests will just be happy to see that they are appreciated.