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Wedding Thank You Cards: Etiquette and Wording

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A wedding stationery designer with a love of coordinating envelopes, watercolor envelope liners, wax seals and classic letterpress!

Designing timeless stationery in Findlay, Ohio for romantic couples.


Your wedding was a beautiful and memorable day filled with love, excitement, and celebration. Now that the big day is over, it’s time to show your appreciation to those who made it all possible – your guests! Writing wedding thank you cards is an essential aspect of post-wedding etiquette, but I understand that it can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! In this post, I’ll break down everything you need to know about writing wedding thank you cards. From finding the right words to show your gratitude to understanding the correct etiquette, I’ve got you covered. So take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive into the world of wedding thank you cards!

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What to Write in Your Wedding Thank You Card

After your wedding, it’s crucial to express heartfelt gratitude to your amazing guests for being there, showing love, and providing unwavering support on the most special day of your life! Here are some wonderful ways to add a personal and warm touch to each message:

1. Address the recipients by name

2. Thank them for attending

3. Mention the specific gift they gave

4. Share how the gift will be useful

5. Express gratitude for their love and support

By personalizing each note, you create a lasting impression and show your guests how much you value and cherish their presence in your life. It’s a wonderful way to let them know just how special they are to you!

Stay on Theme!

Remember to consider the theme of your wedding invitation suite when choosing thank you cards. This way, the tone of your wedding thank you cards will match the overall aesthetic of the invitations (psst: a custom wedding invitation designer, like me, can help with this!). It’s a small detail, but it helps keep your wedding cohesive and brings a sense of completion to your special day.

When to Send Wedding Thank You Cards

To make sure you don’t procrastinate, it’s best to make them a priority soon after the wedding. You don’t want to wait too long, as one to three months (if possible!) should be the maximum amount of time you wait before sending them out. This is a great opportunity to thank your guests for their presence and thoughtful gifts.

But what about those that were kind enough to send a gift before the big day? As a custom wedding invitation designer, my advice is to order the thank you cards early and start writing them as the gifts come in. This will save you from any fatigue or rushing to get them all done at once, and will ensure timely sending. Remember, wedding thank you cards are essential in expressing your appreciation, so take the time to write a personal and heartfelt message to all those who shared in your special day.

Do’s and Don’ts When Writing Wedding Thank You Cards


– Opt for handwritten cards. 

– Write a note for guests who didn’t give a gift. 

– Send thank-you cards as soon as possible.


– Forget to thank vendors who made your wedding memorable.

– Write the same note for every guest; make it personal!

– Send multiple thank you cards to one household.

– Mention exact monetary amounts.

Wedding thank you cards go beyond mere formality – they’re a heartfelt expression of gratitude! With proper planning and execution, these notes can add a personal touch to your post-wedding communication, making your guests feel truly valued. Keeping in line with your wedding theme, personalizing each message, and sticking to the recommended timeframe will ensure that your thank you cards resonate with warmth and appreciation. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll create memorable, heartfelt thank you cards that leave your guests feeling cherished and appreciated for their role in your special day. You got this!

Lastly, if you’re looking for a custom wedding invitation designer (who also does thank you cards!), I’d be absolutely thrilled to work with you! My top priority is guiding you through the entire process with exceptional customer service. I want to make sure you’re absolutely overjoyed with your unique creations. Ready to get started? Book a call with me here!