Here’s a few quick photos of letterpress thank you cards we printed for a wedding invitation suite. A lot of people put emphasis on the quality and esthetic of their wedding invitations, mostly because they want friends and relatives to know how important it is to them that they’re a part of the wedding. Wedding invitations and save the dates are often the first thing people associate with your special day and its important to start off on the right foot.
More often than not though people don’t think about thank you cards until after the wedding is over. After starting your wedding off right, don’t your guests deserve a beautifully printed and personalized thank you?
There is quite a bit of etiquette associated with thank you’s, like when to send them, what to write, and what not to. Below is an excerpt from a great article by Emily Post. This list outlines the 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Thank You Notes, and it really applies for any thank you, not just for your wedding.
- Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.
- Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.
- Do be enthusiastic, but don’t gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.
- Don’t send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don’t use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.
- Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.
- Don’t mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.
- Don’t tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.
- Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.
- Don’t include wedding photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.
- Don’t use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes after your first anniversary, keep writing!
Don’t #10 is really important. No matter how late it may be, it’s never too late to say thank you for someone’s generosity. Read the rest of the Emily Post Article here: Wedding Thank You’s. Do you agree with Emily Post’s list? What are your Do’s and Don’ts for Thank You writing?
One of the biggest questions newlyweds have about Thanks You’s is often when to send them. There are two standards to compare against here, one is the experts and the other is what the average person thinks. Our expert opinion is that Thank You’s should be sent out as soon as you can. Certainly take a week or two to recover from the wedding, honeymoon, and possible move, but make it a priority to sit down and write at least a few thank you’s a night.
A poll from 2009 posted on Twiigs.com suggests that most people agree that it’s proper etiquette to send out thank you notes within 3 months and definitely no longer than 6 months. Check out the results here: How long should you wait to send out thank you notes after your wedding?
Let us know what you think is an appropriate amount of time to wait in the comments below.
The cards were letterpress printed on pearl white Crane’s Lettra (110lb) with brown ink. The cards were cut down to A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″ – folded) and scored for a clean folded edge. We tailored the design of the cards to match the other pieces in the wedding suite.
Going to be placing an order for wedding invitations? Because the setup for letterpress printing is time consuming, it’s more affordable to order additional pieces like thank you cards with your wedding invite order. Based on the size and type of press being used, sometimes we can gang all of the pieces together and run them at once on one of the cylinder presses.