Courtesy calls that every newly wed should send out thank you notes to all the wedding guests regardless if they’ve brought a gift or not. There’s no jail-time for couples who don’t but it’s a great gesture to send out to all your guests and show how much you appreciated their presence and gifts.
In my opinion, each wedding thank you note should be personalized. This makes the gesture sincere and allows you to express gratitude for the individual gifts and efforts of each guest. You can still prepare a template for guests you barely know or one for the groomsmen, another for the bridesmaids or flower girls.
There are no specific rules when sending out thank you notes but it’s best if you can incorporate something they did or gave to put a more personal touch to the note.
So, if you’re a bit lost on what to say, here are a few samples you can go through. Hopefully it inspires you to write your thank you notes easily.
For your parents
Your parents deserve more than just a template so make sure to pour out your gratitude and let them know you appreciate every little thing they’ve done for you.
We’re very grateful for your generous gift. We promise to put it into good use – Adam thinks we might just get a car sooner than we thought!
Also, thank you for the love and support you’ve given us for the last few months. You were always there for us when we needed you. For the numerous things we can never repay you enough, thank you very much.
We love you,
Adam and Sheila
For your Best Man
Your best man covered a lot of responsibilities. So aside from a thank-you gift, make your note more elaborate.
You’re the best! Thank you for the awesome bachelor party! (I’ll make it up to you over a couple of drinks soon!) Also, I appreciate all your help during the wedding day! You went out of your way to make sure everything’s perfect. Thanks for bringing the ring and organizing the groomsmen! You covered all your duties well and wouldn’t dream of having another best man other than you!
It was an honor to have you as a friend and my best man! I can’t thank you enough!
For your Maid of Honor
She’s been your personal assistant throughout the wedding preparations and endured any bridezilla moments on your part, thank you will never be enough but make your thank you card counts.
You’re my best friend and I’m very grateful that you were beside me during a very special day in my life. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. The bridal shower was wonderful and the time you’ve given to help me shop for a dress, do my makeup, prepare the invitations and so much more is priceless! I can’t thank you enough!
I’m so blessed to have you by my side!
For relatives and close friends
It’s best to incorporate little details about your guest to show that you noticed their presence during the wedding day.
The blankets will keep us warm for a lot of nights to come! Thank you for the gift and for gracing our very special day. You gave a very touching speech. Uncle Marty and Aunt Mia, that was a very sweet song you sang for us!
We’re looking forward to catching up with you guys after the honeymoon!
Thank you again!
Brooke and James
For guests you barely know
Thank you for the baking pans you gave us. We’ll surely find great use for it! It was great to see you at our wedding and we’re very grateful for taking the time to share our special day with us!
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander
For guests who gave cash or gift check as a gift
It’s best to let the guest know how you used or will use the cash or gift check.
Thank you for your gift! We intended to save up for a new couch by the end of the year but thanks to you, we’ve visited IKEA and we’ll have a new couch by the end of the month! Again, many thanks for thinking about us and being there on our very special day!
Lori and James
For guests who chose a gift from your bridal registry
The dining set is adorable! We can now serve a hefty meal for four! We’re looking forward to our next meeting when I’ll cook you guys a great meal! Thank you again for giving us what we need and for being with us during a special time in our lives.
Kate and Luke
For guests who attended
Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to share our special day with us. Your presence has made our celebration merrier!
Joanne and Kent
For guests who did not attend
You’ve sent us a very generous gift, thank you very much! We are looking forward to using it in our new home. Thank you again for the gift and your well wishes!
Wanda and Rosco