Thank You Messages for Wedding Gifts

Updated June 13, 2017

After the wedding and honeymoon have ended, etiquette suggests that brides and grooms pen thank you notes to guests who gave gifts. Use blue or black ink to write the messages, and select durable stationery for your thank you notes. As you open your gifts, take note of names and record the gift that each guest gave you. Thank you notes should specifically address the gift that was given.

Thank You Note Etiquette

Thank you notes should be completed and mailed within one month of your return from your honeymoon. Thank you notes should be sent for gifts within two weeks of receiving them. Use "Dear" to address your thank you note, and include titles along with names. If you are sending a thank you note to an aunt and uncle, your greeting might read, "Dear Aunt Susan and Uncle John."

Thank You Notes for Gifts

Include past experiences or memories that you may share with the gift-giver in your thank you note. If the gift is from someone you do not know well, express your gratitude for the gift. Include specific details about the gift, such as the item's brand name, in your note. You may mention something that you and your spouse are currently doing, such as planning to buy a house. Thank the gift-giver for her attendance at your wedding. Include a closing line, such as "Sincerely, Jessica and Sam" or "Love always, Lori and Andy."

Thank You Notes for Cash

If you received a cash gift from a guest, include information about what you hope to use the money for. You may plan to spend the money to buy a home, repair something in your home or save up for a new car. Thank the gift-giver for his thoughtfulness as well as his attendance at your wedding or reception.

Thank You Notes for Services

In addition to thanking guests for gifts that they may have given, you should also thank your guests if they volunteered or assisted you on your wedding day. Bridesmaids, groomsmen and any others who were involved in the ceremony should be thanked for the role that they played in your wedding.

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