Sarah is still basking in the glow of the most perfect shower put on by her mom’s best friends. Her college roommates, family friends, and even a few of her co-workers mingled for hours over a mimosa and waffle bar, giggling as she explained all of her wedding details. She's gifted a knife set, plates, that adorable apron she was eyeing at Anthropologie, and all of the things she needs for her bathroom.
At the end of the shower, she carefully closed the door to her car, making sure to not push too hard and break her new glassware. Gifts are strategically piled in the back seat, ready for the trek to their new home.
And as she drove away from the shower, she's overwhelmed with gratitude. All of these women have walked with her through some season of life. They’ve cared for her, laughed with her, maybe even just had to put up with her sometimes. And they’re launching her into her next adventure with care and kindness.
She felt such gratitude towards them and she knew one of the best ways to express that is to write thank you cards as soon as possible. But sitting down to write them flat out intimidates her. All she can think to write is “thank you for the blender you got me at my shower.” It’s far from eloquent and certainly doesn’t express the depth of her gratitude.
Can you identify with Sarah? She love her friends and family, sure, but she's also got caterers to book and escort cards to DIY. Not only finding the time, but also the words for thank you cards, is daunting!
I totally understand that. So, today, I’m going to show you how to write short and sweet thank you cards that allow you to thank your friends and family while still giving you the time you need to wedding plan. All you need to do is include these five things in your thank you notes:
This one is easy enough. Make sure you include their name at the top and then get going. You could launch into the next sentence or you could make it a little more fun if you're writing to a best friend or co-worker. You could include "AHHH!!!" or "You're the best!" if you want to make it feel a little less formal.
2. Thank you for XXX.
Here, you want to make sure you thank them for the specific item(s) they gave you. Don't make it generic. If they took the time to get you something, you have the time to thank them. This sentence can be pretty straight-forward: "Thank you for the citrus peeler and new blender!" (Make sure you use this printable gift list to record all of the gifts you get at your shower!)
3. How you plan to use it or the benefit it will have.
For this next sentence, elaborate a little bit more about why you're grateful for the gift. A few ideas: "You know how much I love my smoothies in the morning!" or "I'm planning on using that knife set to prep our first meal together in our new home." or "That citrus peeler will come in handy on our first picnic."
4. What you are grateful about them as a person
We're almost finished. This is where we'll get a little more personal. Depending on your relationship with the person, you can either go really deep or stay shallow. If she's a big part of the wedding (bridesmaid, future sister-in-law, etc.), then make sure to thank her for helping plan or that you are excited to join the family. If she is more of an acquaintance, thank her for simply coming to the shower.
Wrap it up nicely with a simple "With love," or "Can't wait to see you on (your wedding date)!"
Of course, You can mix and match or move around your sentences to make them feel more natural. But these will help you get started. And if you need a little bit more inspiration, here are a few examples:
Thank you so much for the picnic blanket and Mr. & Mrs. champagne flutes! I can’t wait to break them out for our first picnic as husband and wife. I’m so grateful to have you in my life for all of these years!
Can’t wait to celebrate with you on October 21!
You are just the best. The bath towels you gave me are fantastic. They’re going to look perfect in my bathroom and I am just so grateful! Thanks again for coming to the shower. It was fun getting to see you and catch up!
AHHHHH!!! The personalized cutting board and chip and dip bowl is perfect! We are going to use it all of the time when people come over to watch the A&M football games. (Gig 'em, Aggies!) Thank you for all you’ve done with this wedding. You are the best maid of honor a girl could ask for. Let’s party!
I hope this is helpful for you! Now that we’ve talked about the how of thank you card writing, make sure you’ve got your own set of thank you’s. Grab a personalized “future mrs” set or a general set you can use even after your wedding!