Thank you notes are necessary after a wedding no matter what type of gift was given. Even if you have thanked the gift giver in person, you still need to send a formal thank you.
Carefully record all gifts you receive for you wedding and whom they are from.
Send thank you notes as soon as possible after the wedding. Within two weeks of receiving the gift is a good time frame to follow.
In the note, it should state...
- What the gift was
- It's usefulness
- Your appreciation
- Something personal toward the giver
- If a monetary gift was received, do not mention the amount. Tell what you will put the money towards.
Do not send out generic thank you notes. Remember that your guests spent time and money on your wedding and gift, and deserve a special thank you.
Here is a great example...
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Thank you so much for the beautiful set of stemware. We have it prominently displayed in our china cabinet and have already gotten compliments on it. Whenever we toast to happiness and good health we will be reminded of you and toast to you as well.
Thank you for attending the wedding and sharing our special day with us! It meant so much to us to have you there.
We hope to see you soon!
Joe and Jane