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How to Write Thank-You Cards

Updated: Feb 11

Welcome back from your honeymoon! You’ve arrived home, sat down and realised you have presents to open - yay! I don’t know about you, but I love opening presents, especially when no one is watching and I don’t have to guard my reaction (just in case of disappointment or confusion). When my husband and I returned home from our honeymoon, our mums had kindly tidied the house and laid out all our presents to be unwrapped. It was beautiful. And then came the hard bit; writing thank-you cards, not only to those who had blessed us with gifts but also to everyone who attended. But where to start?


Step 1: Paper or Digital


With paper, you can choose to go with an actual folded card in an envelope or a post-card. I opted for a post-card because they’re personal to me (I collect them like some people do fridge magnets from places they’ve travelled) and my husband didn’t care.

You may prefer a traditional folded card and that’s great! Either way, it’s a lot of handwriting and addressing.


Or you can go with digital. There are dozens of e-card websites through which you can send a thank-you card. This is often the more cost-effective way as you’re not paying for postage or printing, and you can send them all in one hit without it looking like a chain-letter.


Some great sites for these are:

Greetings Island

Open Me

Ojolie Cards

Cross Cards


Step 2: Design

Will you be including a photo of yourselves or no?


A lovely option when choosing your thank-you card design is to include one of your favourite bridal portraits as the front of the card. This gives them a printed copy (if you’re going paper) of you on your wedding day for their fridge or a frame, as well as the bonus of showing off how stunning you looked on the day (paper and digital!).


If you want to get your cards out before you receive your wedding photos, all good! You can go with a simple graphic design that compliments your wedding stationery (invitations, menus, etc.) style.

Step 3: Wording

Arguably, one of the most important parts of any thank-you card.


Here are a few simple templates you can use:


Guest attended:


Dear name (include all family names/those on the gift card),


Thank you for celebrating with us on our special day. It was so lovely to have you with us and we enjoyed sharing it with you.

Also, thank you for your generous gift of A) cash, we will be putting it towards X B) X, we are excited to use it for/when we (include the function of the item) and will think of you when we do.


Thank you again for taking the time to be with us and supporting us in our future together.


We’re looking forward to the next time we see you again!


Love/sincerely,

X and X


Guest did not attend:


Dear name (include all family names/those on the gift card),


Thank you for thinking of us on our special day. You were greatly missed but know that you were with us in spirit.


Also, thank you for your generous gift of A) cash, we will be putting it towards X B) X, we are excited to use it for/when we (include the function of the item) and will think of you when we do.


Thank you again for your love and support, and thinking of us on our big day.


We’re looking forward to the next time we see you again!


Love/sincerely,

X and X


Variation for travelling guests:


Dear name (include all family names/those on the gift card),


A HUGE thank you for travelling so far to celebrate with us on our special day! Your presence meant so much to us and we really appreciate the time and effort you made to be there. It was so lovely to have you with us and we enjoyed sharing it with you.


Also, thank you for your generous gift of A) cash, we will be putting it towards X B) X, we are excited to use it for/when we (include the function of the item) and will think of you when we do.


Thank you again for taking the time to be with us and supporting us in our future together.


We’re looking forward to the next time we see you again!


Love/sincerely,

X and X


Voila! You're done!


Until next time, keep making your special moments unforgettable x

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