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How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards (Templates Included!)

How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards (Templates Included!)

Every newlywed couple’s first fight is over thank you cards, right? At least that’s how it happens in all of those romantic comedies. None the less, writing thank you cards after your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if you had a large guest list.  But, it doesn’t have to be! If you work together, you two can have your wedding thank you cards done in no time.

Here’s how…


Have a list

First, make sure you have a list of everyone invited to the wedding, including those who did not attend. Every time you finish a thank you card, simply cross out the person’s name. By doing it this way, you will be sure that you do not accidentally forget anyone.


Buy supplies

Yes, we live in digital age, but handwritten and snail-mailed thank you cards are still the best way to go. Before you start writing your thank you cards, be sure you have everything you need.

  • Thank You cards (buy a few more than you need in case you make errors)
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • A couple good pens
  • A wet cloth to seal the envelopes
  • An address stamper (optional, but helpful)


Create a timeline

Let’s face it, looking at a hundred thank you cards is overwhelming! Oftentimes, couples put off thank you cards simply because they don’t know where to start. By creating a timeline and setting daily goals, you can help relieve some of this stress.  Rather than writing until your hand becomes numb, set a goal of ten per day. With a guest list of 150, you could have all of your thank you cards written and sent in just 15 days. Proper etiquette does recommend that the thank you cards are sent within three months after the wedding, so doing it this way will give you plenty of time!


Work as a team

Marriage is a partnership and the responsibility of writing thank you cards should be a team effort. If you’ve decided to write ten cards a day, each of you should take five. However, if one partner’s penmanship isn’t up to par try splitting up the tasks. For example, one partner writes out the cards while the other addresses and stamps them.


Make it somewhat personal but keep it short

Thinking of what to write in the thank you card is another spot where couples tend to get stuck. Rather than trying to make every single card unique, come up with some generic text that can be filled in with specific words to make it more personalized.

Here are a few examples:


For monetary gifts

Dear [Guest name],

Thank you for attending our wedding. It meant the world to us that you were there. We are so appreciative for your generous gift and we are looking forward to using it to [insert your own goal… such as “buying our first home,” “renovating our kitchen,” “investing towards our future”].

We can’t thank you enough. Hope to see you again soon.


[Your Names]


For gifts from your registry

Dear [Guest Name],

Thank you for making the trip to attend our wedding. We are so grateful that you could spend the day celebrating with us.

We would also like to thank you for the [gift]. We are looking forward to [insert function of the gift… such as “baking lots of family meals with it” or “displaying it in our living room”].

We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends. Thank you again!


[Your Names]



For handmade, unique or personalized gifts

Dear [Guest Name],

Wow! We absolutely love the [gift]. It was so thoughtful and we sincerely appreciate the time it must have taken you.

We are so grateful that you could attend our wedding. It was a pleasure to spend time with you and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Thank you again!


[Your Names]


For guests who couldn’t attend, but sent gifts

Dear [Guest Name],

Thank you so much for sending us the [gift]. We can’t wait to [insert how you’ll use it… such as “hang it on our front door” or “use it to cook our famous chili”].

We’re so sorry that you were unable to attend our wedding, you were certainly missed.

We hope that we can get together in the near future. You are always welcomed to come visit.

Thank you again,

[Your Names]


For guests who attended, but did not give a gift

Dear [Guest name],

Thank you for helping us celebrate our big day! It meant the world to us that you were there.

We hope to see you again soon.

All best,

[Your Names]



Thank the wedding providers

Don’t forget to also thank your wedding providers, including your officiant, photographer, hair and makeup artist and other providers