One hopes that by now we all know that thank you cards are never optional and should really be sent out sooner rather than later. While it might seem like a hassle, sending out thank you cards – for wedding gifts that arrive before, during, or after the big day – in a timely fashion is as much about making things easy on the happy couple as it is about not cheesing off etiquette-obsessed relatives and friends.
How’s that? Consider that it is a lot easier to write a heartfelt thank you when the emotions you felt upon receiving a gift are fresh in your mind. A thank you card written in the post-wedding glow of excitement is almost always more gushy – guests like gushy – than one penned months later, which is likely to read kind of flat. As in “Thank you for the waffle iron. We will use it every time we want waffles and will think of you when we eat them.” *yawn*
I know, I know, writing thank you cards can be a boring job, and one too often shouldered entirely by the lady (though The Beard and I split them fairly evenly) and done all at once instead of in dribs and drabs as gifts roll in as they ought to be. So how can one pep up this dull yet necessary task? First, pop in a movie… as long as you’re not so easily distracted that you’re likely to jotting down the actors’ lines instead of your own thoughts.
And second, choose a thank you card that makes you want to send it just so everyone can see how awesome your thank you cards are! The gorgeous Mommy Holly, for example, makes colorful thank you cards that even I, queen of paper pitching, would keep!
Aren’t these thank you cards just super cute? They might almost make writing out 100+ thank you cards fun. Almost.