Thank-you notes for wedding gifts are a long-standing tradition. But when one of the most stressful parts of your wedding planning is writing thank-you cards, you know there’s a problem. And it’s not just that writing them can be time-consuming—it’s that they’re so awkward. Failing to send out thank-you cards can lead to hurt feelings, which is why it’s crucial to send them out quickly so they don’t pile up in your mailbox. The best way to do it? Here are five tips to help you ease the stress of writing wedding thank you notes so you don’t have to rush through this important task.
1. Write down a list of who gave what.
2. Get organized! Create a “to-do” list or calendar reminder.
3. Set aside time each day to get letters written. Set a timer if necessary to make sure you are keeping on track.
4. Don’t feel obligated to write a personalized note for every gift received at the wedding. This is especially true if you receive multiple gifts from the same person or couple. If the gift was given in lieu of a card or cash, then it is fine to send just one note thanking everyone for their generosity and sharing how happy you were to have them at the wedding.
5. Addressing envelopes can be just as time-consuming as writing the notes themselves. Consider using an addressing service so that your envelopes are mailed out while you are off on your honeymoon!
6. Use preprinted cards. As simple as they are, these cards can alleviate some of the pressure of writing a note by streamlining the process. It also makes sure that your handwriting is good enough for anyone who might want to read your card without your help! You can get thank-you notes in any color or pattern, and if you want to add a personal touch, you can still write in your own words on the inside. This saves time because you don’t have to write on each card individually.