Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? Back in sweet, naive 2009, I fretted over That’s Gratitude, a company that forges thank-you notes for people unwilling to write them themselves.
Outsourcing such a basic social task seemed gauche at the time, but it was high tea at the Ritz compared to this beastly thing:
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I strongly prefer counterfeit thank-you notes to generic cards like these. Maybe forgery isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Here’s the secret to all great thank-you notes: make them about the person who sent you the gift! For example:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
Thank you for the stunning crystal ice bucket. It reminds me of something I’d spot on the bar at one of your legendary dinner parties!
Or how about:
Dear Great Aunt Birdie,
Thank you SO much for traveling to Santa Barbara for our wedding. It meant the world much to me, especially since I know you haven’t been feeling well…
Here are a few more pro tips:
Wedding presents tend to trickle in long after the big day. It’s best to keep a master list of everything you receive so you can thank people sincerely and specifically.
Technically you have a year to write them, but who wants that hanging over your newlywed head? Set a reasonable goal (say, 20 notes per week) and don’t stop until the last stack is in the mail.
If you need motivation, order cute stationery with your monogram or new married name. I highly recommend the Etsy shop Jubilee Design Studio because the cards are classic and the shop owner is an absolute doll. Joy Creative Shop has adorable options, too.
Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s shut this form-letter business down. Who’s with me?