Immediately after your wedding it's likely you and your partner will be caught up in feverish excitement, leaving for your honeymoon and celebrating life as a married couple.

However, just because the party's over doesn't mean there aren't still a few things to think about.

Many newlyweds aren't quite sure of the post-wedding timeline when it comes to gift thank you notes. Should they be sent straight away, even before your honeymoon? What messages should the cards contain? Is it acceptable to have pre-printed messages?

Time frame

Obviously the sooner the better. Don't worry about delaying your honeymoon by a few days to get this sorted, though, as a response within four to six weeks is acceptable.

If you are sent gifts before the wedding, it's good etiquette to respond to these straight away (or at least within 2 weeks). This is not only good etiquette you will  be thankful when you return from your honeymoon knowing that a few thank you's are done and dusted.

To save time, make sure you have gift cards prepared well in advance of your big day. You can order them along with your wedding invitations and have them handy to fill in with notes as soon as you receive gifts and after your honeymoon.

How to write the thank you letter

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It's good manners to write a hand-written note to everyone who gave you a gift. While pre-printed messages or emails can seem like a good time-saver, some guests will have spent significant time and money choosing your gift and travelling to your wedding, so the personalised thanks will be appreciated.

It doesn't have to be long, simply greet your guest by name, express your thanks and refer specifically to their gift and how you may use it. If a guest has travelled far or made a significant effort to attend your wedding be sure to thank them for this too.

Be as friendly or as formal as you think appropriate for each guest.

Do I send a thank you note if the guest didn't send a gift?

Yes, if someone did not give you a wedding gift, be sure to send them a card thanking them for their attendance.

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