Thank You Cards

The other day I was meeting with a Bride, and she sits down and says, “I need to vent.”

"Why do people not write Thank You's anymore, is that a new trend or something?"

I was completely thrown off by the this comment. I, like most people, always enjoy some happy mail mixed in with the boring mail, and, as weird as it sounds, I enjoy writing them as well. (Of course, that may have to do with my mother making me sit down the day after I received any gift whatsoever and write one.. so, may be it’s a good habit now.) 

As the bride vented on how she hasn’t received one ‘Thank You’ note from any of the showers or weddings she has attended in the past six months, and if there was a ‘Thank you,’ it was an email out to everyone… what’s next a Facebook post?

After giving her time to vent,  I asked, “ So, how are you going to make sure you don’t fall into this same category with your other friends?” She proceeded to tell me her plan for when she and her fiancé would write out ‘Thank You’ notes after each shower, and then after the wedding, they planned to take turns and split the list between the two of them.

I get it.  Life gets busy during the preparation of the wedding and all the pre parties. Then, after the wedding you go on your honeymoon, and the last thing you want to do is come home and go straight to writing Thank You cards; therefore, they get pushed off further and further.  Keep in mind, it’s never too late to write a ‘Thank you.’

Here are THREE Ways to make sure you can get your ‘Thank You cards’ out!

  1. Order Thank You cards in advance, something you like and are excited about using. (  Check out - Noteworthy Expressions )

  2. During your showers/parties, make sure you have someone sitting there writing out what the present is and who it is from. This way, later when you want to start on those ‘Thank you’ notes, you don’t have to go searching for the card or present when you start writing out your cards.

  3. Split the list with your significant other, and maybe even make it a competition to see who can finish first!

Noteworthy Expressions- Invites & Stationery

Noteworthy Expressions- Invites & Stationery

Noteworthy Expressions- Invites & stationery

Noteworthy Expressions- Invites & stationery

5 Ways to Cut Spending for the Wedding

●      Cut the programs.

Spending money on paper stock and design of a program adds up quickly for items that will be used for 10 minutes then find their way either to the trash or the ground. The best way to inform guests about wedding party members and ceremony schedule is to make a sign. You can always write on a clear window, chalkboard, or poster. Creativity is key! You can also DIY a chalkboard sign by purchasinga big picture frame from a thrift store, spray painting it with black chalk paint, then writing on it with chalk pen. Voila!

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Venue: Zyntango Farm (Whitestown, IN)

●      Guest party favors

Guest favors are generous, but are they really worth the extra money and time to make? Don’t get me wrong, some favors are great to receive as guests: honey, hangover kit, or your own drink coozie. But, some guests may forget it and then you are stuck with extras! If you really want to show your guests your appreciation for their attendence , then take time out of the wedding to go thank them personally for coming. A personal acknowledgement means so much more than a small bag of candy or random item with your name and date on it.

●      Use the extra amenities your venue offers.

All venues are different, but many offer extra amenities that come along with booking or can be added on for a small fee that will make it easier for you to enjoy your special day. Décor items add up quickly; therefore, always check to see if the venue offers any décor items, from small mirrors, vases, signs, to other décor to bring the room together.

●      Keep your dessert simple.

Buying a three to four layer cake isn’t always the best option; often half of it goes to waste or there is an extreme charge to just have the caterer cut it for your guests. Keeping with the cake tradition can still happen, but on a smaller layer, literally. Have a small cake for you and your significant other, but then provide another small dessert for the guests from truffles, cake pops, cupcakes, to a fun goodie bar of desserts that allows them to make their own sweet plate.

●      Facebook and resale groups.

Facebook resell groups are a great place to find décor, linens, and other items that you may need to tie your day together. Use these pages to your advantage.  You can get items at a discounted price, such as, table pieces, linens, and extra décor pieces . Not only can you use these groups to find décor items, but you can always ask advice on vendors, locations, and any other concerns you have the special day.