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August 26, 2019 1st Anniversary Wishes 4 comments

Congratulations on your wedding! Now it's time to thank your wedding guests for the gifts. Below you the tips you will find example thank-you notes to help get.

‘Simple Sprigs’ thank you card by Minted

The wedding is finished and you can finally put your feet up and relax. Suddenly, youre reminded that you have one more major task to do before you can officially hang up your bridal veil – write wedding thank you cards!

Taking time to write thank you cards is an important final step in the wedding process. Each of your guests deserves recognition for the support they provided during this special time in your life. Unique wording for each thank you card allows you to express gratitude for the gifts you received.

Although hand-writing your wedding thank you cards can be a tedious and repetitive job, bringing on spurts of tendinitis, it is the perfect time to reminisce over each guest. Think about a joke you shared during the reception, something funny that happened at the ceremony, or just how much you appreciate the distance they traveled to be at your wedding.

What to Include in your Note?

The purpose of a thank you card is to make the receiver feel warm and fuzzy. Writing a thank you card to tell someone how much you loved their gift and company at the wedding is personal and endearing.

If you are anything like me, you will probably find an example of a thank you card that speaks to you (potentially in one of my examples below) and use similar wording over and over again. Ensure you include small tweaks to personalize the note.

Okay, 4% of you (one being my husband) are going to write individualized thank you cards, but don’t hate me because I am efficient!

Tips for how to Word Thank You Stationery:

  • First, thank the guest for the wedding gift!
  • Use your imagination and describe how you will use the gift. Don’t be vague. You want them to know you are talking about their gift. Writing, “Thank you for your wonderful gift, we are very excited to use it in our new kitchen,” could be speaking about any gift. Make sure they know you are talking about their gift. For example, “Thank you for the wok, our nightly stir-fry meals taste so much better!”
  • Four to five sentences are fine for thank you cards that are not sent to close family or friends.
  • Write a sentence about how you enjoyed seeing them at the wedding. Try to include something you remember about them that day. This could be a funny joke they told, how nice they looked in a specific color dress, or their killer dance moves!
  • If the guest sent you a gift, but were unable to attend in person, make sure to include regrets that they were not able to attend.
  • Reference a future visit together and how you will use their gift. For example, “We look forward to having you over for a drink using our new wine glasses!”
  • Finally, if you weren’t too fond of a gift you received, try to write primarily about the time at the wedding and less about the gift.

How To Word Wedding Thank You Cards

Example #1 – Guest who bought a gift from the bridal registry

Example #2 – Guest who did NOT give a gift from bridal registry

Mention how much you love the gift and how you can’t wait to use it regularly.

Example #3 – For guests who gave cash as a gift

You don’t have to write the dollar amount, but let them know how you will use the money.

Example #4 – For friends/coworkers that pooled resources for a group gift

Send each a thank you card, mentioning the ‘group gift’.

Example #5 – For a guest you do not know very well

Example #6 – For a guest who sent a gift, but wasn’t able to attend the wedding

Example #7 – Wording for a guest who gave a charitable donation

Example #8 – Wedding Thank You Wording for Your Bridal Party

Example #9 – Wedding Thank You Note Wording for Your Vendors

Example #10 – Wording for Guests Who Attended your Destination Wedding

Example #11 – Thank You Card Wording for a Gift You Want to Exchange/Return

It is always best to keep quiet about gifts you have exchanged or plan to return. In such cases, you don’t need to broadcast the situation or say how you’ll use it, instead just talk about the gift.

However, there are some circumstances that you may not have a choice and must admit to the gift giver that you won’t be keeping the gift, so as to avoid any future embarrassing moments. Here is the wording on how you might approach this situation.

Example #12 – Wedding Thank You Card wording for a gift you don’t like / can’t return

Lead with a positive tone, but don’t be fake or over-the-top commenting on the gift.

Example #13 – Flower Girl Thank You Card Wording

Closings and Signing off

Make sure to sign your thank you notes with a warm closing.

The following are all appropriate to use for close friends and family:

  • “Love”
  • “With love”
  • “Lots of love”
  • “Love Always”
  • “Much love to you”
  • “Love and thanks”

Some good choices for friends of your parents or work friends:

  • “Sincerely”
  • “Best”
  • ” Yours Truly”
  • “Fondly”
  • “Warmest Thanks”
  • “Gratefully”
  • “Best Always”


Back in the old country, it was traditional for the author of the card to sign the card. Nowadays, some couples choose to sign the card using each of their names. Whatever floats your boat!

Just make sure that if you both sign the bottom of the card, you write the card in first person plural. For example, “We were thrilled that you were able to attend our wedding.”

Do’s and (One) Don’t

  • Do put your new return address on all thank you cards.
  • Do thank guests in separate cards for separate presents. If you receive a shower gift from a family member, and then 2 weeks later receive a wedding gift, it is not appropriate to thank them for both gifts using one card.
  • Do use either black or blue ink to write your wedding thank you cards.
  • Do try and use the word ‘you’ more than ‘I’ or ‘me’ when writing out your notes. Do not start the note with the word ‘I’.
  • Do splurge on thank you stationery (within reason). As a newlywed couple you want to be proud of your married status. Buy some luxury thank you cards. Better yet, get them monogrammed with your newlywed initials!
  • Do try to follow tradition. In general the woman’s name should go first. If you are planning on using your full names it should be “Kristen and Thomas” or initials “K+T” or “K&T”. Same sex couples: time to play a crucial game of rock-paper-scissors!
  • Do evenly split the thank you card writing task. The groom can write his share of thank you cards as well.
  • Do set a date for when you want your thank you cards finished. Don’t forget to reward yourself along the way!
  • Do send both sets of parents a thank you card and acknowledge their support, love, and any money they provided to pull off this once in a life time event. If you have any money left over in your wedding budget, sending thank you flowers is also nice.
  • Do thank your wedding vendors. They appreciate handwritten notes and love sharing them with future clients. Try and send thank you notes to vendors within a month after the wedding.
  • DO NOT send a pre-printed thank you card (except in special circumstances). Thank you cards are a handwritten expression of gratitude for attending your wedding and how much you appreciate a wedding gift.

I hope this makes the process of ordering, sending, and how to word wedding thank you cards a little less painful.

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Wedding Thank you note examples

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Growing up, every gift-giving celebration ended with my mom’s command that I sit down and write a thank-you note to every single person who gave me a present. I was not a huge fan back then, but today I understand it was a valuable lesson. Since we live in a predominantly digital world, there’s something extra-appreciative about expressing gratitude through the written word. While you might skip over passed hors d’oeuvres or personalized favors, wedding thank-you notes are something that should never be left off of yourZola Checklist. So without further ado, here are some rules of etiquette to help you make the most of your wedding thank-you notes.

(Psst… here’s another great tip: after you create your Zola Registry and start receiving gifts, we’ll automatically track who sent you what, when the gift was sent, and the giver’s address. Yes, you read that right: all of that critical thank-you note information is automatically tracked (and downloadable!) and waiting for you when the time comes to sit down and express thanks after the happy wedding haze has cleared. Score!

The Cardinal Rules Of Wedding Thank-You Notes

While etiquette folks may argue over the finer details of wedding thank-you notes, these are the basic rules you should remember when the time comes to take pen to paper:

  • Gifts received before the wedding should also get a thank you note before the wedding. The standard timeline for sending a note is is 2-3 weeks after receiving the gift.
  • Wedding thank-you notes should be sent within three months of your nuptials. There’s a sneaky “rule” floating around out there that you have a year, but for best decorum, send your thank-you notes no later than three months after the wedding.
  • Use stationery. While the card design is entirely up to you, avoid preprinted notes where you and your new hubby simply sign your name. Thank-you notes should have a personal touch (more on that later), so use stationery fit for writing a message.
  • It’s never too late. Yes, you should send them within three months, but if that time comes and goes without a thank-you note in sight, that doesn’t mean you should shrug and move on. If you have to pass the three-month mark, later is always better than never.

Who Gets A Thank-You Note?

Wedding thank-you notes don’t stop at gift-givers. Showing some love to the people who helped make your entire wedding experience possible is just as important. This group will vary from couple to couple, but this list should get you started. Send a thank-you to:

  • Anyone who gives a gift, including monetary gifts and donations.
  • Anyone helping on the day of your wedding, e.g., attendants, greeters, etc.
  • Anyone who hosts a party for you. (Note: If the party is hosted by a group, thank-you notes should go to every host.)
  • Anyone who helped with small details or entertained guests, like arranging flowers or housing your wedding party for a shower weekend.
  • Your wedding party.
  • Your wedding vendors.

This list might be shorter or longer depending on whether you throw a small shindig or a large and lavish affair, but just remember: when in doubt, write a thank-you note.

Wedding Thank-You Note Writing Tips

Now that you know the ins and outs of when to send and who to send to, let’s talk about what your thank-you note should actually include. Here are some things to remember when writing thank-you notes:

  • Be specific. Let’s be honest, receiving a thank-you card that simply says “Thank you for your gift” isn’t really saying much at all. Be specific in your thanks by mentioning exactly what you received as a gift and how you plan to use it. One exception to the “be specific” rule is for monetary gifts. While great to mention how you plan to use the funds, it is best to not mention the exact amount.
  • Make it personal. Mention a small detail about the person who gave you the gift, such as their part in the wedding or a time in the future that you will see them.
  • Be yourself. While thank-you notes are, in a way, a formality, it’s important to use your true voice. A thank-you note shows your appreciation and is meant to make someone happy, so keeping it authentic is important.
  • Write clearly. While we aren’t saying you need to enroll in a calligraphy class, a legible message shows that you took the time to say “thank you.”
  • If you have a close relationship with the gift giver(s), feel free to address the note using their first names only. If you have a formal relationship with the gift givers, use titles such as “Dr.” or Ms.” If the gift is from a family with children who also attended the wedding, consider addressing it to the whole family, e.g., The Cunningham Family.
  • Share the responsibility. You and your partner should both sign your names!

Here’s a short and sweet example of a wedding thank-you note message:

Dear Cunningham Family,

Thank you so much for the set of chef knives—we’ve already made some delicious dinners with them in the new house! It was so great to see you all at the wedding, and hopefully we will get to see you over the holidays when we are visiting.

Thank you again for such a wonderful gift, and for sharing such a special day with us. It meant the world.


Jane and Thomas

Following the rules above should ensure that your wedding thank-you notes put a smile on your loved ones’ faces, and, let’s be honest, isn’t that all what we’re trying to do here?

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10 Wording Examples for Your Wedding Thank You Cards

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Congratulations on your wedding!

Hope it was the most wonderful day ever 🙂

Now that your wedding is done and dusted, there is only one more thing left to do..

Oh yes the thank you cards!

Have you been struggling with your thank you card wording?

You are probably thinking – What else can I say other than “thank you for coming!”?

You are here because you are looking for some wording ideas for your thank you cards.

Don’t worry, that’s exactly what you will get from this post.

Here’s the deal..

It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Or does it? 😛

When it comes to a thank you card, your friends and family would much rather reading something from the heart ❤

Try writing something that is more personal. Perhaps something they can relate to.

Ok let’s get into it, here’s my 7 wording ideas for your wedding thank you cards:

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1. Keep it short & sweet



If you would like to keep your thank you message short and sweet, you can easily thank your guests for a few things in a single sentence.

Instead of saying how much you appreciate their presence at your wedding, warm wishes towards your marriage and generous gift to celebrate your new life as newly weds.

You can do this.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you for sharing in the celebration of our wedding. We felt the love and sincerity all around us which made it the most memorable day of our lives. 

We are grateful for your presence, warm wishes and your generous gift and look forward to sharing many more memories with you.”

I love this wording because that pretty much sums it all up!

2. Bring them back to the wedding

Photo credit: Kat Stanley Photography


This thank you card is real.

“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for celebrating our special day with us and making it the most memorable day of our lives. From sweating it out together during the ceremony, to dancing the night away in the rain, we definitely felt the love from you all on the day.

We can’t wait for our trip to Europe at the end of July, which wouldn’t be possible without all of your generous gifts.

We look forward to starting the next chapter of our lives together and sharing many more memories with you all!”

I love that The Lowletts shared a bit of the ups and downs from the wedding day!

You know what’s even better?

Their friends and family actually shared those memories with the couple so I can just imagine them giggling and remembering those funny moments of sweating and dancing together on the day while reading this thank you message!

Let’s send a thank you card to your guests that makes them feel something.

Anything hilarious happened on your wedding day?

Maybe something not-so-funny at the time (oops!) but would be a good laugh now? Those are the memories that will live forever so why not put it on paper to help your guests relive them.

3. Make them feel special

Photo credit: Tim Harris Photography


“Thank you so much for celebrating with us at our wedding. It was the most wonderful day of our lives. It would not have been the same without you! We are truly grateful for your generosity & presence on our special day.”

This line surely makes them feel super special knowing that their presence was appreciated! This thank you message is perfect for thanking your guests for coming and celebrating with you at your wedding.

If you’re also sending a thank you card to the guests who couldn’t make it to your wedding, make sure you personalised another thank you message for them. Otherwise it would be a bit awkward for them to receive this message.

You can find thank you card wording ideas for guests who didn’t attend later in this blog.

Keep reading on..

4. Show the love. (Get mushy!)


Oh yes, time to get mushy!

If you guys had a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ kind of love, perhaps there is a few people you need to really thank for being with you through the journey.

These are the people who has really been on your side and hey it’s worth sending a personalised thank you message that is a bit mushy! 😛

“Thank you for being a part of our lives and supporting us through our journey. We were so blessed to have you celebrate and be a part of our Wedding day.

Thank you for your abundant generosity and kindness with your gift, we are beyond grateful.

We love you and can’t wait to celebrate the future with you!”

I said mushy, not cringy..

You can say “We love you” in a thank you card if you really mean it.

Your forever friends will definitely appreciate such lovely words!

Send something to your forever friends that says “We love you and can’t wait to celebrate the future with you!”.

5. Never too late

Photo credit: Zoe Morley Photography


Are you a bit late to the party of sending your thank you cards out to your friends and family?

Hey no biggie really 🙂
Don’t feel embarrassed that you’re only sending them a thank you card a year later.


Because it will be a lovely surprise for them to receive your thank you card now.

I promise you, it will make their day getting your thank you card on an uneventful day! People are so used to getting bills in the mail that a lovely thank you card really brightens their day. It will also help them relive your wonderful wedding day all over again!

“One year ago we began our lives together. It was the most wonderful day of our lives and it would not have been the same without you! We are truly grateful for your generosity and presence on our special day!


6. An occasion we will always cherish

Wedding Photographer: Ali Bailey


“We sincerely thank you for sharing with us the special moments of our wedding day. Your thoughts, generous gifts and good wishes made our day an occasion we will always cherish.”


7, All of our love

Wedding Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

“From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you for sharing in the celebration of our wedding. It was the best day of our lives and we could not of imagined the day without your presence.

We are blessed to have you in our lives and we are so grateful for your wishes and generous gift. We look forward to sharing more memories with you in the future.”


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Wedding Photographer: Leigh Warner Weddings

“Thank you for celebrating our special day with us and making it one of the most memorable days of our lives.

From the moment you first saw the Groom in a Kilt, to playing games on the lawn, laughter and tears of happiness during the speeches, to dancing the night away. You made our day so special and one we will never forget.

We are also truly grateful for your generosity and kindness of your wedding gift. Thank you!

We look forward to sharing many more memories with you all.”


Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Harter

“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for celebrating our marriage with us. It was one of the most incredible and memorable trips of our lives. From sweating it out during the ceremony, to jumping in the pool to end the night with a dance party, we were overwhelmed by the amount of love from you all.

For our lovely friends and family who could not make the journey, we could feel the blessings from each and every one of you with us during our celebration. We are so lucky to be surrounded by a loving circle of friends and family. We are beyond grateful for your presence, warmest wishes and generous gifts and look forward to creating and celebrating many more memories with you!”


Well I hope that was helpful to you. Leave a comment below if it has helped you 🙂

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Wedding Thank-You Note Etiquette

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How to Write a Thank You Note

Writing a thank you note doesn't need to be difficult or time consuming. Here's a simple formula that works for any occasion:

  • Express your gratitude and name the gift or action you're writing the thank you note for.
  • Write a sentence or two about how you benefited from the recipient's gift or actions.
  • Conclude by mentioning the next time you hope to speak to or visit with the recipient.

While not required, a well-chosen quote could also add a touching note to your writing and personalize your card or letter even more. YourDictionary has a host of quotes for you to choose from.

Handwritten thank you notes are ideal, but it's now considered acceptable to send an email thank you note for a time sensitive occasion. For example, you would want to send an email thank you after a job interview to make sure your note was received before the final hiring decision was made.

Words to Include in a Thank You Note

There are many thoughtful words and sentiments that you can use to show your gratitude in thank you notes. We have selected a few key phrases that will help you get started with writing a touching, appreciative note.

Thank You Notes for Events

After a wedding, a graduation, retirement or anniversary party, or other special event, it's customary to thank your guests for helping you celebrate. Words and phrases appropriate for an event thank you note include:

  • We are forever grateful that you were able to share our wedding with us and we are so touched by your generous gift.
  • We are so pleased you could join us for Liam's first birthday. He loves his first train set so much. I'm going to send you a cute picture of him playing with it.
  • Thank you for celebrating our retirement with us. We can't wait to get out on the golf course more with you.
  • Happy Holidays! Thanks so much for taking the time to attend our family's Christmas party, we know it's a hectic time of year.
  • You've been there for me in some tough times and I'm so happy you were there to see me graduate. You shouldn't have gotten me a gift but it was so nice that you did and I'll really treasure it.
  • I'm still smiling! I hope you know that Mark and I will never forget the great experience we had celebrating our anniversary with you.
  • We're overjoyed you made it to our event. It was wonderful to see you after so long and we really appreciate you coming from so far away to be there with us.

Hospitality Thank You Notes

When you've been invited as a guest in someone's home, send a thank you note expressing appreciation for this hospitality. Some phrases that would be appropriate include:

  • Thank you again for inviting us into your lovely home. Your hospitality was much appreciated as we're settling into the neighborhood.
  • Sometimes the simplest things mean the most. That wonderful dinner and a comfy bed was very much appreciated after a stressful week.
  • Thanks so much for the great time the other night. We loved seeing your beautiful new home and sampling your mother's famous lasagna.
  • It was such a blessing to be invited to your Thanksgiving Day feast. Thank you for the delicious meal and warm welcome.
  • Thank you for taking me in and feeding me after my surgery. It was such a blessing to not have to worry about cooking and cleaning during my recovery. You saved the day!
  • All I can say is wow! Brunch was absolutely delicious. I only wish I had your talents in the kitchen!

Thank You Notes for a Special Gift

It's always a good idea to send a thank you note for a gift, especially if the gift arrived via mail or the giver wasn't around to see you open it. Some examples of wording include:

  • The cozy blanket you crocheted made my day. I'll be thinking of you every time I'm curled up on the couch watching Netflix.
  • I am so grateful for the lovely floral arrangement you sent after my surgery. Daisies are my favorite flower and the vase is the perfect color to match my freshly painted kitchen.
  • Every time I walk past the breathtaking landscape picture in the hallway, it brings back happy memories of our trip. I will treasure it forever. Thank you!
  • Thank you ever so much for the sweet present. A box of gourmet chocolates was just what I needed to put a smile on my face.
  • We love the beautiful gift you got for us. The serving bowls will be put to good use at our Fourth of July BBQ. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
  • We love our beautiful new lamp and we cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness. It's just what we needed for the den.
  • Thank you for such a special present. The Secret Garden has been my favorite book since I was a little girl and I'm touched that you were thinking of me. You know me so well!
  • I didn't expect to find a huge plant on my doorstep when I got home today! Thank you so much, it's the perfect addition to the patio.

Thank You Notes for Help or Kindness

When someone goes out of their way to help make your day a bit brighter, you can show your appreciation with a heartfelt thank you note. Try using:

  • I am so thankful for the time you took to help with my presentation. You're a wonderful friend and coworker.
  • Thanks so much for taking the time to help with Dalton's science fair project. We're so grateful to have a dinosaur expert in the family.
  • We really appreciate all you have done to help us get set up in our new apartment. Look for your housewarming party invitation once we are unpacked!
  • It was so nice of you to help me out the other day when I couldn't pick up the twins from daycare. We're lucky to have you in our lives.
  • We are forever in your debt for helping us through this tough time. I'm humbled and grateful for your support.
  • I will always remember how you helped me to get this wonderful opportunity. I can only hope that someday I'll be in a position to repay you.
  • Thank you so much for all you have done to help us clean up after our basement flooded. Neighbors like you are a real treasure!
  • You've bent over backwards for me once again. I couldn't ask for a better friend!

Job Search Thank You Notes

A job search often requires several thank you notes. You should send a note after an interview, as well as to thank people who offered you job leads, networking connections, or a professional reference. For example:

  • Our conversation yesterday confirmed my interest in becoming part of your staff. I'm particularly excited by the prospect of being able to develop my own departmental newsletter. Please feel free to contact me if I can provide you with any additional information.
  • Thank you for speaking with me yesterday about the account management position at XYZ Incorporated. I'm confident my education and past experience would allow me to meet your needs effectively. I'm very interested in the opportunity and look forward to hearing from you.
  • I can't stop thinking about the creative approach to project management that you described in our meeting yesterday. Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I may be reached at 555-555-5555 if you need any further information.
  • Thank you for introducing me to Daniel Masterson at XYZ Incorporated. I'm very grateful for the connection and humbled by your support of my job search.
  • Your introduction to Daniel Masterson at XYZ Incorporated is much appreciated. Our informational meeting went very well and I'm excited about the employment opportunities they have available.
  • My interview for the bookkeeping position at XYZ Incorporated went very well. Thanks so much for agreeing to serve as a reference on my behalf.
  • I'm pleased to report that I've accepted an internship with XYZ Incorporated. Thanks again for answering my questions about the field of cloud computing and agreeing to serve as a professional reference.

Additional Resources

YourDictionary has further examples of appropriate words and phrases to use on thank you notes for different occasions:

Use these ideas as a guide to help you create a heartfelt thank you note.

Start writing

Now that you have seen these examples of great ways to start off a thank you note, you are ready to write your own notes after you receive a nice gift, attend a dinner party or interview, or someone helps you. Remember to make the thank you note personal and be sure to mention specifically what you are thanking the recipient for.

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