Merci Beaucoup! Grazie! Thanks!
One of the most popular weekly segments on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are his Thank You Notes. Saying thanks to everything from hard taco shells, to yoga, to thanking fellow late night host James Corden from going by the name Jimmy, Fallon writes his notes on classic Crane stationery.
Although we may not have an audience like Jimmy Fallon, getting in the habit of writing thank you notes is just as important. Especially after a big occasion like a wedding.
During this exciting time you will be showered with well wishes, gifts, and festivities. And each and every one one should be met with a heartfelt thank you. As Margaret Shepherd says in her book The Art of the Handwritten Note, “Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter, on the occasions that really count. And sometimes it’s the only way; your words will carry sympathy and gratitude with a special kind of sincerity when the reader sees them on paper in your writing.”
In general, gifts received before the wedding should be followed by a thank you within two weeks. According to Emily Post, couples have three months post wedding to get the task done. Especially since the gift giver was not there to see you receive all of the gifts at the wedding, it is important to make sure and let them know you received the gift and, of course, loved it.
Late is always better than never. So don’t hesitate to send one past the three month mark.
So what do you say? Shepherd gives 5 characteristics of a well-written note.
Be generous in thanking the giver in writing, even if you thanked them in person. Mention the gift specifically. Send the thank you notes out in a timely manner. Keep the topic of this note to the occasion and the gift. Hand writing the note, especially on your own stationery, keeps it personal. Don’t use pre-printed cards without your own hand-written sentiment.
Picking out some personal stationery makes the process a little more fun! And with a great sale from Crane & Co. right now, you can get 50 personalized cards for only $99. Add a fun stamp and you will be sending some paper love in the mail!