My mom ALWAYS made me write personal thank you cards to anyone who gave me a Christmas gift, birthday gift, graduation gift, Easter gift... you get the point. Over the years, my process evolved and ended up with an efficient way of personalizing each thank you card with minimal time spent.
After your wedding (and honeymoon), you begin the process of writing thank you cards to your guests for the gifts they gave you. This can take A TON of time and leave you wanting to break your pen in half. By following these tips you can create mass personalized thank you cards that will leave the receivers feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Tip #1 - Hand Write your Cards
I know this can suck sometimes, but hand writing your cards is way more personal than typing something on the computer. I try to find a pen with the least friction on the paper.
This gives you the least resistance and will extend the endurance of your hand. If your hand starts to cramp, eat a banana, stretch it out, or maybe do some dance moves.
Tip #2 - Buy (or make) Boutique Thank You Cards
Buying (or making) boutique cards can make a big difference! Buying the plain bulk thank you cards immediately gives the impression that you spent zero time picking out the receiver's card and probably didn't care too much what it looked like.
Instead, buy boutique cards that have a hand-crafted feel or order custom cards with photos of you and your new hubby.
Tip #3 - Create a Template
Creating a template of the exact words you will use for each card will free up brain space. Now you can think about other things, like rainbows and kitties, while you are pumping out mass amounts of thank you cards.
Here are a few examples I have created (in order of least personal to more personal):
Thank you so much for giving us item. I can't tell you how excited we were when we opened your gift and saw what you had given us! It will definitely be put to good use.
Thank you again and give our love to your family!
Mr. and Mrs.
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon in place and wanted to drop you a note thanking you for your wonderful wedding gift! I can't tell you how excited we were when we opened your gift and saw you had given us a(n) item. We can't wait to use it, I think the describe feature/function will come in handy, for adjective.
Thank you again and give our sincere gratitude to your family!
Mr. and Mrs.
*If you are having trouble imagining it will sound, try replacing the "item" with a blender.
EXAMPLE: I can't tell you how excited we were when we opened your gift and saw you had given us a blender. We can't wait to use it, I think the multiple speeds settings will come in handy, for making smoothies.
Remember, in the end, you want to spend the least amount of time possible writing thank you cards while making the receiver feel like you wrote the card just for them!