Mind Your Manners

Composing the perfect “Thank You” notes

Things are finally calm, the wedding is over, the honeymoon was months ago and you’re ready to leave all the stress in the past and officially begin your new life together. But before you do, there’s one more task—thank-you cards. Newlyweds are expected to send out thank yous within six months to a year after the wedding. But, as the saying goes, better late than never. “If you’ve invited someone to your wedding, that means they are important in your life,” says Kaye Simonetta, owner of Manners for Life, Inc., a Jacksonville-based etiquette school. “Not only should you thank them for their gift and attendance, you should also reference their importance in your life.” Below, Simonetta offers her tips for writing perfect thank-you notes.


  • Include personal details
  • Go above and beyond (e.g., add a picture of the guest from the wedding) • Share the task with the groom
  • Spread the work over a course of a few days
  • Send bridal shower thank you notes separately, even if they are to the same person


  • Call, e-mail or text a thank-you for a wedding gift—handwrite no matter what
  • Be too formal
  • Mention the amount of a monetary gift
  • Forget to thank them for time and effort
  • Use pre-printed cards



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