How to Make Thank-You Note Writing Painless
No need to drown in thank-you notes. Use these tips to make the task more manageable (and maybe even fun).
Weddings are all about the events-bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding day. And those might just be the beginning depending on your family's traditions. With all the fun and friends often come gifts. While you're beyond grateful for the generosity of those around you, each of those special events and the gifts you receive require a thank-you note. Use these six tips to make thank-you note writing a little easier.
Keep it in perspective.
If you feel like all you're doing is writing thank-you notes in your spare time, put it in perspective. "Writing thank-you notes is an opportunity to be grateful, and being grateful is an extension of happiness," says Kara Delay, CEO of Love This Day Events. "The art of practicing happiness and being grateful is the perfect mindset to begin married life." So when that pile of notes is staring you down, put a smile on your face, some great music on the radio, and think about how lucky you are to have so many people caring for you.
Give yourself a deadline.
Letting thank-you notes pile up can put major stress on your day-to-day life. Just seeing the list grow can send you into panic mode. Kristin Newman, owner of Kristin Newman Designs, recommends giving yourself 1-2 weeks after a shower or party to write all of your notes. For the wedding, you can take 3-4 months. The key to success is breaking it down. If you have 70 thank-you notes to write for the shower, do ten a day and you'll be done by the end of the week.
Reprioritize your time.
Do you have plenty of time to browse social media, read emails, and send texts? Then you have time to write thank-you notes. It's just a matter of prioritizing. "Sitting down and putting pen to paper can be pretty foreign to most of us," says Delay. "Write your daily thank-you notes before you check social media." With this simple habit, you'll have your notes done in no time.
Play with design.
The monotony of writing thank-you notes, especially if you have uber-generous friends and family, can make it feel like a chore. Have a little fun! After months of working with a designer on invitations, Delay suggests creating custom thank-you notes using a theme or design you love. You'll be more excited to write them if you have something beautiful to put your note on.
Write as you go.
There's a good chance that you'll get some gifts in the mail. Handle those notes right away. "If a wedding gift arrives in the mail, open it, and go ahead and knock that note out," says Newman. "The key to keeping note writing from being overwhelming is to stay on top of it on a daily basis."
Get a head start.
You don't have to wait for the gifts from a certain event to arrive in order to get started. Newman recommends grabbing the list of RSVPs and pre-addressing the thank-you notes. You can do this for your shower, bachelorette, and wedding lists. You can even stamp them ahead of time. The only thing left to do will be writing the note.