While I was grateful for the gifts I received at my bridal showers and wanted to express my appreciation, the process of thank-you note writing was monotonous and seemingly endless. As I treated my writer’s cramp, I had the opportunity to dream up, and in some cases implement, some timesaving techniques for thank-you note writing. As your bridal shower approaches, you can plan ahead to save yourself a lot of time writing thank-you notes.
1. Type your notes. Unless you never took the time to learn, most of us can type faster than we can write by hand. One way to expedite the thank-you note process is to type your notes. You could print your typed notes onto large address labels and stick them into your thank-you notes. Alternatively, you could use a service like sendoutcards.com, which allows you to type your cards out online and have them sent automatically. If at all possible, do try to sign your name in your own handwriting, though, to add the personal touch.
2. Use a mail merge. One of the most time consuming parts of thank-you note writing is addressing the envelopes. If you take the time to create a spreadsheet of your addresses as you collect them, you can save a lot of time later on. You can use a mail merge to create mailing labels, which you can use through the entire wedding process, from shower invitations to wedding thank-you notes, and later for holiday cards! Additionally, if you choose to type your thank-you notes, you could even include a column on your spreadsheet for the gifts you received and merge those in to the notes, as well.
3. Return address labels. Purchasing return address labels can save you the monotony of having to write your return address on every thank-you note. If you choose not to purchase return address labels, you could print them on your own labels or directly onto the envelopes. You might also order thank-you notes that come with envelopes on which your return address has been pre-printed.
4. Have guests address envelopes. At my bridal shower, my mom had each guest address her own thank-you note envelope. We used the envelopes as entries in a door prize drawing, but the game saved me a ton of time when it came to writing thank-you notes. The only downside is that, unless you do some organizational work ahead of time, you will have to either write your notes in a particular order or shuffle through a pile to find the envelope you need. Even so, your less cramped hand will thank you!
5. Pre-print a portion. My efficient friend Teresa came up with the timesaving idea of pre-printing a portion of your message on your thank-you notes. If you design your own thank-you notes – either on a website such as vistaprint.com or a desktop publishing program – you can pre-print part of the message. Since all thank-you notes tend to start the same (thanking your guest for sharing in your wedding and supporting your marriage, for example), you could pre-print that portion of the message, and then handwrite the rest. Just make sure the note is generic enough to apply even to people who couldn’t make it to the shower in person.
While showing your appreciation for your wedding gifts, it’s best not to use your sanity. By trying out these five tips, you’ll be able to use your precious wedding planning time more efficiently!
Other wedding planning advice from this author:
Keeping Your Bridesmaids in the Loop: Five Essential Communications
How to Make Out of Town Wedding Guests Feel Welcome
Eight Unexpected Expenses to Include in Your Wedding Budget