It’s friends and family season, which means gifts might start coming your way even if your wedding isn’t for another six months My husband and I got married in July, and we received our first gift in December. That’s right, eight months before we tied the knot, we had to figure out a plan on how to keep our appreciative correspondence straight. Since we hadn’t yet figured out the design for our invitations, we surely didn’t have our thank yous printed. I wanted our notes to be personal and include sentiments from the wedding, so I decided to hold off on writing until after the honeymoon; however, I also wanted our guests to know that we received their thoughtful gift and would eventually thank them properly (I’ve been guilty of sending a gift so far in advance I forget that I sent it).
Hence my favorite thank you note trick: t he gift acknowledgement card. The ladies at Paperista printed 50 cards for me to send tothose early gift givers that say (in a really polite way), "Hey, we got your gift, thanks, a thank you note is on its way." And let me tell you, these were amazing. Not only did it help me keep things straight, but I received notes from multiple gift givers that they really appreciated the acknowledgement.
Here was our gift receiving process: Once we received a gift—we're talking the box wrapping is still in the middle of the floor, and it looks like Christmas morning—I ran over to my computer and entered the gift into a Gift Log we created in Excel. (The log had a place for the giver's name, the gift, and whether or not a thank you note and gift acknowledgment was sent.) I then immediately addressed the gift acknowledgment card and put it in the mail. Once I did finalize my thank you notes, I also addressed the envelope for the thank you and set it in a pile, ready for them to be written after the wedding. Therefore, once the time came for the actual writing of the notes, I didn’t have to go through the process of looking up the address again, and I had a complete list (both in the spreadsheet and my stack of envelopes) so I was confident I wouldn’t miss anyone.
Whatever process you choose, consider the gift acknowledgment card. Trust me when I say it's well worth it.