How to write thank you cards for weddings?

Thank you messages for weddings express your deep gratitude to everyone who joined you on your special day. How do you choose the proper wedding to thank you card wording for each guest?

Sending your thank you cards will be last on your wedding to-do list. If you\’re looking for inspiration for thank you card phrases, you\’ve come to the right place! Read on for our complete guide on what to write on a thank you card after the big day, from etiquette tips to expression examples.

Thank You Card Wording Examples: What to Write

A personalized message is always best when creating the perfect thank you card. Even though it will take longer, it will make much more sense to your buyers.

However, you can streamline the process by creating a general format to follow and tailoring messages to reflect your relationship with each guest. A simple format for a wedding thank you card might look like this:

  • Greetings to your guests

  • Thank the guest/s for joining you on the day

  • Thank the guest/s for their gift or wishing well contribution (if applicable) and explain why you love it and how you will use it

  • Describe any memorable moments you had at your wedding and how much it meant to you to see them

  • Last but not least, express your thanks and invite you to catch up soon (if appropriate).

  • Sign off from you and your new husband/wife

Note: Your Thank you cards can be short – 4 or 5 sentences are perfectly acceptable!


  • MAKE YOUR THANK YOU NOTES TIMELY: You don\’t need to write your notes immediately, but most expect a response within 2-3 months. Also, remember that writing thank you notes is acceptable if you\’re getting gifts before the wedding, especially if it helps make it happen.

  • WRITE A MESSAGE TO EVERYONE (EVEN IF THEY DIDN\’T GIVE YOU A GIFT): Look, it\’s not uncommon for a guest to bring a gift. Sometimes people can\’t go to the wedding and bring gifts; sometimes they need to remember. You don\’t have to follow my instructions, but if you write notes, I suggest you write them to everyone. Because that friend who lost a thousand dollars because he didn\’t have to come to your wedding should be thanked, even if he didn\’t buy you a coffee machine.

 Thank You Card Wording Examples/Samples

A good general plan for a thank you wedding gift is 1) accepting the gift, 2) explaining why you love the gift or how you will use it, 3) complimenting and establishing a personal bond with the gifter, and 4) thanking you again. . . look so:

Example #1

Dear Davin and Joanne,

Thank you so much for the terrific cutlery set you gave us for our wedding! It\’s already handy with meal prep, and the knife block looks sharp on our kitchen counter. We\’re touched by your thoughtfulness and thrilled that you could make it to the wedding. Having you there to share our special day meant so much to us. Thank you again!


Heather and Ethan

Thankyou words for just Attending the wedding.

Dear Anthony and Stanford,

Thank you so much for attending our wedding! It was such a delight to see you after all these years. We wanted to send you the warmest well wishes and let you know how happy we were to see you there.

With gratitude,

Rory and Logan

Thank You Words for when guests send gifts but can\’t attend the wedding.

Dear Britney and Christina,

We are sorry you couldn\’t attend our wedding. It was a wonderful day, and you were missed. We love your gift and thank you for sending it.

With gratitude,

Justin and JC

Thank You Words for When Guest Gave You physical Gifts.

Dear Lexie and Mura,

Thank you for coming to our wedding! It indeed would not have been the same without all of our family and friends there. We were so happy to receive [the gift], and we look forward to [options: using it for years to come, having it brighten our home for years to come, cherishing it as a beautiful wedding memento, making toast with it, etc.].

With gratitude,

Jesse and Cèline,

Why are wedding thank you notes important?

Although weddings aren\’t as traditional as they used to be, wedding thank-you notes are still just as thoughtful, elegant, and meaningful. At the very least, a wedding thank you acknowledges that you have received a gift or favor and reflects the time and thought spent giving it with corresponding effort. That in itself is important.

But at best, wedding thank you notes can remind a friend or loved one how much they mean to you and thank them for being a part of your life, not just contributing to your big day. And it is more than important; it is essential. It means taking good care of the people who matter most.

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