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Ivory & navy thank you cards by MDC Designs

I’m generally not a stickler for traditional etiquette, but on thank you notes the traditionalists and I agree. My last blog post explained how to write thank you notes, but here I hope to explain the who, why & when of writing the thank you cards for your wedding.


So why do you have to write those things anyways?

  1. To show your appreciation. These people all played a part in making your wedding day special. Let them know how much it means! 

  2. To let them know their present has arrived. So many of us order our gifts online or do registries. Sometimes, these registry gifts are picked up by the couple, or can even help to pay for honeymoons or houses. Even when there is a gift table, we can’t be sure that the present has been received until it is acknowledged.



According to Emily Post you have 3 months to write your thank you notes after the wedding. Ideally, they should be written as soon as possible, so that people know their gifts have been received and your wedding is still fresh in your mind.


Who should get a thank you card?

You should thank anyone who has sent you a gift of course, but really you should thank all the people who gave you their time and effort as well. Thank your guests for attending even if they did not give you anything tangible. Your bridesmaids and friends may have helped to make your dream wedding a reality or even gave you much needed emotional support.  

You can’t go wrong by sending a thank you note for any effort, big or small.  It’s always nice to know you are appreciated!



Pictured above: Thank you cards to co-ordinate with a customized version of the Blue Danube Invitation.

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Writing thank you cards can be a daunting task, especially when you’re faced with writing a whole bunch after your big event. It’s hard to know where to begin or what to say. Here’s a little guide to help you out!


Let’s start with something easy: Dear Aunty Jane and Uncle Bob or Hi Joanne and Fred. For someone you don’t know very well, you can be more formal and write, “Dear Mrs. Jones”

Now for part that’s a bit more difficult…

Thank you

1) Start with the important part “Thank you for……” whatever gift they gave you. Try to be specific about it, unless it is money. Then you may want to say something like “thank you for your generous gift”.

2) Let them know how you are currently or planning on using their gift.


This will look great in the Living Room.

This will really help us with a down payment for our first home together.

We’re already using our new pans and we love them.

Personal Touch

Show some interest/connection with your gift giver. This may be quite personal or very generic, depending on your relationship with this person.


Can’t wait to see you again at Christmas!

It was so great to see you.

I’m sorry that you weren’t able to come to the wedding but I will send pictures as soon as I can.

I hope we can spend time together soon.

Best wishes to your family!

Sign off

With love, sincerely etc….you.

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According to the most traditional etiquette a reply card is actually a no-no. People should write hand written notes (on their own stationery) in response. Now, while I think that sounds lovely, I think it’s also unrealistic. Instead, consider an RSVP card in a stamped envelope to make it easy for your guests to respond.

What about e-mail or phone RSVP?

It might surprise you that I am not against e-mail, phone or website RSVPs, but it has to fit the occasion. If you are having a formal wedding, a formal RSVP card is the right way to go, but if you are having a small informal wedding, why not? 2 ways of replying is optimal. I would suggest a backup phone number for non-tech savvy guests.

Many of my clients are now using tech with their RSVP card. They’re choosing to do wedding websites (or wedsites) which allow them to give extra info to their guests, get meal choices and even song requests.


There’s no hard and fast rule about what needs to be on a reply card. Some people simply write, “Please reply by such and such a date” and allow their guests to write a note in the rest of the space. This option can give you some great keepsakes.

Here are some options to consider for your reply card text:


When do you need to know your final guest numbers? Often your venue or caterer need to have a full count of your guests up to a month before your event. This also gives you time to plan your seating, place cards, etc. And, remember, there will be late responders. Leave yourself at least a week before you need your numbers to call the stragglers.


Generally, a line is included for your guests to write in their names. This is often written with a “M” in front of the line so that you guest can start their name with their title (Ms., Mr.). Some people prefer to have the word “Name(s)” in front of the line. 


This line includes a check box or line to check to indicate whether or not your guest will be attending.

ex) ____will attend   ____will not attend


ex) Number attending: _____

This is great for getting an accurate head count, however there are some that feel that it encourages guests to write in more people than are actually invited.


The reply card can help you guests pick their entree before the wedding. It can also be helpful in finding out if your guests have allergies or other dietary requirements.

Ultimately, the reply card allows you to personalize the information you want, whether it’s a simple note or detailed options. It's up to you!


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“Do I look matronly to you?” asked a Matron of Honour at a wedding a few years ago. This was the scene in my head when I responded to an e-mail from a bride this morning. Her sister was unhappy about the name Matron of Honour and she wondered whether there was another way to say this in the wedding programs. 
I can see the sister’s point. I don’t know any woman who wants to be referred to as matronly. My favourite option has always been Best Woman. I think it’s great for any woman, married or not, and it seems to be the natural partner to Best Man.
Some other options:
Woman of Honour
Lady of Honour
Honour Attendant
Attendant of Honour
And, from one internet bride who truly loved her MOH: Goddess of Honour!

That’s definitely not matronly!