5 Ways To Conquer Your Thank-You Notes

August 26, 2015 | By | Comments (2)
Photo Courtesy of Getty

Photo Courtesy of Getty

Writing thank-you notes can be an overwhelming task when faced with piles of wedding gifts. To avoid any awkward conversations post-wedding, try these five easy ways to streamline your responses.

1. Go digital.
With evolution of the wedding registry comes the convenience of digital notifications. Zola gives the courtesy of keeping track of all purchased items off of your registry – and who gifted them. When you’re ready, use the thank-you note manager to export the list for an easy-as-pie process. Or, go even farther with the unique app they’ve designed that sends push notifications right to your smartphone when something’s been purchased.

2. Tackle them early.
As the old adage goes, “a stitch in time saves nine.” Following your bridal shower(s), sit down and recap all of the gifts you’ve received. The gifts and their givers will be fresh on your mind, and you’ll be able to write a thank-you that sounds less generic.

3. Keep track with a spreadsheet.
This may sound a bit too organized for some – but it can save you oodles of stress down the road. Use a Google Doc to record the gift-giver, the gift and the receipt date for an efficient list that can be accessed anywhere you go. When you’ve written the thank-you, highlight the corresponding cells to keep track of your progress.

4. Say cheese!
Want a quick way to say thanks without taking a ton of time to describe the gift in words? Have a bridesmaid snap a quick picture of you holding the gift, and write down the corresponding gift-giver. You can either send this photo with a brief thank-you note, or use the snapshots as a tool to remember what you’ve been given. For an even more personalized photo thank-you, take a picture of yourself and your new spouse using the gift.

5. Multi-task.
If you’ve taken unopened wedding gifts home with you, try writing your thank-you notes as you go. Open a gift; write the note. This may be a bit slower, but will take all the stress out of keeping track.

For our best gift picks, visit The Southern Living Ultimate Wedding Registry.


  1. Charlotte

    Have the groom help with this obligation. Both the bride and groom probably work full time. Have him write the notes from gifts from “his side.”

    August 28, 2015 at 8:07 am
  2. Penny Frazer

    Tried and true: determine to write 10 thank you notes for wedding gifts a day when you get home from honeymoon. Of course shower gifts can be included then, also. Thank yous for party host and hostesess should be sent immediately, I think. And the bride or groom’s mom – whoever had the friends giving the party – needs to write also. In earlier days we had a loose leaf notebook, alphabetized, and every person who gave or did was entered. Of course names, addresses, gift, store, and a reply check mark were added. Thanks for asking. Those 10 a day really is key!

    August 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm

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