Anatomy Of How To Write a Thank You Note

Aug 28 2015

How To Write Your Thank You Notes

Simply defined.

Learning how to write your Thank You notes is easy once you get the hang of it. A tangible expression of gratitude, there really is no substitute for the handwritten Thank You Card. It’s timeless. It’s powerful. A handwritten note translates to “I am taking time for you … no matter how busy I am.” Using the simple formula below, writing out your Thank You Cards will be a snap!

How to write a Thank You Note: it's not that complicated!

Writing your Thank Yous

2 Rules: Keep it sincere. No spelling or grammar errors.

Who gets one: Everyone who sends you a gift or performs a special service. Some of the more obvious recipients include your Parents, Wedding Party, and Officiate. You might even consider writing Thank Yous to those vendors that went above and beyond for you!

When to send: As soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is to send your Thank You within 2 weeks of receiving the gift and up to 1 month after the honeymoon.

What to include {3-4 simple sentences} 

  • Thank the gift-giver for sending a gift
  • Acknowledge any special effort on their part {travel, etc}
  • Mention the gift and perhaps how you will use it

Sample Thank You Note {Family/Friend}

Dear Aunt Mary,

What a blessing to see you at the wedding. We are so glad that you were able to make the trip! We also want to thank you for your generous gift and are looking forward to many wonderful homecooked meals in our new cookware.

With love,
Thomas and Josie

 

Sample Thank You Note {Vendor}

Dear {Vendor Name],

I am writing to thank you for the outstanding professionalism you and your staff provided on our wedding day. The {product} was excellent and the {service} top-notch! Our family and friends especially commented on how fabulous the {product} was!

Thank you again. I will gladly recommend you to all of my friends and family.

Kindly,
Thomas and Josie Burton

 

Sample Thank You Note {Even when you don’t like the gift}

{It happens. Even such, you can still be appreciative of their thoughtfulness.}

Dear Marci and Joe,
Thomas and I want to thank you for coming to our wedding. It was great to have you there to celebrate with us. Thank you for the carpet steam cleaner–such a generous gift! We feel lucky to call you friends.

Love,
Thomas and Josie

 

Thank You Note {Did the gift arrived damaged?} 

Bummer! If possible, don’t mention that it arrived damaged. First, do your best to work with the store to take care of the problem yourself.

 

Writing tips:

  • Use your guest list {with addresses} to keep track of “who gave what
  • Find a comfortable nook in which to write
  • Use a high-quality pen {makes a big difference}
  • Devise a plan of writing a certain number of notes each day {i.e. 5 or 10}
  • Keep a cohesive wedding look by coordinating your Thank Yous with the rest of your wedding stationery
  • Order extras! They won’t go to waste.

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Nautical Wedding At The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Aug 26 2015

Classic Nautical Wedding

We’ve got a treat for our lakeshore lovers today: a nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club! Jamie and Ilya’s outdoor wedding was intimate and on the water–as they have a love for sailing. Jamie has a sailing background, so when Ilya took her sailing on a date, well, the rest was history! The Yacht Club overlooks the Milwaukee Harbor so guests were treated to the lovely marina and the city skyline at the same time. We love their classy color scheme and their fun nautical wedding décor and maritime inspiration. Enjoy Jamie and Ilya’s sweet and sea-inspired outdoor wedding.

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club (photos by Front Room Photography

Navy and white wedding accessories

BLue wedding shoes

Black and white shot of the wedding dress

Bride opening up letter from groom

Groom getting ready at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

White wedding bouquet with navy colored berries

Bride and bridesmaids dressed in ong one-shoulder assymetrical navy dresses

Groomsmen dressed in black with navy vests

Milwaukee Yacht Club wedding venue

Nautical wedding-bride being walked down the aisle by her father at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Outdoor wedding ceremony at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom at The Milwaukee Yacht Club outdoor wedding

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom photo. Milwaukee wedding

Sweetheart table with nautical wedding theme

Nautical wedding decor

Nautical wedding reception decor

nautical wedding reception table decor

2-Tier white and black wedding cake

Bride and Groom wedding dance

Bride and Groom wedding speeches

Garter toss

Bride and Groom photo in nautical wedding theme

Photographer:  Front Room  | Bakery: Aggie’s Cakes | Dress Store: Bliss Bridal | Event Venue: Milwaukee Yacht Club | via Two Bright Lights

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Adorable Mint and Navy Wedding Inspiration

Aug 24 2015

A Mint and Navy Wedding for Fall

Happy “Color Monday!” This is the day devoted to all things color and inspiration. Today, we’re celebrating an adorable mint and navy wedding from Anna K Photography. So soft and pretty–mint and navy is fabulous for a fall wedding. Navy is a sleek color that emanates calm and confidence. Mellowing the navy are two greens–both soft and gentle. This gorgeous combo has a youthful, fresh and natural look and feel. And to set the tone for this event, we went with a modern invitation suite entitled, Forever Mine. Simple yet visually interesting, the back of the invitation and enclosure card feature a classic pattern while a bold and contemporary typography style keeps our attention focused on the couple. Super fun–clean and contemporary!

What do you think of our featured suite as well as mint and navy for a fall wedding?

Colors: Navy| Custom Green {c-23, m-0, y-31, k-0 | Mint

Mint and navy wedding inspiration and stationery suite--gorgeous for a fall wedding.

The Forever Mine invitation suite is an eye-catching design that features a timeless pattern with contemporary fonts. What would this design look like in your wedding colors? Make a statement by carrying your look further with this design on a Shaped trim. Want to see it for yourself?

Request a Free Sample … in your wedding colors!

Free mint and navy wedding invitation suite. Like this invite? Request a free sample--personalized in your wedding colors.

Photo Credits:
For allowing us to use their photography … much thanks to

All images by Anna K Photography

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Insider Tips: Cell Phone Photography

Aug 21 2015

Cell Phone Photography {Is it good enough for your Save the Date?}

Welcome to our new blog series and 3rd installment of Top Insider Tips for Printing Perfect Stationery. Today’s post is about cell phone photography and choosing your Save the Date photos for resolution and printability.

Top Insider Tips for Printing Perfect Wedding Stationery

Of course, we advocate using a professional photographer for all of your wedding stationery items–from your Save the Dates and Invites, to your Programs and Thank Yous. All keepsakes … and 5-10-20 years from now, you’ll appreciate the quality of one of the most important dates in your life.

But even such, cell phone photos have certainly come a long way haven’t they?! Read on for tips, tricks and recommendations for getting the best print results with your cell phone photography.

Cell phone photography tips and recommendations

  1. Get close to your subject when you’re taking a photo. That way the camera sensors have more control over the lighting of your subject and bright patches in the background won’t throw things off.
  2. If not automatic, always choose the highest resolution setting.
  3. Crop don’t zoom. It is better to crop and not use the digital zoom function on a smartphone camera. When you crop, you still have the good pixels of resolution (most smartphones have 8-megapixels or more), but when you zoom, the image can lose that resolution.
  4. It is better to edit your images on your computer as your computer will produce higher quality images.
  5. Keep in mind you can always make a picture black and white on your computer, but you cannot make it color if you take it in black and white.
  6. Cell phone flashes make skin yellow, red eyes, and motion blur.  It is best to use a real camera and flash in a dark setting.
  7. Take lots of shots and experiment. This way you can experiment with different compositions and angles-shoot from down low, up high, close up, etc and then you can pick the one you like best.
  8. Think about the basic composition rules, i.e. the rule of thirds. Basically, you imagine dividing an image down into thirds on a grid so that there are 9 parts. It’s about getting the viewer to interact with your photo.

Tips & Recommendations

  1. Whole body shots in a one-inch square Save the Date photo box will not look good.
  2. Don’t expect facial features to be clear in a photo taken from a distance.
  3. Photos appear lighter on a screen due to light source (and brightness settings) and all computer screens are calibrated differently for color.
  4. Don’t use Facebook photos–too low of resolution. If possible, get the original photo.

Keep in mind

  1. Photos printed on magnets print darker due to the UV protective coating
  2. Order a Just One® Save the Date {fully personalized} and see for yourself how your photo will look. Learn more about this program.

Need more help?

Here is a blog post that talks about resolution requirements for what size your photo needs to be at to print well.

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