A Simple Guide to Your Wedding Thank You Cards

In an ideal world, you'd have time to thank each of your wedding guests in person — but odds are, your big day will be such a whirlwind that you won't have that chance. That's why post-wedding thank you cards are so important! I know they're often viewed as a chore, especially when you'd rather bask in the glow of your honeymoon! But they are the perfect opportunity to express your appreciation to your guests, to thank them for celebrating with you (and for any gifts they've given you). 

 

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So what do you need to know about your wedding thank yous? The key is organization!

 
  1. Print out a list of the guests who were at your wedding, and be sure to include those who sent gifts even if they couldn't make it.

  2. Use that list to track what you received from each guest as you open your gifts.

  3. Come up with a simple formula so you can easily decide what to include in each note. For example — start with a greeting, say why you're writing, thank them for the gift (and say why you love it), thank them again for being at the wedding, then close with a warm sign-off.

  4. Aim to mail your cards out within two or three months of your wedding or after returning from your honeymoon — but honestly, the sooner the better! It's much easier to compose these notes when your big day is still fresh in your mind.

 

 

 

Personally, I love it when a couple's thank you cards feature a similar style or design to their invitations (this girl loves cohesive wedding stationery!). If that's something you're interested in, definitely bring it up when you're talking to your designer about your invitations! But you can also get the job done with any boxed set — see below for a couple options from the AZC shop!


 

Are you interested in custom wedding invitations or thank you cards? You can learn more about my offerings HERE, or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the design process!

 

 

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Unique Calligraphy Pieces For Your Wedding Day

Is there anything quite as luxurious as calligraphy? It's a beautiful way to elevate your stationery and signage, and I love that there's such a rich history behind the art. I will always say yes to incorporating calligraphy accents and addresses into your invitation suite, but today I want to share a few of my favorite ways to use calligraphy on your wedding day beyond place cards and menus. A couple of these ideas use hand lettering (or "faux-lligraphy") rather than traditional pointed pen, but I'd say they make just as much of a statement! 

 

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1. For your celebratory champagne

I find that it's often the smallest details that bring the most joy. Case in point — that first bottle of champagne that you share as a married couple. Chances are, you were planning on saving the bottle anyways, and adding a hand-lettered quote, a pretty monogram, or your wedding date will make it that much more of a treasured memory — even if it only survives in pictures! Besides, who doesn't love champagne?

 

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2. for your vows or favorite love song

I love calligraphy vows (and vow books!) because I love creating a tangible keepsake for one of life's biggest moments. You can record your devotions of love to one another, the song you first danced to, or even your favorite piece of poetry — whatever words you chose, they can stay with you (and even become home decor) for years to come. While they're perfect for your wedding day, calligraphy vows also make fantastic anniversary gifts!

 

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3. for your bouquets and boutonnieres

I've mentioned before how much I love silk ribbon, so naturally it's one of my favorite ways to incorporate calligraphy accents to your wedding day. Add a personal personal touch with a love quote, an important date, or even a passage from your vows. Calligraphy ribbons work especially well for bouquets and boutonnieres, and I love the idea of adding even more sentimental value to something that you'll be holding close for a big part of the day.

 


 

Are you dying to add calligraphy pieces to your wedding day? You can learn more about my offerings HERE, or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the design process!

 

 

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Accents and Details That Will Make Your Wedding Invitations Extra Special

Now that you know the basics of a wedding invitation suite and you've got the pretty paper goods, it's time to start thinking about the extras and adornments! These pieces are certainly not considered necessary, but they are yet another opportunity for you to add a more personal touch to your invitations. Do keep in mind that in addition to the cost of design and production, these add-ons may also add to the total amount you spend on postage. But if you're going all out with your paper goods, incorporating a few thoughtful design details can really elevate your stationery as well as your guests' experience. Read on for inspiration and to learn a little more about your options!

 


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Ribbon is hands-down one of my very favorite accent pieces for invitation suites. Whether you opt for an organic recycled chiffon or a delicate Habotai silk, using ribbon to (literally) tie your stationery together is an easy way to add a luxurious feel to your suite. I also love adding calligraphy accents to ribbon, but those pieces are likely more practical for a bouquet or vow books than for a hundred invitations!

 

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The rich texture and semi-opaque quality of vellum makes it an ideal accent piece for your wedding stationery. Whether you use a flat sheet as your invitation, incorporate a patterned wrap to hold your suite together, or even opt for a vellum envelope, this material always adds a ton of character and visual interest. Vellum comes in different weights just like regular paper, so you'll be able to choose the appropriate thickness for however you plan to incorporate it into your invitation suite.

 

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If you want to add a bit of old-school flair to your wedding stationery, wax seals are a fantastic option. There are a lot of pre-designed options available nowadays, but you can also have your stationery designer customize a small illustration or monogram. Although they can literally act as seals, I would recommend that you do not use them on your outer mailing envelope — it's likely that they'll suffer damage or fall off through the machine sorting process (and general wear and tear) at the post office. Instead, consider using them to seal a vellum wrap, to top off your ribbon, or even as decoration at the top of your invitation.

 

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Hiring a calligrapher for your envelopes can be pretty pricey, but the results are beautiful and will really set the tone for your guests. Some calligraphers offer a variety of script options, while others specialize in a specific style. Be sure to do your research and find someone who can create the style you're looking for — modern brush lettering, organic fine line script, traditional pointed pen calligraphy, etc.

 

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I personally love a curated set of vintage stamps — you can coordinate the colors with your invitations, and they add a ton of character to your envelope (check out my favorite vintage stamp shop HERE). The downside is that you'll have to spend more time prepping your envelopes, but it's not bad when the process is accompanied by a Netflix show and a glass of wine! Another fun option is to use a service like Zazzle to create custom stamps with a coordinating illustration, your initials, or even a photo.

 


 

Are you ready to get started on your wedding stationery? You can learn more about the semi-custom collection and process HERE or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the custom design process!

 

 

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What You Should Know About Addressing Your Wedding Invitations

Last week, we went over the stationery pieces you should include in your wedding invitation suite, so this week we'll talk about the envelopes! As with most things regarding your wedding stationery, the level of tradition and formality that you use is entirely up to you — but if you're interested in address etiquette or want to know more about the way addresses are traditionally handled, here's some information on how it's done.

 


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Whether you're going with the traditional card-and-envelope combination or the postcard option, you'll want to pre-address your RSVPs for your invitees. Traditionally, reply envelopes are addressed to the host of the wedding — in modern practice, they are sent to whoever is handling RSVPs, whether that's the host, the couple, a family member, or otherwise. If you want to adhere strictly to etiquette, also keep in mind that an unmarried couple's names are not traditionally supposed to appear together in print.

 

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Mailing envelopes are typically formatted with your guest addresses on the front and return address centered on the back flap (this does not have to be the same return address that you use on your reply envelopes). For the address itself, etiquette states that you should spell out all street names, cities, states and countries. See below for traditional practices regarding various salutations:

TO A SINGLE PERSON

Mr. Timothy Spellman
OR
Mr. Timothy Spellman
and Guest

TO A MARRIED COUPLE

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Preston
OR
Mrs. Eileen and Mr. Michael Preston

TO A MARRIED COUPLE WITH DIFFERENT LAST NAMES

Mr. Michael Preston and Mrs. Eileen Fischer
*This formatting is also used for same sex couples.

TO AN UNMARRIED COUPLE LIVING TOGETHER

Mr. Ryan Smith
Ms. Amelia Bradley

TO A WHOLE FAMILY

Mr. and Mrs. Liam West
and Family
OR
Mr. and Mrs. Liam West
Melanie, Tristan, and Rachel
*Anyone over 18 years old should receive their own invitation.

TO A DOCTOR (OR DOCTORS)

Dr. and Mrs. James Howard
OR
Doctors Megan and James Howard
*The doctor always appears first, regardless of gender.


 

Are you ready to get started on your wedding stationery? You can learn more about the semi-custom collection and process HERE or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the custom design process!

 

 

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What You Need to Include in Your Wedding Invitation Suite

If you've been browsing wedding sites and magazines for inspiration, you might be wondering just how important it is to include all the pieces you often see displayed in those gorgeous wedding stationery flatlays. I am, of course, a big fan of pretty accents and extra design elements, but those things are definitely extra — add they can up quickly, both in cost and weight (which leads to even more cost at the post office!). When it comes down to the necessities, there are really only two or three pieces that you need for each suite (four or five if you count envelopes): an invitation, a reply card, and possibly a details card for additional information.

Read on to see why I think each is important (if not absolutely essential), and hop over to the The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Stationery Terms if you want to learn more about paper sizes, printing methods, and more!

 


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As much as I love a beautifully coordinated wedding suite (and I really, really do!), I have to admit that the actual invitation is the only piece that is truly a requirement. After all, it's how you share the most crucial information with your guests — when and where they have to show up. If you're okay with including a URL on your invitation, you can direct them to your website for any other details.

 

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Between email and websites like Zola, it has become increasingly common for couples to handle their RSVP process online. That being said, physical reply cards are still considered the second key piece of a standard invitation suite, especially if you have some less technology-savvy guests — or if you just love paper as much as I do!

If you do decide to forgo a reply card, keep in mind that you'll still need a way to tell your guests how to RSVP.

 

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While not strictly required, the details card is the piece that rounds out what I would consider a full invitation suite. You can include any number of things on a details card, including a link to your website, information about attire, a list of accommodation options, etc. I have also worked with clients who choose to skip the reply card, but still include a details card with information on how to RSVP.

 


 

Are you ready to get started on your wedding stationery? You can learn more about the semi-custom collection and process HERE or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the custom design process!

 

 

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