|Thanks for all the lovely Gifts!|
For some reason I thought I had up to a year to send out Thank You cards after our wedding. After the frantic build up to the wedding and all the organizing that goes into that I couldn't even think about Thank You cards right away. I needed a break! I wasn't going to take a whole year of course but it was nice to know that I didn't have to rush right into it. Then, I started googling wedding etiquette and found that I was actually a bad bride for waiting even this long.
According to essortment.com, It’s impolite to procrastinate and send your thank you notes out late. They shouldn’t be put in the mail any more than two weeks after you return from your honeymoon. If you receive your wedding gift before the big day, it would be best to post an acknowledgement immediately. No matter when the gift was received, however, one must never wait longer than a month.
Oops. My wedding was July 10th-almost 3 months ago. I kept searching for a site that would tell me I had a year so I could move myself out of the impolite bride category but alas I did not. I promptly or not so promptly as it were ordered my Thank You cards last month which was two months post wedding. They've been sitting in my closet for the last two weeks so I finally pulled them out this past weekend and got down to business. It's definitely less work then doing invitations. Not everyone you invite comes to your wedding and not everyone that comes buys you a gift. There is also less assembling which is less time, but there is a heck of a lot more writing. They must be personalized. That's one rule I won't break. I used Vistaprint.com and they only cost me $41.14 for 40 including delivery. Their standard delivery is 21 days. Even they refer to it as "slow." They did ship early but with a 21 day expected delivery it's still late if you asked me, which was actually mostly fine seeing as how I obviously was not in any rush to do this. Seeing their Thank You cards made me even gladder that we didn't use them for our invitations. I used one of the few mostly Pink and Black patterns they had. I got them personalized with our names on the front and a small black and white picture from our wedding day photo session inside but overall they are a bit flimsy. No embossing on the print and just not the quality that I wanted for our invites but just fine for Thank You cards.
So now they are addressed and impolitely sitting inside the drawer of our coffee table. They will definitely be mailed out before we take off on our honeymoon at the end of the month, which was always the original plan. The rules of etiquette does say two weeks after your honeymoon but I'm assuming they meant a honeymoon taken right after your wedding day and not 3 1/2 months later!