Although it can be overwhelming for newlyweds to think about the piles and piles of gifts they received for which they need to thank people, the task can actually be a lot of fun. The requirement for it being fun is that the you get excited about writing lots of short letters to your favorite people (this is assuming that the people who gave you gifts are people you actually like).
Meaningful Thank You Cards for Wedding Gifts: Handwritten
The worst kind of thank you card for a wedding gift would be one that is received about 6 months after the wedding, is all pre-printed (and not personalized at all), and says “Thank you for the gift. We like it.” Instead, put the extra effort in and write the thank you cards by hand. You should also hand-address the envelopes, although it is okay to use preprinted return address labels. If one of you has illegible penmanship, either have the other do all the writing, or have that one work extra hard to make things legible.
Meaningful Thank You Cards for Wedding Gifts: Specific
Your thank you card should mention the specific gift that was given to you by this person. In order to do this, keep meticulous lists while you are opening cards and gifts so you know exactly who gave you what. If somebody gave you a gift card or money, then thank them for the gift card or money and tell them what you bought with it. This will make them feel more involved in providing something useful for your life.
Meaningful Thank You Cards for Wedding Gifts: Mental Pictures
After thanking them for the gift, tell them how you are using it, or where it is in your home, or something that allows them to see a mental picture of you with their gift. For example, if they gave you a toaster oven, tell them that it is great for making toasted sandwiches for your lunches. If they gave you sheets, tell them how soft and cozy they are, and how well they match your comforter.
If you are feeling really adventurous, take pictures of you and your spouse with each gift you received, make prints, and enclose the appropriate photo with each gift. People will love seeing you with their gift in your home. If you are less adventurous, you could include a wallet-sized print of a favorite wedding photo instead, so they can at least see you and remember your wedding day.
Meaningful Thank You Cards for Wedding Gifts: Personal
Lastly, make sure to write something in the card that makes the person reading it feel like it was written specifically to them. Include something that refers to your relationship with them, and how much you appreciate them, or a fond memory you have of them. These closing personal touches will leave the gift givers with all sorts of warm fuzzies, and who knows, they may even decide to send you another gift sometime.
More importantly, writing meaningful thank you cards for wedding gifts will preserve and enrich your relationships with each of these people, giving you open doors for further correspondence over the years to come.