Monday, July 20, 2009

Thank you

I just wanted to share a thank you we got by email today...

My daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Anna Benker, used Thee Wedding Warehouse for various services at their July 1, 2009 wedding. This is just a quick note to express the delight that my husband and I experienced at the results of your services! The wedding flowers were beautiful, the cake was extraordinary, the make-up/hair stylist was terrific, the photographer was easy to have around (we haven’t seen the prints yet) and I’m sure will exceed our expectations, the food was delicious, the caterers were on top of everything, and the master guidance you provided was perfect!

Thee Wedding Warehouse exceeded our expectations and delivered a truly beautiful wedding for our daughter. We will definitely recommend you to anyone!

Thank you!


A hand written note is always nice but in the digital age sending an email to let your vendors know it always appreciated. This is me speaking as a vendor. As a vendor I love to get pictures also....

I think as for the bride and groom a hand written note is still the most proper. Martha Stewart's says you have 6 months to send thank you notes after the wedding to your guests. My opinion is closer to 3 months. To stay caught up, do them as you receive them before the wedding. Keep a good list. Schedule a couple hours of quiet time time to write them. Have the new hubby help and enjoy doing it together. This will also make it go much quicker.

Found a good website to share on Thank you notes.. below

The Do's and Don'ts of Thank You Notes
The Basic Etiquette of Thank You Notes
By Donna Pilato,

They're such a simple concept. A thank you note is an expression of appreciation for a thoughtful act, expression, or gift. But the potential formality of this thought can be intimidating. Many people think that the wording has to be perfect, and this causes so much anxiety that the notes are never sent. Before all the other rules, just remember that an imperfect note that comes with heartfelt sentiment is better than a perfect note that was never written.
In order to relieve some of the anxiety on this subject, here is a simple guide to the do's and don'ts of thank you notes. You may discover that in some cases where you thought a written note was required, it's not. I'll also give you a few sample thank you notes just to get you started. But remember, although I'm providing a formula, you'll need to personalize it to make it meaningful to the recipient.

The Do's of Thank You Notes
Send your thank you notes as quickly as possible.
Notes may be sent on informal stationery, except for wedding thank you notes which are generally sent on formal stationery.
Always make specific reference to the gift that is the subject of the note, such as "Thank you so much for the blue sweater. How did you know that was my favorite color?"
Always send notes in the following situations:
Wedding gifts.
For sympathy letters, flowers, or mass cards.
To the hostess after a party that was hosted in your honor.
For bridal or baby shower gifts.
For gifts that were received by mail.
After being entertained by your boss.
Gifts received during a hospital stay.
After being hosted as a houseguest for one or more nights (unless it's a close relative or friend who is doing the hosting).
For notes or gifts of congratulations.
Thank you notes are not required in the following situations, but would still be a nice gesture:
After being a guest at a dinner party.
After a job interview (not required, but definitely a smart idea).
For birthday gifts that were received and opened in person, and you already thanked the giver personally.
When a friend has helped you out with a special favor such as babysitting, a meal when you were sick, running errands for you when you are incapable.
To the sales representative who has entertained you personally as part of a business relationship.

The Don'ts of Thank You Notes
Don't delay in sending most notes. Generally notes should be sent within a week of receipt of the gift or gesture. The only exception to this timing is as follows:
Thank you notes for hospital gifts should be sent as soon as the patient is well enough to send them, whenever that is.
The current guidelines for wedding gift thank you notes are that the notes should be sent within three months of receipt of gifts. However, given the potential monumental task that would pose to the bride and groom after their honeymoon, it makes sense to send notes out as soon as gifts are received (often wedding gifts are sent prior to the wedding date).
I cannot stress enough the importance of personalizing thank you notes. I have attended large children's parties where parents hand out pre-written thank you's as guests leave the party, even though gifts haven't even been opened. In my opinion, there's no point in even giving a thank you in this case. Thought was given to selecting just the right present for the birthday boy or girl, and without a specific thank you for the gift, the giver will never know how much the gift was really enjoyed. This kind of thank you is merely a check note on the party list, and conveys no sense of personal appreciation.
Even though most thank you notes can be sent on informal stationery, that doesn't mean it's okay to use a piece of paper torn from your shopping list pad. Find note cards that reflect your personality, and keep a ready supply on hand. They don't need to cost a lot of money. In fact, if you shop diligently, you can find inexpensive, attractive cards in the dollar stores.
There's no need to lie if you dislike a gift. If something is not to your taste, you should still show appreciation for the thought that went into selecting it for you. You can always say "Thank you for the thoughtful (fill in the blank). I will always think of you whenever I use it."

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