No matter the size of the gift/support, a simple thank you sent within a few days if you send the thank yous within a few months of the wedding date, you're ok.
Money is one of the top gifts received at weddings and graduations. Anytime you receive money as a gift, write a thank you note to the person to show your gratitude and appreciation.
Growing up I wrote many thank you notes after receiving cash from relatives for Christmas and birthday presents. I had lots of practice by the time I graduated from high school, college, and got married.
Perhaps this is your first time writing a thank you, and you are not sure what to say. To help you determine what to say, let’s consider two scenarios that unfold when money is received as a gift:
Mention what you spent the money on. Even if it is something boring, like a tank of gas. The goal is to let the giver know how their money impacted your life.
Thank you for attending our wedding and for the generous gift. We used it to help buy a new couch. We will enjoy it for many years to come.
Heidi + Ted
Indicate what you are saving the money for. This will let the giver know how their gift is helping you reach a long-term goal.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jones,
Thank you for the graduation gift. I plan to save the money for future college-related expenses. I also enjoyed visiting with you at my graduation party.
#1 I appreciate the check you mailed. The timing was perfect as I was not going to be able to pay the full gas bill. Your money will keep my heat on. God bless!
#2 Thank you for the birthday money. I had fun spending it on Amazon. I ordered a new cookbook and a few other books that have been on my want list, including [book name]. I am looking forward to the hours of enjoyable reading.
#3 I was very surprised to receive your card and gift in the mail today. I used it to splurge on dinner at my favorite sushi restaurant. I felt happy to be able to sit at the sushi bar and be able to order anything I wanted. Thank you very much!
#4 Thank you for the gift card to [store name]. I love shopping there. I picked out some new wool socks to keep me warm this winter.
#5 Thank you for the graduation gift. I plan to save the money for future college-related expenses. I also enjoyed visiting with you at my graduation party.
Related:Thank you notes for graduation gifts: Money, tips, and examples
#6 The money you sent for my graduation is appreciated. I will be using it right away towards a used car to so that my parents don’t need to drive me to work anymore. Also, thank you for coming to the party!
#7 Thank you for the money! I am saving up for [item name] and your gift got me closer to the goal. I appreciate your generosity.
#8 I have received the check that you mailed. Thank you for your gift towards my mission trip. I will share all the details with you upon my return from [mission trip location]. Your support has helped make it possible for me to be able to go.
#9 Thank you for sending us wedding anniversary money. We used it for a wonderful dinner at [Restaurant Name] and to cover the cost of the baby sister. A night out was just want we needed.
#10 We appreciate the money you sent us. That was a very nice surprise when we opened your card. We are adding it to our envelope for replacement windows.
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The examples below are for when your boss gave you cash, and you don’t want to share what you did with the money (You should probably share if the money was for a baby gift or wedding). To thank your boss for a raise or bonus read the post here.
The examples below be a bit more generic than I usually recommend. However, they are fine for when you don’t want to tell your boss what you did with the money.
#1 Thank you for the cash. I appreciate it and will do something fun with it!
#2 I am excited about the cash you gave me for my recent work anniversary. Thank you!
#3 You’re a wonderful boss! Thank you for the cash for my birthday. That was a pleasant, unexpected surprise.
#4 Thank you for the money recognizing my contribution to the team. I will be spending it or saving it soon! I don’t think I should tell you what I do with my money.
#5 What a great week we had with sales last week! I am grateful for the cash bonus I received. Thank you for making sure our team got a cut of the profit.
This section of tips and examples is for when the money was a gift. The section that follows will have sample notes for when the money was a loan.
Expressing your gratitude may feel more challenging when you’ve received a large gift of money. What kind of thank you is enough for a big amount? Will your words ever be enough? I don’t recommend saying “I can’t thank you enough!” ever.
You may feel like you didn’t deserve the gift. You can read this post and this one to help you graciously accept the money. Try to accept the gift without feel guilty.
A large sum of money will mean different amounts to different people. It could be $100 or $50,000 or more. And remember that sometimes smaller amounts given to you regularly, such as for help paying bills, can add up to significant total over time.
I recommend writing a handwritten thank-you note. Why handwritten? Because they took more time and feel more personal. You could also pick out a card design that the giver will like. While a thank-you note should be enough to express your gratitude, some people may want to do more.
What you decide to do in addition to a thank-you note, if anything, is up to you. You will have to decide for yourself. Below is a list of potential ideas:
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Tip 1: Explain why/how the money helped you. Be specific. Now is not the time to be generic!
Tip 2: Include as much in your note as in your heart. This could make for a longer letter than a typical three or four word thank-you note.
Remember: This set of examples are for when the money was a gift and no repayment is expected.
#1 Thank you for the contribution to my mortgage down payment. Your generosity has changed my life. Because of your help, I was able to to get a mortgage for 15 years instead of the typical 30. I appreciate your kindness. Thank you for sharing your money with me.
#2 We closed on the house last Friday! We thank you for your very generous gift to help with the down payment. We were able to become homeowners many years sooner than planned and are excited to start this new chapter of our lives. Thank you again for your benevolence. We would like to have you over for dinner as soon as we get settled in.
#3 I am grateful for the large amount of money you gave me! As you know, it will be used towards remodeling my bathroom. I will have you over for a visit once it’s complete. You are the best parents ever! Having an updated bathroom will help me feel more confident to have visitors. And since I use the bathroom every day, I will enjoy the improvements every day!
#4 I am very grateful for your help with getting a used car. Since I don’t have a credit score, I wasn’t able to qualify for a loan. And much to my dismay, my old car gave out before I had enough saved for a replacement vehicle. Your altruism is beyond anything I have ever experienced. I will be able to drive to work safely in the used [make or model of the car].
#5 Thank you for helping me with bills during the past year. I’ve struggled to get on top of things and seem to have a problem with self-sabotage. You’ll be happy to know that I have a new money accountability partner. I am making every effort to change my money habits. You’ve been very gracious to me and your resources. It’s time for me to learn to be independent. Thank you for all of your kindness and patience. I am grateful that, due to your help, I was able to stay in my apartment during my season of money troubles.
#6 Wow, I was surprised that you decided to share your inheritance from Aunt Sue’s estate with me. I loved her as if she was my Aunt but did not expect anything when she passed. You are a very kind and charitable person. I don’t know what I will do with the money just yet, but am very grateful to have received it. My heart is full.
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Tip 1: I am assuming you needed the loan for a specific reason. You can mention the reason in your note. For example, thank you for loaning me money for [enter reason].
Tip 2: You can thank them when you get the loan, and also again when the loan is paid in full. If the loan is very short term (less than 2 weeks), then one note is fine.
I borrowed money from a coworker once and paid her back the next day along with a thank-you!
#1 Thank you for lending my cash yesterday for lunch. I was shocked when I got to work and realized I had left my wallet at home. I am grateful that you helped me out so that I didn’t have to skip lunch. Thanks Again!>
#2 I am very grateful to you for helping me out with a loan to cover the cost of my car repairs. As we discussed, I will give you [agreed upon amount] every two weeks until it’s paid off. And then, once it’s paid off I will put the same amount in an envelope every two weeks to build up savings for the next time my car has an issue. Thank you for trusting me.>
#3 Thank for the loan to help me purchase a used car. Since I don’t have a credit score, I couldn’t qualify for a loan for even a small amount. I promise to stick to the payment plan that we came up with. And it’s very nice of you to not charge me interest!
#4 I appreciate your kindness and letting me borrow money during this difficult time of my life. Not being able to pay all of my bills on time is very stressful. I am looking forward to my new job that starts next week which will help me be in a better financial position.
#5 Thank you for letting me borrow money for rent last month! I had so many unexpected expenses happen at the same time. Your kindness helped me save face with the landlord. I was able to sell some items on eBay for more than expected and will repay you the full amount soon.
For more tips read:How to write a thank you note in 5 easy steps.
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Perhaps the most obvious time to send thank you cards is when receiving a gift. Birthdays, weddings, holidays.
Congratulations, mister and missus! If your big day was more special than you could have ever hoped, you have your nearest and dearest around you to thank.
You know it’s proper etiquette to send wedding thank you cards, but you might be searching for the perfect words to express your gratitude.
Here’s your guide with all the rules of thumb and wedding thank you wording ideas to help you convey appreciation to family, friends, generous gift-givers and everyone who contributed to your special day.
Read through our Wedding Thank You Cards Etiquette Guide or skip to the sections you need now:
A handwritten thank you note on wedding stationery is the proper way to thank your wedding guests for supporting your big day and bringing a special gift.
“A handwritten thank you card is the sincerest way to acknowledge that someone spent time or money – or both – to help celebrate finding your forever soul mate,” says award-winning luxury wedding planner Sara Fried, of Fête Nashville.
With the help of Sara and her team at Fête Nashville, we’ve created this guide with tips on when to send wedding thank you cards and how to write personalized notes that will thank and appreciate each guest for bringing a gift to your wedding.
“Writing a note takes time and effort and the recipient is well aware of that, making the experience that much more enjoyable and exciting,” says Sara.
You’re going to want to make sure everyone who deserves a card receives one.
“It is important to make a list of people who helped make each aspect of your wedding special and memorable,” suggests Sara.
Wedding thank you cards should be sent to everyone who brings a gift to your wedding or helps out in any way, from making wedding party favors to running errands.
Here’s a list of people you should thank who either brought a gift to your wedding or helped you plan your big day:
One of the first activities to be done as a married pair, couples can write and send thoughtful thank you letters that express gratitude for special wedding gifts, whether monetary gifts or from the registry.
When should newlyweds send wedding thank you cards? Write and mail wedding thank you notes as soon as possible after the wedding or within three months of when you receive the gift.
“Thank you notes should be written within two weeks of receiving a gift and within three months of the wedding,” says wedding planner Sara Fried. “It is perfectly acceptable to write thank you notes for wedding gifts as you receive them, even if it’s before the wedding.”
Follow this timeline to help you prepare, write, and send out wedding thank you cards:
When recording the gifts, be specific. Include the item as well as the color or any details that will help you write personal thank you cards. If you receive money, write down the amount. While you will not have to include the amount in the thank you card, it will help you choose the appropriate adjective. We’ve included sample wedding thank you notes for money
You may want to purchase your wedding thank you cards around the same time you buy the rest of your wedding stationery. The style of the thank you cards doesn’t have to match your wedding stationery, but can still reflect your personal style and taste.
A Word on Photo Wedding Thank You Cards
Congratulations on your wedding!
Hope it was the most wonderful day ever 🙂
Now that your wedding is done and dusted, there is only one more thing left to do..
Oh yes the thank you cards!
Have you been struggling with your thank you card wording?
You are probably thinking – What else can I say other than “thank you for coming!”?
You are here because you are looking for some wording ideas for your thank you cards.
Don’t worry, that’s exactly what you will get from this post.
Here’s the deal..
It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Or does it? 😛
When it comes to a thank you card, your friends and family would much rather reading something from the heart ❤
Try writing something that is more personal. Perhaps something they can relate to.
Ok let’s get into it, here’s my 7 wording ideas for your wedding thank you cards:
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If you would like to keep your thank you message short and sweet, you can easily thank your guests for a few things in a single sentence.
Instead of saying how much you appreciate their presence at your wedding, warm wishes towards your marriage and generous gift to celebrate your new life as newly weds.
You can do this.
“From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you for sharing in the celebration of our wedding. We felt the love and sincerity all around us which made it the most memorable day of our lives.
We are grateful for your presence, warm wishes and your generous gift and look forward to sharing many more memories with you.”
I love this wording because that pretty much sums it all up!
Photo credit: Kat Stanley Photography
This thank you card is real.
“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for celebrating our special day with us and making it the most memorable day of our lives. From sweating it out together during the ceremony, to dancing the night away in the rain, we definitely felt the love from you all on the day.
We can’t wait for our trip to Europe at the end of July, which wouldn’t be possible without all of your generous gifts.
We look forward to starting the next chapter of our lives together and sharing many more memories with you all!”
I love that The Lowletts shared a bit of the ups and downs from the wedding day!
You know what’s even better?
Their friends and family actually shared those memories with the couple so I can just imagine them giggling and remembering those funny moments of sweating and dancing together on the day while reading this thank you message!
Let’s send a thank you card to your guests that makes them feel something.
Anything hilarious happened on your wedding day?
Maybe something not-so-funny at the time (oops!) but would be a good laugh now? Those are the memories that will live forever so why not put it on paper to help your guests relive them.
Photo credit: Tim Harris Photography
“Thank you so much for celebrating with us at our wedding. It was the most wonderful day of our lives. It would not have been the same without you! We are truly grateful for your generosity & presence on our special day.”
This line surely makes them feel super special knowing that their presence was appreciated! This thank you message is perfect for thanking your guests for coming and celebrating with you at your wedding.
If you’re also sending a thank you card to the guests who couldn’t make it to your wedding, make sure you personalised another thank you message for them. Otherwise it would be a bit awkward for them to receive this message.
You can find thank you card wording ideas for guests who didn’t attend later in this blog.
Keep reading on..
Oh yes, time to get mushy!
If you guys had a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ kind of love, perhaps there is a few people you need to really thank for being with you through the journey.
These are the people who has really been on your side and hey it’s worth sending a personalised thank you message that is a bit mushy! 😛
“Thank you for being a part of our lives and supporting us through our journey. We were so blessed to have you celebrate and be a part of our Wedding day.
Thank you for your abundant generosity and kindness with your gift, we are beyond grateful.
We love you and can’t wait to celebrate the future with you!”
I said mushy, not cringy..
You can say “We love you” in a thank you card if you really mean it.
Your forever friends will definitely appreciate such lovely words!
Send something to your forever friends that says “We love you and can’t wait to celebrate the future with you!”.
Photo credit: Zoe Morley Photography
Are you a bit late to the party of sending your thank you cards out to your friends and family?
Hey no biggie really 🙂
Don’t feel embarrassed that you’re only sending them a thank you card a year later.
Because it will be a lovely surprise for them to receive your thank you card now.
I promise you, it will make their day getting your thank you card on an uneventful day! People are so used to getting bills in the mail that a lovely thank you card really brightens their day. It will also help them relive your wonderful wedding day all over again!
“One year ago we began our lives together. It was the most wonderful day of our lives and it would not have been the same without you! We are truly grateful for your generosity and presence on our special day!“
Wedding Photographer: Ali Bailey
“We sincerely thank you for sharing with us the special moments of our wedding day. Your thoughts, generous gifts and good wishes made our day an occasion we will always cherish.”
Wedding Photographer: Tall Timber Studio
“From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you for sharing in the celebration of our wedding. It was the best day of our lives and we could not of imagined the day without your presence.
We are blessed to have you in our lives and we are so grateful for your wishes and generous gift. We look forward to sharing more memories with you in the future.”
Wedding Photographer: Leigh Warner Weddings
“Thank you for celebrating our special day with us and making it one of the most memorable days of our lives.
From the moment you first saw the Groom in a Kilt, to playing games on the lawn, laughter and tears of happiness during the speeches, to dancing the night away. You made our day so special and one we will never forget.
We are also truly grateful for your generosity and kindness of your wedding gift. Thank you!
We look forward to sharing many more memories with you all.”
Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Harter
“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for celebrating our marriage with us. It was one of the most incredible and memorable trips of our lives. From sweating it out during the ceremony, to jumping in the pool to end the night with a dance party, we were overwhelmed by the amount of love from you all.
For our lovely friends and family who could not make the journey, we could feel the blessings from each and every one of you with us during our celebration. We are so lucky to be surrounded by a loving circle of friends and family. We are beyond grateful for your presence, warmest wishes and generous gifts and look forward to creating and celebrating many more memories with you!”
Well I hope that was helpful to you. Leave a comment below if it has helped you 🙂
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Perhaps the most obvious time to send thank you cards is when receiving a gift. Birthdays, weddings, holidays.
This helpful website is a primary resource for writing thoughtful wedding thank you notes. On these pages you’ll find the perfect words you’ve been searching for to express your sincere thanks for the wedding gifts you’ve received. It’s customary for both the bride and groom to take part in writing wedding thank you cards for gifts. One half of a couple should never be responsible for tackling this huge task all on his/her own! This is one of the first joint efforts you will perform together as newlyweds. When you sit down and are ready to write, a good place to start is by tapping into your genuine feelings of happiness and gratitude! If you come to a point where you’re at a loss for words or original phrasing, simply refer to the entries on this site for writing inspiration. New wedding gift thank you notes are added monthly. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily find this wedding thank you card resource again. From our staff to you, congratulations on getting hitched!
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Send wedding thank you cards to everyone, not just those who gave you a gift. Not everyone can afford to give you a gift at your wedding, given that they may.