No, if you thank someone at the time they give you the gift, you do not have to send a thank you note. However, if the person when to a lot of effort (made you a quilt, found some rare thing you collected.) it is a very nice thing to let them know how much it meant to you with a little note. We all like personal mail and we all get very little of it. So five minutes of your time and a 37 cent stamp can really add joy to the giver’s day.
Don’t procrastinate! Formal etiquette dictates that thank-yous for shower gifts should be sent within ten days and those for wedding gifts should be sent within two weeks after returning from the honeymoon. Moreover, gifts received prior to the wedding should be acknowledged immediately. That being said, if you happen to fall behind, rest assured it is never too late to be gracious!
Handwritten invitations are perfect for someone who has an attractive handwriting. This saves money on the printing and it gives a personal and handmade touch too. The style of your engagement invitation card is entirely up to you. You can go for casual or informal cards, just like how your party is going to be. If you are planning on a formal event, then you must mention in your invite about any special dress considerations that is expected, so that your guests can know.
For the next event instead of sending out traditional cards and wasting all of that time and money, try sending an electronic card. With e-cards you don’t have to worry about addressing envelopes or buying stamps. You can simply use one of the hundreds of sites that offers e-card services and create your own custom cards. These sites make it very easy to do and you can even upload your own photos if you like. Fill in the email addresses of everyone on your list and in minutes you can create and send invitations right to everyone’s inbox. It not only makes things easier on you but it makes things easier on them as well because their invitation comes right to their email account making it easy for them to immediately update their schedule.
Plan ahead! Whether online or from your designer, order your wedding cards thank you in advance so you are prepared as the gifts come in. You may want to order them at the same time you order your invitations.