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!
Christening or baptism invitation cards are usually sent to godparents, friends and family. Regardless of denomination, in this special day the child is officially named. It gives everyone the opportunity to welcome the child into the Family, the Church, and the Community. The invitation includes the baby’s name, and the date, location and time of the christening. It may also state the place for the reception afterward.
Puts the ball in your sibling’s court without being too dramatic or accusatory. You start and end with the positives (reword to suit) and avoid putting them on the defensive or escalating the argument.
The traditional Wedding card is a written communication from the bride and groom to the guests which has all the necessary details of the nuptial event to which the guests must respond. Typically, it is formal and mailed to each recipient five to eight weeks before the wedding day. However ethnic wedding invitations are becoming very popular these day because they are unique and largely differ from the traditional invitations.
Always send handwritten notes. Regardless how brief, a handwritten note (as opposed to a preprinted one) illustrates sincerity and your appreciation for the gift.