11 Wedding Thank-You Card Templates You Can Copy Word-for-Word

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by Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated May 04, 2021

After your wedding day comes to an end, you'll want to soak up all the newlywed bliss with your S.O.—and we don't blame you. But in between unwrapping wedding gifts and settling into your newlywed nest, there are a few important postwedding tasks to complete. The most pressing, though, is sending wedding thank-you cards. Loved ones will shower you with gifts in the months before and after your big day, so it's important to express your gratitude in a timely manner. But, if you aren't sure how to write a wedding thank-you note, we're here to help. Finding the right things to say might feel challenging, especially when you have so many notes to write. That's why we're sharing 11 wedding thank-you card wording examples that you can copy verbatim.

Below, we break down exactly how to write wedding thank-you cards. Plus, to make your life as easy as can be, you'll find wedding thank-you note templates for every kind of gift, from registry items to cash fund donations and even group gifts. While writing wedding thank-you messages may feel overwhelming at first, we're here to help every step of the way. Use these wedding thank-you note examples to cut down on your writing time and get your cards in the mail ASAP.

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How to Write a Wedding Thank-You Card

Before you pull out your fanciest pens and glossy stationery, brush up on how to write a wedding thank-you card. A note of gratitude for a wedding gift is similar to any other message you'd write. But, if you're wondering exactly how to write wedding thank you cards, we've got you covered.

Handwrite Your Notes

Wedding thank-you notes should always be handwritten because it shows you took the time to personally write a thoughtful message. Plus, typing or emailing your thank-you notes can seem impersonal, and in some cases, recipients may even find it rude. Since hand-writing wedding thank-you messages will take a significant amount of time, there's no need to write a novel for each guest. In fact, there are no specific rules about the length of your wedding gift thank-you note. However long it takes you to express your gratitude is sufficient, but don't feel like you have to fill up pages upon pages just to express your appreciation. A short and simple message can go a long way.

Invest in a Great Pen

Working on wedding thank-you cards can actually be fun, especially if you buy good tools that get you excited to write. First, invest in stationery that represents you as a couple. (You can browse plenty of designs—including styles that match your wedding invitation suite—from The Knot Invitations.) Then, treat yourself to a high-quality pen. Believe it or not, a good rollerball or fountain pen will do wonders for penmanship. Stick with blue or black ink and make sure it won't smear or bleed through your note cards. Finally, don't forget to stock up on plenty of stamps so you're not hunting down postage every time you lick an envelope.

Use Discretion When Addressing Cash Gifts

You might wonder what the proper wedding thank-you card wording is for a cash gift. In the past, it was deemed inappropriate to mention the amount of money you received in a thank-you card for a cash gift, but that isn't the case today. Some etiquette experts say that writing the number confirms that you received the correct amount in full. Use your judgment to determine what feels right based on your relationship with the guest when it comes to writing your thank-you message.

One thing you should include in a wedding thank-you card for a cash gift, though, is exactly how the money will be used. Guests want to know that their gift will be appreciated, so explain if the cash donation will go to a home renovation project, a puppy fund or date night experiences. If you've specifically registered for honeymoon funds, share what kind of activities you will (or did) put the money toward.

Work in Batches

When it comes to sending thank-yous, earlier is always better. It's recommended to send thank-you notes within two weeks of receiving the gift before the wedding. Then, for items received after the big day, aim to send thank-yous within three months. Since writing wedding thank-you messages can be time-consuming, don't try to get them all done in one sitting. Instead, set aside 30 minutes or so every night to tackle your wedding thank-you card list.

The best way to finish this task efficiently is to divide and conquer. Some couples separate the list down the middle, while others prefer to write thank-you cards to their extended family who may not know their S.O. as well. (No matter how you divvy up the responsibility, though, it is important to sign both of your names at the end of the card.) Do whatever works best for you and your partner, but send thank-yous as you receive gifts to cut down on your postwedding to-do list.

Address Them Properly

Not sure how to address wedding thank-you notes? The interior of the card can be informal. If you're sending the card to an entire family or a couple, address each member who attended your wedding (and signed the gift's card) by name. It's perfectly fine to address the guests by their first name, but do what feels right based on your relationship with them.

On the exterior of the wedding thank-you card envelope, address guests the same way you did on your formal invitations. It's best to also handwrite the addresses, though you can use pre-printed return address labels on the back flap to save some time as you seal up each card.

Wedding Thank-You Card Wording Templates

If you're wondering what to write in wedding thank-you cards, look no further. We've outlined wedding thank-you card templates for every kind of gift and guest below. Go ahead and copy these wedding thank-you messages word-for-word in your cards—just be sure to add your own personal touch to make your salutations feel thoughtfully tailored to each recipient.

Thank-You Card Wording for a Registry Gift

Most guests will use your registry to buy a wedding gift, so create your wishlist shortly after you get engaged and update it frequently. Here's what to write for a gift selected directly from your registry.

Dear [guest names],

Thank you so much for the crystal wine glasses. We now have a complete set—and you know how we love our wine! We're looking forward to your next visit, when we can enjoy a drink together. Thank you again for thinking of us!

All the best,

[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Cash Gift

The Knot makes it easy to add cash funds to your wedding registry. You can register for cash for just about any activity that fits your lifestyle, making it a versatile (and meaningful) gift idea. Here's how to thank guests for a cash wedding gift.

Dear [guest names],

We are so grateful for your generous gift. We're one step closer to the kitchen remodel we've been dreaming of and plan to start this spring. It was so wonderful to have you celebrate alongside us at the wedding—thanks for making the trip. Looking forward to seeing you [at the next occasion you'll be together].

Much love,

[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Honeymoon Fund Donation

If you registered for honeymoon funds, use your thank-you card to share how guests' contributions were used (or will be used) on your postwedding getaway.

Dear [guest names],

We are so grateful for your generous contribution to our honeymoon. We'll think of you as we enjoy our zip-lining excursion in Aruba! We can't wait to see you at our wedding—we're looking forward to celebrating our big day together.

All the best,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Gift Card

Did you know you can register for gift cards on The Knot? Not only are they an easy gift option for guests, they're a great way to add a variety of ideas at all price ranges. Use this simple wedding thank-you note example for any kind of gift card.

Dear [guest names],

Thank you so much for the Airbnb gift card. You know we're always looking forward to our next adventure, and this generous gift will help us plan the cross-country road trip we've been dreaming of. It was so great to celebrate with you at our wedding. We can't wait to see you again soon!

Much love,

[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Charity Donation

If you want your wedding day to make a positive impact, there are a few ways to give back through your registry on The Knot. If you choose to set up a separate charity registry, here's how to thank guests for their monetary contribution.

Dear [guest name],

We are so thankful for your generous contribution to [charity name]. This organization has such a special place in our hearts, and we're so grateful our wedding day can give back in a meaningful way. We can't wait to celebrate with you soon!

All the love,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Group Gift

Some guests may band together and invest in a high-ticket registry item as a group gift. If you receive one, send each person who contributed their own individual thank-you note.

Dear [guest name],

Thank you for the awesome backyard fire pit. We were counting down the days until our wedding, now we can count down until summer! We're so lucky to have such thoughtful friends. S'mores soon? Thank you again for thinking of us and helping us celebrate this happy time in our lives.

Much love,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for an Off-Registry Gift

Some guests might shop off-registry for your wedding gift. If that's the case, it's still necessary to thank them for their generosity. Use this wedding thank-you card template for an unexpected present.

Dear [guest name],

We are so grateful for your generous gift. We love getting creative in the kitchen, so we'll think of you every time we use this knife set. Thank you so much for joining us on our wedding day and helping us celebrate this special time in our lives.

All the best,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Gift From Someone You Don't Know (Yet)

If you received a gift from a guest who's an acquaintance or a friend of a close family member, here's how to thank them in your card.

Dear [guest name],

Thank you for the absolutely beautiful crystal vase. It's perfect for our entryway—I will nudge [spouse's name] to keep it filled with flowers. My dad has spoken so fondly of you over the years, and we look forward to meeting you at the wedding in a few weeks. Thank you for your kindness and for sharing in this exciting time in our lives.

Sincerely,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Gift You Don't Love

Even if you received a wedding gift you don't love, it's important to still send a thank-you message to the guest. Here's how to respond graciously.

Dear [guest name],

Thank you for the colorful serving bowls—so fun! Every time we look at them we will think of you and remember this special time in our lives. Many thanks for sharing in our joy on our wedding day.

Fondly,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for a Guest Who Didn't Give a Gift

While giving a wedding gift is highly encouraged, it's not mandatory. Traditional etiquette indicates that guests technically have up to one year after the wedding to send you a gift. Since thank-you messages should be sent within three months of your wedding date, include notes for those who didn't send a gift in your last batch. The thank-you card may act as a nudge to encourage them to send a gift—but even if they don't, all guests should still be thanked for attending your big day.

Dear [guest name],

Thank you so much for celebrating our wedding day with us. It was so great to have you by our side as we welcomed the next chapter in our lives. We hope to see you again soon!

Fondly,
[Your names]

Thank-You Card Wording for Vendors

Your team of wedding pros deserve love too. You may want to consider sending them a vendor thank-you gift, especially if they went above and beyond on your big day. But at the very least, it's recommended to give your vendors a thank-you card. You can prep these ahead of time and bring them to the wedding, or plan to send them after the big day (that way you can reference specific moments from the wedding in your note). Here's how to thank them for their part in your wedding.

Dear [vendor name],

Thank you so much for playing such an integral role in our wedding day. Our floral arrangements turned out beautifully, and we've received so many compliments on the design and the color scheme. It was such a pleasure working together, and we can't thank you enough for making our big day so special.

All the best,
[Your names]

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