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Receiving wedding gifts is a definite perk of the engagement period. And yes, if you’re getting gifts, you’re going to need to write wedding thank-you notes, too. While many couples may gripe about this task, it’s really important to show your guests that you appreciate their thoughtfulness. So what exactly are you supposed to write in these wedding thank-you notes? Well, turns out there is a wedding thank-you note template you can use to make the process a breeze.


A Gift From Your Registry Received Before the Wedding

This is among the most classic wedding thank-you notes, and probably the one you'll write most often. The goal here is to add a personal detail about each gift so that your friend/family member will feel that the gift is truly being used and appreciated.

Dear [Name of Guest],

Thank you so much for the [name the gift]! [Talk about how you have used or will use it. For example, "We already used the slow cooker to make beef stew last night—yum!"] We are looking forward to seeing you at the wedding and can't wait to celebrate together. Thank you for thinking of us!

Best,
[Your names]

A Gift Off Your Registry From Someone Who Couldn't Attend the Wedding

Again, use your wedding thank-you notes to thank the person for the gift in specific terms—answering the question, "What are you planning on doing with this gift?" Then, express your regret at not seeing the person at the wedding, and your hope that you'll be able to see them soon (even if they live across the country and you have no idea if or when you'll see them again).

Dear [Name of Guest],

Thank you so much for the [name the gift]! [Talk about how you will use it. For example, "We're so excited to use the gorgeous platter when we host Thanksgiving this fall."] We missed you at the wedding, but are looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for thinking of us!

Best,
[Your names]

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A Cash Gift From Someone Who Attended the Wedding

When it comes to figuring out how to write wedding thank-you notes for cash gifts, it can be a little tricky. You can still make a cash gift feel personal by adding a little detail about how you plan on spending the money. You don't have to discuss your financial history at length, but perhaps just allude to a major purchase you're aiming toward—a house, new furniture, a dog, etc. Your guests will love knowing that their financial contribution is being put to good use.

Dear [Name of Guest],

Thank you so much for your generous gift! We've been saving up for [a major purchase, like a house, a car, a dog, etc.] and we truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and support. It was so wonderful to see you at the wedding—thank you for making the trip to celebrate with us! Looking forward to seing you at [a specific place where you'll see the guest].

Best,
[Your names]

A Bridal Shower Gift You Didn't Register For And You Don't Like

Okay, so this is a tough one. If you receive random gifts that you really don't like (a weird set of figurines, a strange piece of artwork, etc.) you of course still need to write wedding thank-you notes, but you can be a little less specific with this one. Simply thank the guests for their generosity and tell them you're looking forward to seeing them soon. No need to mention the fact that you returned their gift (or perhaps are planning on re-gifting it to your unsuspecting cousin).

Dear [Name of Guest],

Thank you so much for the [name the item]. What a unique and creative gift—we appreciate your generosity. We're looking forward to seeing you at the wedding. Thank you for thinking of us!

Best,
[Your names]