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Congrats—you're married! The wedding is over, the gifts have been opened, and now you have a very long list of thank you cards to write. Yes, the planning process was daunting but the stack of thank you notes on your to-do list looms large—but, of course, it is incredibly necessary. It’s so important to thank all of your friends and family, not only for their gifts but also for taking part in one of the most important days of your life.
Victoria Della Torre of Etiquette Design Company recommends writing your thank you notes as soon the gifts arrive so you can stay on top of it and it doesn't become an overwhelming task. "If you want to go above and beyond, send a text when you unwrap a gift and then follow up with a thank you note a week or two later," she says.
Meet the Expert
Victoria Della Torre is the founder and owner of Etiquette Design Company, a boutique design and production company that focuses on luxury paper goods.
From letterpress to foil techniques and modern to traditional elements, there’s no shortage of choices for every style and budget. Go fancy with classic fonts, custom text, and gorgeous papers. Low on funds post-wedding and honeymoon? Opt for a digital or printable thank you note. To help, we’ve chosen some of our favorite cards for every budget and style. Now it’s up to you to get down to business and write them!
Read on for the best wedding thank you cards.
Minted + Brides Soho Wedding Thank You Cards by Caitlin Considine
We're super excited about the new Minted + Brides collection for many reasons—it offers a huge range of invitation designs and styles (30, to be exact!), but it also includes corresponding thank you notes! This means that your post-wedding note of gratitude perfectly meshes with the other paper goods in the suite.
The Soho design gives a modern look and feel to the traditional thank you note—and you can customize the background so it fits with your theme. Plus, the option to add photos from your big day adds an extra personalized touch.
Little City Print Co. Printable Thank You Card
This template offers an option to add a photo, and the text is totally customizable! Personalize the card depending on the guest, or print out a batch with the same message and then add a note on the back before you put it in the mail.
Georgia Blue Design Co. Wedding Thank You Cards
On a budget but don’t want to go the digital route? Another way to save money is by purchasing a template and printing the cards yourself. The process is simple and you’ll have your cards instantly (you know, just in case you’re a little behind on all those thank yous).
A Yellow Fish Letterpress Thank You Card Set
Hand-letterpressed, these navy cards feature a simple design perfect for a more casual couple. No monogram needed here! The quality of the paper and the hand-letterpress combo means it’s elevated and sophisticated without the need for too many flourishes.
JP Stationary Watercolor Thank You Cards
Perfect for the bride who wants thank you notes that look handmade, these pretty ombre cards come in any color you could want and feature a modern script. One part artsy and one part romantic—a win-win situation.
Artifact Uprising Foil-Stamped Minimal Thank You Card
We love the striking contrast between the black and white of this photo and the simple foil “thank you”. Of course, you can upload a color photo, too, but we love the look of a black and white image for this design! Four envelope colors and four foil choices (we partial to the burgundy) allows for lots of options.
Champaign Paper Rustic Thank You Cards
Perfect for the rustic couple, these pretty floral cards come in thirteen color options. Bonus—this company recycles or composts all of its paper trimmings. Eco-friendly paper goods for the win!
Artifact Uprising Contemporary Classic Thank You Card
For the truly contemporary couple, this simple card is printed on premium paper and features a very small, minimalist thank you for a clean design. If you opt for these, make sure you choose a photo that incorporates lots of negative space to match the modern design—if the photo is too busy you won’t be able to see the “thank you”!
Minted Lauren Chism Faded Palm Wedding Thank You Cards
Another option if you’re having a tropical or destination wedding, these thank you notes feature a pressed palm alongside elegant font choices. The luxe paper and understated design make a perfect choice for a minimalist couple.
Artifact Uprising Foil-Stamped Hand-Lettering Thank You Card
The oblong rectangle shape of these cards is a new, cool take on a thank you note. Modern, gold-foiled calligraphy makes these elevated and elegant. It's the kind of thank you note your friends and family will want to hang on the fridge and not throw in the recycling.
Yours Truly Traditional Initials Thank You Card
Go for a more traditional form of a thank you note with this classic monogrammed notecard set, which features a range of color options printed on smooth cardstock. As a bonus, if you have leftovers you can use them for future thank yous!
Zazzle Birch and River "Hearts Are Full" Thank You Postcard
Half photo of your choice, half customizable note, this is another postcard option for an easy-breezy thank you process. Printed on matte eggshell paper with a bit of texture, they’ll also hold up well in the mail.
Fly Young Sudio Merci Note Cards
These unique set of cards comes in a smaller pack of eight, perfect for those extra special notes you might want to send to select friends and family. Handmade in Georgia, the cards feature an iconic oak tree that grows in Savannah.
Artifact Uprising Foil-Stamped Geometric Thank You Cards
For the cool, modern couple these geometric, foil-stamped cards are simply perfect. We love the simplicity of a black and white photo with the small text—because the card features metallic foil, it’s easy to read even if you have a busier photo.
Zola Galata Portrait Thank You Cards
This tented thank you note has room for a photo to be uploaded, modern customizable text with a eucalyptus branch framing the text. Falling somewhere between romantic and modern, these cards are fit for a wide range of styles.
Mixbook Modern Elegant Wedding Thank You Cards
Another choice for the modern couple, these cards feature a blush box with “thank you” text and room under it for a personalized message and names. As an added bonus, choose from six trim styles, like rounded, double round, or vintage.
Zola Escape Portrait Thank You
If you’re having a tropical destination wedding, consider these modern palm leaf and color-blocked cards. You get the best of both worlds—the ability to incorporate a photo with a little room for a fun print and design!
Cards by Flora Botanical Gold Greenery Postcard
An easier and more cost-effective way to send out all those thank yous? Go with a postcard-style note! This one incorporates greenery and a mix of script and modern print for ultimate versatility. Slap a stamp on it and you’re good to go.
Zola Camden Thank You Cards
If you’re planning on having a woodsy, outdoor wedding these thank you cards will carry on your theme even after the wedding and will remind your guests of how much fun they had. Not into this shade of green? Choose from two more colorways—we think the white option is perfect for a winter wedding in the woods!
Artifact Uprising Venamour Botanical Thank You Card
One of our favorite stationery designers, Venamour, created these whimsical thank you cards with winding botanicals. We say go for the whole invitation suite if you love this style—you can’t go wrong with these beauties. Even the envelopes are beautiful—choose from five perfectly dusty envelope hues.
Peter Pauper Press Navy Blue Thank You Notes
If you had a nautical-themed wedding or your style leans a little preppy, consider these navy blue and white thank you cards. They come in a simple, updated-traditional design with no need for extra bells and whistles.
Paper Source Romantic Roses
These beautiful notes feature red and pink roses and a simple mix of fonts. Printed on cardstock, you can get these in conjunction with the whole Kate Spade New York Rose wedding suite, or buy the thank you cards on their own.
What to look for in wedding thank you notes
If you love your wedding invitations, it's a great idea to coordinate your thank you notes with a similar design, pattern, or color palette. Many designers and stationery companies offer wedding suites that include optional thank you notes that match the rest of the items in the collection.
When should I send wedding thank you notes?
Most experts agree that you should make sure that thank you notes in the mail no later than two months after receiving your gift. To make the process easier, it's recommended to send notes as soon as the gifts arrive. If you'd rather do the notes in bulk, set aside a time with your spouse soon after the wedding—and make it fun! Open up a bottle of wine, put on some music, and take a moment to appreciate all the new things you're enjoying in your home.
How should I word wedding thank you cards?
Include a specific example of how you plan to use the gift or how it's already affected your day-to-day life. Keep the note concise (no need to write a novel!) but make sure to include a line expressing how grateful you are that they were able to celebrate with you.
Why Trust Brides?
Hannah Baker was formerly the wedding style editor at Brides and has worked in media for over seven years. She's worked extensively with wedding paper designers over the years and is an expert in decor and paper goods for the big day.