There are so many perks to creating an online wedding registry, from skipping the in-store headache to letting guests shop even if they don’t have a store nearby to allowing you to manage your wedding gifts (and your thank you notes!) instantly. Another? Getting notified when gifts have been purchased and shipped, so you can send thank you notes promptly. However, sometimes that item you love isn’t in stock, and the notification is for a gift that is backordered. When should you send a thank you note? Our experts have the answer.
The timing of thank you notes is a hot topic. Yes, you technically have a few months after the wedding to sit down, crank them out, and put them in the mail, but why sign yourself up for hand cramps when you can tackle the pile slowly, before it gets out of control? Sending thank you notes as soon as gifts arrive is the best way to stay organized and be efficient.
If you’ve been notified of a gift that won’t actually ship for a while, remember that your guest was sent that notification, too. They won’t be surprised if they don’t hear from you soon, because they know you haven’t gotten the gift yet — and will likely receive another notification when the gift actually ships! So don’t worry about sending a thank you note until the item in question arrives at your door.
Do, however, keep an eye out: If the gift becomes unavailable, or the item is discontinued, it’s worth sending your guest an email. Let them know you saw that they’d purchased you a gift, and that you wanted to make sure they saw that it won’t be coming after all — this way they can be sure to get their money back!
When the gift does arrive, whether it’s just before your wedding or in the weeks or months after, send your thank you note as soon as possible, so they know you’ve finally received it.