Sunday, May 26, 2013

Writing a Perfect Thank-You Note: Sincerely Yours Guest Post

Hey everybody! I've got a great guest post for y'all today! My good buddy Amy (who's been featured on this blog before) has a great post about writing the perfect Thank-You note! Yay! Enjoy! Then, check out her etsy shop for some lovelies!



With graduation, wedding showers, and so many other spring gifting occasions upon us, many of you will be required to write thank-you notes in the coming weeks. There are some easy tips that simplify the note-writing task, as well as some Dos and Don’ts that accompany the writing of thank-you notes!

And let me say a few things here.
1. Each gift deserves a thank-you note. You know as well as I do how much time, thought, and sacrifice goes into shopping or doing something nice for someone.
2. A thank-you note isn’t limited to the giving/receiving of presents! A nice note can also be written for any act of kindness or thoughtful service.
3. The exception here is only in the case that you have a realllllly good friend or family member with whom you’ve agreed that you are “no note necessary” friends. I have a handful of those friends! But when in doubt, write a note!

HOW TO WRITE A THANK-YOU NOTE
The fundamental thank-you note is a gracious, social formality that, in its simplicity, can and should express heart-felt gratitude. The elements of a thank-you note are very simple and can be written in three lines! Doesn’t that make the notewriting task seem so much easier?! Watch this….
1. Open with a line of thanks where the gift/item/service is mentioned.
“Thank you so much for the beautiful set of monogrammed table linens that you gave Nate and me for our new home.”
2. Follow with a line about how you intend to use the item or how it has impacted you.
“We are already planning to use them for our first dinner party the weekend after we return from our honeymoon!”
3. Close with a line of personal gratitude.
“We are truly grateful for your thoughtfulness. It means the world.”
4. Sign the note from the one doing the writing. Do not sign the note on behalf of another person. You can certainly mention your groom or another person in the body of the note to express that he/she is sharing the note’s sentiment. But always sign the note from the one doing the writing!

NOTE: In the case of a monetary gift, you may mention in line 2 how you are planning to use the money.
“We are planning to put your gift toward some outdoor furniture for our patio!”
All together now…

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Simpson,
Thank you so much for the beautiful set of monogrammed table linens that you gave Nate and me for our new home. We are already planning to use them for our first dinner party the weekend after we return from our honeymoon! We are truly grateful for your thoughtfulness. It means the world.
Warmly,
Mary Kate Fincher


See how easy that is?! Brief, kind and thoughtful – exactly what a thank-you note should be!
DOs and DONTs
1. Don’t email, Facebook, text or tweet a thank-you note.
2. Do not mass produce a form letter with your signature at the bottom. Thank-you notes should always be hand-written.
3. Do be prompt. Write and send note within 2-3 weeks of receiving the gift or service. And acknowledge gifts received at the wedding within 4 weeks of the wedding date.
It is suggested that you pen a thank-you note for the following:
1. Write hostesses or showers and parties given on your behalf.
2. Write notes for gifts received including wedding gifts, birthday presents, housewarming gifts, etc.
3. Send a note to anyone who hosts you in their home for dinner or an overnight stay.
4. Send a note to anyone who has interviewed you for a job or for anyone who gave you a job referral.
5. Write a note to acknowledge any act of kindness or thoughtfulness that someone has shown you.


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