As wonderful as weddings are, couples are usually relieved when they are over. However, the fun doesn’t end quite yet. After you come home from your honeymoon, it’s time for thank you notes and printing wedding albums. Etiquette dictates that thank you notes should go out two weeks after gifts are received before the wedding and two months if received after the wedding. Aspire to send out notes as gifts come in so you don’t have a pile of them to write at the end. For gifts received at or after the wedding, capitalize on the “wedding high” and try to get cards sent out as soon as possible.
Don’t forget to keep track of who gave you gifts and the approximate value of each one. Chinese gift giving is expected to be reciprocated at future events, so it’s important to remember what you should give at upcoming weddings.
If people gave a gift, you should mention the item and include a sincere statement about how you will enjoy it. A sample note might look like this:
“Dear Andy and Kay,
Thank you so much for traveling to come to our wedding. You have been an important part of our lives, so it meant a lot to have you there. Thank you very much for the Ninja blender. We love to drink smoothies, so we will think of you every time we enjoy one.
If people gave cash, you should mention what you plan to do with the money without mentioning the amount. A sample note might look like this:
“Dear Uncle Jin and Aunt Wendy,
Thank you very much for your generous red envelope. We are saving up for our first house, so your gift will come in handy. It was lovely to see you at the wedding, and we look forward to spending time together in the near future.
Luke and Mei”