Weddings aren't only about saying "I do." Saying "thank you" to supportive family and friends is also important. Couples need to send thank you notes for each gift received and they also must acknowledge individuals who give time and money to help make the big day special.
Here are five participants who deserve a bit of thanks and how to make it special:
Give thanks to attendees:
Most weddings feature boring favors. A handful of hard Jordan almonds wrapped tightly in tulle is easy to ignore. Couples can create personalized favors by gathering photos of the bride or groom posed with each guest. Position in a cute placeholder the guest can display at home. Photos can be recent or decades old. Tip: If the guest is an old friend of a parent, find a photo of the two from back in the day.
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Give thanks to families:
For some couples, wedding expectations and budgets are high. Many family members contribute cash to help make the wedding a success. Contributors deserve a special card, separate from the standard thank you note all guests receive.
"Thank you for an Amazing & Beautiful Wedding" by Jenny Sweeney Designs is a handmade card designed to thank those who helped with the big day. The card is 4.25x5.25 and comes in a sparkly envelope. Each is $4.50 at JennySweenyDesigns.com
Give thanks to the bridal party:
Bridesmaids often spend big money and time on helping make the bride's big day a success. Brides can give back after the wedding by creating a personalize album that is professionally printed.
WeddingPaperDivas.com has an online photo album generator in which brides can make custom photo albums. Brides can upload photos from a computer or Web sites such as Flickr and then choose colors, designs, and font. Spine choices include leather, silk and silk spine. Pricing starts at $29.95 for 20 pages in the 8x8 size, each additional page is 49 cents. At WeddingPaperDivas.com
Give thanks to gift givers.
There's a new trend in which brides and grooms send photo cards of themselves in place of traditional thank you notes. This means the card is not customized and the gift is not individually acknowledged. Couples interested in properly giving thanks should select blank cards with ample room to write a personal message.
The Traditional Green Intaglio Thank-You Notes from Crane's Stationary are made with 100 percent cotton and have 3x5 inches of writing room. The front has "thank you" written in concave font in a classic green color. $15 for 10 cards and 10 envelopes at Crane.com
Acknowledge each other:
Couples compromise during wedding planning. She tolerates the inclusion of his annoying friend as best man while he agrees to invitation bows that cost $8 each. Newlyweds can show appreciation after the wedding with personalized gifts.
The Glossy Easel Art from Tiny Prints is a customizable keepsake that couples can design online. Simply upload a photo, select easel size, and designate any special instructions. A customer service representative will e-mail proofs for final confirmation. Pricing starts at $15.99 for a 5x7 easel at TinyPrints.com.