Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Lost Art of the Thank You Note...

There is something so wonderful about opening your mailbox to find a beautiful piece of stationery containing a heartfelt note of gratitude! It is such a simple act that brings such joy to the person receiving it but it seems these handwritten notes are starting to be few and far between! Here are a few tips straight from Peggy Post that will hopefully make this task easier for you!

Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Thank You Notes

1.Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.

2.Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.

3.Do be enthusiastic, but don’t gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.

4.Don’t send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don’t use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.

5.Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.

6.Don’t mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.

7.Don’t tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.

8.Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.

9.Don’t include photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.

10.Don’t use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes a year later, keep writing!

The bottom line is, we have all let Emily Post down at one point or another! Just remember to keep it simple, be sincere, write from the heart and send it out as quickly as possible!

Happy Writing!
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