Just because thank you cards are a long standing tradition, doesn’t mean that they need to be a dreaded chore or a boring social custom. Thank you cards can be a great way to express yourself –and show your creative side, while expressing your thanks to your guests.
Here are ten fun ideas for unique wedding thank you cards that your guests will love –and remember!
1. Make a “Thank You” Sign
Blank thank you note cards are fine, but photo thank you cards give you a chance to add a beautiful and personalized touch. A fun trend that couples are using to thank their guests involves snapping some photos of them holding signs that say “thank” and “you,” or a banner that spells out “thank you.” You can also use chalk boards, bunting, a single sign, or even scrabble pieces spelling out “thank you!” messages to your guests.
2. Feature a Photo of Your Guest
What better way to show your guests how much they mean to you, then by including a photo of them at your wedding? You could even take things a step further and design a thank you note that features a photo of them on the front -an excellent attention to detail that will show your guests some love.
3. Create A Thank You Collage
Another great thank you card idea is to make a photo collage featuring photos from your wedding. Work in lots of pictures with guests, and send it in to be turned into a thank you postcard, or simply include the photo inside your cards. Guests will feel special when they spot their faces in the photo! A simple way to ensure that you end up with lots of behind-the-scenes photos of your guests is to incorporate Sharypic compilation software at your wedding. Sharypic software compiles photos that your guests take on their smartphones, and sends them all to one handy location for you to download later. It’s the perfect way to get some excellent photos to use for thank you cards.
4. Go With Something Handmade
You don’t have to make the thank you cards yourself in order to get something that’s beautiful, unique, and entirely handmade. Online shops like ETSY have loads of creative and beautiful handmade thank you cards for you to browse through. From humorous and light to elegant and beautiful, there’s a wealth of beautiful handmade wedding thank you cards available online.
5. Write it With Light
One of the latest photography trends is light writing. Light writing, or light painting, is a cool technique that involves using slow shutter speed photography and a sparkler, flashlight, or other light source- to “write” –creating artistic photographs. This technique is a fun way to create the words “thank you” by writing one letter at a time, and then including these photos to spell out thank you on your cards. If you have a professional photographer at your wedding, consider asking them about photographing light writing!
6. Send a Thank You Gift
For close friends, bridesmaids, parents, or for those who helped to make your wedding extra special, you may want to consider sending a small token of thanks in addition to your thank you note. While the thought of sending out 180 thank you gifts to wedding guests may sound a bit daunting, for the special few who helped to make your day, a small gift –homemade treats, luxury soap, or personalized jewelry is a great way to show your thanks.
7. Get the Vintage Post Card Look
If your wedding had a vintage feel to it, consider getting thank you cards that match. We love the look of vintage post cards –especially ones that feature a wedding photo of the happy couple on the front. There are plenty of companies online who will take your photo, add a vintage layer to it, and create a customized vintage postcard out of it for you. A beautiful and fun way to thank your guests!
8. Create Hand Stamped Cards
Hand stamped cards are a beautiful way to unleash your creative side. You can use traditional rubber stamps, or you may want to consider investing in a stamp kit, that makes it easy for you to spell out messages and stamp them onto your thank you cards. As a bonus, you can use also the kit to stamp out save the dates, napkins, tags, coasters, or anything else at your wedding –adding a vintage “typewriter” look to your messages.
9. Make a Typographic Statement
Say “thank you” to your guests in a typographic fashion! Timeless and beautiful, typographic thank you cards feature a range of beautiful fonts that allow you to express your thanks in a unique and personalized way. From traditional cursive script, to modern block letters, and a combination of everything in between, when it comes to typographic thank you cards, there’s truly something for everyone. For more typographic inspiration, check out this modern typographic thank you card compilation at DesignMilk.com.
10. Consider Professional Embossing
Professionally embossed thank you cards are a beautiful and timeless way to thank your guests. Professionally embossed cards cost a bit extra, but they are a great way to show gusts how much you appreciate them. You may even want to consider having the names of your wedding thank you card recipients engraved into the cards –for an extra special touch.
Tips to Give Your Thank You Cards a Personal Touch
- Make it Personal
- Include a Hand Written Note
- Mention the Gift and How You Plan to Use It
- Include a Photo From Your Wedding
- Include a Photo of You Opening the Gift
- Avoid Using a PO Box Return Address
Sending out thank you cards to your wedding guests is a nice gesture, and a great way to show your guests that you appreciate them. By taking the time to create something fun, and memorable, your guests will have a special keepsake to remind them of your special day for years to come.