In this day and age where everyone seems to be engrossed in social media, smart phones, and the like, manners and social interaction are at an all-time low. Now, I can’t write this post and pretend that I don’t fall into this category most times; however, I do acknowledge how important it is to slow down and take a moment to express love and gratitude to the people around me. I think we can all take pointers in this area. That said, let’s talk about the importance of handwritten thank you notes. All of my blog posts thus far have been geared towards brides and pointers for wedding stationery. While this post does apply to weddings, it mostly applies to the day-to-day interactions we have with those we love and care about.
In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be easy to overlook the need to show gratitude. If someone holds the door for us while entering a store, of course, we say thank you. Or when you’re driving through an intersection and another driver waves you on, you give a return hand gesture as a thank you. But when’s the last time you took the time to write a personalized note to someone to show your gratitude for something they’ve given you or something they’ve done for you? Handwritten notes have a certain charm about them that shows your genuine appreciation for that person. Below are some tips for writing “the perfect thank you”.
- Purchase stationery – This may seem a bit much, but if you have a nice set of note cards or thank you cards in your desk or on your table, you’ll be more inclined to send them out. It also helps if the stationery is personalized!
- Use a nice pen – With your stationery, you should have an ink pen that writes well. I don’t know about you, but I am very particular about the pens I write with. When the ink flows better, your penmanship tends to be neater.
- Short and sweet – There’s no need to write a 3 paragraph letter. Keep your note short, sweet, and to the point. Address the person by name, and get to the gist of the note by stating your thanks for whatever it is you’re writing about.
- Be sincere – It’s important to be sincere and not too general. If you’re thanking them for a wedding gift, you don’t want to say, “Thank you for the lovely gift, we appreciated it”. Say something along the lines of, “Thank you for the beautiful set of porcelain china. We can’t wait to use it at the holidays!” It personalizes the note and makes the thank you more genuine.
- Be prompt – If you’re writing a thank you in response to receiving a gift or other kind gesture, try to be as prompt as possible. Your thank you should be mailed within the same week if possible. If you miss that timeframe, you still want to get the note out as soon as you can. Better late than never.
I hope these pointers have motivated you to write a note to someone you love and care about. You’d be surprised at what kind of impact this small gesture could have. If you have any questions about this topic or any other social/wedding etiquette topics, please feel free reach out. Also, if you liked the idea of a personalized set of stationery and you’d like for Penned by Pink to design one for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to get you started on this journey to mastering the art of social etiquette!
Until next time, friends!