Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Write a Thank You Note

You've heard me talk about thank you notes again and again. You may remember this post back in May.

Recently on Pinterest, I came across a list of "how to write a fool-proof thank you note"
Photo courtesy of WeddingsaBeautiful
Photo courtesy of WeddingsaBeautiful

While I think it's a great starting point, you should probably ask yourself few more questions while writing your note.

Is the card nice and appropriate? You don't want to use "wedding" stationary if you're thanking someone for allowing you stay in their home. So if you're not getting married, you might want to avoid white and silver bells on the front of the card. Oh! And if you're not an animal lover, stay away from cute kitties and puppies. Boys - they do make "masculine" thank you notes as well ... just dig a little deeper in the card aisle.
This is a fine example from The Stationary Studio
This is a fine example from The Stationary Studio
Is it personal? Generic is bad when it comes to thank you notes. "Thank you for the gift. It looks really nice" just sucks when you're on the receiving end of the card. Tell me how you're going to use it, and what your favorite part of the event was where we saw each other.

Did you spell everything correctly? They make this thing called whiteout and I use it a lot. Poor grammar and spelling will be caught if you send me a letter. I won't say anything, but I might silently judge you.

Finally, how does the envelope look? Appearance matters. If you spill coffee on the envelope or smudge the ink while writing the address, find a new envelope or at least put a label over it. I understand that mailboxes or USPS carriers cars and bags aren't the cleanest ... but that's unavoidable. Pull your letters together like you would yourself before leaving your house. No mascara running down your face or toothpaste stains right?

Just a few friendly tips from a letter writing fiend!

What other advice do you have?

Until next time,
Robin

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