Thursday, October 31, 2013

Six Wedding Thank You Note No-Nos

I'm so excited to welcome our guest blogger this week! Thank you note guru, Emily Easton, is sharing her tips for making your thank you notes personal and compelling. 

Six Wedding Thank You Note No-Nos
by Emily Easton

Everyone loves getting a thank you note for a shower or wedding gift. The gift-giver loves it even more when the note-writer does not make these missteps:

1. Making the note too short. Each thank you note should be at least two sentences. Two full sentences. Three is better.

2. Not naming every gift. Don’t thank the giver just for the darling placemats if she also gave you napkins and napkin rings. Somehow, convey that you appreciate each gift – even if you use phrases like “an assortment of kitchen tools.”

3. Failing to mention why you like the gift. Include some description of why you appreciate the gift, such as:
·         We need so many items for our kitchen and the blender you sent is one of our favorite additions! We love smoothies …
·         Mom always brought out special serving items for entertaining, and now the gorgeous pewter platter you gave us starts our collection.
·         Tyler and I are so grumpy without our first cup of coffee. The coffee maker you selected …
·         No need to wonder if the gift you sent will be used! Thanks so much for the check you sent. It went right into our honeymoon fund …

4. Starting with “I.”  You do remember your grade school teacher telling you never ever to start a thank you note with I. It’s too me-me-me.

5.  Starting with the words “Thank You.”  Of course you need to write the words “thank you” in the body of your note. But only the dullest notes start with those words. Force yourself to start with anything but “thank you” and you’re on your way to a great note. Here are some openings that will be appreciated:
  • How surprised we were to open the box and see the lovely pitcher you sent us!
  • Cold Wisconsin nights will be easier to take with the big plush blanket you gave us.  
  • It’s party time! Thanks for the terrific ice bucket you gave us …

6. Complimenting your own wedding. You certainly hope your guests will have – or did have – a good time at your wedding. But don’t brag in your thank you note. Avoid any phrase such as “We’re so glad you were able to come to our wonderful wedding!”  

Emily Easton is a note-writing expert. Her website on Wedding Thank You Notes can be found at

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maria & Tony: A Taste of the Windy City

Maria and Tony's wedding melded traditional Filipino culture with highlights from the big city. The city-themed wedding featured famed Chicago nibbles, landmarks, and that classic cityscape. Check out the fantastic photos by Greenkey Photography:

A first look photo without the looking -- no peeking!

The beautiful St. Benedict Church

Unity Candle Ceremony

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
At the reception, guests found their seats at tables named after city landmarks and the couple's favorite hot spots.

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
The grand Donovan Reading Room at Loyola University - not much studying going on tonight!

A cityscape cake with a handy cake topper!

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
Each table was named after a place that is special to the bride & groom. 
A bag of the renowned Garrett's popcorn awaited each guest at their seat.

The traditional Filipino money dance is a fascinating sight for the kids!

Sachets of potpourri for a sweet take-home.

Today's guestbooks make for a wonderful piece to display in the couple's home.

Congratulations to Maria & Tony!

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Greenkey Photography
Ceremony Location: St. Benedict Church
Reception Location: Donovan Reading Room
Florist: Flor del Monte
Wedding Coordination: Camille Victoria Weddings LLC