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So, did anyone get engaged on Valentine’s Day?! It just occurred to me as I was starting to write this that maybe there are some newly-engaged among us! If so, this post is for you and all the other future Brides.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that my favorite part of wedding planning was looking at paper goods.  Choosing invitations, wedding programs, escort cards and thank you notes is the best for a paper lover!  But, at the end of the day, it’s sometimes hard to make decisions – letterpress or flat printing? Should I spend any money on the program since everyone’s going to throw it away? How many thank you cards do I need?

On the thank you note front, my advice is to purchase a few boxes of thank you cards to have on hand for any engagement and early wedding gifts that may trickle in (or, if you’re lucky, roll in!) soon after your engagement and for showers and bachelorette parties.  Then, if it’s in your budget, work with your invitation designer or the store where you’re buying your invitations to order custom, personalized thank you cards that coordinate with your invitation suite.  It actually may not be as expensive as you think, since you’re ordering things in a set, and when you compare the price to potentially purchasing many, many boxes of thank you’s it can actually make financial sense in the end.

These “early” thank you cards can either be wedding themed – or not.  I am in the “not” camp, I just prefer notes that are a little more simple and don’t scream “OMG I’M A BRIDE!!!!!!!”  I chose both personalized and generic thank you’s to feature here, and did my best to choose cards that come in sets because who wants to just purchase one card at a time?

Here’s my non-personalized picks:

Letterpress Thank You’s by Honizukle Press

These Rifle Paper Company garden cards would be pretty for shower thank-you’s going to female friends and family.

Blind impression letterpress cards by We Heart Paper

Peony letterpress cards by Ruby Press

Of course Paper Source has a million options, but these scalloped notes and these hydrangea Thank You’s (below) are two of my faves.

Calligraphy cards (personalized calligraphy also available)
by Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

And here’s just a few examples of personalized cards that you could order with both the Bride and Groom’s name:

Personalized letterpress cards by Pink Orchid Press

You can customize everything about these cards by BB Invitations– names, fonts, colors, envelopes and liners.

These monogram note cards by Avie Designs would really work better post-wedding and post-name change, but they’re a great deal for custom cards!

I could probably do many more posts on thank you’s, there are so many great options out there!  If you need more ideas, here’s a post I did about thank you cards just after Christmas.  I hope these options are helpful to some of you.  And congratulations and happy planning to all the Brides!

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