On our long drive back from St. Louis to Chicago, my sister and I discussed a very important topic – thank you cards!
My opinion on thank you cards is based on two things – 1. the agony of writing 200 or so messages (minus the 5 that Vishnu wrote :P) after our wedding and 2. what I do with the thank you cards I receive in the mail (I don’t have a box filled with them anywhere).
Aekta’s perspective stems from knowing that she has hundreds of thank you cards to write in the coming weeks. And the hand cramps that come with task!
As you can probably tell, we border on the ‘nay’ side of the debate…kind of. We both agreed that saying thank you is an absolute must. However, is a snail mail thank you card the answer? We don’t think so. There are so many more personal, environmentally friendly, and time saving options out there – phone calls and emails being two of them. Tangible thank you cards just feel outdated.
I mean think about it. You get married, settle into a new home, have a million important things to do, etc. Oh and don’t forget, you have to write a bajillion thank you cards. Or think about this. You have a baby, you come home to absolute chaos, etc. Oh and don’t forget, you have to write a bajillion thank you cards. Ummm…does anyone else see something wrong with this?
In both of those situations, imagine how much easier it would have been to sit down, pound out 10-20 personalized emails, attach a fun picture or two, and hit send. And don’t forget, emails can last forever, AND they can start a conversation (thank you cards = one way communication)!
As far as phone calls are concerned, calling all 200+ guests/families doesn’t make much sense (especially if you’re trying to save time), but imagine how nice it would be to call and personally thank your very closest friends and relatives. Super nice!
I know my mom will likely disagree with mine and Aekta’s perspective. She still values the handwritten thank you card, as I’m sure a lot of people do. And I see where she’s coming from, but given that most thank you notes are automatically disposed of, I just don’t see the point.
I’m curious – what do you think? Thank you cards – yay or nay?