OMG!! I can already smell the sage and hear the sizzle of celery and onions sauteing in the skillet. I can’t think of a better way to usher in the thanksgiving season than with the baking of cornbread dressing, along with turkey and all the trimmings!!

While every day is a day of thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving holiday is a special time for family and friends to express gratitude and appreciation for the blessings and abundance in their lives.

Likewise, thanking your wedding guests shows that you genuinely appreciate their effort and time in attending your wedding. It acknowledges their presence and the role they played in making your day special.

There are probably as many ways to express thanks as there are brides in Texas. Your personal and individual preferences will only add to its uniqueness.

Here are just a few ideas to consider:

1. Personalized Thank You Cards

Unlike the typical generic or preprinted thank you card or note on the back of the program, handwrite a heartfelt message of gratitude and appreciation for each guest. Include a personalized touch such as a photo from the wedding. Although this may take more time, what a message of thanksgiving you would be sending out!

2. Wedding Favors

Provide each guest with a thoughtful and personalized wedding favor as a token of appreciation for their presence and support. Choose favors that compliment your wedding theme. For example, luggage tags or personalized compass keychains would pair well with a travel-themed wedding.

Wine bottle stoppers given by a wine-loving couple as wedding favors.

3. Thank You Speech

During the reception, take a moment to express your gratitude to all the guests for being a part of your special day. Acknowledge guests individually or as groups. Be sure to include parents and close family, wedding party, and specific friend groups (i.e. college classmates, co-workers, church members). If there are any individuals who played a significant role in your wedding or provided extra support, such as  a wedding planner, officiant, or close friend, take a moment to thank them for their contribution.

4. Wedding Website

Create a thank-you page on your wedding website. Write a personalized message and include a photo gallery with captions expressing your gratitude for the specific guests captured in those moments. If you’re feeling really tech savvy, create a virtual guestbook where guests can leave messages. Take the time to respond to each guest’s message, expressing your thanks and appreciation.

Your Turn

Thank you for the opportunity to share these nuggets from my little niche in the world wide web.

Connect with Marvalous Weddings for additional ideas on how to express and convey to your guests your heartfelt thanks.

Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!