For every gift you receive during your engagement, you need to send a thank-you note. You can purchase note cards at your local stationery store or order personalized cards that reflect both of your personalities. You can choose something fun or formal.
If you already know what your wedding theme and palette will be, order thank-you notes that reflect the wedding. You can use them throughout your engagement and even into your married life.
Here are a few tips on writing a great thank-you note:
1 - Express your gratitude for the gift: "Thank you so much for the cappuccino maker," or "Thank you for your generous gift."
2 - Mention how you are, or are planning on, using the item: "John loves it, and has begun making us cappuccinos after dinner every night," or "We plan on putting it toward our new home."
3 - Mention the future: "We're looking forward to celebrating with you at our wedding."
4 - You must send a note per each gift you receive, so if Aunt Jane sends engagement, shower and wedding gifts, send her three notes -- one for each gift.
5 - Send thank-you notes in a timely manner: within two weeks of receiving an engagement or shower gift, and for your wedding gifts, within eight weeks of returning from your honeymoon.