We all know thank you notes are so important, especially when it comes to your wedding. I hate to say it, but I can still name everyone who did not send me a thank you note, for a wedding gift I once sent. Not that the thank you note is that important, but again–I still remember who never thanked me properly.
Let’s back up though. Weddings can be crazy, stressful, exciting and downright overwhelming. Forget the importance of the thank you note. What you first need to do is keep track of who sent which gift! If you’re the bride you might be attending an engagement party, a few bridal parties, a bachelorette party, and of course, your wedding.
Our wedding was only 63 people. Although, my original goal had been about 25! The Beau and I were living in DC at the time and with his family and close friends in California, and mine scattered around the South, we didn’t have too many events to attend. Though his parents did throw us a wonderful engagement party at a wine cellar in California, followed by a bridal shower for me later that weekend. Back home my mother’s friend hosted a bridal shower for me, though my bachelorette party was held later and combined with my birthday party. I take that back–we did have a good number of events to attend!
These events also led to many beautiful wedding presents and thus, thank you notes! Due to the size of our apartment in the city we actually used my parents address as the default address for our registry. This Wedding Tracker I created was extremely important and used almost daily by my mother and me.
My mother would receive and open the gifts–generally calling me on the phone as she did!–then we would update the Wedding Gift Tracker which I kept as a spreadsheet on Google Docs. As we received gifts, my mother would update our spreadsheet with the name of the gift sender, their address and the gift sent. I could use the same spreadsheet to keep track of whether a thank you note was sent as well as any additional presents sent by the same person. This is especially useful for parent-guests (i.e. guests who are friends with your parents) as often they send engagement gifts, bridal shower gifts and wedding presents.
In turn, my mother was able to keep track of which thank you notes had not been written or sent, thus helping me manage which thank you note needed my attention next. My Wedding Gift Tracker is still useful even today as I eventually added a tab for baby shower presents received, as well as a tab for those who should receive our baby announcements and annual holiday cards (though, I am generally behind on the holiday cards!).
I created a few options for you to manage your Wedding Gift Tracker. Click here for the FREE Printable version which is quite pretty and colorful 🙂 Or, click here for the FREE Spreadsheet version. Use the Spreadsheet version to upload into Google Docs. Then, share the file with those who will help you maintain and update the Wedding Gift Tracker–perhaps your spouse, parent, in-law or other member of your Wedding Party.