Wedding Idea We Love: Writing Letters to Guests

Wedding Idea We Love: Writing Letters to Guests

 Photo by Gayle Brooker

Photo by Gayle Brooker

Your guests have traveled from near and far to celebrate with you on your wedding day, and it’s important to express how much you appreciate them being at your celebration.

Aside from writing thank-you notes after the wedding—an etiquette must!—there are many ways to show your gratitude on the actual wedding day. You could take the microphone to offer a toast to your guests at the reception, but some of our favorite ideas involve putting pen to paper in the form of a letter to your guests.

One idea would be to write your sentiments on a chalkboard to display at the wedding ceremony or reception; some couples, though, have gone so far as to handwrite letters to each and every guest (this requires advance planning but will be well worth the effort, we promise!). Keep reading for some of our favorite noteworthy ways to show your appreciation.


  India Earl    Welcome Sign  Upon arrival to the wedding ceremony, guests were greeted with a welcome sign in the form of a letter to guests, thanking their loved ones for being a part of their celebration and encouraging them to make themselves at home and explore the wedding venue’s sprawling property.

India Earl

Welcome Sign

Upon arrival to the wedding ceremony, guests were greeted with a welcome sign in the form of a letter to guests, thanking their loved ones for being a part of their celebration and encouraging them to make themselves at home and explore the wedding venue’s sprawling property.

  Jenny Smith & Co.    Escort-Card “Love Notes”  Before the wedding, this couple wrote short notes to each of their guests thanking them for being at their celebration. Then, their  wedding planners  placed each letter in a colorful sleeve printed with the guest’s name and table number to create a vibrant escort-card display.

Jenny Smith & Co.

Escort-Card “Love Notes”

Before the wedding, this couple wrote short notes to each of their guests thanking them for being at their celebration. Then, their wedding planners placed each letter in a colorful sleeve printed with the guest’s name and table number to create a vibrant escort-card display.


  Birds of a Feather Photo    Printed Thank-You Notes to Guests  If the thought of writing a personal letter to each guest by hand seems a little daunting, then print your sentiments on a card and display them at each place setting.

Birds of a Feather Photo

Printed Thank-You Notes to Guests

If the thought of writing a personal letter to each guest by hand seems a little daunting, then print your sentiments on a card and display them at each place setting.

  Lacie Hansen Photography    Welcome-Bag Note  Are you planning to put together welcome bags (or boxes) for your out-of-town guests? It’s always a thoughtful idea to create  goody bags  containing a few treats and snacks for guests to enjoy as they settle in. Be sure to include a letter from you and your fiancé, welcoming them to the city and thanking them for traveling all the way.

Lacie Hansen Photography

Welcome-Bag Note

Are you planning to put together welcome bags (or boxes) for your out-of-town guests? It’s always a thoughtful idea to create goody bags containing a few treats and snacks for guests to enjoy as they settle in. Be sure to include a letter from you and your fiancé, welcoming them to the city and thanking them for traveling all the way.


  Michelle Lange Photography    Handwritten Notes-Turned-Escort Card  This couple wanted their large wedding to feel more intimate, so in lieu of traditional  escort cards,  they hand wrote personalized letters to each and every one of their 300 guests. Mic drop.

Michelle Lange Photography

Handwritten Notes-Turned-Escort Card

This couple wanted their large wedding to feel more intimate, so in lieu of traditional escort cards, they hand wrote personalized letters to each and every one of their 300 guests. Mic drop.

  Nicole Lev Photography    Message on Guests’ Plates  Instead of a letter, you could keep the sentiments short and sweet by writing a quick-but-thoughtful message to guests on each salad or bread plate using an edible-ink pen.

Nicole Lev Photography

Message on Guests’ Plates

Instead of a letter, you could keep the sentiments short and sweet by writing a quick-but-thoughtful message to guests on each salad or bread plate using an edible-ink pen.


  Bobbi Photo    Typed Notes for Every Guest  Once guests arrived at the reception, they located their dinner table and were greeted with place cards at each seat that also included a personal note from the couple, typed out on a vintage typewriter.

Bobbi Photo

Typed Notes for Every Guest

Once guests arrived at the reception, they located their dinner table and were greeted with place cards at each seat that also included a personal note from the couple, typed out on a vintage typewriter.

 Chalkboard Sign  Take the time to compose a thank-you letter to guests and write the message on a chalkboard. Display the sign at  cocktail hour  or near the  reception entrance  so guests won’t miss it—they will definitely be touched by your heartfelt sentiments.

Chalkboard Sign

Take the time to compose a thank-you letter to guests and write the message on a chalkboard. Display the sign at cocktail hour or near the reception entrance so guests won’t miss it—they will definitely be touched by your heartfelt sentiments.


The above article was published on www.brides.com by Heather Lee and Blair Donovan