When the party is over and all the gifts have been unwrapped, follow these tips to show your gratitude appropriately.
Step 1: Thank everyone individually Thank everyone individually who came to the shower and gave a gift.
TIP: If a group of people went in on a gift write separate thank you cards for everyone.
Step 2: Thank your guests Thank your guests for taking the time to come to the shower and share this special day with you. Mention the gift in detail and add a positive adjective to give the card a more personal touch.
TIP: Never send a preprinted card.
Step 3: Express your sincerity Express your sincerity -- say how much you loved the gift and how and when you will use it.
Step 4: Mention the wedding Mention how much it means to you that the guest come to your wedding. Use a phrase like, "We look forward to seeing you at the wedding."
Step 5: Keep it informal Keep the ending informal. Use words like "much love" and "warmly" to sign off. Do not use "sincerely."
Step 6: Sign the card Sign the card with your name only -- leave the groom's name off unless it was a co-ed shower. Always sign with your maiden name. It is not correct to sign with your married name until the wedding day.
Step 7: Send out within a couple weeks Send the cards out within two weeks after your shower. Before you know it, the wedding will be here and another round of thank you's will need to go out.
FACT: Bridal showers, which date back to the 1890s, were originally a way to provide brides with money and basic household items.