: I am about to embark on a new journey … bridal showers. I am so excited to spend some quality time with my friends and family over the next few months. I hear brides talk about how much time it takes to write their thank you cards after each shower. Here are a few tips I have received from fellow brides:

1. Don’t spend a crazy amount on each card.

2. Write a personalized note, thanking them for attending and the gift they gave you. (Hopefully your maid of honor will join you at your showers to write down the gift list.)

3. Place envelopes at each seat at every shower, guests then write their names and addresses on the envelope and leave it for you!

4. Write and send out thank you notes as quick as you can. You do not have to worry about getting to the post office near your big day!

To stay on budget I chose to make my own cards. I printed them on 5X7 cardstock that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

I love calligraphy but am too much of a perfectionist to try to hand-make each card. Since I spend a lot of time using Microsoft Publisher as a teacher, it was easy for me to make them. I wanted to use a new font that would look like calligraphy, but there are very few font options in the software I used. There are many legal websites offering free fonts you can download onto your computer. Check out http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/. You can even submit your own handwriting for them to make into a font!

I had a lot of fun making the cards and plan to also make the wedding thank you notes. I am ready for all the showers to start so I can start sending them all out!

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