My husband’s niece got married last fall. I can’t say it was something I was particularly looking forward to. We had to travel out of town at a time when I was really needed at work on the weekends and this is someone we barely knew. It was November and the wedding was going to take place outside. Just thinking about it, I was freezing. I don’t mean to be a “Negative Nancy” but nothing about this sounded appealing. When the wedding weekend arrived, I think that because I didn’t want to be there, I didn’t give myself a chance to enjoy the day. When we received the wedding Thank You cards, I realized what I missed.
We got the thank you cards barely a month after the wedding. They were gorgeous. The front of the card contained a montage of the day’s events – from the guests drinking the warm cider given to them when they arrived to keep the chill off, to the rose petals forming a pattern on the beautiful, lush green lawn, to the guests wrapped in shawls which the hotel handed out for those who wanted the extra warmth, to photos of the bride and groom in front of the fire pit reciting their vows. These pictures helped me realize how special the day was – even if I thought I wanted to be somewhere else.
I think that’s the beauty of wedding Thank You postcards. It paints the picture of what the day was. So often, everyone is wrapped up in either their own thoughts or all the commotion of the day and we sometimes miss the little details. Not everyone will get to see the Bride’s album after the wedding memories have faded, but the thank you cards we received helped us relive the fairy tale of that day.