I think I’m about to completely lose my Southern Belle Card.
Or, at the very least, be disowned by my mother.

Ya’ll, I have not written one single thank you note from our Wedding.
I kept up with all of them through our engagement parties and couples shower, but once we got closer to the wedding and we knew (although it wasn’t public knowledge yet) that we were moving, I just lost control over the process. My shower gifts and wedding gifts have gone completely unacknowledged for at least five and a half months now.

I should probably admit that not only was I raised better, but it used to actually be my job to write thank you notes. I worked in non-profit fundraising and while I did do special events and social media, the most important part of my job was to acknowledge the gifts given to our organization. Translation: I have no excuses.

I honestly feel terrible about how behind I’ve gotten.We received so many thoughtful gifts – Justin’s grandmother gave me his baby book that she had been keeping just for his future wife’s wedding shower (and no, I have not sent that thank you note. ugh.)- and I would never want anyone to feel we don’t appreciate their generosity or love their thoughtfulness. So, not only has my mom been reminding me and judging me from afar to get on them, but the other day, I got the dreaded text from a bridesmaid…

“hey, did ya’ll ever get our wedding gift?”

Yes, yes we did. In fact, it lives on our counter and we use it every day, but we are heathens and haven’t felt the need to thank you for it.

And then, to add insult to injury, I found a stack of thank you notes that I DID write to thank people for hosting events or special acts of kindness over the Wedding Weekend in my car.
For months.

At that point, I sprinted to my laptop and ordered our thank you notes from Minted. I literally paid to rush ship them – although at this point, I don’t think a few extra days will change people’s minds about my lack of etiquette training, but it’s worth a shot.

So, I’ve gone so far as to lay out my thank you notes, request Justin bring home good pens from work and poor a glass of wine or two….

Thank You Note Photo: Maria Burton Photography

But I haven’t written a damn one.
They just sit out on the coffee table waiting for me.

Two nights later (different glass of wine):

Today, I take a stand.

I’m headed to Starbucks to escape the endless re-runs of Dr. Phil (I can’t resist the crazy…it’s the best background noise ever) and the constant chores that I could do instead of writing these thank you notes. I may run to the post office and apply for my new passport No, I’m going straight to Starbucks and writing my thank you notes. All.Day.Today.

No matter what.

P.S. Traditional etiquette states that not only do guests of a wedding have one year to give a gift, the Bride has one year to send a hand written acknowledgement. So technically, I’m not that screwed.

P.P.S. I just Googled the above addendum and EmilyPost.com immediately proved me wrong:
Contrary to popular myth, the happy couple does not have a year’s grace period.  
All thank you notes should be written within three months of the receipt of the gift. Ideally, a response should be written on the day you receive a wedding gift.
(Screw you, Emily)