You'd be surprised how well you will do in the court of popular opinion (or family opinion?) by writing really good thank you notes. At least 10 people complimented us on how well we did with writing them for the same occasion as you mention.
It's shocking how few people write truly thoughtful notes of thanks when people go out of their way to a) come to your damned party, first of all b) bring a gift of any kind, c) anything else they've done, including help clean up afterwards, get your elderly aunt in a cab, give you advice, whatever.
Your site is fab-- keep it up!
Hey there... I stumbled upon your website a few weeks ago and bookmarked it to return to when I had some more time. I just read your archives, and I'm glad that I saved the site! It's nice to read about someone else's experience without hearing things like, "Last night after fighting for hours, we booked X DJ and I want him to play these 27 songs..." I also love that you're getting married at a summer camp... If I could get married at my Wisconsin summer camp, I would, but my partner wouldn't hear of it, being an indoor kind of girl and all.
Anyway, my partner and I decided around the same time you two got engaged to have a commitment ceremony and reception next October, so it'll be fun to follow along. Thanks for sharing with us!
I just found your blog referenced on the Knot! I love it. We are getting married a week before you in the NYC area and got engaged around the same time you did. My parents threw us an engagement party Sunday, but we weren't so organized with the thank yous (i.e. we have none)! Maybe we need the wedding software to organize better...
Looking forward to following along!
The mad lib comment nearly made me fall out of my chair. That's brilliant. Just brilliant.
Again on the Mad Lib thing..... what if they give you sheets? I'm not sure you want to tell them about the (plural noun) you will be making with them........
Came across your post about using wedding gifts before the wedding and I love your blog. Have been laughing out loud at many of them and when FI asks me what's so funny, I've read them out loud to him. Thanks for the guy (and humorous) perspective.