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Thank You Very Much - Show Some Appreciation To Your Loved Ones!

A wedding is an act of love that celebrates a lifetime commitment to family and togetherness. It's also an ideal time to celebrate the people you love most - the friends and family who have seen you through to this point. Odds are good they've put a lot of effort into making your wedding something truly magnificent, which means they deserve a little thank you. Consider the following options for making your special day magical for your nearest and dearest. 

The pre-wedding letter

If you have a knack with words, try writing a letter to your Mom and Dad and giving it to them the night before your wedding. Thank them for raising you, for the values they've taught you or for the ways they've helped you plan your wedding. If you really get into the spirit, you might consider giving similar letters to your friends and bridal party, and even to your fiancé.

Public acts of gratitude

Your toast is the perfect opportunity to leave the people you love the most feeling special and loved. Take a few moments to thank all the people who matter, and name something specific about each of them that you love. The result can easily be a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Keep expenses low

One of the easiest ways to show your love to the people who attend your wedding is to keep their expenses minimal. Don't make your bridesmaids shell out $500 for a designer dress when there's a cheaper option and, if your parents help fund your wedding, do what you can to stay within your budget. It might not seem like an act of love to think about money, but for people who are worried about having enough funds, being concerned about their bottom line is one of the nicest things you can do.

Take time for loved ones

One of the most precious gifts you can give the people you love the most is the gift of your time. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, but a wedding is ultimately about bringing together two - or more! - families. Take some time out of your busy day to spend quality time with the people you love most. And if you're overwhelmed by a large crowd or a punishing schedule, at least do your best to ensure no one feels excluded. Introduce people you think might get along and talk to anyone who looks alone or bored.

The all-important thank-you note

Just because you grew up with someone doesn't mean you don't have to thank them. No matter how busy you get, be sure to send thank-you notes to all your nearest and dearest. Even if they don't get you a present, consider sending a note to people who traveled long distances to come to your wedding or who worked hard to help you plan the event.

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