Paid Thank You Notes?

In my search for wedding invitation information I discovered many websites offering services to address invitations. Of course, many of them offered calligraphy services, but others “ink jet calligraphy” which provide computer-addressed envelopes. In fact, most of those providing invitation-addressing services use computers. However, it’s good to see there are individuals that still address invitations the old-fashioned way – by hand.

I was surprised that calligraphy is not necessarily a requirement for these hand written addressing services. Some simply offer to address your invitations using easy to read, cursive, or printing styles done by hand. You can hire someone to address invitations, save the date cards, and place cards for your wedding. They also address Christmas cards, graduation announcements, other types of invitations, and anything else that needs that personal touch. (Am I the only person who recognizes a person’s handwriting?)

The service offered that I found disturbing: writing thank you notes. Two types of services are provided for writing those “dreaded thank you notes” (their words, not mine). The client can type the message, which will be transcribed on cards so a handwritten note can be sent – I guess that’s not too bad. However, you can also pay someone to write the note from scratch – just include the name, address of the person to receive the thank you, and the gift given. The thank you note will be written, addressed, and mailed by your proxy. Have we really gotten to the point where we can’t thank those who give gifts or attend our wedding and special events?

A paid thank you note? I’d prefer your not so beautiful handwriting or even a typed message. Thank you.