My Wishes

Chinese wedding well wishes

  1. Home
  2. Anniversary Wishes For Parents
  3. Chinese wedding well wishes
Chinese wedding well wishes
April 18, 2019 Anniversary Wishes For Parents 5 comments

Here's a huge collection of wedding card messages, wishes and quotes. Some funny May the Good Lord provide you a wonderful life together. You might like: .

If your friend or family member is getting married and the couple has chosen to host a traditional Chinese wedding, you may be wondering how should you greet the couple on the big day. What are all those Chinese words and phrases being cast happily at the couple? China has a strong culture of idioms and proverbs, so there are many auspicious sayings that are traditionally used at weddings. You will probably hear words like aì (which means ‘love’) and xĭ (‘double happiness’) often during a Chinese wedding.

The following are a list of auspicious phrases, blessings and warm wishes that you can use to greet and congratulate the bride and groom, as well as their families on the big day.

1. 恭喜 gōng xǐ
This most basic of phrases can be used to congratulate the couple or their families. Gōngxǐ literally means ‘respecful happiness’.

2. 百年好合 bǎi nián hǎo hé
“Wishing you one hundred years of good companionship.” – This beautiful wish can be used to greet or congratulate the bride and groom on their big day.

3. 白头偕老 bái tóu xié lăo,
The Chinese equivalent of “’Till death do us part”, this phrase literally refers to the white hairs of old age and wishes the couple to live happily together to a ripe old age.

4. 早生贵子 zăo shēng guì zĭ
This very time-honored phrase should be reserved for more traditional couples and families, for it quite literally means, “Give birth to a son soon!”

4. To truly offer a happy greeting, consider reciting a short traditional poem, such as the beautiful verses in the one below:

祝你们
相敬如賓
心心相印
花好月圆
百年好合

zhù nĭ men
xīang jìng rú bīn
xīn xīn xīang yìn
huā hăo yuè yuán
băi nián hăo hé

Wish that you two
May you respect each other like honored guests.
May you always see heart to heart.
May fragrant flowers bloom and full moon shine over your life together.
May your joy and happiness be forevermore.

Comments

Double Happiness sometimes translated as Double Happy, is a Chinese traditional ornament Chinese character representing wishes of happiness Double happiness symbol also often found all over the wedding ceremony, as well as good-luck decorative design boom panes; Lu character (禄), a Chinese character.

10 Chinese wedding wishes that are easy to say and remember

chinese wedding well wishes

Have you ever been to a wedding and experience a loss of words when you meet the bride and groom? Or the awkwardness when it’s your turn to give a blessing to the bride and groom but nothing comes out of your mouth.

Well, you are not the only one.

During important events such as weddings, certain behaviors and etiquettes have to manage. Because in Chinese culture, 臉面 “lian mian” or 面子 “mian zi” is something that is highly regarded.

These terms literally mean “face” in direct translation. Or if you prefer the wiki explanation, it is a class of behaviors that are associated with the morality, honor of an individual and its image or the perception of himself/herself being portrayed in social groups.

But in fact, it just simply means showing respect. Giving 面子 “mian zi” is to show respect. If you do not show “face” or 面子 “mian zi” to others, you are disrespecting them.

And when they are disrespected, they will feel 丢脸 “diu lian” or “to lose face” in direct translation. It actually means “to lose reputation or the image you want others to see you as” in English.

丢脸 “diu lian” can also apply to you as it means embarrassment as well.

So if you do not want to 丢脸 “diu lian” or lose your reputation in embarrassment, learning how to congratulate or wish the newly married Chinese couple in Chinese is definitely going to be helpful.

In this guide, you will learn Chinese wedding wishes that are easy to say and remember step by step.

Let’s begin with…

The Basics

For English blessings, you will usually begin with a verb or an action word such as the term: “wish you” before going on with your blessing or wishes. In Chinese, it is similar.

The term “Wish you” equals to the Chinese phrase “祝你” [zhu ni] or “祝你们” [zhu ni men].

A quick breakdown of Chinese words:
祝 zhù – Wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

For example the English term: “Wish you or wishing you a blissful marriage” is similar to in Chinese terms: “祝你们新婚愉快” zhù nǐ xīn hūn yú kuài (it means wishing you a happy and blissful marriage).

Apart from “祝你” [zhu ni], there are another 2 ways to say “wish you”:

愿 Yuàn – translates to “May”
愿你们 Yuàn nǐ men – also mean “May both your wishes…”
Listen to how it is being pronounced.

祝福 Zhù fú – translates to “giving blessing”
祝福你们 Zhù fú nǐ men – also mean “bless you…”
Listen to how it is being pronounced.

Now that you have learned the action word to begin your wishing, we move on to the actual blessings and Chinese idioms that can you say like a pro.

10 Chinese Wedding wishes that are easy to say

Remember to start off, you can use either 祝 zhù or 愿 Yuàn

#1 祝你们早生贵子 zhù nǐ men zǎo shēng guì zǐ

It means wish that you may soon give birth to a son, child or offspring.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – Wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
早 zǎo – early
生 shēng – give birth
贵 guì – precious
子 zǐ – son/child

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#2 祝你们永结同心 zhù nǐ men yǒng jié tóng xīn

It means to wish that both couples to be of one mind forever.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – Wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
永 yǒng – forever
结 jié – together
同 tóng – one
心 xīn – mind

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#3 祝你们百年好合 zhù nǐ men bǎi nián hǎo hé

It means to wish the couple a harmonious union between the couple that last a hundred years. Or a hundred years of harmonious union together.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
百 bǎi – one hundred
年 nián – years
好 hǎo – great / harmonious
合 hé – union

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#4 祝你们互敬互爱 zhù nǐ men hù jìng hù ài

It means wishing the couple mutual love and respect for one another.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
互 hù – mutual
敬 jìng – respect
互 hù – mutual
爱 ài – love

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#5 祝你们白头偕老 zhù nǐ men bái tóu xié lǎo

It means to wish the couple a long time together until their hair turns white of old age

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
白 bái – white
头 tóu – head/hair
偕 xié – together till
老 lǎo – old age

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#6 祝你们举案齐眉 zhù nǐ men jǔ àn qí méi

举案齐眉 jǔ àn qí méi in direct translation literally means lifting up eating trays at the level of each other eyebrows before a meal. It symbolizes respect for each other between husband and wife.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
举 jǔ – lift
案 àn – case
齐 qí – on equal level
眉 méi – eyebrow

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#7 祝你们相敬如宾 zhù nǐ men xiāng jìng rú bīn

相敬如賓 xiāng jìng rú bīn basically means to treat each other (between husband and wife) with the respect like how they would treat an honored guest.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
相 xiāng – treat each other/mutual
敬 jìng – respect
如 rú – like
宾 bīn – honored guest

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#8 祝你们心心相印 zhù nǐ men xīn xīn xiāng yìn

心心相印 xīn xīn xiāng yìn simply means may the couple always see heart to heart with each other.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
心 xīn – heart to
心 xīn – heart
相 xiāng – between
印 yìn – mark or impression

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#9 祝你们花好月圆 zhù nǐ men huā hǎo yuè yuán

花好月圆 huā hǎo yuè yuán literally translates to flower blossom with the moon coming in full circle (圆满 Yuán mǎn or feeling complete). This symbolizes relationship to blossom completely.

In simple terms, it wishes the newly married couple, that their relationship may blossom like flowers and be complete like the round full moon.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
花 huā – flower
好 hǎo – good / blossom
月 yuè – moon
圆 yuán – round / complete

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

#10 祝你们永浴爱河 zhù nǐ men yǒng yù ài hé

It literally means to bathe forever in the river of love. Symbolizes never-ending love for one another.

Text break down:
祝 zhù – wish
你 nǐ – you
们 men – both
永 yǒng – forever / perpetually / always
浴 yù – bathe
爱 ài – love
河 hé – river

Listen to how it is being pronounced.

String up all Chinese wishes together

These Chinese idioms can be stringed together to make your blessing and wish more meaningful.

String 2 to 3 of them together to make yourself sound like a pro.

Some examples:

祝你俩永结同心, 百年好合.
zhù nǐ liang yǒng jié tóng xīn, bǎi nián hǎo hé

祝福你们新婚快乐, 永远甜甜蜜蜜, 幸福美满.
zhù fú nǐ men xīn hūn kuà ilè, yǒng yuǎn tián tián mì mì, xìng fú měi mǎn

愿你俩永浴爱河,白头偕老!
Yuàn nǐ liǎ yǒng yù ài hé, bái tóu xié lǎo!

祝你们相敬如賓, 心心相印, 花好月圆, 百年好合!
Zhù nǐ men xiāng jìng rú bīn, xīn xīn xiāng yìn, huā hǎo yuè yuán, bǎi nián hǎo hé!

愿你有一个美妙的开始,相爱一辈子
Yuàn nǐ yǒu yī gè měi miào de kāi shǐ, xiāng’ài yī bèi zi

So here are just some of the simple wedding wishes you can say during Chinese weddings. If there are more wishes you think are easy to say and remember, please feel free to comment them down below and share it with us. We will even add them in!

wish for mothers day
Best wishes for new academic session
wish for father
Wedding wisdom sayings
birthday wishes for 40th birthday
Hallmark anniversary wishes
romantic birthday wishes for husband quotes
Best wishes for success in business

Blessings and Good Fortune! How to Wish Someone Good Luck in Native Sounding Chinese

chinese wedding well wishes

Speaking in front of a crowd for any occasion needs a little prep, let alone the most important day of a couple's new life together. And giving a toast might seem like small potatoes among all of the things you have to do that day—but you still don't want to goof it up.

Whether you're the best man or maid of honor tasked with making a speech, one of the members of the happy couple wanting to honor your new love or a parent tasked with creating a touching moment, you want the words to come out right. Prevent yourself from becoming an "epic fail" meme all over social media (and you know people will be filming). Incorporate these heartfelt quotations, quick quips, or famous sayings into your wedding day speech or toast. 

Wedding Toast, From the Groom to the Bride

Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest,
Here's to the truest of all who are true,
Here's to the neatest one, here's to the sweetest one,
Here's to them, all in one—here's to you.

To the Groom

Here's to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.

To the Bridesmaids

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Here's to these beautiful bridesmaids.

We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtues, and love them because we can't help it.

To the Bride

May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

Wedding Toast, From the Groom to the Bride

She knows all about me and loves me just the same.

Wedding Toast, From the Parents of the Bride and Groom

It is written: When children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.

To the Gathering

Let us toast the health of the bride;
Let us toast the health of the groom,
Let us toast the person that tied;
Let us toast every guest in the room.

To the Bride and Groom

Look down. you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.

Remember that if you ever put your marital problems on the back burner, they are sure to boil over.

Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.

My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

Marriage: A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves—making, in all, two.

May the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.

To the lamp of love—may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.

May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse.

The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you.
Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years,
You will always see the dear face and feel
The warm heart union of your eternal love.

May you have many children
and may they grow mature in taste
and healthy in color
and as sought after
as the contents of the glass.

Quotes From the Famous

Rainer Maria Rilke
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.

Gwendolyn Brooks
We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.

Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"
Oh, Lizzy! Do anything rather than marry without affection.

Mignon McLaughlin
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

Friedrich Nietzsche
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

Franz Schubert
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

Elizabeth Ashley
In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.

George Jean Nathan
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.

Elizabeth Gilbert
To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.

Robert Anderson"Solitaire & Double Solitaire"
In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.

Sydney J. Harris
Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity, yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.

Amy Grant
The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.

Mother Teresa
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Paul Valery
Love is being stupid together.

American Proverb
You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

Dr. James C. Dobson
Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.

Franklin P. Jones
Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Kristen Kappel
Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need.

Lucy Van Peltin "Peanuts," by Charles M. Schulz
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!

Tony Heath
Be presidents of each other's fan clubs.

Dave Meurer
A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

Madonna
To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give; that takes courage. Because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.

Learn how to wish happy birthday in Chinese when invited to birthday parties. You will not The cake looks good. Can I eat it? Peter has been invited to Mr. Lee's wedding reception and he has no clue what he should say to the newlyweds.

Chinese Wedding Gifts and their Meanings

chinese wedding well wishes

Luck is a huge part of Chinese culture.

It underlies Feng Shui, gift-giving etiquette, unlucky numbers and colors of prosperity and vitality.

So it may come as no surprise that there are many different ways to wish someone “good luck” in Chinese for the different areas of their life.

Whether someone just started a new job, is getting married or has an exam coming up, there are distinct phrases you can use to wish them good fortune (while impressing them with your native-sounding language skills).

Here are 30 of the most important ways to say good luck in Chinese for everyday events as well as big life changes.

30 Ways to Wish Someone Success and Good Luck in Chinese

Wondering how you’ll ever learn all these phrases’ meanings and usages? FluentU is the best tool for building your Chinese vocabulary in real-world contexts. FluentU provides authentic Chinese videos, like movie trailers, TV clips, inspiring talks and more, that’ve been transformed into personalized language lessons.

Each video comes with interactive captions, flashcards, exercises and transcripts so you actively learn while you watch. You can also click any word or expression to see other videos that have it, which will help you naturally learn how to use it in any context.

Good Luck for Everyday Situations

To reiterate, the way you say good luck in Chinese depends on the context and audience, but there is, in fact, a literal equivalent to the Western idea of wishing someone good luck, as shown below.

祝你好运!(zhù nǐ hǎo yùn!) — (I wish you) Good luck!

As you can see, this is a direct translation of “good luck.” The verb 祝 (zhù) means “to wish,” 你 () means “you,” 好 (hǎo) is “good” and 运 (yùn) is “luck.”

This is as straightforward as it gets, but it’s not used very often because it sounds “too translated.” Native speakers prefer to use other phrases to wish someone luck, with each one catering to specific situations.

For example, to wish someone luck on a test or exam, it’s better to say:

好好儿考啊!(hǎo hǎo er kǎo a!) — Have a good exam/Do well on this exam!

When you want to wish someone luck on another kind of task or job, you can say:

好好儿干啊!(hǎo hǎo er gàn a!) — Do well on this task/job!

There’s another phrase you can use for words of encouragement, similar to “good luck,” which is more of an idiomatic expression. 加油 (jiā yóu), which literally means “add oil,” is a figurative expression that best translates to “come on, let’s go!”

To use that in a sentence, you can say something like:

我为你加油!(wǒ wèi nǐ jiā yóu!) — I’m cheering for you!

我给你加油!(wǒ gěi nǐ jiā yóu!) — I will cheer for you!

These examples and the phrase 加油 (jiā yóu) can be used in many instances, but are more common in competitive situations.

Blessings for Newlyweds

Know any couples that just got hitched? “Good luck” is normally not a blessing to share with the bride and groom, but there are other ways that you can wish them well.

You can never go wrong with a generic greeting, whether you’re friends with the newlyweds or more along the lines of acquaintances. Try these out:

祝你们幸福。(zhù nǐ men xìng fú) — I wish you happiness.

祝你们百年好合。(zhù nǐ men bǎi nián hǎo hé) — I wish you a long life together. (Literally, “I wish you all the best for next 100 years together.”)

祝你们幸福美满。 (zhù nǐ men xìng fú měi mǎn) — I wish you happiness and bliss.

祝你们新婚愉快。(zhù nǐ men xīn hūn yú kuài) — I wish you a happy marriage/wedding.

Most examples above (except for the first) can be uttered without 祝你们 (zhù nǐ men), since they’re actually expressions on their own. Plus, it’s a given that you’re extending the wish to the couple.

So, it’s perfectly fine to say 新婚愉快 (xīn hūn yú kuài), but we included 祝你们 (zhù nǐ men) for the sake of demonstrating sentence structure.

Now, if you’re close with couple, here are some additional idiomatic expressions you can share with them. Feel free to add in 祝你们 (zhù nǐ men) at the beginning of each expression if you prefer.

白头偕老 (bái tóu xié lǎo) — May you grow old together (Literally, “Live together until your hair goes white with old age”)

多子多孙 (duō zi duō sūn) — May you have many children and grandchildren

举案齐眉 (jǔ àn qí méi) — May you have mutual respect in marriage (Literally, “Lift the tray to eyebrow level”)

互敬互爱 (hù jìng hù ài) — May you have mutual respect and love

激情永在 (jī qíng yǒng zài) — May you have everlasting passion (Literally, “Passion is always there”)

早生贵子 (zǎo shēng guì zǐ) — May you give birth to a child soon

The original meaning of the last one actually is about giving birth to a son, so it’s best to reserve the last wedding wish for traditional Chinese couples and families. Or just opt for any of the other idioms.

Birthday Wishes

Birthdays are another occasion where you can wish people good fortune. Other than saying “Happy Birthday,” which is 生日快乐 (shēng rì kuài lè) in Chinese, you can share the following hopes for the celebrant.

For the kids:

希望你健康快乐地长大!(xī wàng nǐ jiàn kāng kuài lè dì zhǎng dà!) — I hope you grow up happy and healthy!

For your peers:

祝你天天快乐,心想事成。(zhù nǐ tiān tiān kuài lè, xīn xiǎng shì chéng.) — I wish that you’re happy every day, and that all your wishes come true.

For the elderly:

长命百岁 (cháng mìng bǎi suì) — May you live for 100 years

寿比南山, 福如东海 (shòu bǐ nán shān, fú rú dōng hǎi) — May you live as long as Southern Mountain and your fortune be as boundless as the Eastern Sea

The last one is very poetic and very popular among the older generations.

Wishes for Success, Prosperity and Good Fortune

Weddings and birthdays aren’t the only times you can send good wishes.

If a friend just got hired, you can wish them luck at the new job by saying:

财源广进 (cái yuán guǎng jìn) — May you have an abundant source of income, wealth and fortune

平步青云 (píng bù qīng yún) — May you get promoted quickly (Literally, “Skyrocket”)

马到成功 (mǎ dào chéng gōng) — May you immediately meet with success

步步高升 (bù bù gāo shēng) — May you continuously get promoted (Literally, “Rise step by step”)

What you’d normally hear and say during Chinese New Year can also be used in a congratulatory sense, wishing someone luck in any future endeavor, whether business-related or not. It can even be included in a toast.

恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái) — Happy New Year/May you be prosperous

During the New Year, a birthday, a holiday or any other celebration, you can say:

身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng) — I wish you good health (Literally, “healthy body”)

To wish someone happiness in everyday situations, you can say, “Bless you,” although this shouldn’t be confused with how English speakers use that phrase after someone sneezes.

祝福你!(zhù fú nǐ!) — Bless you! (Literally, “I wish happiness/good fortune on you!”)

And if you’re bidding someone adieu, you can say:

保重!(bǎo zhòng!) — Take care!

一路顺风! (yī lù shùn fēng) — Bon Voyage! (Literally, “May the wind be with you!”)

This list is probably more than enough for you to impress Chinese-speaking friends and family. You’ll sound like a native when you wish people luck using any of these expressions!

And One More Thing…

Since you’ve made it this far, you’re obviously serious about learning Chinese.

FluentU can help.

FluentU lets you learn real Chinese from dramas, TV shows, commercials, music videos and more.It naturally eases you into learning Chinese language, and you’ll learn Chinese as it’s spoken in real life.

FluentU has a wide range of contemporary videos, as you can see here:

FluentU brings these native Chinese videos within reach via interactive captions. You can tap on any word to instantly look it up. All words have carefully written definitions and examples that will help you understand how they’re used. Tap to add words you’d like to review to a vocab list.

From the description page, you can access interactive transcripts under the Dialogue tab, or review words and phrases under Vocab.

FluentU’s Quiz Mode turns every video into a language learning lesson. You can always swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

The best part is that FluentU always keeps track of your vocabulary. It suggests content and examples based on the words you’re learning. You have a 100% personalized experience.

If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn Chinese with real-world videos.

Experience Chinese immersion online!

Double Happiness sometimes translated as Double Happy, is a Chinese traditional ornament Chinese character representing wishes of happiness Double happiness symbol also often found all over the wedding ceremony, as well as good-luck decorative design boom panes; Lu character (禄), a Chinese character.

chinese wedding well wishes
Written by Dainos
Write a comment