Here are 33 well-wishing ideas—formal, casual, and even Biblical—to get you And when it comes to something even as simple as sending a wedding card.
We've been there: You shop long and hard to find the perfect wedding card for the soon-to-be married couple and then you get home and have a pretty rough time figuring out what to write in it. The good news is, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what to write in a wedding card. As long as your wedding congratulations message is heartfelt and offers the couple a positive wish for their marriage, you're good to go.
It should almost go without saying that wedding cards are customary for anyone who wants to send wedding wishes to an engaged or newly married couple. If you're following traditional wedding guest etiquette, you'll either want to bring the card to the wedding reception or mail it directly to the couple (usually between the time you receive the wedding invitation and a few weeks after the wedding). Honestly though, you can send it whenever you want. You could even send a nice card if the wedding is small and you're not invited. Simply put: Wedding congratulations are welcome anytime by anyone!
As for the card itself, wedding cards come in lots of different formats—from standard greeting cards you find at a cute stationery shop to homemade cards, small tags attached to gifts and even simple, digitally created wedding messages that are printed and shipped to the couple with their gift. All of the above pass as a wedding card and are considered okay, so don't feel the need to have more than one. (Then again, if you bought a gift off the couple's registry and want them to also have a pretty card from you, take one to the reception and drop it in a wedding card box or on a gift table!)
In short, yes. That said, it used to be saying or writing "congratulations" to a newly married woman was once considered a faux pas because it was thought of as congratulating her on actually landing a man! (Yep, you read that right.) Today though, that's considered an outdated rule and school of thought. Still, if the couple happens to be very traditional or come from a very traditional family, you might want to avoid the term altogether and just say "best wishes."
The perfect wedding wish is sentimental, sweet and totally tailored to the couple. Is it for your favorite cousin and his new wife? Or your hilarious college roommate who finally settled down? Below are dozens of examples of wedding wishes quotes for inspiration. Use the quick links below to craft an amazing (genius!) wedding message:
Just because it's a formal wedding with floor-length dresses and tuxes doesn't mean you have to send a formal card with stuffy wording. (The card doesn't have to perfectly match the event.) Still, if you want to write a nice message that's timeless and romantic, a formal note is the way to go.
If you don't feel comfortable with formal wedding sayings, then don't do it. Be yourself. It's completely fine to write a more casual wedding message in the card, no matter the recipient. Put it this way: Short and sweet is always fine, as long as you're saying something nice or including a wish for the couple's future.
Go ahead and write something funny in the card that you think will make them laugh. Just be careful with your marriage wishes. What might easily come across as a joke in conversation could be taken the wrong way on paper. As a rule of thumb, avoid jokes that are sarcastic or snarky. Also off-limits? Steer clear of anything that could be considered insulting, imply that one of them is the "better half" or mention anything about it having taken way too long (or way too little time) to get married. Oh, and no divorce jokes!
If the couple is religious, then this might be the best option. Religious wedding card messages can mention God, tell them of your prayers or quote scripture. Before writing a religious message in a wedding card, consider the couple's beliefs and practices, and customize the message to them. If they aren't too religious or don't worship regularly, something very religious could make them uncomfortable, so it's be best to tone down religious elements or avoid them altogether. And if you're unsure of what religious message to write, opt for more general wedding words instead.
When writing a wedding card for family, you can go very general or very personal—it's completely up to you and the type of message you want to convey.
So you're writing a message on your brother's or sister's wedding card? The key here is personality. In some cases, sibling relationships are strained, in which case you might want to go general. But more often, your brother or sister is the person whom you know best, to whom you can make inside jokes or recall some of your favorite moments together. Just remember to mention the new spouse in your note!
It's a big deal when your son or daughter marries. And when you're the mother or father of the bride or groom, you'll most likely feel a flurry of emotions that are extra tricky to get down on paper. What's most important is that you wish the couple well. From there, add in some personal touches to the otherwise standard wedding wishes quote to give your wedding card message meaning. If you're happily married, you could even add some of your own marriage advice.
It's just as good of a choice to go classic with wedding wording on a friend's wedding card as it is to get specific and personal. Before you write, consider your relationship and how funny, serious, personal or sentimental you want to get with your wedding wishes. Then go from there.
When writing a card to your coworker who's getting married, you're probably not going to want to wish them "lots of love." Instead, it's best to go with general wording. Use one of the formal or casual examples above, or see below for a few appropriate, work-inspired quotes. All that said, it's more than possible that your coworker is a good friend. If that's the case, scroll up to "Wedding Card Wishes for a Friend."
Whether you're thrilled or lukewarm about the union, if your mom or dad is getting married (or remarried), it's completely normal to agonize a little over the right wedding card wording. Our best piece of advice? Be honest and tell the truth. Don't say you're crazy about the new husband or wife if you're not, but instead wish them both a happy future together. After all, isn't that what you want for your parent?
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A wedding invitation qualifies as one of those exciting mailbox treasures, you know, the ones where you can’t help but smile as you run your fingers over the envelope? Score! Since receiving your invite and getting a sneak peek into the big day, you have most likely been counting down the days until “I, do.” Along with marking days off the calendar, you’ve sent back your pre-printed wedding response card, selected a gift from the registry and have decided that a shopping trip is in your near future. As if having to pick out a wedding day outfit wasn’t hard enough, you’ve also been tasked with writing a wedding card message to the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Remind us who said being a wedding guest wasn’t hard work?
In all actuality, drafting the perfect wedding message doesn’t have to be difficult at all. With a few tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts you will be on your way to crafting personalized wedding wishes that shine a spotlight of love on the couple and their one-of-a-kind happily ever after.
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The perfect wedding card message should be tailored to the couple, full of sentimental value and crafted from the heart. With that being said, no two wedding card messages will be the same. If you’re feeling pressured to say the perfect words, just don’t. Our wedding card etiquette guide features easy to follow instructions and specific example messages to help you navigate through what to write in a wedding card.
Wishing a couple congratulations is often times an expression people choose to include in their wedding greetings. It serves as a supportive as well as celebratory way to let the couple know they did a great job finding their soulmate (awh.) Saying ‘congrats’ is appropriate never mind which side of the aisle you are sitting on once the ceremony starts. Whether you’ve been best friends with the bride for years and have just met the groom or know both parties all too well, you can never go wrong with a sincere wedding congratulations message. Follow step one from above and pick one of your favorite congrats messages below or add them to your own words to get started on your wedding card.
After the ceremony when the couple opens their wedding cards they are going to enjoy reading each card for various reasons, but most importantly, because of whom they are from. Be yourself as you are writing your wedding card and make sure that your personality shines. If you are more casual, there is nothing wrong with keeping your wishes short and sweet. Just make sure that you build upon your congratulations and say something charming.
You can also use your wedding wishes to mirror the theme of the ceremony. If floor length dresses, glistening chandeliers and lavish centerpieces are a few big day details, look into using one of these formal wedding wishes to express your happiness for the bride and groom.
If you think a funny wedding card message will put a smile on the bride and groom’s faces then go ahead and write something laugh-worthy. Just proceed with caution, you don’t want your wedding message to come off as sarcastic or insincere. Remember that a sentiment that may easily come across as a joke can be taken the wrong way on paper. With that being said, divorce jokes are off limits! Use your best judgement when writing your funny wedding wish and you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect wedding card with a side of smiles.
Sharing a religious bond with the bride and groom can be the perfect way to tailor your wedding wishes. Think about the couple’s religious beliefs and views before you begin writing your card. Use their practices to guide your religious wedding wishes.
How can you frame wedding congratulations on your wedding card messages? How do you start, what do you put in, and how do you close? Find out!
The next thing to do after getting a marriage invite is to send in wedding congratulations to the couple! Being a guest is not all about the excitement, you have to the put in some work with the wedding wishes. These wishes must convey your message right and wash over the couple with love.
Do you know how to start a wedding card message? Do you know what to write in a wedding card? What are the best wedding sayings and how appropriate are they? Are there wedding card wishes etiquette? How do I close my message? All these are questions that this post will give you answers to. So stay glued and learn how to write the best wedding messages!
What to Write in a Wedding Card
It is not difficult knowing what to write about a wedding, with our guide. Foremost, your wedding wishes must be sweet, sentimental, deep and awash with love. It doesn’t have to be perfect but must suit the couple perfectly. There are different kinds of wedding greetings, but we have a template that guides you through all. You will find it below with examples you can tweak to suit your style. Let the happy couple know that you really do care.
-“I just got your great news! Congratulations darling. This is awesome!”
– “Congratulations Meg! I cannot contain my joy on your upcoming nuptials!”
-“Wow! Hearty congratulations on your impending marriage. I am so happy for you!”
-“Congratulations on your wedding dearies! I can’t wait to witness your day!”
-“it’s your wedding day in a few. May your day fill you with joy and may your love shine bright like the sun”-
-“I got my invite to your wedding. I do not take it for granted. So, you have all my support and love. Thank you”
-“May your hearts beat as one forever”
Wedding Wishes Etiquette
Your wedding congratulations to a couple come at any time. It could be before the wedding, during or after the wedding. There is no time set in stone to send in your wedding cards congratulations. But the truth is, it is always best sending them in when the feeling is still fresh. Yet, there are some rules you should follow, so as not to go out of line.
Casual Wedding Wishes
This is for you if you don’t know what to say in a wedding card, or you are not much of a talker. Don’t do anything that’s not you, or you will ruin it all. Avoid the pressure of saying all the right words. Keep it short, simple and sweet. Casual wedding wishes cuts across all forms of relationships and the timing of your cards. It’s like the master key to all the doors for wedding wishes. They may be short but they are still heartfelt, emotional, and straight to the point. See some examples below.
Formal Wedding Wishes
If the wedding is a formal affair, you know the ballroom setting kind. The tulle and lace combinations with a sober walk down the aisle. You may need to put in more effort, and this means more words. One-liners like in casual wedding wishes will not fit into this type of wedding. Although, it’s not cast in stone that you may say so much to convey your wishes. But the examples below will work fine.
Funny Wedding Card Messages
Send the couple funny wedding wishes if you want to give them something to make them smile on their day. But this is a tricky type of message. Saying it face to face will sound fine, but putting it in writing may sound awkward. Hence, be careful with your word usage. This is in order not to sound as though you’re making fun, sarcastic or not sincere. Leave out jokes on future infidelity, body shaming or possibly divorce. The couple may not find it funny. See some examples below.
Religious Wedding Wishes
Religious wedding card message should match with the beliefs of the couple. These are very strong, straight and meaningful messages with depth. People who are religious believe in the presence and power of a supreme being whom they reverence. What better way to frame a wedding message to them by bonding them with their creator? Starting their marriage with strength and promise attached to their beliefs is a beautiful one. So, check out the beliefs of the couple before Penning down your wishes.
Examples below for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and all.
Wedding Card Messages for Friends
Wedding greetings to your friends can be funny or heartfelt. They are your friends, so they deserve all the joy you can put in. You can make your messages a personal one or leave it in general terms. This is depending on how close you are to the couple. But remember that your messages should express your love to them and convey your message right. Check below for some examples.
Wedding Wishes for a Family Member
Whether it’s your daughter, son, brother, sister, granddaughter or grandson getting married. Your wedding wishes must overflow with emotions and sincerely tell of your love. For the one whose sister or brother is getting married, a little fun and naughtiness would do. This is a person you lived and grew up with. Pour out your memories and wish them the best even as they leave home.
For the parents, it is a time of overflowing emotions. You cannot believe how the time flew or where it all went to. You cannot even believe that your baby is grown and taking major life decisions. Bare it all in your wish to them.
The grandparents are alive to witness their second generation walk down the aisle. Who would have thought? This stirs up a lot of emotions and it shows in the wedding wishes.
Check some examples below.
“Our joy knows no bounds as I receive you into this family. May you find joy, peace, happiness, and unity.”
“To my sister, my best pal, my ride or die, my confidante. We were little, now we’ve grown. We’ve done everything together and now we will part ways to better things. Though you’re leaving we will be together in our hearts. May you find happiness, peace, fulfillment, and progress even as you get married.”
“You mean so much to me, dearest sister. You’re a part of me. For this, I wish you the best in marriage and love. Your joy will be full and permanent.”
My bully and best friend, my brother! It’s so hard to see you get married, but I’m happy you found love. You are so good for each other and I wish you all the happiness you deserve.
Dear mama, I’ve always had you to myself, but now I have to share. You’ve raised me right and I’m so grateful. You deserve all the happiness and I’m glad you found it. Wishing you the best.
I love you with everything in me papa. You’ve given me so much and I’m happy you’ve found someone to give more of your love to. Your love for each other shines through your souls and I pray it never dims. Congratulations!
“From the little babe in my arms some years ago, to this angel walking down the aisle. I’ve never seen a vision so enthralling, so divine. My little girl, you’re everything and my love for you remains unwavering. I send you forth with my best wishes. May all the joy you’ve given me beautiful abundant in your marriage. May your eyes not shed a tear of pain. May only the best be your lot.”
“Darling son, how fast you grow. You’re now a man and I can’t believe it myself. As you take this journey, my love goes with you. Prosper, grow more, enjoy love and have peace with your wife. Your marriage will be a haven for you and you will experience many joys.”
It’s a day of joy for me as I watch you, my little grandchild walk down the aisle. May the love we enjoyed for generations go with you into your marriage.
I watched your parents get married, now you. I am fulfilled, dear grandchild. Go with all my Love and prayers. I wish you the best in marriage.
Wedding Card Messages to a Coworker
Work relationships in most cases are not that close. You may want to go the casual route or get wedding sayings that are not too personal. Workplace wedding greetings could also factor. But if you share a close relationship with your colleague, you can go a bit personal. Some elements of humor wouldn’t go amiss in your message. Whichever way, the examples about are perfect for wedding wishes to colleagues.
Wedding Card Closing
Your congratulations on a wedding are incomplete without the perfect finishing by you. Before you sign off with your name at the bottom of that card. Close with some sweet, emotional, sincere, and warm wishes for the couple. It’s a one size fits all type of approach. This closing works for everyone regardless of the relationship you share with them. All you need is a few words to close. Check out some examples below.
Wedding congratulations are a great way to raise the couples’ wedding excitement. When you put your thoughts into framing your wedding cards messages, the new couple will know you care. Love is not only shown by the size of the gift you get a couple. You can also show it by how much you go all out to send them the perfect wedding message. If you’re at a loss of how to go about, this post has all templates from start to finish. Check it out, make your choice and wish the happy couple the best!
Use our guide with 108 examples of wedding wishes for perfect but if they are simply an acquaintance then keeping it casual is the best route.
Now and forever, may your wonderful family never encounter grief and sorrow. Have a spectacular life together!
Love is not a perfect fairy tale without problems and fighting from time to time. Love is a hard work, but I know that you guys can handle it. You are inspiring. Wishing you the best of all, don’t forget to be happy.
At first I wanted to wish you a lot of patience, but then I realized that there’s no need. Because you guys are the most amazing and harmonious couple in the world, and patience has nothing to do in your relationship. It’s only about love. Congratulations!
Getting married is one the most important decisions in life, and sometimes people doubt if it’s really worth it. But looking at you I know that you are sure of each other. Your love makes me believe that magic is real. Wishing you all the best.
The first time ever I saw you together I knew you were meant for each other. Match made in heaven, that’s what people say, right? Looking at you now I cannot be happier. I wish your love to last forever. Congratulations on your wedding!
Weddings are joyous occasions where the bride and groom invite those closest Never has it been said that marriage is easy, but it is simple.