Happy wedding day wishes for friend, sister or brother, short quotes and greetings for wedding cards.
When someone you know gets engaged, you know it’s time to start thinking up some messages for invitations for wedding and birthday invitations that are genuine, witty and don’t sound like they came from a bad tv commercial. There are so many things to write to the bride and groom at different stages of the process, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for what to write in a wedding card. The difficulty of writing wedding card messages can, of course, be magnified five or ten times since wedding seem to come in waves!
We’ve got some messages lined up to help make it easy for you.
So you heard about a friends engagement! Whether you saw the hundreds of likes on Facebook, got an excited phone call, or received an engagement announcement or engagement party invites in the post, it’s a nice touch to send a card to say congratulations. It may seem a little old-fashioned, but if there’s ever a time to opt for the traditional route it’s when weddings are involved! If in doubt it’s a good idea to cover your bases and spread some love, but if they are a vague acquaintance and you think it will look like you’re angling for a wedding invite by getting in touch, trust your instincts.
On an engagement card you can keep things fairly brief (though if you want to take the opportunity to tell your friend why you adore them, I’m sure they won’t mind!), so just focus on letting them know that you are happy for them and excited about the news. Be cautious of writing anything that assumes that you will be invited to the wedding. Many people opt for family-only weddings or have to keep things smaller than they would like to cut costs, so keep that in mind when writing.
Congratulations to an amazing friend and soon-to-be friend. Can’t wait to get to know him more.
Can’t wait to have [fiance] join the family! You have made a wonderful choice and we couldn’t be more proud of you.
Thank you for allowing us to share such a joyous occasion with you. Congratulations on your engagement, and all the best for the future.
You two are perfect for one another, and it has been such a joy to watch you fall in love. We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of your journey with you. May it be full of joy and love always.
We are absolutely delighted to hear the news! I’m sure your engagement will be just the beginning of a beautiful life together.
Congratulations on the engagement! Your gift is that I won’t make you retell the proposal story again (but I will admire the ring!).
I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious, then? Congrats on the engagement!
Congrats on finally getting serious enough to have your partner mentioned in the family Christmas card.
Congrats on the engagement! Can’t wait for wedding selfies and a quality wedding hashtag.
Congratulations on your engagement! I will be coming up with a celeb-like couple name for the two of you, and you will be informed shortly.
Congratulations on being the first engaged couple I haven’t blocked on Facebook.
I’m so thrilled to hear about your engagement! You two are such wonderful people and I can’t think of a better pairing. So excited for what the coming years will bring!
It’s about time, you two! Stoked to hear that you are tying the knot. Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon. All the love in the world.
As a general rule you should always send thank you cards after somebody does something for you, and an engagement party is no exception. While it might feel like you’re the one that did something for them (by attending, and maybe giving a gift), they also organised and gave you a good time, food and drinks. It’s definitely best practice to say a quick thanks for all their hard work and let them know you had a great time.
Thank you so much for inviting us to your engagement party. It was great to have a chance to catch up with family and friends and toast to the good times ahead. All the best with wedding planning.
Congrats on hosting the party of the year! (Lucky your wedding isn’t until next year, or it wouldn’t have been in with a chance) Loved popping some champers and tearing up the dance floor with you guys, and can’t wait to do it all again soon.
Thanks so much for having us at your engagement celebrations. We were so glad we could make it.
It was such a joy to see you two so full of love at your engagement party, and I’ve no doubt it was only a small preview of how happy your wedding day will be! I can’t wait to be there to witness it.
We just want to say thank you for letting us be part of your engagement celebrations. We had such a wonderful time! The food was delicious, the music was rocking, and most of all, the company was unbeatable.
Wow, what a great night! Thanks so much for having me at your engagement party. I hope you had as much fun as I did!
You threw such a great engagement party, you’ve got the wedding planning covered!
Thank you for allowing us to toast your engagement last weekend. Good luck with all the wedding planning and preparation! Please don’t hesitate to call us if we can help with anything at all. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the wedding.
You shouldn’t have to worry too much about wording your RSVP cards, since the card will usually have options for you to tick. Despite this, it’s nice to include a note with the RSVP when you return it, even if it’s just written on the card itself. If you’re replying ‘yes’, just something like ‘So happy to be invited! Can’t wait to celebrate with you!’ will show you care. If you can’t attend, a more detailed note is preferable. Sometimes an RSVP date is specified but a response card is not included at all, so you may want to include these sample responses as part of a note on a blank notecard.
We are delighted to accept the invitation, and we really look forward to the big day!
See you there!
Let the good times roll!
Eep! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! xx
Yes, yes, yes x1000!
We will be there with bells on!
Wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Excited to join the celebrations!
Have you ever known me to turn down a party?
It’s going to be the party of the year, wouldn’t miss it!
So sorry we can’t make it!
We are so sad to miss out on the celebrations!
We’ll be thinking of you.
I know, I know, I’m a terrible friend.
Something better came up ;) Just kidding, of course. It kills me that I’m going to miss it!
Following the same principle as the engagement party, it’s often best to send a thank you card after the hens party, bucks party, kitchen tea or bridal shower. Whether or not this is entirely necessary depends on the formality of the event and the amount of organisation that was required to make it happen. If you’re hitting the beach or the dance floor you can probably get away without a card (though it’s always a classy touch), but if it’s a high tea or girls weekend it’s best to make your appreciation known. Remember to thank both the bride (or groom, as the case may be) and the person or people responsible for organising the event.
Wow, what an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for having me along!
Thanks for all the organisation you put into the hens party. It was a great night and your work meant it went off without a hitch!
The bachelorette party was the perfect practice run for the level of party we’re going to have next month at your wedding…if we recover in time!
Thank you for such a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate your upcoming wedding. It was so great to meet so many of your friends and family members. I really enjoyed it, and I’m glad you invited me along.
Best party ever for the best bride ever! I hope you had half as much fun as I did at your hens party.
Thanks for having me at your bucks party! It was such a great night. Good luck with the last minute wedding prep, give me a shout if you need anything.
Writing wedding invitation card messages can be difficult, but when it comes down to it, it really is your opportunity to get a bit sentimental and put words to feelings. The card should reflect what the couple mean to you. Since a wedding is such a watershed moment in somebody’s life, every wedding card should cover all three tenses:
If you only know one of the two people getting married, it’s perfectly acceptable to address the card primarily to them and reference their partner only to tell them you’re looking forward to getting to know them more, or to let them know they got a good one.
Wishing you love, joy and tenderness today and every day of your future.
Love and marriage get better with each passing year. May all that you feel today be just the start.
All the best to two wonderful people as you build your life together.
Congratulations on making this step together, and may your love see you through all life’s ups and downs.
A toast to the best pairing I’ve ever seen!
You guys are so perfect together! Congratulations! Super happy for you both!
It’s official! You’re stuck with one another! Congratulations on your wedding, and all the best for a future full of fun and adventures.
Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve.
Can’t wait to watch you two turn into the cutest little old married couple to ever live.
Best wishes in your life ahead.
The warmest wishes and deepest congratulations on your wedding day.
Congratulations on your wedding! We are so happy for you and wish you all the love and happiness in the world. We love you both!
Thank you for allowing us to bear witness to your love and to this sacred moment in your lives.
Time has gone so quickly since we were silly thirteen-year-olds dreaming about our futures. It is so exciting to see some of those dreams coming to fruition today as you wed the love of your life. I think teenage you would be pretty happy. I wish I could go back and tell her it all works out okay, it would have saved you a lot of angst back then ;) All the love in the world, and may your marriage be as long and rich as our friendship has been.
Welcome to the family [fiance]! We are overjoyed to have you join our crazy tribe. You’re just strange enough to fit right in.
Lots of love and joy to both of you on this exciting day.
Life will bring all sorts of things your way, but it’s all better with someone beside you to share it with. Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime.
Whatever the reason for not attending a wedding, it’s good etiquette to send a card of congratulations just before the wedding to make sure the couple knows you are thinking of them and celebrating with them. Being invited to the wedding in the first place is an honour, so it’s good to acknowledge that. You shouldn’t grovel or even necessarily apologise in the card, but you should let the couple know that you are disappointed to be missing out and that you love them.
We hope you can feel our love and support even though we can’t be there.
Congratulations on such an exciting day! We really wish we could be there to be part of it.
With you in spirit on this special day.
I’m sorry we couldn’t make the trip, but we are celebrating with you from afar.
I hope you can feel that there are people across the world joining in your joy and celebrations.
Wishing you both the best on this day. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it.
If someone you know is getting married, it’s definitely best to send a card even if you weren’t invited to the wedding. Remember that it’s extremely difficult to cut down a wedding guest list to a manageable number and weddings can be upwards of $100 per head, so if you didn’t get a wedding invitation don’t take it as a sign that the happy couple don’t care about you. They probably felt bad about not inviting you. Sending a card shows that you understand, that you are happy for them, and that you are sharing in their celebrations even though you won’t be present.
Thinking of you both with love and joy on your wedding day.
We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.
I’m sure your wedding day will be everything you dreamed. Enjoy every moment!
Trusting that you will make the most of every moment today, and that your future together will be a long and happy one.
Weddings are expensive and notoriously difficult to organise, so being invited to one is an honour and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The happy couple may be off on a honeymoon, but make sure you send a thank you card as soon as possible after the big day so you don’t forget about it.
Thank you so much for letting us share in such a joyful celebration of your love!
Thank you for inviting me to share such an important day with you and your family. I had a wonderful time.
It meant so much to me to be invited to your wedding, thank you.
Thanks for inviting me to your wedding. It was an honour to witness such an important milestone.
Your wedding was a once-in-a-lifetime day that you will remember for the rest of your life, and you sure made sure you will have something beautiful to look back on!
It was an honour to be part of your special day. Congratulations, and I hope every day of your marriage is just as rich in love as the first one.
Congrats on hosting the wedding of the year!
Your wedding was such a perfect day. You both looked gorgeous, the food was delicious, and most importantly your love shone. Thank you for letting us be there to see it.
Congratulations on finally being done with the wedding planning! It definitely paid off with a wedding day straight from the pages of Vogue. Enjoy settling back to normality.
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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.
Scroll through our entire guide or quickly jump to a section that best suits you:
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.
We know why you’re here. It’s really difficult to decide what to write in a wedding card. Either way, we have examples of wedding wishes for every scenario!
Depending on how you know the engaged couple there are a few DOs and DON’Ts that you’ll want to be aware of, and plenty of wedding message examples to help you fine-tune your wedding congratulations.
Scroll through our guide of wedding wishes or quickly jump to a favorite section of wedding congratulations messages:
A highly traditional wedding card should avoid the word “congratulations”. It’s not as common now, but this word used to be viewed as a backhanded compliment meaning ‘We’re surprised you actually found someone’ directed at the bride.
Instead, keep your wedding messages super positive and relatively short. As a rule of thumb, use wedding sentiments that reinforce strength and longevity.
“May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years.”
“Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow.”
“May the love you share today grow stronger as you grow old together.”
“Thank you for letting me share in this joyful day. I wish you all the best as you embark on this wonderful union.”
“Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day as you begin your new life together.”
“May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.”
“Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.”
“May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.”
“Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.”
“Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
Anyone who believes the adage “actions speak louder than words” should strongly consider including a gift with their kind wishes. A bridal subscription – our favorite is the Miss To Mrs Bridal Box – delivers some much needed wedding planning tools, beauty items, and adorable bridal gifts.
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You can share special memories and thoughts to make your wedding message more meaningful. Below are some marriage wishes examples of what to put on your formal wedding cards.
“Wishing you the best!”
“We are so very happy for you both!”
“Wishing you the best today, tomorrow and forever!”
“Hoping all your dreams are fulfilled in your new life together!”
“So thankful I got to share this day with you both!”
“As time passes may your love only grow beyond measure!”
“May all your dreams come true in your adventure together!”
“Nurture and care for your love from this day forward. It will then grow into the most beautiful thing you’ve ever known!”
“Thankful I was allowed to share this monumental day with you both!”
“May all your dreams come true in your life together!”
Sometimes funny is the best way to spread your happy wedding congratulations. Maybe it’s a friend or coworker that you joke around with on a regular basis, or maybe you’re just commonly known as the funny one and a humorous wedding message is expected. If this sounds like you a few jokes are highly recommended.
But, NEVER joke about past relationships, shock at them having found someone to marry or divorce.
“As Bill and Ted said, ‘Be excellent to each other.'”
“Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!”
“Wishing you lots of love—and lots of makeup sex!”
(If this is appropriate given your relationship with the couple.)
“Our marriage advice: Love, honor and… scrub the toilet.”
(Or fill in any other funny advice you have.)
“Marriage: A relationship where one person is always right, and one person is the husband. Congratulations!”
“Treat marriage like a hockey game. No roughing!”
“Thanks for the free booze. Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!”
“This calls for congratulations, and probably champagne.”
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To a special couple who show that love can be true and forever. May your lives continue to grow in love and happiness together!
Wedding wishes for my dear friends. I hope your life together will be filled with joy, happiness and lots of love!
As you start this new journey in life, may every day hold wonderful shared experiences!
May you always remember the love shared on this special day. Wishing you a lifetime of love!
Your special day has come at last,
So make the most and have a blast!
Congratulations to you both! Have a great wedding full of precious moments which will stay with you forever.
Hope you will have a long and happy life together. Always treat each other better than you want to be treated.
May you have the wedding of your dreams and the happiest of marriages!
Weddings pass in just a day, leaving happy memories which last a lifetime. Enjoy yourselves!
I wish you a wonderful life together as you head down the road to married happiness. So happy for you!
Such great news to hear of your wedding - It couldn't happen to a nicer couple! Have a great wedding day and may your marriage be filled with wonderfully happy times.
With warm congratulations to a very special pair. May you always find in each other the love, laughter and happiness that only partners in life share!
Wishing your dreams
Begin to come true,
And every tomorrow
Be happy for you!
You two are so unique and beautiful. Just like the love you share! So happy to celebrate your wedding together with you!
Such great news to hear of your wedding - It couldn't happen to a nicer couple.
You are a wonderful couple, perfect for each other. Praying your years together are full of love, joy and blessings.
Congratulations on finding each other! Your greatest adventure has just begun.
On this beautiful and lovely occasion I wish you a day filled with cherished moments.
Married life is a true blessing and one of life's finest gifts. Congratulations and best wishes for the future!
True love stories never end! Happy wedding day and may there be many more chapters in the wonderful story of your love for one another.
Congratulations to you both on your very special day! May your wedding be filled with special memories you can treasure forever.
Sending you the warmest wishes as you build your new lives together. May the light of your love always glow upon your marriage!
Doubt that the stars are like fire;
Doubt that the sun doesn't move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt your love
Best wishes for the future!
A wedding wish for two special person: love is best when shared by two. You know that together you are stronger, together you are one. Have a wonderful married life!
Congratulations on your marriage, have a wonderful life!
Weddings are like the greatest of dreams - with happy memories to last forever.
On your wedding day I wish you a lifelong Honeymoon!
Best wishes for a wonderful wedding celebration, with love and prayers for today and the future.
It couldn't have happened to a nicer couple! Have a wonderfully happy wedding day and a future full of the best that life can bring.
For richer or poorer, in sickness and in health - You make a great couple!
You are two beautiful people, now teamed as a man and a wife. Congratulations on tying the knot! Take a moment to enjoy all the special memories that you both will remember for the rest of your lives.
Congrats on finding your true love! Lean on each other's strengths and forgive each other weaknesses.
Here are 33 well-wishing ideas—formal, casual, and even Biblical—to get you started on what to write in a wedding card.