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December 16, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

I learned that day that saying "Best Wishes" instead of "Congratulations" to a bride was an old tradition, but didn't realize HOW old it really was.

One glance at the Facebook wall of a recently engaged woman and it's easy to see that the overwhelming response is "congratulations." But did you know that the well wishers are actually defying tradition?

If, like us, you weren't aware of this particular piece of traditional wedding etiquette, here's the gist of it: Apparently, telling a bride "congratulations" insinuates that it was not a given that she would succeed at getting married or that she didn't have her choice of suitors. Instead, you're supposed to tell the bride "best wishes" and reserve your "congrats" for the groom, who presumably played the role of hunter and succeeded at his goal of convincing his bride to say yes.

In a word? Oy.

According to lifestyle and etiquette expert Elaine Swann, author of Let Crazy Be Crazy, this tradition dates back to the Victorian era but has since fallen out of the realm of common knowledge. You might have caught a reference to the "congratulations" faux pas on the Season 4 finale of "Mad Men," when Don Draper announces his engagement to Megan at his office and Pete Campbell corrects a co-worker, "You don't say 'congratulations' to the bride -- you say 'best wishes.' Congratulations, Don!" If Pete had to keep folks in check over this etiquette rule back in the 1960s, what about now?

"There isn't anything that has said, 'OK, we don't have to do this anymore,'" said Swann. "It's just that, today, most brides aren't even aware of the tradition."

Plus, with more women pushing against old patriarchal norms and proposing to men themselves, it feels silly to abide by such an outdated etiquette rule. But Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners herself, offered up another way to look at the tradition in her book Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. Martin explains why brides aren't likely to be offended whether you insist on saying "congratulations" or "best wishes":

This is not because the courtship patterns have changed. Even if the lady proposes to the gentleman on bended knee, Miss Manners and other polite people should figure he is lucky to get her. Nor is it entirely because those who offer congratulations mean well but don't know the rule and it would be churlish to quibble.

It is because today's brides hear far worse. Those who are repeatedly told "It's about time!" and asked "Are you pregnant?" are only too happy to accept kind thoughts, however they are phrased.

A good rule of thumb, according to Swann, is to keep your well-wishes consistent between the bride and groom: If you say "best wishes" to the bride, then make sure you say it to the groom, too. Oh, and avoid following that with "finally."

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Words of Congratulations for a Wedding

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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:


What to Write in a Wedding Card

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.

  1. A congratulations is in order. No matter what your personal writing style, this common expression is a great way to warm up your wedding greeting.
  2. Add a wedding wish tailored to the couple. Use the next few lines of the card to create a personalized wedding wish for the couple. Before you begin to fill the blank space, think about your relationship with the couple. What will the bride and groom enjoy reading after their big day?
  3. Thank the couple.  Save a line in your greeting to express your gratitude to the bride and groom for inviting you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives.
  4. Sign off with a warm closing. Before you sign your name leave the newlyweds with a warm closing.

Wedding Congratulations Messages

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.

Examples:

  • Congratulations to the wonderful two of you!
  • This calls for congratulations and probably champagne.
  • I hope through the years you become even better friends and share every possible kind of happiness life can bring. Congrats.
  • May your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humor, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. May your joy last forever. Congratulations!
  • Your wedding day may come and go, but may your love forever grow. Congratulations to the perfect couple!
  • Through the storms of life, may your love for one another be steadfast and strong. Wishing you joy and happiness on your wedding day. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations on finding each other! Your greatest adventure has just begun.
  • Congratulations to you both on your very special day! May your wedding be filled with special memories you can treasure forever!
  • Congratulations on tying the knot!
  • You guys are great together. So happy for you two!
  • ‘Two become one’- what a beautiful thing. Congratulations!
  • Heartfelt congratulations.
  • Warmest congratulations and love!
  • Congratulations on your wedding day and best wishes for a happy life together!
  • Feeling so much joy for the two of you as you join your lives in marriage!
  • Seeing you two make promises and step forward into the future is so inspiring and wonderful.

Casual Wedding Wishes

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.

Examples:

  • Best wishes!
  • We’re/I’m so happy for you!
  • Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  • Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  • Wishing you the best today and always.
  • So happy to celebrate this day with you both!
  • Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.
  • Wishing you fulfillment of every dream!
  • Time flies and things change, but I wish that your love for each other would stay unchangeable.
  • You’ve made me believe in true love. And I hope my belief will be unwavering forever, because it seems like you’ll stay together until the end.

Formal Wedding Wishes

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.

Examples:

  • Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
  • May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.
  • Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives 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 love and happiness you feel today shine through the years.
  • When you two are knotted as one, both families and friends share in oneness of their marital union; may this marriage be a bridge to usher happiness, peace and prosperity.
  • As you step into a new life as new couples, you become treasure to our community and the world.
  • Let love be the focal point of your daily life. May you find hope, peace and faith in each other’s arms.
  • Blessed is the man who finds a wife. May the joy of your new home be filled with laughter, smiles, kisses, hugs, respect understanding and faithfulness. Happy wedlock.

Funny Wedding Card Messages

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.

Examples:

  • Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!
  • Our marriage advice: love, honor and…scrub the toilet.
  • Thanks for the free booze. Best wishes on a long, happy marriage.
  • Marriage marks the end of a love story and the start of a wrestling match. Wishing you the very best of everything anyway.
  • I’ll tell you the secret of a happy marriage. It remains…a secret to all! Wishing you all the best of times ahead.
  • On your wedding day today, you have now become two from one. Does that mean I will get two birthday gifts from you both every year?
  • As Bill and Ted said, ‘Be excellent to each other.’
  • Getting married is like going to drama school. May there be more comedy than melodrama.
  • Marriage is so beautiful. You have finally found that one person you get to annoy all through your life.
  • Today I realized that life is not fair for single people like me. Until now I had to buy you a gift only once a year on your birthday. Now I have two birthdays plus a wedding anniversary to buy gifts for. Congratulations to my best friend on tying the knot.

Religious Wedding Wishes

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.

Examples:

  • May God bless you and your union.
  • May God grant you all of life’s blessings and love’s joys.
  • Love God first and it will be easier to love your spouse second.
  • We are looking forward to finding out what God has planned for you two.
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Wedding Wishes: Examples of What to Write in a Wedding Card

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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.




Happy wedding wishes for cards

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.

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How to write original wedding card greetings

Two young lovers are ready to walk down the aisle and start a new chapter of their life together. With the words of oath they will undertake to always love one another, share the joys and overcome difficulties together. Wedding - a special day that people will remember with a smile and thrill their whole life. Today young lovers are the most important and happiest people in the world. Relatives and friends will pour flowers, greetings and gifts all over the bride and groom. Beautiful cards and sincere greetings will remind young lovers how loved and important they are to us. A few tips on how to write an exceptional wedding wish:

1. Consider the persons whom you are writing the wedding wishes, their age, relationship with you, characters and even hobbies. Mother will usually write a sensitive personal greeting for her daughter, while when greeting the best childhood friend you can allow yourself to make a few jokes.

2. Try to personalize the wish, avoid short, trite phrases which will not stand out from abundance of greetings and ultimately will be forgotten. Be sincere and original; with all your heart wish newlyweds what they would consider to be relevant and important. If you are able to - create a rhymed wish. The greeting text can include famous people quotes about love and life.

3. If you wish to get some new ideas, you can review original examples of wedding wishes in this website. You will be able to use these texts when writing a postcard, preparing a greeting speech, sending an SMS text message or making a post in the social network.



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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:

Traditional Wedding Message Examples

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.”

Formal Wedding Congratulations

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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.

It has subscription options which range from accelerated to standard, extended to quarterly, and then the tailored plans. This ensures that whether the wedding is 3 months away or for the year 2020 — there’s an option just perfect for her!

You can never send a gift too early!

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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!”

Funny Wedding Congratulations Messages

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.”

Religious Marriage Wishes Examples

Wishing both bride and the groom a delightful journey towards a shared dream and a shared future. All the very best for.

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