Foremost, your wedding wishes must be sweet, sentimental, deep and If you must use a last name for the bride, use her maiden name.
With wedding season upon us, it’s time to start sending out “congratulations messages”. Getting it just right can be tricky.. And so many other messages of congratulations can easily drown yours out.
Whether you’ve known the couple their whole lives or just started working with one of them a year ago, congratulations seem to straddle the line between familiar banter and trying too hard. Here are different ways to send wedding wishes to couples you barely know or ones you know better than they know themselves.
P.S. These special wishes are with some mean jokes and are supposed to be for couples whom you know very well (both the bride and the groom). Be sure that they would absolutely understand what you meant were jokes before writing these wedding wishes.
Greeks are known for their celebrations & traditions. If you have ever participated in a Greek Easter celebration, wedding, baptism or name day.
Greeks are known for their celebrations & traditions. If you have ever participated in a Greek Easter celebration, wedding, baptism or name day party, you have definitely noticed that there are specific wishes to be used for every occasion. Our students practice those wishes very regularly, not only during a course in Greece, but also after their course. Since the Omilo-team and students are like a big family, we use wishes such as birthdays, name days, weddings, very often in emails, cards, SMS or on social media.
In this article you will find a selection of very popular wishes used in every Greek family or among friends. We wrote them in Greek and in Greeklish (Greek written with Latin characters) and added the English translation. So, whatever your level in Greek, with this article everybody can learn them!
By using the wishes, you will not only get a Greek feeling, but it gives you a very good opportunity to get into contact with the Greeks. And this is exactly what you would ike, isn’t it?
“Χρόνια πολλά!” [hronia polla] “Many years”, is the most common wish that fits almost all joyful events. You can use this wish for birthdays, name days, New Year, Christmas, etc..
Apart from this one, however, below you will discover a big variety of wishes, for different occasions.
It is many times difficult to find the right translation in English, but at least we tried!
Να ζήσεις! [na zeesees] – May you live! = May you live long!
Να τα εκατοστίσεις! [na ta ekatosteesees] – May you live up to a hundred!
Να χαίρεσαι το όνομά σου! [na herese to onoma soo] – May you rejoice your name!
Και του χρόνου! [ke too chronoo] – “And next year!” = May you be healthy and celebrate your name day also next year!
Να τον/την χαίρεσαι! [na ton/teen herese!] = May he/she be healthy and bring happiness to your life (This last wish is said to the family members. For example, you can say this to the partner or parents of the person celebrating the name day. )
Before marriage we wish to the couple:
Η ώρα η καλή ! [ee ora ee kalee] – “The time is good” = may the time of marriage be good and lucky.
After marriage, to the newly married couple, we wish:
Να ζήσετε! [na zeesete] – May you live long!
Συγχαρητήρια! [seehareeteeria]- Congratulations
To the parents AND family of the newborn we wish:
Να σας ζήσει! [na sas zeesee] – = May your child live a long and healthy life!
Γερό και δυνατό! [gero ke deenato] – (May your child be) healthy and strong!
Usually about one or two weeks before Christmas/New Year and Easter we wish:
Καλές γιορτές! [kales yiortes] – Happy feasts = Happy holidays
Καλά Χριστούγεννα! [kala hreestouyenna] – Merry Christmas!
During the Holy Week, namely the week before Easter, you can say:
Καλό Πάσχα! [kalo pasha] – Happy Easter!
For more information about the wishes related during the Easter celebrations, click here.
NOTE! These wishes are before the specific day itself. On the day of the feast, we use the popular Χρόνια πολλά! “Many years”.
We hope you liked this lesson and you will start using the wishes soon. Of course, there are much more wishes than on this small list, so we decided to make an eBook for you 🙂
Of course, if you want to hear the wishes or use them yourself on the right moment, you are very welcome to join our courses in Greece, where we focus on speaking Greek and daily language.
When it comes to writing the perfect wedding day wishes, how do you make your message stand out?
There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect card only to hover over it with a pen struggling to think of an appropriate message. And while we’re often flooded with inspiration during our commute or when we’re in the shower, it’s often the way that when it comes down to it, we just can’t find the words. Cue major frustration.
To help you out, we thought we’d cover every message you could possibly need to write in a wedding card, whether it’s for your best friend, a family member or just an acquaintance. Depending on the couple, you may want to stick to religious or traditional wording, a sentimental or a fun message, so we’ve got all that covered. All you need to do is skim through the list until you find the right message for you – you are more than welcome.
If you’re going to a wedding or two this summer, chances are that as well as the perfect guest outfit, you’ve already found the perfect greeting card to congratulate the couple. But we know you’ve got enough on your plate ticking off items on your wedding checklist to spend ages agonising over what to write.
So, grab your carefully chosen card and a pen, you’re going to want to jot down your favourite message!
Now all you have to worry about is what to write in your wedding thank you cards!
Wedding wishes for couples you do not know very well. 01“Wishing Happy marriage to you two and welcome to the family [specific name].”.
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 these wedding wishes and wedding card messages to offer your congratulations to the bride and groom. "We're/I'm so happy [name] has found ' the one.