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December 05, 2018 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

Writing messages for wedding cards doesn't have to be difficult! Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.

Need to find something to write in a wedding card? Whatever your relation to the happy couple, you’ll find a huge range of ideas below. We’ve searched the internet and consulted our card experts here to come up with the best list of ideas, and something you can pinch and pass off as your own. Enjoy!

Simple and Easy Messages

  1. Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  2. Woohoo you got married! Wishing you two lovebirds a lifetime of Netflix binging.
  3. A toast to the best pairing I’ve ever seen!
  4. You guys are so perfect together! Congratulations! Super happy for you both!
  5. 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.
  6. Lots of love and joy to both of you on this exciting day.
  7. Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime.
  8. So happy to celebrate this day with you both! Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  9. Really happy for you both – I’m predicting cute babies ;o)
  10. Wishing you a lifetime of joy and happiness!
  11. Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve.

Funny Ideas

  1. It’s time to knock back the prosecco and pretend like this hasn’t been the most stressful day of your life.
  2. Well done on finding that one person you want to annoy for the rest of your lives.
  3. Remember, marriage is a workshop… where the husband works and the wife shops.
  4. Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!
  5. What do late nights, parties and hanging out with friends have in common? You won’t be able to do any of them from now on! Happy wedding day.
  6. Congrats on probably not dying alone.
  7. Congratulations for finally succumbing to life’s biggest myth – a successful marriage.
  8. Now you’re married, you must master the art of saying yes when you actually want to say no!
  9. Thanks for reminding me how much money I will save by not getting married 😉
  10. Well done on tying the knot (as well as the chains around your legs!)
  11. Wishing you two lovebirds a lifetime of Netflix binging!
  12. I can’t wait to sob uncontrollably at your wedding.
  13. I guess you won’t be a crazy cat person after all. Well done!
  14. Forever is a long time… congrats… I think?
  15. Now you can eat, drink and get fat, who cares – you’re married!
  16. You may be married, but you don’t have to grow up! Congratulations on your wedding!
  17. There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.

Rude/Offensive Things to Say

  1. The key to a great marriage is to keep the fights clean… and the sex dirty.
  2. Stay in love, stay married, stay hopeful, most of all, stay together – divorce is too expensive.
  3. I can’t believe you’re getting married before me. This is bulls***.
  4. May you not accidentally get pregnant on the honeymoon!
  5. Remember love is all you need… stick with crap like that and you’ll do great!
  6. I would have got you a nicer card, but we were only invited to the evening do!
  7. Congratulations on “I Doing” each other!
  8. Marriage w***ers!
  9. Congratulations on your wedding day! There better be an open bar or I retract my previous statement.

Thoughtful Sentiments

  1. Love and marriage get better with each passing year. May all that you feel today be just the start.
  2. Congratulations on making this step together, and may your love see you through all life’s ups and downs.
  3. Can’t wait to watch you two turn into the cutest little old married couple to live.
  4. Congratulations on your wedding! We are so happy for you and wish you all the love and happiness in the world.
  5. May your love be modern enough to survive the times, but old-fashioned enough to last forever!
  6. You have shared so much love and laughter over your years together, and I know there will be many more joyful moments to come.
  7. Wishing you all the best with the ceremony and a long and happy future together. May the honeymoon last forever!

Quotes

  1. If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your wife told you.
  2. Rules to a happy marriage: 1. The wife is always right. When you feel she is wrong, slap yourself and remember rule number 1 again.
  3. Being married is like having a best friend that doesn’t remember anything you say.
  4. Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right and the other is the husband.
  5. No matter how hard it gets, the first 50 years of marriage are always the hardest.
  6. A marriage is just two people constantly asking each other what they want to eat.
  7. Love is blind. Marriage is an eye-opener!

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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.

Wedding Card Etiquette 101

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!)

Is It Okay to Write the Term "Congratulations?"

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."

What to Write in a Wedding Card

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:

Formal Wedding Wishes

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.

Examples:

  • "Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness."
  • "Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow."
  • "Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together."
  • "May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy."
  • "May the love you share today grow stronger as you grow old together."
  • "May your joining together bring you more joy than you can imagine."
  • "May today be the beginning of a long, happy life together."
  • "Thank you for letting us/me share in this joyful day. We/I wish you all the best as you embark on this wonderful union."
  • "Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together."
  • "May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years."

Casual Wedding Wishes

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.

Examples:

  • "Best wishes!"
  • "Congratulations!"
  • "Congratulations on your wedding!"
  • "We're/I'm so happy for you!"
  • "Wishing you lots of love and happiness."
  • "We/I love you. Congrats!"
  • "Lots of love today and beyond."
  • "Here's a little something to start your life together." (If you're including a gift.)
  • "Hugs and kisses."
  • "Wishing you a long and happy marriage."
  • "Here's to 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."

Funny Wedding Wishes

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!

Examples:

  • "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.)
  • "Love is all you need… stick with that crap and you'll do great!" (If this is appropriate given your relationship with the couple.)
  • "Treat marriage like a hockey game. No roughing!"
  • "Thanks for the free booze. Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!"
  • "Getting married is like going to drama school. May there be more comedy than melodrama."

Religious Wedding Wishes

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.

Christian Examples:

  • "May God bless you and your union."
  • "May God grant you all of life's blessings and love's joys."
  • "Sending you prayers for unending love and happiness."
  • "God bless you both on this day with a lifetime of shared love and joy."
  • "May the One who brought you together bless your marriage, enrich your lives and deepen your love throughout the years."
  • " 'God has poured out His love into our hearts.' – Romans 5:5"
  • " 'Love is patient. Love is kind… Love never fails.' – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13"

Jewish Examples:

  • "Mazel Tov! May the joy that is yours today always fill your life."
  • " 'I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.' – Shir Ha'Shirim/Song of Songs 6:3" Or " 'Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li.' – Shir Ha'Shirim/Song of Songs 6:3"
  • "May you be blessed."
  • "Mazel Tov on your wedding!" or "Mazel Tov on your marriage!"

Wedding Wishes for a Family Member

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.

Examples:

  • "Congratulations on your marriage, and welcome to the family!"
  • "We are/I am so happy to welcome a new family member. Best wishes to you both!"
  • "We're/I'm so happy [name] has found 'the one.' Welcome to the family!"
  • "We're delighted to share this day with you both."
  • "What a wonderful day for our family, and especially you two. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime."
  • "Today, we add one more member to our family, and we couldn't be happier. Best wishes to you both."
  • "What a wonderful addition to our family. We're/I'm so happy to share in your celebration. Congratulations!"
  • "We/I couldn't be happier to call you both family. Best wishes for a long and happy future together."
  • "We/I love you both. Thanks for letting us share in your celebration!"
  • "Congrats! Love and hugs."

Wedding Wishes for Your Sister or Brother and Sister-in-Law or Brother-in-Law

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!

Examples:

  • "It seems like yesterday we were playing 'house' in the backyard, and now you get to do it in real life. I couldn't be happier for you both. Congratulations!"
  • "I always wanted a brother/sister and now I get one. Congratulations to you both on finding one another."
  • "Best wishes to my best friend and sister/brother and new sister/brother as you start your life together."
  • "We/I love you both. Today I gain a new sibling and I couldn't be happier!"
  • "Lots of love and happiness to you both on this exciting and joyful day for our family."
  • "Remember when you made that list of qualities of a 'perfect man/woman?' Well, you found him/her. Lots of love now and always."
  • "Lots of love to the best sister/brother in the whole world and her/his new partner for life. May you have a marriage full of love and happiness!"
  • "You bring my sister/brother so much joy. All my love!"
  • "I'm so thankful to have a sister/brother like you. And I wish you and your new husband/wife lifelong joy."
  • "My/our deepest love and very best wishes to you both."

Wedding Wishes for Your Son or Daughter and Son-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law

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.

Examples:

  • "We are/I am so happy to welcome a new son/daughter to the family."
  • "What a wonderful day for our family, and especially you two. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime."
  • "Today, we add one more member to our family, and we couldn't be happier. Best wishes to you both."
  • "Best wishes to my son/daughter and son-in-law/daughter-in-law as you start your life together."
  • "We/I love you both. We/I couldn't be happier!"
  • "Lots of love and happiness to you both on this exciting and joyful day for our family."
  • "My/our deepest love and very best wishes to you both."
  • "Son/daughter, I/we feel many emotions on this day. Most of all, I'm/we're happy you've found someone wonderful to share your life with. Best wishes to you both."
  • "We/I know we're/I'm not losing a son/daughter. We're/I'm gaining a son/daughter. Much happiness to you."

What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Friend

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.

Examples:

  • "I'm so happy to call you both my friends. Congratulations!"
  • "That fortune-teller we saw in Vegas was right. You did meet the man/woman of your dreams. Best wishes to you both!"
  • "Of all the big life events we've celebrated over the years, today tops the list. Congrats!"
  • "Thank you for inviting me to share in this day with you and your family. Best wishes."
  • "I'm/we're so thrilled to celebrate this wonderful day with you both."
  • "Best wishes for a long and happy life together."
  • "May you bring each other as much happiness as your friendship has brought to my life -- and more!"
  • "We've had so many laughs together! May you always make each other laugh!"
  • "Here's to love and friendship!"
  • "Congratulations to a wonderful friend and his/her new husband/wife."

What to Say in a Wedding Card to a Coworker

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."

Examples:

  • "Thank you for inviting me to share in this day with you and your family. Best wishes."
  • "I'm so glad to have gotten to know you at work, and I wish you and your new husband/wife a long and happy life together."
  • "Best wishes to a very cool coworker and his/her new husband/wife."
  • "Wishing you success—and most of all happiness—in your marriage."
  • "You've got a new title: husband/wife! Wishing you and your spouse the best."
  • "What a wonderful day to celebrate my coworker and his/her spouse. All the best to you both in your marriage."

Wedding Card Sayings for a Parent and Stepparent

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?

Examples:

  • "Congratulations! [Name of stepparent], you make my mom/dad so happy. I look forward to getting to know you better."
  • "Mom/Dad, I'm so happy you found a partner to share your life with. Congratulations."
  • "I'm/we're thrilled you make each other so happy. Best wishes!"
  • "Welcome to the family. We love you both!"
  • "Mom/Dad, thank you for all the advice you've given me over the years. Now here's mine: [Fill in your own advice]."
  • "I'm overjoyed to see you so happy. Lots of love."
  • "Mom/Dad, we/I love you. [Name of stepparent], we/I warmly welcome you to the family. Congratulations."
  • "I'll give you the advice you once gave me. [Fill in your parent's best love advice.]"
  • "To the best mom/dad I could ever ask for, and his/her new husband/wife. Much happiness to you both."
  • "So now we get to enjoy [stepparent's name]'s cooking on holidays? Yes!" (Or refer to something else you really like about the new stepparent.)
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Do I Need a Wedding Card?

Yes. Regardless of whether you can attend the wedding, it’s proper etiquette to include a wedding card with your physical or monetary gift. They serve two purposes:

  1. To let the couple know who the gift is from.
  2. To share your well wishes with the couple.

If you purchase a gift online and ship it to the couple directly, then the “send a message” feature provided by the online retailer replaces a traditional paper wedding card.

5 Things to Consider Before Writing a Wedding Card

Before you begin writing your message, consider the following:

  1. How well do you know the couple? How well you know the couple will help guide the length and content of what you write in the card. If you’re close to the newlyweds, your message should be more heartfelt and personal. On the other hand, a quick congratulatory note is more suitable for acquaintances and distant family.
  2. What’s the couple’s personality? What you write in the card should depend on the personality of the couple. A more reserved couple might not appreciate a witty one-liner, but would love more formal congratulations.
  3. Is the couple religious? If the couple adheres to a particular religious tradition, a spiritual verse or message can be a nice gesture. However, we caution against including religious wording if the couple is of a different faith or if you are unclear about their beliefs.
  4. Are you attending the wedding? If you are unable to attend the wedding, there is no need to explain your absence, but sharing that you wish you could be there to celebrate is a nice addition. Be sure to thank the couple for inviting you whether or not you are able to attend.

The Anatomy of How to Write Your Message

1. Address The Couple Start off your message by addressing the couple directly:

  • Ellen and Portia
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jones

2. Congratulate Next, congratulate the couple on their union:

  • Congrats, you guys!
  • Congratulations and happy wedding day!

3. Wish Them Well Share well wishes for their future:

  • May your life together be filled with joy and great memories.
  • Looking forward to seeing your marriage grow in the years to come.

4. Share Some Thoughts, Memories, or Advice (Optional) If you know the couple well, share some additional thoughts, words of wisdom, or a sweet memory:

  • Remember that double date we went on together? We knew then that you guys were meant to be!
  • Don’t forget to cherish the little moments and each other.

5. Give Thanks (or Express Regrets) Express thanks for being invited or regrets for missing the celebration:

  • Thank you so much for inviting us to celebrate your special day.
  • Wish we could be there to see you two tie the knot!

6. Sign Off Close by signing off and adding signatures:

  • Best wishes
  • Congrats again!

Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Wedding Card

Dos

  • Be genuine. The key to a great wedding card message is to write from the heart. To avoid your sentiments feeling awkward or forced, don’t add quotes or lines that you wouldn’t actually say in person.
  • Write the card to the couple as a unit. The wedding card should be to the couple as a pair—not just a personal note to the individual you know best. It’s their wedding day as a couple, so your message should address them both.
  • Prepare what you’re going to say. To avoid mistakes, write out a draft of your message on a separate piece of paper before copying it to the wedding card. This will help you gather your thoughts and avoid mistakes.

Don’ts

  • Write too much. Keep your message short, sweet, and to the point. While it’s fine to want to express your joy or share a special memory, long stories or messages aren’t ideal for the small writing space available in a wedding card. If you have a lot to say, save it for an email, letter, or in-person conversation.
  • Scratch out mistakes. Mistakes happen, but it looks messy to just scratch out your error and keep writing. Either erase your mistake with a correction fluid (like White Out) or start over with a new card.
  • Make spelling errors. Proofread your note to make sure you haven’t made any spelling mistakes or misspelled the name of one of the newlyweds.
  • Get too personal. Although we encourage you to be genuine, the wedding card isn’t the right place to share a particularly personal (or inappropriate) message.

What to Write in a Wedding Card

Knowing what to write in a card can be intimidating, especially if you don’t consider yourself great with words, but it’s key to remember that a genuine, from-the-heart message from you is all that really matters. To get your pen moving, here’s some inspiration at different levels of formality and for various types of couples:

Formal Wedding Card Wishes

  • “Sending you wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness.”
  • “I/We wish you all the best as you begin your lives together.”
  • “May the years ahead strengthen the love that you share.”
  • “Best wishes for a beautiful marriage filled with wonderful memories.”
  • “Warm wishes for a beautiful wedding day and a happy union.”

Casual Wedding Card Wishes

  • “I/We wish you guys lots of love now and always.”
  • “Here’s to many years of love and happiness!”
  • “Best wishes for an amazing future together.”
  • “Hope the days ahead are filled with lots of hugs and kisses.”
  • “Wishing you guys fun-filled adventures in married life!”

Religious Wedding Card Wishes

  • “May God bless your marriage.”
  • “Mazel Tov! May joy fill all the days of your life together."
  • “Mashallah! Blessings for your union.”
  • “Best wishes on this blessed day.”
  • “Sending you prayers for a marriage filled with love and joy.”

Funny Wedding Card Wishes

  • “Hope you guys have more belly laughs than fights over loading the dishwasher!”
  • “Best wishes as you annoy each other for the rest of your lives.”
  • “Here’s to endless sleepovers with your favorite weirdo.”
  • “May Facebook notifications always save you from forgetting your anniversary.”
  • “Good luck and remember that dating apps are only getting creepier.”

Wedding Card for a Family Member and New Spouse

  • “So excited to add a new member to our family! Here’s to a lifetime of love and growing old together.”
  • “Today is a wonderful day for our family. Congrats and warm wishes!”
  • “Congratulations and welcome to the family! Hope today and everyday after is amazing.”
  • “We’re so happy to call you both family. Here’s to lots of love and future family drama!”
  • “Cheers to family and love! Congrats on getting married you guys.”

Wedding Card for a Friend and New Spouse

  • “May you bring each other as much happiness and friendship as you’ve brought me. Congrats!”
  • “Here’s to love, friendship, and double-dates! Best wishes for an awesome marriage.”
  • “So thrilled to celebrate this day with two amazing friends! Happy wedding day, guys!”
  • “Can’t wait to get down on the dance floor and celebrate with you. Congratulations on getting hitched!”
  • “Thanks for inviting me to eat cake and drink champagne. You should get married all the time!”

Wedding Card for a Coworker and New Spouse

  • “Thank you for inviting me to share this day with you. Best wishes!”
  • “I’m so happy to have bonded with you at work. Congrats to you and your love!”
  • “Cheers! I’m looking forward to seeing your new title on your email signature.”
  • “Wishing you guys the very best and a happy honeymoon!”
  • “Congrats on finding each other! Here’s to many happy years.”

Wedding Card for a Parent and New Stepparent

  • “Welcome to the family. Love you both so much!”
  • “I’m so thrilled that you have found each other. Congrats and best wishes!”
  • “Mom/Dad, I’m so happy for the love that you have found. Congrats to you both, and welcome to the family [Name of Stepparent]!”
  • “[Name of Stepparent], thank you for the joy you bring my Mom/Dad. - Cheers to a bigger, better family!”
  • “So excited to see our family grow today. Congratulations on your big day!”

Wedding Card for a Son or Daughter and New Spouse

  • “So happy to welcome a new son/daughter to our family. Thank you for the joy you bring my son/daughter. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime!”
  • “Today we add a new member to our family and we couldn’t be happier. Congrats to you both!”
  • “Lots of love and happiness to you both on this joyful day for our family.”
  • Son/Daughter, I’m so happy to see you marry someone who brings you so much joy. Here’s to a beautiful marriage that grows through the years.”
  • “Best wishes to my son/daughter and my new son-in-law/daughter-in-law on this wonderful occasion!”

Wedding Card for a Sibling and New Spouse

  • “I’m so happy to add a brother/sister to our family. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy life together.”
  • “Congrats to the best brother/sister in the world and my new brother-in-law/sister-in-law. Lots of love to you both.”
  • “So thankful that my brother/sister has found the one whom his/her soul loves. Welcome to the family and congratulations on finding love in each other.”
  • “Yay! So excited to gain a sibling today. All my love to you guys!”
  • “Best wishes to you guys as you begin your lives together. Let’s celebrate!”

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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.

  • Begin with your congratulations: The word “congratulations” cannot be-overused ever! Congratulations mean so many joyful things to a couple. It is a way to show that you are very excited for them. You are also letting them know that they did great by choosing to take that step. It doesn’t matter if you know only one half of the couple more than the other, congratulations are in order.  See some examples below!

-“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!”

  • Leave a wedding wish: Your wedding card message must bear a wedding wish that is peculiar to the couple. Regardless of the style you choose to go with or their relationship with you. Your message must show that you’re excited for them, you love them and wish them the best. It must also emphasize that they have all your support and you will be there for them. It must be emotional even when funny, and it must call on your relationship with them.

-“it’s your wedding day in a few. May your day fill you with joy and may your love shine bright like the sun”-

  • Thank the couple for the invitation: You penned down your congratulations and best wishes, but that’s not enough. You got an invite because you matter to the couple and they spared you a thought. Yes, you plan on scouting the registry to get them a befitting gift. But before that, it is good to thank them for inviting you to witness their day. It is an honor and they rate you. You can do this in simple words and it doesn’t have to be extensive. Something like what we have below.

-“I got my invite to your wedding. I do not take it for granted. So, you have all my support and love. Thank you”

  • Close: Do this with some wedding wishes quotes. Give them your warmest wishes about their day and the future. It can be a one-liner, either funny or heartfelt. Sign off with your name. If the bride is your best buddy or you feel like it. Send off your wedding card message with a subscription box attached. What a beautiful pre-wedding gift to help her prepare for her big day? Trust me, she will love you always.

-“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.

  • The message must be perfectly suited for the couple who will get the card. Do not pick messages off anywhere. Put in some thoughts. Secondly, you should take into consideration your relationship with the couple. A message from gran quite differs from that of a colleague.
  • Your timing is another factor to consider. If you send in your wishes before the wedding, you’d be quite excited for their day. If you send in your wishes at the wedding, you’d only give warmest wishes for the future. Some guests will attach it to their wedding gift or drop it in the card box.
  • When addressing wedding wishes before the wedding, address it to the bride and groom. If you must use a last name for the bride, use her maiden name. You don’t know that she may or may not change her name. You can also stick with first names only. If you bring your wishes to the wedding, address it to Mr. and Mrs. No last names. If you must use names, first names only.
  • The same also goes for checks, gifts and gift cards. First names only.

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.

  • Congratulations!
  • Accept my warmest wishes!
  • Sending you biggest hugs!
  • Giving you my best wishes!
  • I’m so excited for you!
  • Wishing you lots of happiness, love, and joy!
  • Wishing you unending joy and laughter!
  • Here’s to a life of love and peace!
  • Here’s to the happiest marriage yet.
  • Kisses and hugs!
  • Love you now, forever and a day.
  • Here’s to a lasting peace-filled marriage.

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.

  • I wish you a forever filled with love, unity, and happiness.
  • May your love remain ever strong even after your wedding day is over.
  • You join together to start a new and wonderful life. Best wishes on this new journey.
  • May you grow old and grey and may your love grow with you.
  • You made a part of your day. The memory will remain evergreen, as your love will be too.
  • Love is a beautiful thing and today you prove love right. May your love remain evergreen beautiful.

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.

  • Thanks for letting us wine and dine at your expense. The meals were great; so will your marriage be!
  • Love, cherish and always pick his chips.
  • Happy marriages have a secret. Only the married can know it. Happy married life!
  • The two of you become one today. Do I get two plates of food each when I visit?
  • Be kind to each other. You never know, she could know where your car keys are. Stay married!
  • Thanks for the free wine, we are glad to celebrate your marriage on your behalf.

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.

  • May your union have a fill of God’s blessings.
  • May God endow you with his many benefits.
  • Your marriage is on a side foundation and bound by your faith.
  • May the one who ordained your meeting preserve you in love, joy, and peace till the end of days.
  • May God bind you together in his love that can never break.

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.

  • One of my greatest joys in life is knowing that you’re my friends.
  • As you made me a happy person, may such extend even more to you too.
  • We all need that one person that gets up and has our back. It leaves no fulfilled and overwhelmed that today, you found the one.
  • Here’s to unending love and eternal friendship.
  • Today is your marriage. It is happening and I’m the happiest person alive to witness it. Wishing you more love, absolute trust, and unending patience.

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.

  • Family members
  • The best day of my life is today. I’m witnessing your wedding, and your face shines with love. Welcome to you, as you join my family and may your joy last forever.”

“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.

  • As you begin this journey of a new life with your spouse, I give you all my best wishes.
  • As a team, you will make the union of marriage a better one.
  • We see your love shine through your soul and your happiness is contagious. I pray your love lasts and your happiness never ends.

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.

  • With all my Love
  • Sending you lots of love
  • My hearty congratulations
  • Congrats to the lovebirds
  • Love, always
  • From me to you.

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!

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