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January 13, 2019 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

Good luck with today's ceremony and all the very best for the future. May the honeymoon never end! Here's to success in your new titles, bride, groom, husband.

Are you about to attend a bridal shower and wish to express your well wishes to the bride but don’t know exactly what to say? No worries, here, we have some of the best bridal shower wishes that you can use for your gift or card. Bridal shower is a gift-giving ceremony that is held for the bride-to-be before her wedding. You must make sure that you carry a nice gift for the bride-to-be to express your happiness for her and also to wish her good luck for the new phase of her life. So, scroll down and see which bridal shower card wishes will suit to your need.


Bridal Shower Wishes

This is our first section of this post where you are going to explore a collection of heart-warming bridal shower card wishes. You can write these card wishes on bridal shower cards made by you, or you can also purchase a ready made card from the market and jot down these wishes on it.

Congratulations on your special day. Wish you a wonderful life ahead.

Best wishes on finding the Mr. Right. May you two have a better life ahead.

Looking forward to seeing you all dressed up for the special event of your life. Congratulations, and Good Luck for your wedding!

Congratulations for finding your soulmate. May you have a wonderful ceremony.

Have a better, longer and happier life ahead. Congratulations!

Excited for your special day ahead. All the best.

Wishing best wishes for your special day. Let me know if I can be of any help.

We hope all the planning and preparations for the special day be perfect just like your Mr. Perfect. All the best princess!

Here’s to the big day ahead. May the weeks ahead be full of joy and love Congratulations Dear!

Make a wish on your special day as we all pray for all your wishes to be fulfilled. Good luck Sweet-heart!

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Bridal Shower Wishes Quotes:

Here, you are about to read the heartfelt bridal shower wishes quotes. These quotes can be used to write in a greeting card or e-cards or you can send these quotes along with the gifts during the gift-giving ceremony.

 

From now on, you won’t be alone in the journey of life. He shall be there to protect you all along. Congratulations dear. I am so happy for you!

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Even after the shower occasion is over, I wish your life be filled with such blessings and love always.

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Wishing you a great day ahead and even happier life. Heartfelt congratulations to you!

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May you find the best of soulmate in your better half. Happy bridal shower ceremony!

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The big day is not far away now. Wish all plans be successful. Good Luck!

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Here’s wishing for all your wishes to come true, until the time you say I do. Best of luck dear!

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May your life together be filled with joy love and care. Congratulations for the big day.

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Wishing you best of wishes for your bridal shower.

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May your love grow eternally… Happy bridal shower.

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Two hearts in love are about to become one… That special day is not so far now! This bridal shower ceremony is its proof. Enjoy!

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Showers of blessings and wishes for your bridal shower. Good luck!

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May your life after wedding be full of love and care. Congratulations dear. All the best!

Bridal Shower Wishes for Daughter

Just few days until your marriage and here’s me wishing you all the worldly pleasures ahead for your marriage. Good luck Princess.

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A shower of wishes on this beautiful bridal shower of yours.

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For the special bride-to-be, wishing you the life’s beautiful moments together with your husband-to-be. Enjoy these beautiful moments to the fullest. Congratulations. Stay happy! Stay Sweet!

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May your life be filled with perfect ingredients of love affection, humour and romance. Well wishes for you!

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Your wedding day will last only one day but the love and care will grow forever everyday. Congratulations!

Bridal Shower Well Wishes:

Are you searching for bridal shower well wishes? If you just nodded your head to yes, then you will be glad to know that you search has just ended. This section is full of sweet and joyful bridal shower well wishes. Feel free to use these wishes to send to the bride-to-be on her bridal shower ceremony.

Wishing you a luxurious wedding ahead and a blissful bridal shower.

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Blessing you to be the happiest bride ever as you start your journey with the man of your dreams. Congratulations dear! Stay Blessed!

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Wishing love flowers to shower on your bridal day. Keep Smiling!

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You two are definitely meant for each other. Have a happy married life.

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You two will make a perfect couple. Blessings for your bridal shower!

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Heartfelt wishes for the prettiest of the bride-to-be. Love you sister!

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Before you start your family, I wish you a time full of love, care and passion.

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Before you tie the strongest of bond ever with your husband to be, here’s me wishing all the worldly pleasures and lifelong happiness for the bride-to-be. Take Care!

Bridal Shower Wishes Wording:

Perfect bridal shower wishes wording are hard to find. But not here! Here, you are about to read the most amazing and sweet bridal shower wishes wordings for the bride-to-be. These wishes wording will surely fill the face of bride-to-be, with bright smile and heart-full joy.

Wishing you all the best for the big day. Happy bridal shower.

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Hope all your wedding plans be successful. Blessings for the beautiful bride-to-be.

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Before the big day, I will be there with you at all times of fun and shopping. I am really excited for your wedding! Happy bridal shower.

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Say Yay, ‘coz its your bridal shower day! Congratulations, and ENJOY!

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I am so happy for your marriage. You will make the most beautiful bride. Stay happy

Great Bridal Shower Wishes and Messages

We haven’t been so close lately but please accept these beautiful flowers and cards for you on your bridal shower. Take Care!

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Wishing bride-to-be the best of journey ahead. Good Luck for the new start!

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Wish our home be filled with love and care once the bride-to-be enters our abode. Happy bridal shower for the bride-to-be!

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We are blessed to have such a perfect bride for our son. Happy bridal shower!

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Enjoy this special time of your life to the fullest. Happy Bridal Shower! Take care!

Bridal Shower Congratulation Wishes

Wishing you lots of love and affection after marriage. Well wishes for you!

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Wishing you lifetime full of love, laughter and happiness.

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Enjoy these moments to the fullest, as they will never come back again! Happy bridal shower!

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I hope tomorrow is the day you have best imagined it to be. Happy bridal shower!

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Our little girl will turn out to be a bride tomorrow. Blessings for the girl!

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Have a glorious and memorable ceremony. Enjoy…

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I have been through the darkest times with you. Now is the time to celebrate the best of times together. Have a happy bridal shower and a happy married life ahead!

Hope you enjoyed reading these wonderful and heartfelt bridal shower messages, wishes and quotes. You might also like to read bridal shower favor ideas, bridal shower theme ideas and bridal shower invitation wordings too. Do explore our site for more interesting and heart-warming wishes and quotes for the near and dear ones in your life.

You say “best wishes” to the bride and “congratulations” to the groom! The idea is that the groom is to be congratulated for his good fortune in getting that.

Bridal Shower Wishes and Messages

well wishes for the bride

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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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.

Wedding wishes for couples you do not know very well

 

01“Wishing you all the best and every blessing on this special occasion. Congratulations and happy wedding day!”

 

02“May you both grow and forever cultivate a fulfilling love with one another. Congratulations and happy marriage!”

 

03“So happy and excited for the shared life you’ve got ahead. Congratulations and best wedding wishes!”

 

 

04“We all can’t wait to see what married life has in store for the two of you. Congrats and best wedding wishes on your happy day!”

 

05“Congratulations you two. Through the good and the bad times, remember how happy you are today as a reminder of your commitment to each other. Best wedding wishes going forward and here’s to an everlastingly happy marriage.”

 

06“Congratulations and best of wedding wishes. May your love for each other shine bright and grow stronger every day.”

 

07“We’re so happy for the two of you. Congrats! Wishing you a happy and love-filled future together!”

 

08“The whole family is honoured to have been a part of today’s celebrations. May your relationship grow into more than anything the two of you could ever imagine. Congratulations and happy marriage!”

 

09“On the happiest of wedding days, I’d love to leave you with a quote on love: “Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”

 

10“I don’t know if there’s such a thing as fate , but you two are the closest thing to making me believe it. Congratulations! I’ve never seen such a loving and nurturing couple before. Our sincerest wedding wishes!”
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11“Even though we’ve only known each other for a few short years, in that time I’ve grown to see how strong the bond between you two is. You two really were made for each other. Congrats and happy marriage going forward!”

 

12“Never stop loving and caring for each other. You give us all hope! Congrats.”

 

13“Through the mayhem of this world, remember what anchors you. Congratulations and happy marriage!”

 

 

14“You two are joining hands in matrimony today, and you have a wide support system as well. Through thick and thin, you’ve got so much love and encouragement backing you two. Congratulations on this most splendid wedding day.”

 

15“You two have already committed to this road trip together. May you both travel safely and smoothly together, reaching whatever destination you’re meant to reach. Congratulations on the first of many wedding days to remember.”

 

16“We’ve officially got the best tennis player on our side now! Happy marriage ya goofs!”

 

17“May you never stop falling in love with each other! Congrats on your beautiful wedding day!”

 

18“I know we haven’t gotten to know each other too well, but now’s a better excuse than any to fix that. Congratulations! Happy marriage to you two and welcome to the family [specific name].”

 

19“Thanks for letting the rest of the world in on the secret of the love you share! Congratulations and happy marriage.”

 

20“I swear we’re witnessing history today. Here’s to a happy marriage and a lifelong love like yours for all.”

 

21“May the honeymoon phase of your marriage never end, maybe simmer, but never completely die out. Congratulations you two.”

 

22“Congratulations! This day only comes around once in a lifetime so live it up! Happy wedding day!”

 

23“I hope your love for each other is as grand and sweet as your wedding cake. Congratulations and best wedding wishes to you both!”

 

Wedding wishes for couples you know very well

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.

 

24“We used to joke about you two all the time but now that it’s finally happening. It feels so weird to call you Mr and Mrs now. Congrats guys!”

 

25“Congratulations, you two! You’ve already been together for so long it’s practically already been a happy marriage. This is just a party to show off your love and get your parents up to speed, right? It was a lovely reception guys. Best wedding wishes and a long and prosperous love ahead.”

 

 

26“Congratulations on the new chapter in your lives. You’re all-in now!”

 

27“It’s about damn time. I heard panic and ultimatums were in the air so much I don’t even know if a congratulation or a condolence is in order. Here’s to a happy marriage. We love you both so much and wish you the best of wedding wishes.”

 

28“Glad to see you both could share your life together. Congratulations and happy wedding day you two! You’re both so beautiful and wonderful!”

 

29“Remember spanking is only permissible if it’s consensual. Best wedding wishes for your happy marriage!”

 

30“We’re just here for the free food and booze. And to give our congratulations of course. Wishing our favourite couple an amazing wedding and happy marriage ahead!”

 

 

31“You two must really love each other to go through all this. We just exchanged ring pops and had a Simpsons marathon on our wedding day. Congrats you two!”
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32“You two are married now but ya ain’t conjoined at the hip, okay? Happy marriage you two lovebirds. Congratulations!!!”

 

33“You know that thing about your wedding day going by so quickly you should try taking mental pictures of the most significant moments? I’m doing the same tallying up all your hot relatives! But seriously, I can’t contain the overwhelming joy I feel for the two of you today. Congratulations and happy marriage for now and forever.”

 

34“Enjoy the high while it lasts. It won’t be forever. Just kidding! Congratulations! HAPPY WEDDING DAY TOO! We’re so excited for what the future has in store.”

 

35“Y’all ready to consummate or what? Congrats you two.”

 

36“You seriously couldn’t afford a buffet? Just kidding, guys. Congratulations! Everything was as beautiful and perfect as you two. HAPPY MARRIAGE YA OLD FARTS!”

 

37“We’re all just glad it finally happened. We were honestly starting to worry for the both of you. Congratulations and best wedding wishes to you two!”

 

48“I don’t know any two people that make us laugh harder. We hope you do the same for each other every single day of your lives together. Congratulations and happy marriage you two.”

 

39“Alright, it’s husband and wife/husband and husband/wife and wife now. When’s it gonna be father and mother/father and father/mother and mother? Congratulations on your very special wedding day!”

 

 

40“Congrats you two! I helped raise [insert name of one of them]. I expect you to take care of them just as well.”

 

41“You two have already been living with each other for a while, so I hope this doesn’t really change anything. Congratulations and best wedding wishes to you both.”

 

42“We’re all expecting this to be greater than any celebrity power couple! Congrats!”

 

43“Are you two happy? You’ve started a trend among our friends, now everyone’s going to feel like they have to play catch up. Seriously, congratulations you two. I can’t imagine a more deserving couple to make this commitment to each other.”
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44“This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. The beginning of the end. Err, an end I hope is nowhere in sight. 😊 Congratulations on your big day!”

 

45“God, there’s no end to what you two will do for each other. It makes me sick. Congratulations guys!”

 

46“You two make it so hard for me to be pessimistic about love and marriage. Hope you’re happy with yourselves. Best wedding wishes to the best newlyweds.”

 

47“I honestly hope you start having kids as fast as you two were ready to get married. Love you both and happy marriage!”

 

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Wedding Wishes: What to Write in a Wedding Card

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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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