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July 12, 2019 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

Jul 20, 2015 Not sure how to sign off your greeting card, email or letter? Your friend; Wishing you the best; Forever thankful; Write soon; Your loving ____.

Do you hear the wedding bells?

Say congratulations with a beautiful message and some flowers to celebrate! Writing messages for wedding cards doesn’t have to be difficult! We collected over 40+ best example from a variety of messages – formal, informal, funny and much more.
Choose the one that suits your relationship with the couple the best and send it on a pretty wedding card.

40+ Messages for Wedding Cards

  1. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
  2. On your rollercoaster ride through life together, may you high five at all the right places and support each other through every twist and turn.
  3. With warmest wishes on your wedding day and always.
  4. Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow.
  5. Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.
  6. We are so happy to celebrate your special day with you, what a wonderful addition to the family!
  7. You have shared so much love and laughter over your years together, and I know there will be many more joyful moments to come. I wish you all the happiness that you deserve for your married life together.
  8. May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.
  9. May the love you feel for each other today grow ever stronger and more fulfilling as the years go by.
  10. May the love you share today grow stronger as you grow old together.
  11. There is no couple more deserving of a joyful and loving wedding day as you two.
  12. Congratulations on your wedding day and welcome to the family!
  13. All love stories are special, but yours is one of the most beautiful I’ve had the fortune to witness. I wish you love, laughter , and happiness for all your years ahead.
  14. May your joining together bring you more joy than you can imagine.
  15. May today be the beginning of a long, happy life together.
  16. May you look back on today with fond memories of the start of a life filled with love and happiness.
  17. 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.
  18. Today, we add one more member to our family and we couldn’t be happier. Congrats!
  19. Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!
  20. As I enjoy the free bubbly on your wedding day, I’ll raise a toast to two of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
  21. Our marriage advice: Love, honor and… scrub the toilet. (Or fill in any other funny advice you have.)
  22. I can’t believe my best friend is getting married! I can’t think of anyone who deserves an awesome day more than you.
  23. The two of you literally shine with the love you share for each other. May that light gets ever brighter as the years go by.
  24. Love is all you need… stick with that crap and you’ll do great! (If this is appropriate given your relationship with the couple.)
  25. Treat marriage like a hockey game. No roughing!
  26. You’re an old ball and chain now! So happy for you two, I know you will have the best life together.
  27. Thanks for the free booze. Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!
  28. Getting married is like going to drama school. May there be more comedy than melodrama.
  29. We love you, you beautiful people, congrats!
  30. Congratulations on your marriage, and welcome to the family!
  31. On your wedding day, you two became one. Does that mean I get two birthday presents from you every year?
  32. Congratulations! You bring my brother/sister so much happiness and I’m so happy to celebrate with you today.
  33. Wishing you joy, love, and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together
  34. We are/I am so happy to welcome a new family member. Best wishes to you both!
  35. I’ve always dreamt of having a sister and now I have one, I couldn’t be happier for both of us.
  36. We’re/I’m so happy [name] has found ‘the one.’ Welcome to the family!
  37. We could not be prouder of you now that you have embarked on a new journey with your beautiful wife/husband. May the future be bright!
  38. We’re delighted to share this day with you both.
  39. What a wonderful day for our family, and especially you two. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime.
  40. Congratulations, you two weirdos were made for each other!
  41. Today, we add one more member to our family, and we couldn’t be happier. Best wishes to you both.
  42. Woohoo, you got married! Wishing you two lovebirds a lifetime of Netflix binging.
  43. What a wonderful addition to our family. We’re/I’m so happy to share in your celebration. Congratulations!

sources:theknot.com, hitched.co.uk, youandyourwedding.co.uk

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Writing for Greeting Cards

writing best wishes on cards

When someone you know gets engaged, you know it’s time to start thinking up some messages for invitations for wedding and birthday invitations that are genuine, witty and don’t sound like they came from a bad tv commercial. There are so many things to write to the bride and groom at different stages of the process, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for what to write in a wedding card. The difficulty of writing wedding card messages can, of course, be magnified five or ten times since wedding seem to come in waves!

We’ve got some messages lined up to help make it easy for you.

Write an engagement card

So you heard about a friends engagement! Whether you saw the hundreds of likes on Facebook, got an excited phone call, or received an engagement announcement or engagement party invites in the post, it’s a nice touch to send a card to say congratulations. It may seem a little old-fashioned, but if there’s ever a time to opt for the traditional route it’s when weddings are involved! If in doubt it’s a good idea to cover your bases and spread some love, but if they are a vague acquaintance and you think it will look like you’re angling for a wedding invite by getting in touch, trust your instincts.

On an engagement card you can keep things fairly brief (though if you want to take the opportunity to tell your friend why you adore them, I’m sure they won’t mind!), so just focus on letting them know that you are happy for them and excited about the news. Be cautious of writing anything that assumes that you will be invited to the wedding. Many people opt for family-only weddings or have to keep things smaller than they would like to cut costs, so keep that in mind when writing.

Examples of engagement card messages:

Congratulations to an amazing friend and soon-to-be friend. Can’t wait to get to know him more.

Can’t wait to have [fiance] join the family! You have made a wonderful choice and we couldn’t be more proud of you.

Thank you for allowing us to share such a joyous occasion with you. Congratulations on your engagement, and all the best for the future.

You two are perfect for one another, and it has been such a joy to watch you fall in love. We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of your journey with you. May it be full of joy and love always.

We are absolutely delighted to hear the news! I’m sure your engagement will be just the beginning of a beautiful life together.

Congratulations on the engagement! Your gift is that I won’t make you retell the proposal story again (but I will admire the ring!).

I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious, then? Congrats on the engagement!

Congrats on finally getting serious enough to have your partner mentioned in the family Christmas card.

Congrats on the engagement! Can’t wait for wedding selfies and a quality wedding hashtag.

Congratulations on your engagement! I will be coming up with a celeb-like couple name for the two of you, and you will be informed shortly.

Congratulations on being the first engaged couple I haven’t blocked on Facebook.

I’m so thrilled to hear about your engagement! You two are such wonderful people and I can’t think of a better pairing. So excited for what the coming years will bring!

It’s about time, you two! Stoked to hear that you are tying the knot. Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon. All the love in the world.

Don’t forget to write an engagement party thank you card!

As a general rule you should always send thank you cards after somebody does something for you, and an engagement party is no exception. While it might feel like you’re the one that did something for them (by attending, and maybe giving a gift), they also organised and gave you a good time, food and drinks. It’s definitely best practice to say a quick thanks for all their hard work and let them know you had a great time.

Examples of engagement party thank you card messages:

Thank you so much for inviting us to your engagement party. It was great to have a chance to catch up with family and friends and toast to the good times ahead. All the best with wedding planning.

Congrats on hosting the party of the year! (Lucky your wedding isn’t until next year, or it wouldn’t have been in with a chance) Loved popping some champers and tearing up the dance floor with you guys, and can’t wait to do it all again soon.

Thanks so much for having us at your engagement celebrations. We were so glad we could make it.

It was such a joy to see you two so full of love at your engagement party, and I’ve no doubt it was only a small preview of how happy your wedding day will be! I can’t wait to be there to witness it.

We just want to say thank you for letting us be part of your engagement celebrations. We had such a wonderful time! The food was delicious, the music was rocking, and most of all, the company was unbeatable.

Wow, what a great night! Thanks so much for having me at your engagement party. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

You threw such a great engagement party, you’ve got the wedding planning covered!

Thank you for allowing us to toast your engagement last weekend. Good luck with all the wedding planning and preparation! Please don’t hesitate to call us if we can help with anything at all. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the wedding.

Return your RSVP card with extra love

You shouldn’t have to worry too much about wording your RSVP cards, since the card will usually have options for you to tick. Despite this, it’s nice to include a note with the RSVP when you return it, even if it’s just written on the card itself. If you’re replying ‘yes’, just something like ‘So happy to be invited! Can’t wait to celebrate with you!’ will show you care. If you can’t attend, a more detailed note is preferable. Sometimes an RSVP date is specified but a response card is not included at all, so you may want to include these sample responses as part of a note on a blank notecard.

Examples of RSVP response card messages: 

We are delighted to accept the invitation, and we really look forward to the big day!

See you there! 

Let the good times roll!

Eep! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! xx

Yes, yes, yes x1000!

We will be there with bells on!

Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Can’t wait!

Excited to join the celebrations!

Have you ever known me to turn down a party?

It’s going to be the party of the year, wouldn’t miss it!

So sorry we can’t make it!

We are so sad to miss out on the celebrations!

We’ll be thinking of you.

I know, I know, I’m a terrible friend.

Something better came up ;) Just kidding, of course. It kills me that I’m going to miss it!

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Say thank you for the Hens/Bucks party invite

Following the same principle as the engagement party, it’s often best to send a thank you card after the hens party, bucks party, kitchen tea or bridal shower. Whether or not this is entirely necessary depends on the formality of the event and the amount of organisation that was required to make it happen. If you’re hitting the beach or the dance floor you can probably get away without a card (though it’s always a classy touch), but if it’s a high tea or girls weekend it’s best to make your appreciation known. Remember to thank both the bride (or groom, as the case may be) and the person or people responsible for organising the event.

Examples of bachelor/bachelorette party thank you card messages:

Wow, what an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for having me along!

Thanks for all the organisation you put into the hens party. It was a great night and your work meant it went off without a hitch!

The bachelorette party was the perfect practice run for the level of party we’re going to have next month at your wedding…if we recover in time!

Thank you for such a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate your upcoming wedding. It was so great to meet so many of your friends and family members. I really enjoyed it, and I’m glad you invited me along.

Best party ever for the best bride ever! I hope you had half as much fun as I did at your hens party.

Thanks for having me at your bucks party! It was such a great night. Good luck with the last minute wedding prep, give me a shout if you need anything.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you’re going to the wedding)

Writing wedding invitation card messages can be difficult, but when it comes down to it, it really is your opportunity to get a bit sentimental and put words to feelings. The card should reflect what the couple mean to you. Since a wedding is such a watershed moment in somebody’s life, every wedding card should cover all three tenses:

  • Past – Reflect on how you met your friend and their partner. You could remind them of the first time you met, or some key moments over the years that you’ve really appreciated their friendship. Whether you write about funny memories or more serious things, everyone likes to be reminded of the things they’ve experienced, enjoyed and been through together.
  • Present – Let them know that you are excited to finally be at their wedding, and tell them how you are feeling (but only if that feeling is happy! This is not the place to tell them you are jealous or not sure about their choice of partner).
  • Future – Give your best wishes for the future, tell them what you’re looking forward to and that you’ll be there for them. It’s also appropriate to pass on your best piece of marriage advice in the wedding card.

If you only know one of the two people getting married, it’s perfectly acceptable to address the card primarily to them and reference their partner only to tell them you’re looking forward to getting to know them more, or to let them know they got a good one.

Examples of wedding card messages:

Wishing you love, joy and tenderness today and every day of your future.

Love and marriage get better with each passing year. May all that you feel today be just the start.

All the best to two wonderful people as you build your life together.

Congratulations on making this step together, and may your love see you through all life’s ups and downs.

A toast to the best pairing I’ve ever seen!

You guys are so perfect together! Congratulations! Super happy for you both!

It’s official! You’re stuck with one another! Congratulations on your wedding, and all the best for a future full of fun and adventures.

Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve.

Can’t wait to watch you two turn into the cutest little old married couple to ever live.

Best wishes in your life ahead.

The warmest wishes and deepest congratulations on your wedding day.

Congratulations on your wedding! We are so happy for you and wish you all the love and happiness in the world. We love you both!

Thank you for allowing us to bear witness to your love and to this sacred moment in your lives.

Time has gone so quickly since we were silly thirteen-year-olds dreaming about our futures. It is so exciting to see some of those dreams coming to fruition today as you wed the love of your life. I think teenage you would be pretty happy. I wish I could go back and tell her it all works out okay, it would have saved you a lot of angst back then ;) All the love in the world, and may your marriage be as long and rich as our friendship has been.

Welcome to the family [fiance]! We are overjoyed to have you join our crazy tribe. You’re just strange enough to fit right in.

Lots of love and joy to both of you on this exciting day.

Life will bring all sorts of things your way, but it’s all better with someone beside you to share it with. Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you couldn’t attend)

Whatever the reason for not attending a wedding, it’s good etiquette to send a card of congratulations just before the wedding to make sure the couple knows you are thinking of them and celebrating with them. Being invited to the wedding in the first place is an honour, so it’s good to acknowledge that. You shouldn’t grovel or even necessarily apologise in the card, but you should let the couple know that you are disappointed to be missing out and that you love them.

Examples of wedding card messages in absentia:

We hope you can feel our love and support even though we can’t be there.

Congratulations on such an exciting day! We really wish we could be there to be part of it.

With you in spirit on this special day.

I’m sorry we couldn’t make the trip, but we are celebrating with you from afar.

I hope you can feel that there are people across the world joining in your joy and celebrations.

Wishing you both the best on this day. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you were not invited)

If someone you know is getting married, it’s definitely best to send a card even if you weren’t invited to the wedding. Remember that it’s extremely difficult to cut down a wedding guest list to a manageable number and weddings can be upwards of $100 per head, so if you didn’t get a wedding invitation don’t take it as a sign that the happy couple don’t care about you. They probably felt bad about not inviting you. Sending a card shows that you understand, that you are happy for them, and that you are sharing in their celebrations even though you won’t be present.

Examples of wedding card messages if you aren’t invited:

Thinking of you both with love and joy on your wedding day.

We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.

I’m sure your wedding day will be everything you dreamed. Enjoy every moment!

Trusting that you will make the most of every moment today, and that your future together will be a long and happy one.

Say Thank You Post-Wedding

Weddings are expensive and notoriously difficult to organise, so being invited to one is an honour and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The happy couple may be off on a honeymoon, but make sure you send a thank you card as soon as possible after the big day so you don’t forget about it.

Examples of wedding thank you card messages:

Thank you so much for letting us share in such a joyful celebration of your love!

Thank you for inviting me to share such an important day with you and your family. I had a wonderful time.

It meant so much to me to be invited to your wedding, thank you.

Thanks for inviting me to your wedding. It was an honour to witness such an important milestone.

Your wedding was a once-in-a-lifetime day that you will remember for the rest of your life, and you sure made sure you will have something beautiful to look back on!

It was an honour to be part of your special day. Congratulations, and I hope every day of your marriage is just as rich in love as the first one.

Congrats on hosting the wedding of the year!

Your wedding was such a perfect day. You both looked gorgeous, the food was delicious, and most importantly your love shone. Thank you for letting us be there to see it.

Congratulations on finally being done with the wedding planning! It definitely paid off with a wedding day straight from the pages of Vogue. Enjoy settling back to normality.

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Wedding Card Messages

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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.)

Use these wedding wishes and wedding card messages to offer your The good news is, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what to write in a wedding card.

Christmas Card Messages: What to Write in a Card

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Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018

Christmas is a special time of year where family and friends reconnect over shared wishes and Christmas messages. Many families look forward to receiving their Christmas greetings and family photos and display or hang them for the holiday season. For that reason it’s important to take the time to craft your message carefully for your loved ones. If you’re looking for Christmas writing inspiration, we’ve collected a list of perfect Christmas card messages and wishes for your own holiday greetings.

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Best Christmas Card Messages & Wishes

Christmas cards are primarily made up of the following sections: the greeting, a personal message, a chosen holiday quote or message, your signed name, and family photos. All of these pieces should be carefully chosen and heartfelt. If you’re struggling to find the right message or sentiment, we’ve found some great Christmas wishes for any occasion or relationship. Browse our choices below:

Classic Christmas Greeting Card Messages

Christmas is a time of tradition, so classic christmas card messages are perfect for any season’s greetings. For specific inspiration, look to our favorite classics below.

Merry Christmas Wishes

Sometimes a simple “Merry Christmas” is the most elegant message we can offer to our loved ones. For messages that follow this kind and simply crafted sentiment, look to the following examples:

  • ‘Tis the season to wish one another joy and love and peace. Merry Christmas.
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
  • The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas.
  • May Santa Claus bring everything you wished for. Merry Christmas!
  • Here’s to a year of blessings and beyond. Have a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays Messages

For those who prefer general Holiday messages and wishes, here are a few classic greetings you can use:

  • Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
  • Warmest greetings of this festive season and best wishes for happiness this New Year.
  • Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday!
  • All the best to everyone this Holiday Season!
  • May everything on your wishlist come true. Happy Holidays!
  • Here’s to a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Or, for more examples, check out our resource on holiday cards messages and wishes.

Religious Christmas Card Greetings

Find the right Christian Christmas card messages for friends and family with the list of greetings below:

  • May your Christmas be filled with the true miracles and meaning of this Merry time.
  • May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all through the New Year. Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above.
  • May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holy season, we wish you a joy-filled Christmas.
  • A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.
  • I wish you the unconditional love of God in all the dreams of your heart and your everyday prayers. Merry Christmas.
  • Praying you have a wonderful Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.
  • May God bless you with a festive, loving and peaceful celebration this Christmas and all throughout the year.

Christmas Messages For Friends

Your friends are a true Christmas gift, so let them know how special they are in your Christmas letter. You can find some of our favorite examples below:

  • For your Christmas time I wish you many blessings, much happiness, and even more love.
  • Having you as my friend makes me feel as if it is Christmas every day. Merry Christmas.
  • Christmas is a feeling true friends share with laughter and love to show that they care.
  • I hope you’re all making this a Christmas to remember!
  • So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.
  • Your friendship and your love is the best Christmas gift that I’ve gotten. Merry Christmas.
  • It’s friends like you that make this season so special and magical.
  • Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you the joy that lasts throughout the year.

Christmas Messages For Family

Christmas if the best time of year for spending time with your loved ones, so make sure your Christmas card reflects that sentiment. Check out our examples for Christmas messages for family below:

  • There is no greater gift this festive season than spending time with family all around the Christmas tree.
  • You’re all so important to us. Stay safe and stay happy this holiday season!
  • To all the people who are dear to me, I wish all of you nothing but the joy and happiness that this Christmas brings!
  • Having family like you is the best Christmas gift there ever could be.
  • At Christmas and always, what a blessing you are.
  • Thinking of you with lots of love at Christmas.
  • Grateful to be blessed with such a wonderful family. Merry Christmas!
  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

Christmas Messages For Teachers

Teachers have given much of their time this year to your children, and Christmas is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate them. For message inspiration, look to our examples below:

  • May this holiday season be full of surprises and cheers, simply because you deserve the best.
  • Season’s Greetings from the family! Hope you all end the year on a bright note.
  • Best wishes for you and your family this Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Have a cheerful, holly, jolly, and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  • Thank you so much for all that you’ve done this year. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
  • Happy Holidays. Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Business Christmas Card Greetings

For professional settings, you should use more reserved, but still heartfelt, greetings. We’ve collected a list perfect for any office, whether it’s for a coworker, employee, or manager.

Employee Christmas Card Messages

  • Good tidings we bear to you and your family! May we all have a Merry Christmas.
  • Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come.
  • Holiday time and all the time, I so appreciate the great work you do.
  • Peace, love and harmony we wish to you and may love fill your home with blessings too. Happy Holidays.
  • We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. Merry Christmas!

Messages For Coworker

  • Wishing you a holiday season full of fun, and a new year filled with prosperity.
  • It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a merry Christmas!
  • Hoping that the new year brings you new opportunities and new possibilities.
  • Enjoy your well deserved rest and time with family. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Messages For Boss

  • Merry Christmas from all of us! Here’s to a season of success and harmony.
  • We’re all hoping that you have a fantastic holiday season and a fabulous New Year.
  • Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.
  • In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!
  • Wishing you a festive holiday season and a very happy new year.

Christmas Card Quotes

Sometimes a quote conveys your holiday sentiment best. In that case, we’ve found a few favorites for the holiday season that you might love for your own Christmas cards.

  • Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day. by Helen Steiner Rice
  • We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
  • I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Christmas is the day that holds all time together. Alexander Smith
  • I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, With every Christmas card I write, May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be white. Irving Berlin
  • Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more!’ Dr Seuss
  • Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. Janice Maeditere
  • Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind. Mary Ellen Chase
  • Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. Unknown
  • From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. Emily Matthews

Signing Christmas Cards

Christmas cards should be signed by hand in either blue or black ink. Even if the rest of your card is printed, you should personally sign the card. If you’re looking for ideas on closing remarks, find examples here:

  • Best wishes
  • With love
  • With all our love
  • Happy Holidays
  • Merry Christmas
  • Much Love
  • Hugs and kisses
  • XOXO
  • All the best
  • Warmly
  • Take care
  • Yours truly
  • Sincerely
  • Cheers
  • Lots of love
  • God bless
  • Your friend

Do your best to choose a sign off that is appropriate for the recipient. For example, if it’s for a professional relationship, “Take care” or “Happy Holidays” will do. For friends and family, “Much Love” and “Yours Truly” are fine.


More Christmas Card Resources

If you’re looking for additional Christmas card resources you can read our piece on What to Write in a Christmas Card. Or you can browse our Christmas card collection to find the right card and stationary for you and your family.

Knowing what to write in a card can be intimidating, especially if you don't consider “Best wishes for a beautiful marriage filled with wonderful memories.

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