Wedding Wishes: What to Write in a Congratulations Wedding Card

Weddings are an exciting time for everyone involved. The bride and groom get married, their friends and family celebrate the wonderful union together, and the married couple starts planning their honeymoon.

If you are invited to the wedding day, there are certain expectations that you should follow. If you are attending a wedding reception, you should bring a gift for the happy couple and a card with a beautiful message wishing them a happy life together. But what do you write on the card?

You can write anything on the card you send to the amazing couple. But if you aren’t great with words and want them to sound meaningful rather than “I hope you have a happy future”, then why not check out some of the options below? You can adapt them to make them more personal to you.

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Wedding Card Etiquette Tips

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For anybody who wants to convey wedding wishes to an engaged or freshly wedded pair, wedding cards should practically go without saying. You may either bring the card at the wedding reception or mail it straight to the couple if you’re following conventional wedding guest protocol (usually within a couple of weeks following the wedding invitation). However, you are free to send it anytime you choose. If the wedding is small and you are not invited, you may simply send a charming card.

The Personal Touch

Wedding cards are available in a variety of sizes and layouts. There are the traditional greeting cards found at a lovely stationery shop, as well as handwritten cards, little tags affixed to gifts, and even simple, digitally crafted wedding notes printed and mailed to the couple with their gift.

All of the above are acceptable as wedding cards, so don’t feel obligated to have more than one. (However, if you purchased a gift from the couple’s registry and want to send them a nice card, bring one to the reception and place it in the wedding card box or on the gift table!)

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Heartfelt Congratulations Wedding Card Message

Find a wide range of messages of congratulations below.

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Formal Wedding Wishes

You don’t have to send a formal card with a formal message BECAUSE it’s a formal wedding with floor-length gowns and tuxedos. (The card doesn’t have to be a great match for the occasion.) On the other hand, these traditional wedding wishes are the way to go if you want to compose a wonderful message that is timeless and romantic.

  • “Wishing you nothing but love and happiness for the rest of your life.”
  • “Your wedding day will pass, but may your love last forever.”
  • “Wishing you the best of luck as you begin your new life together.”
  • “May the coming years be blessed with enduring happiness.”
  • “May your love for each other become stronger as you get older.”
  • “May your union offer you more happiness than you can imagine.”
  • “May your wedding day mark the beginning of a long and happy marriage.”
  • “Thank you for allowing us/me to be a part of this special day. As you begin on this great relationship, we/I wish you all the best.”
  • I wish you joy, love, and happiness as you begin your new life together on your wedding day.”

Casual Message

If traditional wedding sayings make you uncomfortable, don’t use them. Be true to yourself. It’s quite OK to write a more informal wedding message on the card, regardless of the receiver. To put it another way: It’s acceptable to write a casual wedding card; keep it short and sweet as long as you say something kind or include a wish for the couple’s future.

  • “Best wishes!”
  • “Warm Wishes!”
  • “Congratulations!”
  • “We/I am overjoyed for you!”
  • “Wishing you a life filled with love and happiness.”
  • “I/we adore you. Congrats!”
  • “A lot of love now and in the future.”
  • “Here’s a little bit to get your relationship started.” (If you’re giving a present.)
  • “Kisses and hugs.”
  • “Wishing you a long and happy marriage,”
  • “Here’s to a long and happy marriage!”
  • “All the best to you forever and always.”
  • “I’m overjoyed to be able to share this special day with you both!”
  • “Wishing you a bright future together.”
  • “Wishing you a lifetime of fond memories and a lifetime of joy.”
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Funny Message

Fill the card with a dash of humor that you believe would make the wonderful people chuckle. Just be cautious with your funny wedding wishes. On paper, what could come across as a joke in conversation could be misinterpreted. As a general rule, sarcastic or snarky jokes should be avoided. Is there anything else that’s off-limits? Avoid anything that may be construed as offensive, such as implying that one of them is the “better half” or mentioning that the wedding took much too long (or way too little time). Oh, and no jokes about divorce!

  • “‘Be excellent to each other!” Like Bill and Ted would say”
  • “Thank you for inviting us/me to dine and drink as you prepare for your wedding. Congrats!”
  • “You two are almost as excellent as [insert the name of your or their favourite sports team here].” “I haven’t been this pleased for anybody since [insert team name here] won the World Series/other championship!” or “I haven’t been this happy for anyone since [insert team name here] won the World Series/other championship!”
  • “Love, honour, and… scrubbing the toilet” is our marital advice. (Insert any other amusing advice you have.)
  • “Congratulations for making me cry like a baby at your wedding!”
  • “I’m glad we/I had the opportunity to show off our/my dance talents in celebration of such a wonderful couple. Many blessings to you both!”
  • “Thank you for the complimentary drinks. Wishing you a long and fun-filled future!”

Religious Message

This may be the greatest option if the couple is religious. Messages on religious wedding cards might acknowledge God, express your prayers or reference scripture. If you want to include a religious message in a wedding card, consider the couple’s beliefs and traditions, and tailor the message accordingly. If they aren’t too religious or don’t worship regularly, religious features should be toned down or avoided entirely. If you’re not sure what religious message to express, go with more generic wedding terms.

  • “Wishing you a happy marriage!”
  • “Wishing you a marriage as solid as your convictions.”
  • “I’m sending you my best wishes for endless love and happiness.”
  • “The greatest benefit is love.”
  • “May God continue to bless you and your marriage.”
  • “May God bless you with all of life’s blessings and the joys of love.”
  • “May God bless you two with joy and a lifetime of shared love on this special day.”
  • “May the One who drew you together bless your marriage, enrich your lives, and deepen your love for one another for many years.”
  • “God has poured forth His love into our hearts,” Romans 5:5 says.
  • “‘Love takes time. Love is generous… Love is unbreakable.’ 13:4-13 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 –”

A congratulatory message for specific people

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If you want to add that special touch and write a more personal message, see suggestions below of the perfect message for your brother/sister, co-workers and parent.

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Warmest Wishes for a Family Member

You may be extremely generic or quite personal when writing a wedding card for family—all it’s up to you and the sort of message you want to send.

  • “Welcome to the family!” and “Congratulations on your marriage!”
  • “We/I am delighted to get a new family member. Best wishes to both of you!”
  • “We’re/I’m overjoyed that [name] has met ‘the one.’ Hello, and welcome to the clan!”
  • “We’re ecstatic to be able to spend this special day with you both.”
  • “What a fantastic day for our entire family, especially you two. May the happiness you are experiencing today endure a lifetime.”
  • “We’ve added another member to our family today, and we’re overjoyed. Best wishes to both of you.”
  • “What a lovely addition to our family you have made. We’re/I’m thrilled to be a part of your celebration. Congratulations!”
  • “We/I am thrilled to call you both family. Heartfelt wishes for a prosperous and amazing future.”

How to say 'Congratulations guys' to a Co-worker

You’re probably not going to want to write sweet messages like “lots of joy and love” in a card to a co-worker who’s getting married. It’s preferable to use generic language instead, like “Hope you and your perfect partner have a lifetime of happiness”.
Use one of the official or informal examples above, or go through the list below for other work-related quotations. Having said that, your co-worker might very well be a good buddy!

  • “Thank you for asking me to join you and your family on this special day. Best regards.”
  • “It’s been wonderful getting to know you at work, and I wish you and your new husband/wife a long and happy marriage.”
  • “Wishing a really cool employee and his/her new husband/wife all the best.”
  • “Wishing you success in your marriage, and most importantly, happiness.”
  • “You’ve been renamed husband/wife! Best wishes to you and your husband.”
  • “What a fantastic day to honour my co-worker and their spouse. Best wishes in your marriage, both of you.”
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Warm Congratulations for a Parent and Stepparent

It’s totally normal to fret a little over the proper wedding card wording if your biological parent is getting married (or remarried), whether you’re overjoyed or indifferent about the match.

What is the finest piece of advice we can give? If you’re in doubt, keep it simple. If it doesn’t seem natural, you don’t have to fawn over their new husband or wife. Rather, simply wish them both a bright future together. Wouldn’t you want that for your parent, after all?

  • “Congratulations! [Stepparent’s name], you make my mother/father very happy. I’m looking forward to learning more about you.”
  • “I’m very glad you found someone to spend your life with, Mom/Dad. Congratulations.”
  • “I/we am ecstatic that you two make each other so happy. Best regards!”
  • “Hello, and welcome to the clan. Warmest Congratulations!”
  • “Thank you, Mom/Dad, for all of your guidance throughout the years. Here’s my contribution: [Insert your own suggestion here].”
  • “I’m pleased to see you in such good spirits. We wish you a lot of LoveLove.”
  • “We/I adore you, Mom/Dad. We/I heartily welcome you to the family, [name of stepparent]. Congratulations.”
  • “I’ll offer you the advice you gave me previously. [Insert your greatest love advice from your parents].”

If you are unable to attend the wedding, what should you put in your wedding card?

  • “Congratulations on your wedding day! We hope you can feel our LoveLove and support even though we can’t be there.”
  • “Congratulations on such an exciting day!”
  • “Congratulations, you two!”
  • “Congratulations on your wedding day!”
  • “Wishing the perfect couple the very best on this special day.”
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How much money do I put in a wedding card?

The typical wedding present amount is roughly £100, which is a good place to start, and you may adjust it depending on how close you are. You may choose to spend extra if you’re particularly close to or connected to the couple (and have the wiggle room in your budget).

Is it rude to turn down a wedding invitation?

We’re all aware that things come up, and as previously stated, it’s perfectly OK to refuse an invitation.


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