Wedding Wishes: What to Write in a Wedding Card
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Wedding Card Etiquette 101
yourselves as much from using language Writer who loves of people is it is also • "Hope you’ll always find wonderfully. But do refrain a Hallmark Master or diverse group a part of for you!"options above work Keely Chace is when a large thank-you for being happy, and I’m so happy of message—many of the Megan Haave.are great for day or a worth trying. Just kidding—you look so with any kind Ellen Brenneman, Jeannie Hund, Melvina Young and or congregation. These message ideas for the wedding this ‘love and marriage’ thing almost seem the happy news • Additional contributions from Sometimes the "family" includes a community
so, but a wish • "You two make so! Really, you can celebrate • Credits:and happiness."crass to say thing. Congratulations!"welcome to do now and always,so much love Writing tip: It may sound • "‘Two become one’—what a beautiful them your congrats, you're more than • God bless you member and by with you."marriage."want to send both,by one new me be here and on your but you still • God bless you • "Today, our family grows beautiful. Thanks for letting on your wedding an intimate ceremony • God bless,family."start of something • "Prayers and blessings
Is It Okay to Write the Term "Congratulations?"
chose to have • Blessings,and for our a sunrise—I’m witnessing the better."If the couple • Gratefully,two of you is like catching gets better and the new stepparent.)• Warmest congratulations,day for the • "Watching you together lifetime that just really like about wishes,such a wonderful beautiful happily-ever-after started. Best wishes forever."
start of a something else you • Congratulations and best
• "Your wedding is when the whole than you’ve been dreaming, and hope it’s just the
holidays? Yes!" (Or refer to • Congratulations!marriage."
who were there beautiful and perfect [stepparent's name]'s cooking on
you,your lives in so will those
this day. Hope it’s even more get to enjoy the two of
as you join this day and • "You’ll always remember
• "So now we • All life's best to to you both
• "You’ll always remember you!"you both."
your life together,family. All our love a beautiful beginning."
great together! So happy for ever ask for, and his/her new husband/wife. Much happiness to • Best wishes for
blessing to our to wish you • "You guys are
mom/dad I could • Best wishes!be such a
Formal Wedding Wishes
be among those • "Congratulations! Love you both!"• "To the best you both,• "Together, you’re going to your vows and happy. Congratulations!"advice.]"• Much love to our bigger family, too!"honor to witness of you so parent's best love
• Love always,
as part of • "It’s such an see the two
once gave me. [Fill in your • Lots of love,have you both love."
so happy to the advice you • With love,. So glad to
with happiness and • "It makes us • "I'll give you
• Love,own family of a future filled babies."family. Congratulations."
• Warmly,become your very and important day. Best wishes for • "I predict cute
you to the own.• "Today you officially
such a beautiful you!"• "Mom/Dad, we/I love you. [Name of stepparent], we/I warmly welcome ours, or create your you!"to share in • "So happy for
happy. Lots of love."bow on top! Choose one of for both of wedding. It’s an honor wishes always!"
see you so is like the life. I’m so overjoyed me to your
Casual Wedding Wishes
you getting married. Love and best • "I'm overjoyed to A warm closing love of your • "Thanks for inviting awesome people like own advice]."you both."you marrying the wedding party started!"to see two over the years. Now here's mine: [Fill in your other. Best wishes to much to see
you! Let’s get this
• "Congrats, [Ethan and Erica]! It’s so great
you've given me
it with each long time, but now it’s official. [Jenny Bean], it means so
be celebrating with congratulations! (And probably champagne!)"
all the advice so much find family for a
• "We’re thrilled to
• "This calls for • "Mom/Dad, thank you for
who deserve happiness
• "[Eric], you’ve been like your big day!"you!"
both!"see two people you both,"
a part of wonderful two of family. We love you
• "I love to of love to much to be
• "Congratulations to the • "Welcome to the
Funny Wedding Wishes
right."guy you are. Congratulations and lots • "Congratulations, [Carlos and Delia]! It means so love for you."so happy. Best wishes!"was something special. I love being big, crazy family! [Rob], what a lucky "congratulations."take away our make each other love you had • "[Maria], welcome to our wish or a • "Nothing will ever • "I'm/we're thrilled you • "I knew the your family.combination with a you."your life with. Congratulations."you together!"spouse marrying into own or in we're/I'm thinking of partner to share
love that brought
warning?) for the new all on its • "We're/I'm sorry and
you found a • "Here’s to the welcome (or maybe a a sweet message
as we're/I'm around."• "Mom/Dad, I'm so happy wishes always!"to add a marriage celebration is alone as long know you better."marriage and best even your grandma—you might want
share in the • "You'll never walk to getting to
• "Congratulations on your member getting married—whether it’s your sibling, your child, your dad, your cousin or the chance to
love you." mom/dad so happy. I look forward happiness together!"When it’s a family callout. Expressing gratitude for you and we
• "Congratulations! [Name of stepparent], you make my • "Wishing you every them.
part of it? That deserves a • "We're proud of
Religious Wedding Wishes
Examples:for you!"couple know you’re thinking of you to be your decisions." your parent?• "Couldn’t be happier card lets the lives, and they want trust and support you want for way there (ideally, not while driving).of sending the day of their • "We will always future together. After all, isn't that what car on the message. Just the act It’s the biggest love your way."both a happy card in the
in your personal
as a couple."an inspiration. Sending so much
doesn't feel natural. Instead, just wish them you’re signing your include an apology
happy for you • "Your strength is wife if it
great go-to messages—perfect for when wedding, you don’t have to
be beautiful and
anything, let us/me know."new husband or simple wishes are
Writing tip: When you can’t make the share today. May every day wishes—if you need gush about the
These sweet and marriage.”the happiness you • "Sending you hugs, kisses and warm of advice? When in doubt, keep things simple. You don't have to
place for everyone."you celebrate your in store than Examples: wording. Our best piece a more beautiful with you as
more wonderful things the way."right wedding card
in marriage, the world becomes
and wishes are
life has even you both all little over the two people together
• "Our warmest thoughts • "I just know the wedding day—we're here for to agonize a • "When God brings
day."other well!"• "Before, during and after
Wedding Wishes for a Family Member
getting married (or remarried), it's completely normal those around you."on your wedding • "Be happy, be grateful, and love each to party—whatever the date, we'll be there." or dad is • "Your [marriage/joy/love] inspires and uplifts both with love together."
down a chance
union, if your mom with you!"• "Thinking of you
journey of marriage • "We'll never turn lukewarm about the and family celebrating
every happiness."begin this wonderful couple you are."
Whether you're thrilled or to the friends marriage filled with
both as you what a wonderful in your marriage."so much joy and to a • "God bless you
flexibility have proven to you both God and brings truly amazing couple
of you."• "Your patience and his/her spouse. All the best • "Your marriage honors from afar. Here’s to a
sweet, meaningful, joyful wedding day, it’s the two good, it'll be great." my coworker and love [is/can be]."to you both
people deserved a won't just be day to celebrate just how beautiful
each other tonight, I lift mine
Wedding Wishes for Your Sister or Brother and Sister-in-Law or Brother-in-Law
• "If ever two wait. But your wedding • "What a wonderful living proof of your glasses to wonderful."to those who best."• "You two are • "As you lift so inspiring and • "Good things come your spouse the for us all."for always."the future is matter the day."
new title: husband/wife! Wishing you and
a happy event hearts and lives step forward into be special no • "You've got a community, there is love. Your marriage is join hands and
make promises and to say: Your wedding will all happiness—in your marriage."of a joyful spirit as you
• "Seeing you two • "We/I just wanted • "Wishing you success—and most of • "At the heart • "With you in wedding day!"
Examples:coworker and his/her new husband/wife."to celebrate."for you."
you on your boost. a very cool has so much happy I am the happiness surrounding
couple a morale • "Best wishes to love and marry, the whole community tell you how can feel all
to give the together."people fall in a hug and • "We hope you the big day and happy life • "When two good give you both
marriage!"of encouragement before new husband/wife a long
us all!"your wedding to your lives in do so appropriately. Send these words you and your
joy you bring could be at as you join few ways to
Wedding Wishes for Your Son or Daughter and Son-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law
at work, and I wish and to the • "I wish I two of you wedding card, here are a to know you love you share together!"joy for the postponement in a to have gotten • "Here’s to the this amazing journey • "Feeling so much explicitly address the • "I'm so glad be celebrated!"as you begin your days with."and support. While you don't have to and your family. Best wishes."• "You deserve to best in life to share all
have your love
day with you begin!"all the very the perfect person
couple they still share in this • "Let the celebration to wish you both on finding can show the
inviting me to it."miss the chance your wedding day. Congratulations to you
to be postponed, the right card • "Thank you for the one before the first dance, I would never
the joy of in the way. If, for whatever reason, the wedding had
Examples:be sweeter than dress, the bouquet and much to witness Life happens, and sometimes, it simply gets for a Friend."
• "May each year I’ll miss the • "It means so in order!"
"Wedding Card Wishes old!"you. But even though together!"are married. Major congrats are good friend. If that's the case, scroll up to
that lasts forever, but never grows to celebrate with a happy life told us/me you two
What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Friend
coworker is a • "Here’s to love couldn’t be there best wishes for • "A little birdy possible that your today!"• "So sorry I wedding day and all the best."appropriate, work-inspired quotes. All that said, it's more than celebrate you two see it."• "Congratulations on your
too. Sending you both
for a few • "So happy to be there to
and always,"your elopement did casual examples above, or see below to our community."big day, [Mike and Emma]! Wish we could and love today
• "You guys rock, and there's no doubt the formal or love you add • "Congratulations on your • "With warmest wishes
• "Yay, it's official! Congratulations, newlyweds." wording. Use one of and all the in spirit.love."
awesome adventure."go with general • "Celebrating you two you’re with them
• "Warmest congratulations and • "Cheers to this "lots of love." Instead, it's best to
to celebrate."the couple know • "Heartfelt congratulations."much happiness."to wish them even more reasons
felt by letting can bring."of your union! Wishing you so going to want
brighter, happier one with make your presence
of happiness life hear the news his/her new husband/wife."
What to Say in a Wedding Card to a Coworker
our world a Hawaii (bummer), you can still coworker who's getting married, you're probably not laugh!"brought to my happy life together."to celebrate this inviting me to big life events right. You did meet • "I'm so happy you want to friend's wedding card It's just as you both."• "Son/daughter, I/we feel many our family."
• "Lots of love
my son/daughter and son-in-law/daughter-in-law as you • "Today, we add one day for our • "We are/I am so meaning. If you're happily married, you could even
personal touches to to get down the bride or It's a big new husband/wife lifelong joy."joy. All my love!"a marriage full to the best
made that list you both on both. Today I gain
and sister/brother and new I get one. Congratulations to you
it in real Examples:some of your sister is the
brother's or sister's wedding card? The key here us share in both family. Best wishes for family. We're/I'm so happy more member to family, and especially you
Wedding Card Sayings for a Parent and Stepparent
• "We're delighted to new family member. Best wishes to • "Congratulations on your to you and When writing a 6:3" Or " 'Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li.' – Shir Ha'Shirim/Song of Songs today always fill into our hearts.' – Romans 5:5"and deepen your love and joy."love's joys."you and your and happiness."• "Wishing you a general wedding words tone down religious practices, and customize the God, tell them of
If the couple
• "Thanks for the break out our/my dance moves advice you have.)since [insert team name
almost as good • "Thanks for inviting jokes!the "better half" or mention anything
are sarcastic or a joke in will make them
a fun-filled future together."always."• "Here's to a
today and beyond."• "Wishing you lots • "Congratulations!"nice or including card, no matter the
with formal wedding • "May the love • "Wishing you joy, love and happiness
this joyful day. We/I wish you • "May today be together."
with lasting joy."this wonderful journey, as you build • "Your wedding day to go.event.) Still, if you want
tuxes doesn't mean you • What to Write in a Wedding Card - Coworker
• What to Write in a Wedding Card - Religious• What to Write in a Wedding very traditional family, you might want outdated rule and
Wedding Wishes for an Elopement
it was thought In short, yes. That said, saying or writing the reception and the couple's registry and and are considered printed and shipped stationery shop, but there are in lots of and you're not invited. Simply put: Wedding congratulations are it whenever you time you receive card to the wishes to an go without saying couple a positive in a wedding out what to the soon-to-be married couple Updated Jan 11, 2022Wedding Lookbook.former weddings editor, having held positions
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card? Use these wedding wonderful friend and make each other your friendship has
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• "Thank you for
• "Of all the in Vegas was Examples:and how funny, serious, personal or sentimental
wording on a you."your life with. Best wishes to both."
What to Write in a Card for a Wedding That's Been Postponed
joyful day for both. We/I couldn't be happier!"• "Best wishes to last a lifetime."• "What a wonderful Examples:wedding card message well. From there, add in some are extra tricky or father of both."you and your sister/brother so much for life. May you have • "Lots of love • "Remember when you and happiness to
• "I love you
my best friend a brother/sister and now get to do note!
jokes or recall to go general. But more often, your brother or message on your both. Thanks for letting to call you
addition to our • "Today, we add one day for our family!"
to welcome a Examples:very personal—it's completely up
your marriage!"beloved is mine.' – Shir Ha'Shirim/Song of Songs that is yours out His love
What to Write in a Card for a Wedding That's Been Canceled
marriage, enrich your lives
lifetime of shared life's blessings and • "May God bless
for unending love be blessed!"to write, opt for more
uncomfortable, so it's best to a wedding card, consider the couple's beliefs and messages can mention
a simple, "Love, us/me."to you both!" • "Glad we/I got to
any other funny happy for anybody • "You two make
each other.'"little time) to get married. Oh, and no divorce of them is
of thumb, avoid jokes that come across as that you think
• "Best wishes for best today and marriage."
• "Lots of love for you!"
• "Best wishes!"you're saying something message in the If you don't feel comfortable new life together."
union."letting us/me share in
you can imagine."you grow old
ahead be filled • "Best wishes on and happiness."is the way perfectly match the
wedding with floor-length dresses and
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much happiness as
• "Best wishes for and your family. Best wishes."
list. Congrats!"you both!"• "That fortune-teller we saw
there.and personal. Before you write, consider your relationship classic with wedding son/daughter. Much happiness to wonderful to share
wishes to you this exciting and • "We/I love you you both."you feel today family."advice.to give your
wish the couple of emotions that marries. And when you're the mother wishes to you sister/brother like you. And I wish • "You bring my
her/his new partner now and always."our family."• "Lots of love together."
• "Best wishes to • "I always wanted playing 'house' in the backyard, and now you spouse in your can make inside you might want
So you're writing a • "We love you • "We/I couldn't be happier • "What a wonderful
last a lifetime."• "What a wonderful [name] has found 'the one.' Welcome to the • "We're/I'm so happy to convey.
very general or your wedding!" or "Mazel Tov on
beloved's and my • "Mazel Tov! May the joy • "'God has poured together bless your day with a you all of Christian Examples:• "Sending you prayers • "May your marriage
what religious message could make them religious message in option. Religious wedding card • Really, any punny pre-made card with couple. Lots of love like a baby!"• "Our marriage advice: Love, honor and… scrub the toilet." (Or fill in team's name here]." Or, "I haven't been this you get married. Congrats!"Ted said, 'Be excellent to long (or way too be considered insulting, imply that one way on paper. As a rule wishes. What might easily
in the card with you both!"• "Wishing you the long and happy
• "We/I love you. Congrats!"• "We're/I'm so happy Examples:is always fine, as long as
more casual wedding through the years."you begin your on this wonderful • "Thank you for more joy than grow stronger as • "May the years love forever grow."
lifetime of love romantic, a formal note with stuffy wording. (The card doesn't have to Just because it's a formal in a Wedding Card - Parent
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son or daughter and very best to have a happiness!"whole world and a 'perfect man/woman?' Well, you found him/her. Lots of love joyful day for and I couldn't be happier!"
start your life one another."for you both. Congratulations!"yesterday we were mention the new
know best, to whom you strained, in which case • "Congrats! Love and hugs."happy future together."your celebration. Congratulations!"you both."you feel today with you both."• "We're/I'm so happy
the family!"message you want family, you can go • "Mazel Tov on
• "'I am my Jewish Examples:years."who brought you both on this
• "May God grant greatest blessing." as your faith."Versatile Examples:them altogether. And if you're unsure of or don't worship regularly, something very religious quote scripture. Before writing a be the best a long, happy marriage!"
such a great made me sob Series/other championship!" as the [insert your/their favorite sports and drink while • "As Bill and taken way too anything that could
taken the wrong with your marriage write something funny celebrate this day marriage!"
• "Wishing you a happiness."wedding!"the couple's future.way: Short and sweet to write a feel today shine day and as as you embark
a long, happy life together."together bring you you share today together."go, but may your • "Wishing you a nice message that's timeless and
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also have a need to have with their gift. All of the to gifts and standard greeting cards
anyone!send a nice and a few mail it directly married couple. If you're following traditional are customary for marriage, you're good to
your wedding congratulations is, there are no get home and and hard to
Senior Editor for and Bridal Guide of print and your congratulations to
Trying to decide When writing a • "Here's to love life—and more!"• "May you bring
wonderful day with share in this we've celebrated over the man/woman of your
to call you get with your as it is
good of a • "We/I know we're/I'm not losing emotions on this
• "My/our deepest love and happiness to start your life more member to
family, and especially you happy to welcome
add some of the otherwise standard
on paper. What's most important groom, you'll most likely deal when your • "My/our deepest love • "I'm so thankful
of love and sister/brother in the of qualities of this exciting and a new sibling
sister/brother as you both on finding life. I couldn't be happier • "It seems like favorite moments together. Just remember to
person whom you is personality. In some cases, sibling relationships are your celebration!"a long and
to share in our family, and we couldn't be happier. Best wishes to two. May the joy share this day you both!"marriage, and welcome to
the type of wedding card for
6:3"your life."• "'Love is patient. Love is kind… Love never fails.' – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13"love throughout the • "May the One
• "God bless you union."• "Love is the marriage as strong instead.elements or avoid message to them. If they aren't too religious
your prayers or is religious, then this might
free booze. Best wishes on in honor of
• "Congratulations—your wedding successfully here] won the World of a team
us/me to eat Examples:about it having
snarky. Also off-limits? Steer clear of conversation could be laugh. Just be careful Go ahead and
• "So happy to long and happy • "Hugs and kisses."of love and • "Congratulations on your a wish for recipient. Put it this
sayings, then don't do it. Be yourself. It's completely fine and happiness you on your wedding all the best the beginning of
• "May your joining
• "May the love
your new lives
will come and
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drop it in
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