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what to write in a wedding card?

January 4, 2020
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Express Best Wishes or Congratulations

Be sincere, play on sentimentality, and let the bride and groom, the groom and groom, or the bride and bride know that you’ll be there to cheer them on, in person or in spirit.

And etiquette sticklers, rest easy. In the past, “best wishes” were reserved for the bride while “congratulations” was the correct sentiment for the groom. Historically, the groom was congratulated on getting the woman to accept his proposal.

But times have changed and rules have relaxed (though you still shouldn’t wear all white to the wedding unless explicitly told to do so!).

So relax! Wish either party in the couple congratulations, though if in doubt, you can’t go wrong with “best wishes.”

What to say in a wedding card:

  • “Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
  • “Here’s to a long, happy marriage.”
  • “Best wishes on your life together.”
  • “Here’s to many adventures in your future and lots of laughter.”
  • “Congratulations and best wishes on your wedding day and every day beyond.”

Personalize the wedding card:

Assuming you at least know a bit about the couple whose wedding you’re attending, throw in some personal details to make your card stand out. Play on your history of friendship, add in a family anecdote, or reference a longstanding joke.

What to say:

  • “From childhood playmates to adult best friends, wishing both of you a lifetime of happiness.”
  • “We’re so happy to have you as part of our family, and are thrilled that BRIDE or GROOM is joining us as well.”
  • “May your marriage be as long as the days we spent at summer camp—just as full of fun and laughter (and hopefully with fewer mosquitoes).”
  • “I’m so glad we’ve gotten to work together these past few years, and I wish you all the best on your marriage.”

Add a Religious Element

A religious or spiritual sentiment is appropriate for some couples. Whether a prayer or a Bible verse, unless you know the pair well, stick to something generic.

What to say:

  • “May God grant you many blessings in your new life together.”
  • “Sending you love and prayers in your union.”
  • “Mazel Tov on your wedding.”
  • “You are truly blessed to have found one another.”

Communicate Your Excitement

Is the bride your lifelong friend? Or is the groom your high school teammate? Let them know they can count on you to support their choice of spouse by expressing your enthusiasm.

What to say:

  • “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome you into this family.”
  • “I can’t wait to dance at your wedding!”
  • “I’m delighted you two found each other.”
  • “GROOM is so lucky he found his perfect match in you.”
  • “Thanks for letting us share your special day!”

Simple and Easy Messages

  • Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  • Woohoo you got married! Wishing you two lovebirds a lifetime of Netflix binging.
  • 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.
  • Lots of love and joy to both of you on this exciting day.
  • Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime.
  • So happy to celebrate this day with you both! Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  • Really happy for you both – I’m predicting cute babies ;o)
  • Wishing you a lifetime of joy and happiness!
  • Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve.

Funny Ideas:

  • It’s time to knock back the prosecco and pretend like this hasn’t been the most stressful day of your life.
  • Well done on finding that one person you want to annoy for the rest of your lives.
  • Remember, marriage is a workshop… where the husband works and the wife shops.
  • Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!
  • What do late nights, parties and hanging out with friends have in common? You won’t be able to do any of them from now on! Happy wedding day.
  • Congrats on probably not dying alone.
  • Congratulations for finally succumbing to life’s biggest myth – a successful marriage.
  • Now you’re married, you must master the art of saying yes when you actually want to say no!
  • Thanks for reminding me how much money I will save by not getting married

Thoughtful Sentiments

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


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