We’ve rounded up a collection of the best wedding wishes to write on your wedding card! Get inspired or copy away!
Engagement season is in full swing so it’s time to brush up on all the wedding wishes you’ll need to write inside those wedding cards soon. From casual wedding greetings to religious wedding wishes, we have your wedding cards covered.
How to Congratulate the Soon-To-Be Married Couple
It can be difficult to come up with something original to write on a wedding card that hasn’t been said a thousand times before. The old rule of thumb used to be “congratulate” the groom and offer the bride “best wishes.” Today, either one works, or you can choose a different sentiment that fits your relationship to the couple instead.
Whether you’re attending the wedding or not, it’s customary to send your well wishes to the soon-to-be married couple. If you’re attending the wedding, you can bring a card with you even if you already sent a gift in advance, or you can send a card before or after the wedding date.
Otherwise, you can mail it directly to the happy couple or hand it over in person on any occasion before the wedding.
What to Write on a Wedding Card
While there are no carved in stone rules for what needs to go on the card, there are some basic etiquette rules you can follow.
The most meaningful inscriptions are ones that were customized for the couple based on your personal relationship with them. Use or gather inspiration from these wedding wishes to ensure that your wedding card is heartfelt and treasured for years to come.
Remember that what you write in the wedding card will depend on your style, how well you know the couple and what your relationship with them is.
Formal Wedding Congratulations
For a couple you aren’t personally close with, more traditional wedding wishes are in order. There are still plenty of ways to make your formal greeting stand out. These are some great ideas for traditional wishes that are perfect for sweet and formal wedding cards.
- “Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.”
- “Congratulations on your marriage.”
- “Wishing you all the best as you begin your new lives together.”
- May today be just the beginning of a lifetime of happiness together.
Best Casual Wishes to Write on a Wedding Card
Wedding card messages for family, friends, and close work associates are often more casual and allow you to express your feelings more freely.
You may have spent years of your life with this couple, and you’re as happy for them as they are with each other. This wedding card will mean a lot to them, so it is important to properly convey your emotions. Here are a few ways to show them how truly happy you are for them as they start a new chapter in their lives.
- “So happy for you two!”
- “Cheers to a fantastic couple!”
- “All our best as you begin your marriage!”
- You are two amazing people. Or, maybe I should say, one amazing couple. Congrats!
- We’re so happy for you! May your lives be enriched by each other.
- Congratulations! And thank you for letting us be part of your special day.
- May you celebrate every day together the way you have celebrated today.
How to Write Funny Wedding Wishes
Weddings aren’t all serious business. Funny wedding messages are appropriate as long as they’re in good taste and you know the couple’s sense of humor! A funny wedding greeting could even make your card stand out.
Funny wedding wishes are a great way to add your own personal style to the wedding card. Keep things light with these witty phrases perfect for a laid-back couple!
- “Congratulations and remember Happy Wife, Happy Life!”
- “There’s no backing out now! (I have a getaway car outside if you change your mind.)”
- Here’s to limiting your options: ’til death do us part.’
- Did you know sequoia trees live 1,300 years? If your marriage ever gets old, just be glad you’re not sequoias.
What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Close Family Member
When writing a wedding card for a close family member, go personal! Unless your relationship is tense, in which case you may want to go with a more general message. If you are the best of friends, let those feelings show. Mention some joyful memory from the past, something you admire in them, or quote one of their sayings! But above it all, don’t forget their better half!
- From a parent – “This is a day we’ve been thinking of since you were just a little girl/boy. We’re thrilled you have a wonderful person like _______ to spend the rest of your life with.”
- To a brother- or sister-in-law – “You’re the brother/sister I never had. Welcome to the family! We love you!”
- The only thing that could make us more excited now is grandchildren!
How to Write the Best Wedding Wishes for a Friend
Wedding card greetings for a friend are more personal tone. Still, it’s best not to go overboard. Express your feelings, share a memory or go with a casual wedding wish but keep it classy! This is a keepsake!
- “We’ve been friends our whole lives, and I’ve never been happier for you. Congratulations to you both!”
- “I’ve watched my dear friend fall in love with a wonderful (man or woman), and I’m honored to stand with you today as you become husband and wife.”
- We hope your wedding bliss fills you with as much happiness as it has for us. We love you both very much and congratulations.
When to Write a Religious Wedding Card
Not all couples are religious, but if you know religion is very important to the bride and groom, you may want to write a religious wedding card. Especially if you are religious too as it will sound more sincere and heart-felt.
- “May God bless your marriage and your lives together.”
- “Mazel Tov!”
- Blessed is the one who created human beings. Bless the two of you. May you know it all–joy and struggle, beauty and sorrow, sweat, tears, solitude, companionship, laughter and ecstasy. May your marriage be strong enough to support you to experience whatever you must as you come to know yourselves and each other and to discover the entire range of your humanity in the process of soul making. (the Sheva Brachot)
- You two are truly blessed. May the blessings continue for both of you. Congratulations on your wedding!
- The strongest marriages are built on the strong foundation of our Lord.
- We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you both.
Original Wedding Wishes on Social Media Posts
If a card isn’t your style or you’ve already sent ahead a gift, posting on their social media timeline is a fun way to go. Social media well wishes can go from a simple “best wishes” to posting a memorable picture on their wall. Remember la abuela may be reading the post!
Best Belated Wedding Wishes
Forgetfulness happens to the best of us, especially if we cannot make the wedding. It’s late but send a card anyway for them to read after their honeymoon. You’ll get bonus points if you include a gift card!
- “We’re sorry to have missed your special day, but we wish you a lifetime of happiness!”
- “It’s never too late to congratulate you on your wedding and send our wishes for a happy life together!”
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Unique Wedding Wishes to Write on a Wedding Card
Combine some of the ideas above to your own inspiration to write the most unique wedding wish. If you’re still searching for that perfect congratulatory note, here are more wedding card ideas to help you get those creative juices flowing.
- Marriage defies the rules of mathematics because one plus one equals one.
- “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” –Franklin P. Jones
- “Husbands are like puppies… they need to be loved (and housebroken).”–Blake Flannery
In the end, there is no perfect formula for wishing the best to the people we care about. Be genuine, add your personal touch and we are certain it will be the best wedding card ever!
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