If you have a friend or family member getting married, and you’re faced with a blank wedding card and a case of writer’s block, not to worry—we’re here to help you find the right words. Thankfully, there aren’t any set rules to writing a good wedding card; as long as your message comes from the heart and is tailored to the couple, you’re good to go.
To help you get started, use the wedding wishes we’ve compiled below to offer your congratulations to the newlyweds. You can either crib your favorite from our list or use one as a jumping-off point and take it from there. But whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute—there’s nothing worse than scrambling to come up with something meaningful just as the ceremony is about to start.
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Writing a Wedding Card: Etiquette
If you’re attending the wedding, you can either bring the card with you (even if you already sent a gift in advance); or, you can send a card anytime after you’ve received the wedding invitation up until two months after the wedding. Thank the couple for including you in their special day along with your best wishes. If you weren’t invited due to limited space or were unable to attend the wedding, you can still congratulate the newlyweds by sending a thoughtful wedding wishes card in the mail.
When it comes to the tone of your wedding card message, consider your relationship to the couple. If you aren’t personally close with them, more traditional wedding wishes are in order; however, wedding cards for friends and family members are often more casual and allow you to express your sentiments more freely.
Here are some ideas for what to say in a wedding card, in a range of tones to suit your style. Choose a message that rings true to you and make it your own by adding a personal touch.
Well Wishes: Wedding Congratulations
Congratulations on tying the knot!
Hooray! You tied the knot!
The best love story is the one you write together.
Woohoo for you two!
Best wishes to you both on your special day.
We are so happy to welcome a new son/daughter to the family.
Here's to love and friendship.
Cheers to a fantastic couple!
You are two amazing people. Or, maybe I should say, one amazing couple. Congrats!
Congratulations on your wedding! And thank you for letting us be part of your special day.
Well Wishes: For the Future
May your life together be filled with joy, happiness, and lots of love.
Here’s to love and laughter and happily ever after.
All you need is love.
...and they lived happily ever after.
Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
Good luck, good health, and happiness always.
I'm so happy you've found someone wonderful to share your life with. Best wishes for your future together.
Today, I gain a new sibling/son/daughter and I couldn't be happier. I love you both and wish you the best as you begin your new life together.
Wishing you both the best, today and always.
Well Wishes: Wisdom and Advice
Say “I love you” every day.
Love always, laugh often, and never go to bed angry.
Remember how you felt today, every day.
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13.7
Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14