Wedding Congratulations: 30 Messages + 9 Tips
Sooner or later everyone has the opportunity to write wedding congratulations. We are here to help you write a wedding card that will express your wishes for the bride and groom’s joint happiness. We will provide you with examples and tips to make the card truly special.
A wedding gift, of course, includes wedding congratulations and best wishes for the future of the bride and groom. It is also customary to send a congratulatory card, even if you were not invited and the couple is not among your closest friends.
Personal Congratulations on the Wedding
There are so many ways you can express your thoughts to the bride and groom that you may be puzzling on how to find the right wording, and in what style the card should be written.
In terms of style, should it match the theme of the wedding, be romantic, funny, or classic? We have the most important points to consider and many fitting examples of successful wedding congratulations. From famous quotes to poems to funny quotes, we cover it all.
Congratulations on Your Wedding: 5 Messages
If you prefer to write your own message for the bride and groom without sayings, quotes or poems, here are some samples for you. Among them you’ll find classic phrases that may help you write your own congratulations.
Dear bride and groom,
May you always be as happy and in love as you are today. Thank you so much for inviting me. I wish you only the best! Have a wonderful honeymoon and enjoy your time together.
Dear Mary, dear Paul,
We are so happy with you! It’s nice to see how happy you are together. And we are very grateful that we were able to celebrate your big day with you.
May your journey together be filled with a variety of adventures and above all may none remove your joy.
Congratulations on your wedding, and all the best for your future. I wish you much happiness and joy for your life together and am deliriously happy for you. You two just belong together.
Dear bride and groom,
We congratulate you from the bottom of our hearts for finding each other and going your way together in the future. YOu have undergone tests and trials together and have now taken the decisive step — we are very happy about that!
You have mastered many things as a couple and proved that you can go through all the ups and downs of life together — that’s what makes a happy marriage.
We wish you all the best for your future.
My dear friends,
I am thankful that two of my dearest friends are finally walking into the future side by side. It makes me happy to see you both so happy and I firmly believe that you can overcome all the hurdles of life together.
I love you guys.
Modern Wedding Congratulations Messages
Familiar wedding sayings make wonderful wedding congratulations when they are personalized to the bride and groom. Pay attention to whether the couple is more modern or traditional, whether they like funny sayings for the wedding or have more classic romantic taste.
The following sayings are from unknown authors.
- It seems like yesterday we were playing 'house' in the backyard, and now you get to do it in real life. I couldn’t be happier for you both. Congratulations!
- Today is the beginning of your next chapter. Here’s to you two!
- I’m seeing a fun-filled life in your future. Congratulations!
- My very best wishes to you on your wedding day, my dear friends. I hope today is amazing and that your life from here on out is full of love and joy that never ends.
- Wishing you a glorious ceremony with an abundance of wonderful memories to follow! Congratulations to you both for finding your life partners and joining together on this happy day.
Quotes and Sayings as Congratulations for Wedding Messages
Often you can find well-known quotes and poems that express exactly what you would like to say yourself — only formulated with superior appeal and memorable phrasing.
These short aphorisms are wonderful for the first blank page in a wedding card or for a small gift tag.
The most important thing is that you understand the quotes – even if they are written in verse and with metaphors. After all, you don’t want the bride and groom to interpret something negative into your quote or poem that you yourself overlooked.
Short Congratulations for the Wedding Card
Sayings, quotes and aphorisms make wonderful starting points for a beautiful congratulatory text. Interpret the meaning or simply continue the theme in your own words. You can also simply send the short congratulations to the couple on WhatsApp if you don’t have a close relationship with them.
- Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
(Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, 1797-1828)
- Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
(Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 365 B.C.-290 B.C.)
- Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
(Aristotle, Greek philosopher, 384-322 B.C.)
- True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
(François de La Rochefoucauld, French author, 1613-1680)
- True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
(Honoré de Balzac, French novelist, 1799-1850)
- Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
(Voltaire, French writer, 1694-1778)
- Love conquers all.
(Virgil, Roman poet, 70-19 B.C.)
- Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and statesman, 106-43 B.C.)
- We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
(Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman, 1804-1881)
- Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
(Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, philosopher and painter, 1883-1931)
- A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
- As your friend, it is truly my pleasure to celebrate the both of you today. Your marriage makes the world a better place. Congratulations!
- Love is the poetry of the senses.
(Honoré de Balzac, French novelist, 1799-1850)
- There is no remedy for love but to love more.
(Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher, 1817-1862)
- There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.
(Friedrich Schiller, German dramatist, 1759-1805)
Poems as Congratulations on Your Wedding Day
You can also have a poem speak for you in a wedding card. On one side of the card, write a few classic congratulations and your name, and on the other, a beautiful love poem. You might even choose to write a saying or poem yourself.
In One Another’s Souls
The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you,
not knowing how useless that was.
Lovers don’t meet somewhere along the way.
They’re in one another’s souls all along.
(Rumi, Persian Sufi mystic, 1207-1273)
In Your Light I Learn How To Love
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
(Rumi, Persian Sufi mystic, 1207-1273)
I need so much the quiet of your love
After the day’s loud strife;
I need your calm all other things above
After the stress of life.
I crave the haven that in your dear heart lies,
After all toil is done;
I need the star shine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day’s great sun.
(Charles Hanson Towne, American author and poet, 1877-1949)
On this day of love and joy,
We gather here to witness and enjoy,
The union of two hearts so pure,
A love that will forever endure.
From this day forward, you are one,
Together, your journey has just begun,
Hand in hand, side by side,
You’ll face the world with love and pride.
May your marriage be blessed with happiness,
And may you always cherish each other’s tenderness,
Through all the ups and downs of life,
May your love continue to thrive.
As you exchange your vows and rings,
May the love you share take flight on wings,
And may it soar higher and higher,
Through all the years, with passion and fire.
So here’s to the bride and groom,
May your love forever bloom,
May your hearts always beat as one,
And may your love story never be done.
Two hearts joined as one,
A journey of love begun,
Hand in hand, side by side,
Forevermore, your love will abide.
Tips for Writing a Wedding Card
The following tips give you everything you need to write beautiful wedding congratulations.
We’ll show you how to make your wedding card to the bride and groom special and meaningful with a personal touch, and how to make them feel extra special, too.
Consider Your Relationship with the Bride and Groom
If you aren’t very close with the couple or the relationship is more professional, it can be hard to find the right words to say. Lacking closeness means you can not assess the bride and groom, their humor and their relationship with each other very well.
Would a funny line offend them or a thoughtful poem make them doubt your good intentions for their marriage? Do play it safe: you should avoid risqué or ambiguous sayings as well as melancholy quotes or poems. If your congratulations or wedding sayings are classic or in keeping with the theme of the wedding, you can’t go far wrong.
If you have a very close relationship with the bride and groom, you can of course better assess their tastes and know whether they are open to a casual sayings or love flowery romanticism. Thus, many options are open to you.
But you can also immediately rule out some options that are out of the question for you or the couple. With a good relationship with the couple, it is important to show that you have put effort and thought into it. More on this in the following sections. They will help you make your wedding card as personalized as possible.
Add a Personal Touch
As with all cards, it is usually nicer to handwrite the text. The bride and groom themselves may have sent their invitations to be printed but you should keep in mind that if they had a large number of guests, there was no other way.
Since you only have to write one greeting card, you should put extra effort into it. If you feel strongly about the bride and groom, practice your text once or twice on a piece of paper before actually writing it in the card.
Content of Your Wedding Card
The content of the card should reflect your good intentions, but also match the bride and groom’s life goals. Depending on how well you know them and the relationship between you and the couple, you many use personal information for customized wedding congratulations.
For example, refer to their shared love story, their hobbies and experiences, or their family situation. Avoid general phrases and empty sentiments if you want your wedding congratulations to be special.
The next three sections deal with the content of the wedding card. They give you important tips on the salutation, future wishes for the bride and groom, photos, and monetary gifts in the card.
The Correct Salutation when Writing a Wedding Card
Before writing the main text of your card, you should of course begin with the salutation. Here you have several options, which you should make dependent on your relationship to the bride and groom.
"Dear ones", for example, is suitable for close friends, "To the both of you" also for acquaintances. Here are a few more examples:
- Dear bride and groom
- Dear bridal couple
- Dear newlyweds
- Dear Anna, dear Tim
Integrate Wishes for the Couple’s Future
What would you wish if you got married? What could you envision the bride and groom spending their future doing? Specific future wishes are more personal than the classic phrases like "I wish you happiness, health, fun and love."
The following questions can guide you as you write a personalized greeting card.
- How did the bride and groom meet?
- Do they have professional similarities?
- Are they considering emigrating?
- Where do they travel to on their honeymoon?
- Are they moving in together after the wedding?
- Are they expecting a child soon?
If they had to fight for their relationship before the wedding, this can also be mentioned – of course, if the personal relationship allows it and you always keep the focus on the happy future.
Include a Photo in the Wedding Card
Photos can make wedding congratulations personal. Inclusion of photos from memorable times will delight the couple, as they not only highlight your friendship and effort, but also the couple’s love story.
The two will appreciate the visual memento of their relationship or of getting to know each other. Especially nice are photos that the couple themselves haven’t seen yet, or on which you are pictured as well.
So take a look in old photo albums or older files on your computer for interesting pictures. Especially in today’s world, where almost everything is digital, it is nice to hold a developed photo in your hand. The bride and groom can put it in a frame, tuck it into the wedding album, or keep it as a special highlight with the other wedding memories.
Congratulations with a Monetary Gift
When writing congratulations on a wedding in a card, it’s common to just plainly put the gifted money bills in the card as well. However, this way they could easily cover up the text, be distracting, or even fall out while the card during reading.
To increase the gift factor a bit, you can wrap the money separately. For this purpose, small cash envelopes inside the large envelope with the card, or wedding cards that already have a small envelope on the cover are suitable.
Other options for a monetary gift are small cases, jars or special gift boxes. You can easily order these on the Internet or make them yourself. Of course common wedding motifs such as rings, hats and veils, hearts, flowers or other romantic images are fitting here.
Another option is to fold the banknotes neatly and arrange them in a picture frame or on a flower (in such a way that they can be easily removed, of course).
Avoid these Mistakes when Writing Wedding Cards
Religious wisdom or Bible quotes don’t suit every bride and groom. Naturally, your congratulations on the wedding should be serious, but should not carry a pensive or even gloomy mood.
With funny phrases and jokes you could hurt feelings if you don’t know the couple that well and can’t appreciate their sense of humor. Jokes might make the couple feel like you’re trivializing their love.
Conquer Your Writer’s Block
The best remedy for writer’s block is brainstorming. Take enough time to write your congratulations card for the wedding. After all, by the time you’re invited you know in advance when it will take place.
Grab a blank piece of paper and a pen and give your thoughts free reign. The following guiding questions will help you:
- What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the bride and groom?
- How did you meet the two?
- Maybe you had some great experiences together?
- What about their relationship impresses you?
To organize your thoughts, you can color-code them or just cross out some things that aren’t suitable for a wedding card. Just pick the best things.