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90 Best Wedding Card Messages for Every Kind of Wedding

Offering wedding wishes is a time-honoured way to congratulate a new couple on their wedding day. But you're not alone if you've ever opened the inside of a congratulations card you plan to send only to find yourself in doubt about what to write.

After all, a wedding is a huge event that will change the newly married couple's life forever. Fear not, because we've got you covered with a full list of wedding wishes for every occasion.

Main Takeaways From This Article:

  • When writing wedding wishes, it's crucial to consider the personality of the newlyweds and your relationship with them.

  • The key is to be genuine and sincere in your messages, which can range from funny to formal, depending on the context.

  • Optimalprint offers thousands of customisable cards for any occasion. In addition to regular wedding cards, we offer customisable save-the-dates, seating cards, menu cards, and wedding invitations.

What Should You Write in a Wedding Card?

When it comes to sending wedding wishes, you'll want to use a personalised approach that considers the newly married couple's personality and your relationship with them. For example, the funny wedding wishes you write in a wedding card to your best friend may not be appropriate if you're wishing your boss a happy wedding day.

That said, creating the perfect wedding wishes doesn’t have to be a complicated ordeal. Here are some general best practices when it comes to writing wedding messages:

  • Say congratulations: A standard way to open any wedding wish is to congratulate the happy couple – after all, a wedding is a big life event!

  • Include your best wishes: Depending on your relationship and the couple's personality, you might include a personal message, a quote, or simply wish them a long and happy marriage. The key here is to be genuine and sincere.

  • Say thanks: Being invited to someone's wedding is a bigger honour than we often realise. After all, two people just invited you to be a part of the biggest day of their lives! Thank them for including you on their special day.

  • The warm closing: Before signing off, include a warm closing, whether it’s "wishing you a lifetime of happiness" or "welcome to the family."

What To Write In a Wedding Card: 90 Examples of Wedding Wishes

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Long and Happy Marriage Well-Wishes

The "long and happy marriage wish" is a great staple that works well regardless of the type of wedding you plan to attend. Here are several variations of this time-honoured wedding message.

  • "Wishing you both so much joy!"

  • "Congratulations! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!"

  • "Wishing you the best as you set out on a long and happy life together!"

  • "Today is just the beginning of a lifetime of happiness and love."

  • "Wish you both as much happiness in life as you can stand!"

  • "Wishing you both a fun-filled future full of joy and happiness!"

  • "I can't wait to see the wonderful life I know you'll build together."

  • "Cheers to the beginning of a beautiful adventure!"

  • "A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." —André Maurois

  • "I'm so excited you two found each other, and I wish you all the best in your new life together!"

Funny Wedding Card Messages

If you're close enough to the bride and groom, then including funny wedding wishes in your card can be a great way to help them start their wonderful journey with a smile. Here are some fun options to consider.

  • "You may kiss the bride and change your Facebook status."

  • "This is absolutely worth no longer getting two birthday gifts from each of you."

  • "Sincere congratulations on your marriage and a heartfelt thank you for all the free booze it brought."

  • "Seriously. Do NOT screw this one up."

  • "May you always heed three pieces of time-honoured marriage advice: Listen always, forgive often, and beware the perils of the co-DIY Ikea project."

  • "When in doubt, offer to do the dishes."

  • "To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up."Ogden

  • "By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will be a philosopher." —Socrates

  • "I married for love, but the obvious side benefit of having someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored." —Cameron Esposito

  • "Marriage is a bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them." —Anonymous.

Casual Wedding Wishes

Rest assured that your wedding wishes don't need to sound like they were pulled right from the front of a Hallmark card. Here are some simple yet sincere ways to wish the couple a happy life together without sounding too stuffy.

  • "I'm so excited the two of you found each other and wish you all the happiness life has in store!"

  • "Wishing you so much happiness on your wedding day!"

  • "Welcome to the happy married life!"

  • "Congratulations on your marriage and the beginning of a new life together!"

  • "Sending so much love and happiness your way!"

  • "Sending you overly casual wedding wishes so I don't tear up.... Oh no.... Here it comes...."

  • "Congratulations on your wedding and a happy married life to come!"

  • "Sending you all the best as you embark on a new and wonderful journey!"

  • "May the love you feel on your wedding day only grow deeper through the years ahead!"

  • "Sending you all the best wishes for a long life spent falling in love with each other again and again."

Serious and Formal Wedding Wishes

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Formal wedding wishes can be among the most intimidating, particularly if you don't know the couple very well personally. Whether you've been invited to the fancy wedding of a relative or a colleague, here are some solid formal wedding message suggestions.

  • "Congratulations on a wonderful union."

  • "Wishing you a lifetime of happiness in the years ahead."

  • "Congratulations and best wishes as you embark on a new journey together."

  • "May this joyful day be one of countless more to come."

  • "Sending you all the happiness in the world on this very special occasion."

  • "I am so honoured to have shared this wonderful day. Wishing you all the best in your new lives together."

  • "May your wedding day be the first step in an incredible new journey."

  • Sending you all the best on this happy occasion."

  • "Congratulations on your wedding and a beautiful life ahead."

  • "May you experience the best of all that life has to offer."

Religious Wedding Card Messages

Religious wedding wishes may be the way to go if the couple is particularly devout. If their faith is different from yours, including a religious wedding wish can make for a thoughtful wedding card, as it shows that you took the time to do some research.

Pro tip: Don't hesitate to throw in a "God bless," "Mazel Tov," or any other appropriate best wishes!

Christian wedding wishes

  • "Let all that you do be done in love." —1 Corinthians 16:14

  • "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13

Jewish wedding wishes

  • "Ani l'dodi, v'dodi li; I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine." —Song of Songs 2:16

  • "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." —Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:3

Muslim wedding wishes

  • "The man dreams of a perfect woman, and the woman dreams of a perfect man, and they don't know that Allah created them to perfect one another." —Ahmad AlShugairi

  • "It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her." —Quran (7:189)

Hindu wedding wishes

  • May he be the Lord Shiva to your Parvat. (or vice versa) Congratulations on your marriage!

Buddhist wedding wishes

  • "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, And the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." —Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha)

Sikh wedding wishes

  • "Sunahu lokaa mai prem rus paaeiaa." Translation: "Listen, O people: I have tasted the elixir of love." (SGGS, Pg. No. 370)

Funny religious wedding wishes

  • "Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash." —Joyce Brothers

Poetic and Inspirational Wedding Wishes

Sometimes when you're not sure what to say, the best play is to borrow the immortal words of someone else! Here's a collection of seriously beautiful quotes about love and marriage that may prove just the ticket when wishing someone a happy wedding day.

  • "Love recognises no barriers; it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope." —Maya Angelou

  • "Every heart sings a song, incomplete until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet." —Plato

  • "It is such a happiness when good people get together—and they always do." —Jane Austen

  • "True love stories never have endings." —Richard Bach

  • "It's amazing how one day someone walks into your life, and suddenly, you can't remember how you lived without them." —Anurag Prakash Ray

  • "Love is a friendship set to music." —Joseph Campbell

  • "Marriage is like watching the colour of leaves in the fall; ever changing and more stunningly beautiful with each passing day." —Fawn Weaver

  • "Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it be rather a moving sea between the shores of your souls." —Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

  • "What is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes, and the stars through his soul." —Victor Hugo

  • "Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards." —E.E. Cummings

Wedding Card Messages for Friends

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There's nothing like seeing a close friend get hitched! The better the friend, the more personal your message will likely be.

  • "I am so thrilled to see such a wonderful friend set out on such an amazing new adventure!"

  • "I feel so blessed to call you both my friends."

  • "You get a new spouse, and I get a new friend – now that's what I call a win/win."

  • "I hope your marriage brings as much happiness to both of your lives as our friendship has to mine. Congrats to the happy couple!"

  • "Is it weird that I'm already planning your first wedding anniversary party?"

  • "The two of you are such an inspiration! I'm so happy you found each other, and I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come!"

  • "Of all the great times we've spent together, this is by far the most special day of them all."

  • "Well, what do you know... that Vegas fortune teller was right."

  • "Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife." —Franz Schubert

  • "Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends." —Harville Hendrix

Wedding Wishes for Family Members

When a family member gets married, don't be shy about personalising your wedding note to celebrate their special day. And don't forget to welcome their new partner to the family!

  • "Welcome to the family! We're so thrilled that (relative) found such an amazing partner!"

  • "Well played, Bro/sis. Well played."

  • "We love you both so much and are so excited for your future together!"

  • "We are so excited to welcome such an incredible new family member and wish you all the happiness in the world!"

  • "May God bless you both and the many adventures your new life has in store!"

  • "We're so excited for you both on this wonderful day and wish you all the love and happiness in the years to come."

  • "It seems like just yesterday I was folding your laundry and cutting the crust off your sandwiches. Oh wait... that was yesterday. But seriously, congratulations, and I love you both so much!"

  • "Congratulations to the happy couple! We can't wait to fill our newest family member in on all our wacky family traditions!"

  • "It's worth all the blind dates mom already has lined up for me to see you both this happy."

  • "Sending you best wishes and lots of love and happiness on your special day! Can't wait to hear about the honeymoon at the next family reunion!"

What To Write in a Wedding Card To a Coworker

Coworker wedding wishes can be highly subjective, depending on how close you are to the coworker in question. From the casual to the personal, here are some ideas to get you on the right track.

  • "Wishing you the best on your special day!

  • "Congratulations and best wishes! Rest assured; I'll hold down the fort at the office while you enjoy your honeymoon."

  • "Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day, and best wishes for an amazing future."

  • "Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. Congratulations on such a beautiful wedding!"

  • "This definitely beats that time you won employee of the month."

  • "I feel so lucky to call you a friend and coworker. Congratulations and best wishes for a bright future!"

  • "Just a quick wedding note to congratulate the happy couple and thank you for having me on this special occasion."

  • "Sending much love and best wishes from everyone in the _______ department."

  • "Can't wait to hear all about the honeymoon when you get back! Congratulations!"

  • "Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your wedding day. Best wishes and congratulations!"

Make Your Wedding Wishes Memorable With a Personalised Wedding Gift

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As you can see, wedding card messages can come in a wide variety of different forms. From casual wedding card wishes to funny wedding notes, the important thing is that your wedding message is sincere.

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