Wedding guests know that it's customary for attendees to give the bride and groom a card with a meaningful, heartfelt message in honor of their marriage. That's why you've likely scoured your favorite stationery store for a beautiful card that speaks to this momentous occasion, but that's the easy part. What happens if you're at a total loss for words as soon your pen lingers above the paper? For those struggling to come up with the perfect sentiment to include in a congratulatory card to the bride and groom, we're sharing eight statements that are always well-received by newly-married pairs.
Getting married is a huge milestone, so congratulations are certainly in order. The tone of your message depends on your personal relationship to the couple, as well as the overall formality of the big day. You can stick with for elegant and traditional wording, like "Warmest congratulations to the bride and groom," or "Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and love." Alternatively, you can go for more casual vibes, like, "So happy for you!" or "Best wishes!"
Write a Personalized Note
Have you been best friends with the bride since second grade? Is the groom your favorite cousin? Devote a line to the sentimentality of your relationship. Something like, "I remember when we dressed as brides during our play dates, and now you're tying the knot for real!" could move your BFF to tears—of the happy variety, of course.
Welcome Them to the Family
If the bride or groom are the latest addition to your family—perhaps as a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or daughter-in-law—make them feel welcomed with a sweet note that goes above the standard wishes. Saying something like, "I'm thrilled to gain a new daughter!" or "I couldn't have asked for a better addition to the family," is guaranteed to spark warm and fuzzy feelings.
The bride and groom chose to invite you to their wedding and to host you for an evening of food and drinks, so it's in good taste to thank them for the party. If you're writing an elegant card, say something along the lines of, "Thank you for sharing your special day with me." If you're close with the couple and prefer something funny, try something like, "Thanks for the free food and booze! I loved spending this day with you."
Include a Religious Message
If the wedding ceremony is a religious one, you may decide to write a spiritual message in your card. Of course, the exact phrasing depends on the couple's faith and beliefs. "God bless your union," and "Many prayers," are both suitable options for a Christian wedding, while those attending a Jewish wedding can write "Mazel Tov!"
If You Can't Make the Wedding...
Anyone invited to the wedding should send a note, even if they can't attend the celebration. The message should express regret for declining the RSVP, but avoid justifying the action with excuses. A simple "So sorry for missing your big day," or "I wish I was there to celebrate. My thoughts are with you both!" are sufficient.
If You Aren't Invited…
Do you know the couple but didn't receive an invitation? Don't take it personally—some brides and grooms prefer to have a smaller ceremony, and narrowing down a guest list is tricky. Feel free to send a heartfelt note to the happy couple anyway, as long as you keep the message simple and civil. For example: "Wishing you the best on your wedding day!" or "Thinking of you with love!"
Sweet Closing Statement
No matter the tone, wording, and length of your wedding note, you should sign off with a warm closing statement that emphasizes your support. Consider the following options: "lots of love," "best wishes," "warmly," "love always," "blessings," and "with love."