What to Write in a Wedding Card

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After years of dating, a couple you know is finally getting married and they’ve invited you to take part in their special day. You’ve cleared out your schedule, found a perfect gift for the future newlyweds, and picked out your outfit for the wedding. There’s only one thing left to do – you need to write a heartfelt message to them in a wedding card. And as many of us know, this can be very difficult to do.

To help make this task easier for you, we have prepared a list of 45 excellent wedding card message ideas. We have organized these messages into categories based on their tone and content. That way, you can easily find the one that will best fit the couple you’re writing it for.

Formal Messages

There are many reasons why you might not feel comfortable writing a deeply personal message in a wedding card. Perhaps you don’t know the couple all that well. Maybe it’s your colleague from work or some other professional acquaintance that’s getting married. Perhaps it’s your boss’s wedding and you want to keep things strictly professional.

Whatever the reason, a formal message is always a good choice. But just because it’s formal doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Here are ten wedding card message ideas that are heartfelt without being too personal.

  1. “Thank you for making me/us a part of this beautiful day. I/We wish you all the best as you begin your journey together.”
  2. “Wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness, and joy.”
  3. “May the years ahead be filled with never-ending bliss.”
  4. “May the happiness and love you feel today shine through the years.”
  5. “May the love you feel for each other grow stronger with every passing day.”
  6. “May this joyous day mark the beginning of a long and happy life together.”
  7. “Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow.”
  8. “Wishing you the best today, tomorrow, and forever.”
  9. “We’re/I’m delighted to share this special day with you.”
  10. “May your life together be filled with moments you’ll cherish forever.”

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Religious Messages

If the couple whose wedding you’re going to is religious, you might want to adjust the tone of your message to their beliefs. Your wedding wish can thus include a mention of God, prayers, or biblical quotes.

Here are ten great religious message ideas you can write in a wedding card.

  1. “May the One who brought you together bless your marriage, enrich your lives, and deepen your love throughout the years.”
  2. “May God grant you all of life’s blessings and love’s joys.”
  3. “Love is patient. Love is kind… Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
  4. “May God bless the two of you as you begin your journey of love.”
  5. “God has poured out His love into our hearts.” Romans 5:5
  6. “We pray that God will bless your union and guide you in your new journey together.”
  7. “God bless you on this wonderful day with a lifetime of joy and love.”
  8. “Congratulations! Remember to pray with each other and for each other!”
  9. “May your marriage be as strong as the two of you are strong in your faith.”
  10. “Love God first and it will be easier to love your spouse second.”

Casual Messages

If you’re not a person of many words, you might be more comfortable with writing a casual message. That’s perfectly fine. No one will think you didn’t put a lot of thought into it just because it’s short and sweet. As long as your message is positive and from the heart, the recipients will surely love it.

Here are ten great ways to express your wishes in just a few words.

  1. “Congratulations on your wedding!”
  2. “I’m/We’re so happy for you!”
  3. “Wishing you a long and happy marriage.”
  4. “Hugs and kisses.”
  5. “Wishing you the best.”
  6. “Best wishes! Love you both!”
  7. “You are perfect together! So happy for you!”
  8. “I/We love you both! Congrats!”
  9. “So happy to share this day with you!”
  10. “Congratulations!”

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Messages for a Family Member

If one half of the couple that’s getting married is a family member, you can – and should – get a little personal in your message. Address the family connection while trying to keep the message casual. Also, make sure to welcome your relative’s spouse to your family.

Here are seven timeless wedding card message ideas for a family member.

  1. “Congratulations on your marriage and welcome to the family!”
  2. “I am so happy to call you both family! Congrats!”
  3. “I always wanted a brother/sister and now I finally have one. Congratulations!”
  4. “We/I couldn’t be happier to welcome another member to our family! Best wishes to you both!”
  5. “What a wonderful day for the two of you, as well as our whole family! We/I wish you a lifetime of happiness!”
  6. “We’re/I’m happy (name) has finally found “the one”. Welcome to the family!”
  7. “We/I know we’re/I’m not losing a daughter/son. We’re/I’m gaining another son/daughter. We/I wish you much happiness!”

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Funny Messages

If it’s your best friend that’s getting married, it might be a good idea to write something funny in your card. It could be some inside joke that only the two of you will understand or something that anyone who reads the card can laugh at.

Of course, humor is very subjective, so you will need to come up with something you know your friend will find funny. These eight funny wedding card messages may inspire you to come up with your own.

  1. “Congratulations! I guess you won’t be a crazy cat lady after all.”
  2. “I’m so happy you losers have found each other. Congrats!”
  3. “Thanks for the free booze. Much happiness to you both!”
  4. “They say that marriage is a great institution. And much like many types of institutions, you need to be crazy to get into it. Love you both!”
  5. “Marriage is about finding that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Congratulations!”
  6. “All weddings are happy. It’s living together afterward that’s difficult. Good luck to you both!”
  7. “There will be moments when you really love each other. Then there will be the rest of the time. Best wishes to the two of you!”
  8. “Marriage means commitment. Of course, so does insanity. Good luck!”

The Final Word

As you can see, there is no recipe for a perfect wedding card message. Sometimes you may need to keep things formal, while other times you might want to get a bit personal. There are also times when a simple “Congratulations!” will suffice.

It all depends on how well you know the couple that’s getting married, as well as the style and tone you think they’ll like the best. Whichever option you decide to go with, we hope our list helps you come up with the perfect message.

Do you have a wedding card message idea you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

Rebecca B. Lawrence

About Rebecca B. Lawrence

Rebbeca has been writing about weddings, jewelry, and fashion for years. Her favorite place to hang out, aside from this website, is Pinterest. She loves Art Deco Jewelry, beach-themed weddings, and anything related to the British Royal Family.