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What to Write in a Wedding Card in 2019

what to write in a wedding card

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Not everyone is a Wedding expert.  Here at KSTG, we work with some of the most respected Wedding Professionals in the business.  Today’s blog will answer one of the most asked questions out there.  What to write in a Wedding card in 2019.

What to Write in a Wedding Card in 2019

We’ve been there: You shop long and hard to find the perfect wedding card for the soon-to-be married couple and then you get home and have a pretty rough time figuring out what to write in it.

The good news is, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what to write in a wedding card. As long as your wedding congratulations message is heartfelt and offers the couple a positive wish for their marriage, you’re good to go.

Wedding Card Etiquette 101

It should almost go without saying that wedding cards are customary for anyone who wants to send wedding wishes to an engaged or newly married couple. If you’re following traditional wedding guest etiquette, you’ll either want to bring the card to the wedding reception or mail it directly to the couple (usually between the time you receive the wedding invitation and a few weeks after the wedding).

 Honestly though, you can send it whenever you want. You could even send a nice card if the wedding is small and you’re not invited. Simply put: Wedding congratulations are welcome anytime by anyone!

As for the card itself, wedding cards come in lots of different formats—from standard greeting cards you find at a cute stationery shop to homemade cards, small tags attached to gifts and even simple, digitally created wedding messages that are printed and shipped to the couple with their gift.

All of the above pass as a wedding card and are considered okay, so don’t feel the need to have more than one. (Then again, if you bought a gift off the couple’s registry and want them to also have a pretty card from you, take one to the reception and drop it in a wedding card box or on a gift table!)

Is It Okay to Write the Term “Congratulations?”

In short, yes. That said, it used to be saying or writing “congratulations” to a newly married woman was once considered a faux pas because it was thought of as congratulating her on actually landing a man! (Yep, you read that right.)

Today though, that’s considered an outdated rule and school of thought. Still, if the couple happens to be very traditional or come from a very traditional family, you might want to avoid the term altogether and just say “best wishes.”

What to Write in a Wedding Card

The perfect wedding wish is sentimental, sweet and totally tailored to the couple. Is it for your favorite cousin and his new wife? Or your hilarious college roommate who finally settled down?

Below we’ve identified the top 5 ideas for each category. 

Formal Wedding Wishes

Just because it’s a formal wedding with floor-length dresses and tuxes doesn’t mean you have to send a formal card with stuffy wording. (The card doesn’t have to perfectly match the event.) Still, if you want to write a nice message that’s timeless and romantic, a formal note is the way to go.

Here are the top 5 examples of formal Wedding wishes.

  1. “Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
  2. “May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.”
  3. “May the love you share today grow stronger as you grow old together.”
  4. “May your joining together bring you more joy than you can imagine.”
  5. “May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years.”

Casual Wedding Wishes

If you don’t feel comfortable with formal wedding sayings, then don’t do it. Be yourself. It’s completely fine to write a more casual wedding message in the card, no matter the recipient. Put it this way: Short and sweet is always fine, as long as you’re saying something nice or including a wish for the couple’s future.

Here are the top 5 examples of casual Wedding wishes.

  1. “Best wishes!”
  2. “We/I love you. Congrats!”
  3. “Wishing you a long and happy marriage.”
  4. “So happy to celebrate this day with you both!”
  5. “Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.”

Funny Wedding Wishes

Go ahead and write something funny in the card that you think will make them laugh. Just be careful with your marriage wishes. What might easily come across as a joke in conversation could be taken the wrong way on paper.

As a rule of thumb, avoid jokes that are sarcastic or snarky. Also off-limits? Steer clear of anything that could be considered insulting, imply that one of them is the “better half” or mention anything about it having taken way too long (or way too little time) to get married. Oh, and no divorce jokes!

Here are the top 5 examples of funny Wedding wishes. 

  1. “Thanks for inviting us to eat and drink while you get married. Congrats!”
  2. “Our marriage advice: Love, honor and… scrub the toilet.” (Or fill in any other funny advice you have.)
  3. “Treat marriage like a hockey game. No roughing!”
  4. “Thanks for the free booze. Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!”
  5. “Getting married is like going to drama school. May there be more comedy than melodrama.”

What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Friend

It’s just as good of a choice to go classic with wedding wording on a friend’s wedding card as it is to get specific and personal. Before you write, consider your relationship and how funny, serious, personal or sentimental you want to get with your wedding wishes. Then go from there.

Here are the top 5 examples of writing a Wedding card to a friend.

  1. “I’m so happy to call you both my friends. Congratulations!”
  2. “Thank you for inviting me to share in this day with you and your family. Best wishes.”
  3. “I’m/we’re so thrilled to celebrate this wonderful day with you both.”
  4. “We’ve had so many laughs together! May you always make each other laugh!”
  5. “Congratulations to a wonderful friend and his/her new husband/wife.”

Wedding Card Sayings for a Parent

Whether you’re thrilled or lukewarm about the union, if your mom or dad is getting married (or remarried), it’s completely normal to agonize a little over the right wedding card wording. Our best piece of advice? Be honest and tell the truth.

Don’t say you’re crazy about the new husband or wife if you’re not, but instead wish them both a happy future together. After all, isn’t that what you want for your parent?

Here are the top 5 examples of what to write in a Wedding card to a parent. 

  1. “Mom/Dad, I’m so happy you found a partner to share your life with. Congratulations.”
  2. “I’m/we’re thrilled you make each other so happy. Best wishes!”
  3. “Welcome to the family. We love you both!”
  4. “I’m overjoyed to see you so happy. Lots of love.”
  5. “To the best mom/dad I could ever ask for, and his/her new husband/wife. Much happiness to you both.”

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