What to Write in a “Congratulations, You’re Getting Married” Card

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Getting Married

Weddings can be some of the hardest occasions to write cards for. On the one hand, this is a rare event that, at least in theory, only happens once in person’s lifetime. On the other, marriages are meant to be cheery occasions with a bit of levity about them, with lots of opportunities for humor. Essentially, what that means is that you want something meaningful, memorable, and heartfelt, but also something that will bring a smile to the recipient’s face. To this end, we’ve put together some examples of what to write in a good marriage congratulation card.

  1. Be welcoming! Especially if you are closely related to one of the participants, consider writing something like “We’re happy to have you as part of our family.” These sorts of messages might not seem important, but can mean a lot to a nervous bride or groom.
  1. Be funny! Light humor can be great if you’re close to the couple, along the lines of “thanks for the free cake/wine!” If you know the couple well, and they have a good sense of humor, you might even try something snarkier, but be careful not to offend. “Better luck next time,” while amusing, isn’t exactly nice.
  1. Be gracious! It was pretty nice of them to invite you to the wedding, after all. “It means so much to be part of your big day,” while sappy, is the hallmark of any great wedding guest.
  1. Look to the future! The wedding itself isn’t nearly as exciting as the long life together you hope that the couple will lead. Something as simple as “I hope you enjoy your new life together” can be an easy, heartfelt way to express your wishes for the couple. This is also a great place to inject a little levity, especially for older couples writing to younger ones–something along the lines of “have fun annoying each other for the rest of your lives” can be cute when appropriate.

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