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What to Write in a Wedding Card (Based on How Well You Know the Couple)

Published Wednesday, May. 3rd, 2023

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A few of our favorite wedding wishes, including examples for the wedding officiant! 



It’s wedding season! As we write this, thousands of couples all across the country are getting hitched in large formal weddings, casual backyard vow exchanges, simple sign-and-go ceremonies, and Vegas-style elopements. And while every couple has a different idea of what the perfect wedding ceremony looks like, and what marriage means to them, getting married is always an important milestone.



If you know a couple of these lucky lovebirds and want to wish them well in their new marriage, start with a card: Wedding cards can be presented on their own, or alongside a wedding gift, and are a perfect way to send your blessings for marital bliss even if you can’t attend the ceremony. 


Once you’ve chosen the perfect card design (Something floral? A photo of a gorgeous sunrise, perhaps?), it’s time to personalize it! Slip in a gift card to their favorite restaurant, sprigs of dried flowers and herbs, a Lovers tarot card, or a meaningful photo. 


And don’t forget to write something special! 


If you find yourself staring down at the blank page, pen in hand, unsure of what to say…you’re not alone! Deciding what to write to someone on such an important day is difficult for a lot of people. 


To beat your wedding card writer’s block, think about what the couple is like when they’re together: 


Do they keep each other laughing? Are they reserved and thoughtful? Are they always running off to try some new restaurant or travel destination? Wish them more of what already makes their partnership special – like a lifetime of laughter, friendship, or adventure. 


When all else fails, keep it simple! If you don’t know the couple very well, or just don’t want to write much, stick with the basics or try one of the suggestions below. 



Photos of wooden table and wedding card with envelope, card shows a happy character holding a giant red heart

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16 Examples of Wedding Wishes…

Based on How Well You Know the Couple


Wedding wishes from the wedding officiant…

Personalize these examples to reflect your experiences planning or officiating the couple's marriage ceremony.



  • “_____ and _____, it’s been an honor getting to know you and to celebrate and seal your love. The two of you bring out the very best in each other. Wishing you a lifetime of joy and health together, and many more ‘perfect days’ ahead.”


  • “The two of you are true kindred spirits and it shows! It was a blessing to marry you. Wishing you many years of friendship, passion, learning, and laughter.” 


  • “In your vows you promised to love, cherish, and support each other, and if you ask me, you already do, every day and every step of the way! So happy I got to be a part of your special day, and wishing you a very happy marriage.”




Heartfelt wedding wishes for close friends and family…

Personalize these examples to reflect your unique relationship with the newlyweds.



  • “You two make each other shine! Keep bringing out that glow, and wishing you decades and decades of bliss.”


  • “Love looks good on you. Wishing you two a long and happy lifetime of loving each other and looking good!" 


  • “_____ and _____, I love you both so much and can’t believe this day is finally here! You bring out the best version of each other, treat each other with kindness and true acceptance, and will be fantastic wives (partners / husbands) to each other. Congratulations, and YAY!”


  • “Seeing the two of you happy makes everyone around you happy too. What a joy to have someone so wonderful join our family, and to be present as you celebrate your love… Congratulations and we love you!”



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Simple wedding wishes for acquaintances and coworkers…

Stick with something simple on focus on couple's happy future.



  • “Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations on your marriage!”


  • “We’re so happy for you! Wishing you a long and loving marriage.”


  • “May your bond only get stronger as you start this new chapter of your love story!”


  • “Wishing you a lifetime of adventures, laughter, love, and friendship.”




Funny wedding wishes…

Be yourself! Just because marriage is a big deal doesn't mean you have to be solemn or serious about it. Personalize these examples to suit your needs.


  • “Congratulations, you found your soulmate! FINALLY. ( _____, I owe Dad five bucks now!)”


  • “I guess there really IS someone for everyone out there! Keep bringing out the weirdness in each other, you cute wonderful weirdos.”


  • “Congratulations on your marriage! I have only one piece of advice… never forget the safeword.”


  • “It’s all fun and games until someone gets married… Congratulations, you crazy kids!”


  • “We all gotta go sometime! At least you get to go together, right?”



Need more inspiration? 

Add a quote about love or marriage to your card: 




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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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