28 Ideas for What to Write in a Wedding Card: Formal, Casual, Funny or Sentimental

As if picking out your wedding outfit isn’t hard enough. Then, you have to write a note in the card, too! We compiled a list of 28 short and sweet phrases for you to include in your wedding cards so that you will never be at a loss for words again!

  1. “Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
  2. “Best wishes to you on this wonderful journey!”
  3. “May your joining together bring you more happiness than you can imagine!”
  4. “Thank you for inviting us/me to share this joyful day! We/I wish you a lifetime of happiness.”
  5. “Best wishes!”
  6. “Congratulations on your wedding/marriage!” (Saying “congratulations” instead of “best wishes” is no longer a faux pas)
  7. “We/I love you! Congrats!”
  8. “Please use this gift for something you need to start your new life together.” (If you’re including a gift of cash or check.)
  9. “Wishing you the best today and always.”
  10. “Thanks for the free booze! Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!”
  11. “Our marriage advice: Always kiss the cook, whoever cooks DOESN’T clean!”
  12. “May God bless you and your marriage.”
  13. “May God grant you all of life’s blessings and love’s joys.”
  14. “Praying for you both in the special season of life.”
  15. “We are delighted to share this day with you! XOXO!”
  16. “We/I couldn’t be happier for you both! Welcome to the family!”
  17. “Remember that time when……” (Add your own story.)
  18. “Sending you our deepest love and best wishes!”
  19. “May the joy you feel today last a lifetime.”
  20. “I am so happy to call you both my friends! Congrats!”
  21. “May you bring each other as much happiness as your friendship has brought to my life – and more!”
  22. “Welcome to the family! We love you both!”
  23. “You bring my ____ (sister/brother/mom/dad/family member/friend) so much joy! I am so thankful for that. Best wishes!”
  24. “Lots of love today and beyond!”
  25. “May the Lord bless you and keep you (happy/safe/blessed/etc.) in your new life together!”
  26. “Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
  27. “God has poured out His love into our hearts.” Romans 5:5
  28. “Here’s to love and friendship!”

General Wedding Card Etiquette

All of the following situations require a card:

  • If you can’t attend
  • If you can attend
  • Purchasing off of the wedding registry
  • Not purchasing off of the wedding registry
  • Giving cash or check

In short, if you are invited to a wedding, send or take a card to the new happy couple!

The time frame for sending your well wishes to the new couple is flexible. We suggest the 30/60 rule — send your card no more than 30 days before or 60 days after the wedding. However, you can also take your card (and possibly gift) to the wedding, too. In that case, leave your card at the gift table or in a card box at the reception. As long as your wedding message is heartfelt and wishes them the best, then you can’t go wrong!

For more tips & advice on wedding etiquette, check out our blog!

 Hitch Studio

At Hitch, we specialize in stationery and we have a variety of wedding cards. Please stop by our store in downtown Brookings to see our selection of sentimental, sweet and funny cards. Most of all, our designer cards are unique. Thanks for shopping locally!

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