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What to Write in a Wedding Card, 20 Examples and Our Top Tips

What to Write in a Wedding card?
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All set for the wedding of the year, but then...ah, yes, the age-old dilemma...what can I write in the wedding card? We hear you. We've got you. Here are some of our favourite cliché-free ideas for you to borrow, pinch, pilfer and adapt to your heart's content. 

And, if you're still hunting for the perfect wedding card, take a lil' look here. We can even print your chosen message inside the card for you, ideal if your handwriting sucks or you just can't be bothered. See, told you we've got your back! 

Here are our top tips for writing a message in a wedding card:

Structuring your wedding card message

1- Start with a greeting, for example- "To the brand new Mr and Mrs (insert surname)" 

2- Congratulate them on their wedding day. Jazz up your wedding card message with a nice quote, funny saying or top tips for a happy marriage. See below for some rather excellent examples. You could also share a favourite (relevant) memory or story about the happy couple. E.g. "The first time I knew you were the real deal was when you both turned up in fancy dress to that non-fancy dress party." or "We knew it was meant to be because you are the only people we know that both love Morris dancing and Christmas jumpers equally." (or other obscure hobbies that they share) 

3. Thank them for inviting you to share their wedding day, if you were invited. If you couldn't make it but were invited to their wedding, send your apologies for not being there to share their special day. If you were not invited, best to leave this bit out so there's no awkwardness. 

4. Wish them well for their married life together. E.g. "Sending all the love and well wishes for a happy life together." or "Here's to a lifetime of joy and love." 

3- Sign off with your name/s. 

And our number 1 top tip for what to say in a wedding card?

Write your message on a piece of scrap paper first. Plan it out before you start writing. Or get your friendly local laser cut wedding card makers to print a message inside your card for free. That works too. 

Dos and Don'ts for writing in a wedding card

Do send a card that is so beautiful that it could double up as a wedding gift and end up in a frame. Did you know that personalised laser cut wedding cards are quite lovely?

Don't mention ex partners, past relationship struggles or breakups. 

Do feel free to pop cash inside a card. Cash is always appreciated if you're struggling for a wedding gift idea.

Don't mention what happened on the stag or hen do. Never, ever talk about what happened on the stag or hen do. Just don't go there. 

Do tell them how happy you are for them. 

Don't joke about their impending divorce. Or about how many marriages end in divorce. Perhaps just don't mention the "D-word" at all, just to be safe.

Do tell them that you think they are a lovely couple. (Even if you think he's punching)

Don't tell them that one of them is punching.

Don't tell them how surprised you are or how long it took them to get married, unless it's a joke that you know they'll appreciate, of course.

Don't mention pregnancies or babies unless they are already a thing for the couple. Never assume they will want to, or will be able to have children.

Don't get the wrong name on the card. Make sure you 100% have the bride and groom's names correct otherwise that would be awkward! If in doubt, check. 

Beautiful quotes

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." Audrey Hepburn

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” —Aristotle

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” —Leo Tolstoy

“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.” —E.E. Cummings

Heartfelt messages-

Of all the big life events we've shared, this one is the best yet. I'm so happy for you.

Today our family gains a new member and we are over the moon to welcome you. 

I hope that your life together is filled with love and unending joy

We are so thrilled to celebrate your special day with you. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Congratulations to you both. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime.

Congratulations on the beginning of your fairy tale.

And so the adventure begins...

Funny messages-

You guys are so cute it makes me want to throw up a little bit. Congratulations to our favourite people.


Advice for a happy marriage- listen completely, laugh often, love with all your heart, and leave the toilet seat down always. 

“We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ― Dr. Seuss

"Be excellent to each other" ― Bill and Ted

Congratulations on finding that special someone you get to annoy for the rest of your life. 

I hope you get so many great wedding gifts that you don’t realize none are from me.

Marriage hacks from a happy couple- Don't go to bed angry, stay up and fight. If you're wrong, admit it, if you're right, shut up. And most important of all, never, ever share a tube of toothpaste.

Thanks for the free booze!


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