Figuring out what to write in a wedding card can be tricky! You RSVP’d months ago, you’ve arranged a taxi and you’re looking forward to a glass of champagne. But, how do you write the perfect wedding wish for the happy couple?

You’re over the moon for the bride and groom and you want to let them know just how happy you are for them. The question is, what kind of wedding quote should you use? What are the right words to say? Who knew that wedding wishes were such minefield?

Is writing out a wedding card giving you a serious case of writer’s block? You’re not alone! It’s not always easy to solve what’s appropriate and what isn’t for a wedding message. When it comes to writing out wedding quotes and wedding cards, there’s a few things to consider. Such as:

  • How do you know the happy couple?
  • What kind of ceremony is it?
  • What kind of wedding wishes would they appreciate?
  • Is it a religious wedding?
  • Is the joke you wanted to use really wedding appropriate?
  • Blimey, that’s a lot of questions for the beginning of one article!

But, never fear, Poptop is here! We have put together a collection of ready to use wedding wishes and messages because we’re solid like that! So, in the style of Blue Peter, here’s some we made earlier.

Who is getting married?

Your tone of wedding wish relies heavily on who it is that’s getting married. Think about the relationship you have with the couple to determine what kind of message is right for them. Stuffy Aunt Linda? Probably best to send her something quite formal. Fun Paul from the office? He can take a joke!

funny wedding wishes

Think about the newlyweds. If the couple are close friends or family of yours, then it may be appropriate to write a message that is deeply meaningful, or even hilariously funny! Or, if you are writing a wedding card for a coworker, or someone you know more formally, it might be more apt to stay safe and write them a more traditional style of message.

What to write in a wedding card for a sibling:

What to write in a wedding card for a sibling
  • I/ we love you both so much! Today I gain a new sibling into the family and I’m over the moon!”
  • “I’m so lucky to have such an amazing sister/ brother, and now I get another amazing sister/ brother in law too! Congratulations to you both on finding one another!”
  • “Wishing nothing but love, joy and happiness to the both of you on this wonderful day! Well done my little/ big sister/ brother, I’m so happy for you!”
  • “When we were little, if you’d have made a list of all of the qualities of your future husband/ wife, it would have described John perfectly! Congratulations on your special day, love now and always.”
  • “Lots of love the best sister/ brother I could ever have asked for. I can’t wait to welcome your new husband/ wife into the family! I hope every day is full of love and happiness for you!”
  • “Best wishes to my best friend and partner in crime growing up! I’m so happy to be able to watch you start the new chapter of your lives together.”
  • “Dear sister/brother, I can’t believe it’ your big day! It feels like on five minutes ago we were at home playing families and dressing up, and now you are doing it in real life! I’m so proud of you. Congratulations!
  • I’m so grateful to call you my sister/ brother and I wish you and Emma a lifetime of happiness!”
  • My/ our deepest love and warm wishes to you both! I/ we are thrilled to welcome your new husband/ wife as our new sister/ brother in law!”

What to write in a wedding card for a new son or daughter in law:

What to write in a wedding card for a new son or daughter in law
  • “Congratulations to my son/ daughter and my new son/ daughter in law! Best wishes on starting your new life together.
  • Today I/ we gain a son/ daughter and I/ we couldn’t be happier! Much love to you both.”  
  • I am/ we are so happy to welcome you into our family as our new son/ daughter.”
  • “Getting to welcome you as our new son/ daughter is an incredibly special day! May the love and joy you two share together last forever.”
  • “Welcome to our family! I/ we couldn’t be happier parents! Best wishes to you both.”
  • “With all of the love and happiness in the world, we can’t wait to welcome you into the family on this exciting and joyful day!”
  • I/ we are so proud to call you our son/ daughter, and I/ we are very happy to have your new husband/ wife in our family. My/ our deepest love and best wishes for you both on this special day.”
  • “To my son/ daughter, I/ we are so happy for you both. Most of all, I’m/ we’re happy that you have found someone that fills your life with love and joy. Here’s to a lifetime of creating happy memories!”

What to write in a wedding card for a parent:

What to write in a wedding card for a parent
  • “To Mum/ Dad, I am so happy that you have found someone as wonderful as John to spend your life with! All my/ our love.”
  • “It fills me with joy to see you both so happy! I’m/ we’re so glad that we get to call Emma/ John our new Stepmum/ Stepdad.”
  • “Best wishes on sharing this wonderful new chapter of your lives together. I’m/ we’re so glad to spend this special day with you and welcome John into the family.”
  • “Dear Mum/ Dad, thank you for being a great role model. It makes me/ us so happy that you have found someone that loves you as much as I/ we do.”
  • “Congratulations on finding the love of your life! I’m so happy that you have brought so much joy into each other’s lives.”
  • “Congratulations! Emma, you make my/ our Mum/ Dad the happiest we have ever seen, welcome to the family! All my/ our love.”
  • “Dear John, thank you for sharing all of the amazing things you have done for my/ our Mum/ Dad. I/ we can’t wait to continue our journey with you in our family and wish you a long and healthy future together full of joy.”
  • “Congratulations! I’m/ we’re thrilled that you bring each other so much love and happiness! Sending love and best wishes on your special day.”
  • “To Emma, thank you so much for making my/ our Mum/ Dad so happy! You bring peace and content to our family and I’m/ we’re overjoyed to celebrate with you both today!”

What to write in a wedding card for other family members:

What to write in a wedding card for other family members
  • I/ we are so happy to welcome you into the family. I/ we wish you the very best and a joy-filled life together!”
  • “Many congratulations on your marriage, and welcome to the family!”
  • We’re/ I’m so happy that you have found each other. Welcome to the family, John!”
  • I’m/ we’re delighted to share this special day with you. Wishing you both a wonderful day and a marriage filled with love.”
  • “Today is a wonderful day for our family. We are so happy that we get to spend the day celebrate the next step of your lives together.”
  • I/ we hope the joy of today lasts a lifetime. We are honoured to spend the day welcoming one more member to our family.”
  • “Congratulations! We/ I are thrilled to be able to call you both family. All our love for a long and happy life together.”
  • We/ I love you both. Thank you for letting us share your celebration of love together!”
  • “Sending all of our love on your big day. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Emma into the family! Best wishes to you both.”

What to write in a wedding card for a friend:

What to write in a wedding card for a friend:
  • “To my friend, wishing you a lifetime of happiness together on your special day!
  • Congratulations! I couldn’t think of a better-suited couple than you two. Much love and happiness.”
  • “To my dear friends on your big day! Wishing you both a long future together filled with love and laughter. Congratulations!”
  • “I feel so lucky to have a friend like you, and I am so happy that you have found someone as lovely as John to spend your life with. Wishing you a future filled with love and joy.”
  • “I feel so privileged to have shared so many happy memories over the years, but today tops them all! Congratulations!”
  • “Thank you for inviting me/ us to your special day. I/ we are so happy to celebrate this new chapter in your life with you! Best wishes.”“I hope you bring as much happiness and laughter into each other’s lives as you’ve done for mine. Wishing you both a long and wonderful marriage.”
  • “Wishing you both your perfect happily ever after!”
  • “Congratulations on your wedding day! Wishing you both a long and prosperous future together.”

What to write in a wedding card for a colleague:

What to write in a wedding card for a colleague
  • “Huge congratulations and lots of love and joy on your big day! It is a pleasure to work with you and to share this celebration with your friends and family.”
  • “Many thanks for inviting me to share this day with your loved ones and friends. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Best wishes.”
  • “I’m so happy to share this day with you. Thank you for being a wonderful colleague and a good friend. I wish you and your new husband/ wife a lifetime and making amazing memories together.”
  • “Congratulations and best wishes a lovely coworker and your new husband/ wife.”
  • “Wishing you nothing but love, success and happiness on your wedding day. Congratulations!”
  • “A wonderful day to spend with my colleague and your new husband/ wife. Wishing you both the very best for your future together.”

What to write in a wedding card for religious weddings:

If the bride and groom are having a religious ceremony, it is important to consider the religion and religious tone of the nuptials. Popular wedding wishes for different religions include:

Christian wedding wishes:

religious wedding wishes
  • “May God grant you all of life’s blessings and love’s joys. Best wishes on your wedding day.”
  • ”Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13.”
  • “God bless you both on this day with a lifetime of shared joy and love.”
  • “May God bless you and your union on this special day.”
  • ”God has poured his love into our hearts.” Romans 5:5”
  • “Sending you prayers of unending love, joy and happiness in your future together. Congratulations.”
  • “May the Once who created you and brought you together to bless your marriage, enrich your lives and deepen the love you share with each other throughout the years.”

Hindu wedding wishes:

Hindu wedding wishes
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  • “May you be blessed with an abundance of resources and comforts and be helpful to one another in all ways.”
  • “May you be strong and complement one another through life.”
  • “May you be forever blessed with prosperity and riches on all levels.”
  • “May you both be eternally happy.”
  • “May you all be blessed with happy family life.”
  • “May you live in perfect harmony together, true to your personal values, promises and commitment to each other.”
  • “May you always be the best of friends.”

Jewish wedding wishes:

Jewish wedding wishes

Some traditional Jewish wedding quotes may include:

  • “Mazel Tov! May the joy that is yours today always fill your life.”
  • “May you be blessed, always.”
  • “May this special day you share together be filled with love and laughter. May all of the days ahead be lived happily ever after. Mazel Tov!”
  • “Mazel Tov on your wedding day! May today be the first day of a love-filled marriage!”

Islamic wedding wishes:

Islamic wedding wishes

There are many traditional Islamic wedding wishes and wedding duas that can be used in as a meaningful congratulations message:

  • “May the journey you two are starting today never end. May your love for each other always remain strong and loving.”
  • “Nikah Mubarak my friends! As you start your new life together you are beginning a new phase with one another. Stay honest always and Allah will help you with every step.”
  • “Alhumdulillah! As you unite together in marriage I/ we wish you years of happiness, love, faith and joy. May Allah bless you! Congratulations.”
  • “Allah created a soul at first and then he divided it in two. He has joined these two souls together again in marriage! You complete each other, congratulations!”
  • “May Allah strengthen the bond that keeps your hearts together and blesses two souls with faith and love for each other. Happy wedding day!
  • If you are unfamiliar with the religious ceremony or traditions, it may also be worth asking the bride and groom about it before the wedding. That way you can embrace the special occasion and know what to expect for the day.

What to write in a wedding card for formal weddings:

formal wedding wishes

If you’re looking for a particularly formal wedding quote, here are some classic templates that might fit the bill:

  • “May today be the first day of a long, happy future together.”
  • “Congratulations on your wedding. Sending best wishes and congratulations.”
  • “Wishing you both all the best on your wedding day.”
  • “May your joining in marriage bring a life of love and content.”
  • “Thank you for allowing us to share your special with you.”
  • “May the love you share together continue to grow stronger as you grow older.”
  • “Wishing you joy and happiness. May the years ahead be filled with peace and love.”
  • “Congratulations on the next chapter of your lives together. May your wedding day be full of joy.”
  • “Best wishes on your marriage. I/ we hope life brings you more joy than you could imagine.”
  • “Congratulations on your happy union. All the best for your future together as husband/ wife and husband/ wife.”

What to write in a wedding card for casual weddings:

casual wedding wishes

If you know the bride and groom can take a joke, or if the wedding itself is a relatively casual affair, then less serious wedding messages might seem more approachable!

  • “Thank you for inviting us to your celebration of love! Let’s get the party started!”
  • “Cheers! Here’s to a life full of love and laughter, and a whole day of party food and free alcohol!”
  • “Congratulations on your big day! I/ we can’t wait to celebrate your marriage with you!”
  • “Wishing you all of the love, happiness, giggles and champagne in the world!”
  • “Congratulations on finding your forever partner! Hugs and kisses.”
  • “Best wishes for a fun-filled marriage together!”
  • “Congratulations! What better way to celebrate love than with a huge party?! Best wishes”
  • “Wishing you lots of love and happiness. Congrats!”
  • “Sending lots of love on your wedding day! Remember a marriage needs love, laughter and a lot of good food!”
  • “Congratulations to a fantastic couple! I/ we hope you have a hilarious future together full of laughs and memory making!”
What to write in a wedding card for casual weddings

What to write in a wedding card for a couple renewing their wedding vows:

wedding wishes for a couple renewing their wedding vows
  • “Congratulations and warmest wishes as you renew your vows! We hold you both dear to us and are thrilled to join you on this special day, reconfirming your love. Sending an abundance of happiness, health and wealth!”
  • “Best wishes on your 25th wedding anniversary! I/ we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to spend your vow renewal ceremony with you and your loved ones. Congratulations!”
  • “Congratulations on your vow renewal ceremony! I/ we pray that you are blessed with as much love and joy as when you both first met.”
  • “Wishing you a wonderful day as you exchange your vows once again. It is a pleasure to spend this special day with you and to wish you love filled future in your next chapter together.”
  • “Congratulations and celebrations on your vow renewal day! Your love has proven to only get stronger and brighter as the years have gone and we have grown older together. Thank you for sharing your declaration of love with us.”
  • “Through years of sticking together through thick and thin, you have both shown those around you how to love and be loved as a couple. I/ we wish you all the very best and happy future together.”
  • I/ we are humbled to spend today with you both, celebrating the love you bring to the world and to each other. You have proven that love can stand the test of time, congratulations!”

What to write in a wedding card when you can’t make the wedding:

What to write in a wedding card when you can’t make the wedding

These days, many couples decide to get married abroad, which can make it difficult for everyone to attend. Others simply plan on having very small and private ceremonies, which means they have minimal guestlist. Their wedding date may simply clash with something else you already have a booking in. If you, unfortunately, can’t make the wedding, for whatever reason, it is still a lovely gesture to send a wedding card.

  • “Congratulations on your wedding! I/ we wish I/ we could be there to there with you and let you know how special you both are to me/ us. I’m/ we’re so happy for you and couldn’t wish more love or happiness for you! I’ll/ we’ll be with you in spirit until we next see and can celebrate with you properly. Thinking of you both, best wishes on a long and loving life together.”
  • “Warmest wishes on your wedding day. We are sorry we can’t be there to celebrate your day with you. Wishing you a lifelong love and a life full of joy.”
  • “Dear Emma and John, sending you all the very best on your big day from miles away! We can’t wait to see you together as husband/ wife and wife/ husband to raise a glass to you both! Looking forward to seeing photos of the wedding, but for now, please accept our love and congratulations!”
  • “Congratulations on sharing your wedding vows. My/ our most heartfelt apologies that we are not able to spend your day with you, but I am/ we are sending all of my/ our love and best wishes.”

What to write in a wedding card for your bride or groom:

What to write in a wedding card for your bride or groom:
  • “To my best friend, thank you for bringing so much love and light into my life. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”
  • “Dear Emma here’s to the first day of a long and happy future together.”
  • “You are the love of my life, my best friend and now my life partner. I can’t wait to share our lives and grow old together. I love you.”
  • “To my love, you have brought so much happiness into my life. I love you with all my heart and cannot wait to say our vows in front of our family and friends. See you at the altar!”
  • “Today, I give myself to you. I promise to share everything I own, be there for you through good times and bad and love you for the rest of our lives. I feel so lucky to have met you and I can’t wait for our future together as husband/ wife and husband/ wife.”
  • “Thank you for being my best friend and soulmate. Fate brought us together and love carried us here. You bring out the best in me and I promise to spend the rest of our lives bringing love and happiness into yours.”
  • “Today, as we stand in front of family and friends to say our vows, I could not feel prouder to call you my husband/ wife. I promise to always be there for you, to share our ups and our downs, our smiles and our tears. I promise to support your dreams and walk with you hand in hand in this journey together. I promise to build a life full of amazing memories with you and I promise to do everything I can to keep our marriage strong and loving. I love you with all my heart.”
  • “Dear John, thank you for making me laugh every day. Thank you for protecting me, learning with me and growing with me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, flaws and all, and for always being there for me. I love you so much and can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Still can’t think of the words? What about a poem, hymn or song lyrics?  

poem wedding wishes

If none of these wishes hit the mark for you, why not consider using the words of a hymn, song or poem? If you need some inspiration, there are lots to choose from!

For example:


  • “I Carry Your Heart With Me” by E.E. Cummings
  • “Love Listen” by Ann Gray
  • “It’s All I Have To Bring Today” by Emily Dickinson
  • “This Marriage” by Rumi


  • “We Pledge To One Another”
  • “Come To A Wedding”
  • “Love Divine All Loves Excelling”
  • “The Grace Of Life Is Theirs”


  • “Your Song” by Elton John
  • “All Of Me” by John Legend
  • “These Arms Of Mine” by Otis Redding
  • “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack

Do you have an inside joke?

funny wedding wishes

Sharing and inside joke is something that only you can do in your unique wedding card. Whether it’s a joke with the couple or the bride or groom individually, including a hilarious joke will mean that this card tells a story directly from you. Whether it’s the time you got drunk at a family party, or had an embarrassing incident at work. If you know that person reading the card will laugh then why not add it as a funny reminder as to what makes your relationship with them special?

funny wedding wishes

For example:

  • “Dear John, congratulations on your special day! Who would have thought on the first day we met at university together, the guy that won the beer pong competition would be getting married five years later!”
  • “To Emma, thank you so much for sharing your special day with us! I’m so glad to call you my friend. Don’t ever forget our awful phase of wearing concealer as a lipstick when we were 18!”
  • “Congratulations on your wedding! Don’t worry, I won’t mention our trip to Ibiza in the wedding speeches!”

Do you have a special memory with this person?

funny wedding wishes

If you share a sentimental memory with the couple, bride or groom, it can make a beautiful addition your wedding card. It can be a story that the couple can hold close to their hearts when reading their cards and will help your wish to stand out.

For example:

  • “Sending all the love in the world on your wedding day! I’ll never forget the time you helped me to pass my exams! You have the patience of a saint and are the kindest soul. Wishing you a world of happiness with your new life partner.”
funny wedding wishes
  • “I’ll always remember how welcome you made me feel on my first day at work! Working with you has taught me so much and I’m so happy to spend today with you and your family.”
  • “Thank you for all the laughs we have shared! Especially on our Sunday mornings playing football! You brighten up the room with your laugh and deserve all the happiness in the world! Congratulations!”

Too cheesy? Go alternative!

unusual wedding wishes

If the ‘normal’ style of writing wedding cards seems a bit too cheesy for you, why not think outside the box? Write a message that is uniquely from you and something that nobody else could think of. You could combine a couple of ideas from this list, or you could get totally creative! How about writing a rap? Creating some artwork? Making a video message? Letting your children write or draw in a card for the couple?

How do you end the wedding wish?

Ending your wedding wish with an appropriate tone is just as important as the rest of the wedding message. Here are some options for finishing your card with a lovely, warm feel:

  • “All my/ our love, Isobel.”
  • “Sending love and hugs, Brian.”
  • “Best wishes.”
  • “God bless.”
  • “Warmest wishes, Isobel and Brian.”
  • “Love and prayers.”
  • “Congratulations!”
  • “Lots of love, from Isobel and Brian.”
  • “Love, always.”

Phew! There’s a lot to choose from! You can use these wedding wishes on their own or add your own message into a wedding card alongside one them. Ultimately, the choice is yours as nobody knows the relationship you have with the happy couple better than you.

Finding the right words to say can be tricky, but, nonetheless, very meaningingful to both yourself and the newlyweds.

Also, if you’re still looking for a perfect gift for a couple – check out these 32 wedding gift ideas for any budget.

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