Wedding card message ideas

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Wedding card message ideas
The wedding couple will appreciate a sweetly written card, full of well wishes. (wedding image by NorthShoreSurfPhotos from

Writing sweet and meaningful wedding wishes can sometimes be difficult. Using your own words or borrowing quotes from others to fill the white expanse of space inside the card can provide a thoughtful, personal touch. With emotions running high at weddings, love poetry and tear-inducing prose is always appropriate. Sincere and well-chosen messages may be kept by the bride as precious memories of her big day, to take out and read whenever she needs a boost.

Be Sincere

Wedding messages illustrate your sincerity and well wishes in the couple's new journey in life. Emphasising your closeness to the bride or groom, or both, will ensure a memorable experience. For example, you can write "Ever since (the bride) was a little girl and watching Disney movies, she always wondered when she'd meet her Prince Charming. Now she has and I'm so delighted for the two of you. May you have a long and happy life together, with no witches or dastardly cartoon baddies to hurt you." Always sign off with lots of love, because that will mean a lot to the recipient.

Native American Wishes

You can take inspiration from the first inhabitants of America and pass on the wishes of an unknown author to the happy couple: "May the sun bring you new energies by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away any worries you may have, and the breeze blow new strength into your being, and then, all the days of your life, may you walk gently through the world, and know its beauty and yours."

Another Apache spiritual blessing that warms the heart is: "Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth."

Native American wording is a one-of-a-kind concept that can leave a lasting impression on the bride and groom.


Borrow from the linguistic prophets like Shakespeare. You can write the quote "Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts." Brides and grooms with a soft spot for classic literature will find this message especially original and heartfelt.

Alternatively, William Butler Yeats' "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" can melt even a bridezilla's heart and bring tears to her professionally made-up eyes: "Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, enwrought with golden and silver light,

the blue and the dim and the dark cloths, of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

Be Funny

If the couple has a sense of humour, use this to your advantage and make them laugh. Use a sweet, yet humorous quote like that of the Greek philosopher Homer: "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends."

Write something endearing, like "Wishing you a long life and happiness." Include a CD of the couple's favourite song or one you find appropriate. Put it into the card as a mysterious extra gift for the couple to laugh over later. Funny wedding songs, such as "Maids, When You're Young," should be closely read over first to prevent inadvertently offending an older groom.

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