25 Nov The Ultimate Guide to Writing Wedding Cards
Text and email has made it easier than ever to quickly communicate with someone. However there are times when a hand written or professionally printed message is best. One of these instances is when offering congratulatory wedding cards to a couple who are about to be married. Knowing exactly what to write in a wedding card can be a bit confusing, so let’s walk through what you need to include and how you need to write it.
The writing steps
Writing the actual message can be done by following a few simple steps.
- Offer your congratulations to the couple: This is ultimately the point of writing a wedding card. In this opening statement you should tell them how happy you are to hear the good news and that you look forward to celebrating with them.
- Wish their future well: A marriage is a bond between two people that hopefully lasts a life time. Talking about the future is thus a very important aspect of a marriage. With this in mind, it is important that you wish the couple a happy and prosperous future together. This is where you can offer encouragement or wisdom, depending on how well you know them or what your relationship with them is.
- Tell a story, or offer a shared memory: If you will be celebrating their marriage, it is more than likely that you have seen the couple grow close to each other over time. This is a good opportunity to tell a story that they may have forgotten about, but encapsulates what is special about the couple to you.
- Offer a sincere thank you: It is important to offer appreciation that they have decided to include you in their special day.
- Sign off: This is where you can give a closing remark and offer your warm wishes. Sign off at the bottom of the wedding card with your name and whoever else is may be from.
Other things to consider when writing a wedding card
Apart from just following the steps we have previously outlined, there are many other things that should be considered when writing a wedding card.
- Your relationship with the couple: How well do you know these people and under what circumstances do you know them? This will determine the tone of you message. If you are extremely close with both people it can be a good idea to include a nice heartfelt story.
- What type of couple are they? Consider the personality type of the two people involved. This can influence how you write and what you write.
- Will you be attending? If you cannot attend their marriage you do not need to include why on the wedding card. However it is a nice gesture to include a message such as “wish we could be there” to show that you will be thinking about them on their special day.
Formal vs Casual wishes
The type of couple and the context in which they are being married can determine the way in which you should wish them a happy marriage on their wedding card. There are generally two options to choose from; formal or casual.
Formal wishes are optimal if you want the message to be timeless. They can incorporate flowery language and engage deeper emotions. An example of this would be: “I wish you both so much joy as you embark on your journey together”.
In contrast, casual wishes are great for keeping it short and sweet. These are usually used if you do not know the couple that well. An example would be: “lots of love to both of you”.