Wedding Wishes

Crystal Schwanke
guest congratulates bride
Offer your best wishes to the bride!

Whether you are a guest or the couple of honor, finding the perfect wedding wishes expressions is important. From the perfect words of congratulations to knowing what words to write in the wedding card, finding sentiments that express your sincere thoughts is a special part of the wedding day. Quotations on love and marriage provide a romantic way to get thinking about the wishes for a wedding day.

Expressing Best Wedding Wishes

At some point during the wedding, people may be invited to give their wishes to the couple (or the couple to each other). Expressing good wishes towards the couple can be done several ways:

Guests are not the only ones who are in need of good wish quotes for wedding. The bride and groom may also want to express their wishes and thanks to everyone. They might want to add their hopes and wishes for the future to a wedding program or within thank you for coming wedding poems or wedding thank you notes written after the celebration has ended.

Wedding Wishes Verses and Quotations

Communicating the right sentiment on a wedding day can be hard. Emotions may be running high for everyone, from the bride to the father of the groom to all of the wedding guests who are invited to partake in the festivities. Having a favorite verse or expression regarding love or marriage can make expressing oneself easier. Find a verse at the following places:

People who know a wedding is themed, like a butterfly wedding theme, can even find wedding wishes tailored to match the theme, like those from Wedding Butterfly Poems & Quotes.

Personal Wishes from Guests

Not every wedding wish has to be a famous verse or quotations from a celebrity. In fact, the best wishes are those that come straight from the heart. Before writing out a sentiment, think about the message to be conveyed:

  • What is my relationship to the bride and groom?
  • Will the message be full of future advice?
  • Do I want to say something romantic?
  • Should I add a lighthearted joke?

Additionally, wedding guests who are writing out quotes should consider what they wished they had known at the start of their marriage. Wedding wishes could be something as simple as "never go to bed angry" to something as meaningful as a short story about growing in love as the years go by.

Remember that personal wishes should reflect the person expressing them and his/her relationship with the couple. The most meaningful wishes are ones that are not forced, but allowed to develop. Take some time to think about what might be said if someone asks for comments on videotape or if there is a chance a wedding speech might be requested. For written wishes, use scrap paper to write a short rough draft before copying down a final version.

Say the Right Thing

As long as you keep the tone and message pretty straightforward, it will be hard to say a "wrong" thing, but there are ways you can make your message more personal and heartfelt than a simple "Congratulations" or "Best Wishes." If you're close to the bride and groom, you'll probably want to say something a little more personal than what all the extended family and casual acquaintances are saying in their guest book entries or on the recording. Even if you don't know the couple well, but you know a few things about them and you take time to observe them, you can say something that will touch their hearts rather than smile, nod, and say "Thank you." Say something memorable.

Examples of What to Say

If you know the couple likes to cook together, you can write them a message in the form of a recipe. Say something like, "1 lifetime of love, 2 cups humor, 2 tablespoons forgiveness, 1 cup romance...Preheat your heart. Live in warmth and understanding and good fortune and miracles will rise. I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter."

Did they meet on a blind date? Say, "A blind date brought you together. You spent years looking into each other's eyes. Look forward to tomorrow, gazing in the same direction, and happiness will be yours. Best wishes for a blissful marriage."

Less specific, but still not your standard wedding wish is, "You're both beautiful inside and out. Here's to building a happy life. You've started here with a foundation of romance and love, friends and family. House yourselves in walls created from new memories, new experiences, and a lifetime of happiness together."

Another one that you could write after just observing the couple before or during the ceremony is, "Never forget the way you looked at each other today, for that is the look of unconditional love."

You could also try:

  • When I look at the two of you together, I see a couple that was truly meant to be.
  • Always stay in the moment. Cherish each other and each minute you have together. Happiness and light will find their way to you.
  • Wake up at the same time. Have your coffee together in the quiet, early hours. Watch the sunrise before work. Begin your union with little rituals that glue you together, and nothing can tear you apart. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Congratulations!

Tips to Avoid Saying the Wrong Thing

If you know the couple really well, you could be tempted to try to joke around or tease them about something that's somewhat of an inside joke or a story not everyone knows (or more importantly, one that not everyone should know). Plenty can go wrong when trying to pull this off.

  • If you're writing it down, remember that it may not have the same tone when read as the tone you're trying to convey in the message.
  • If you're being recorded, you could more easily get your tone across, but be sure you don't say something you shouldn't. It can never be taken back.
  • If you're the best man, don't joke about something the groom did prior to the wedding day--even if it was years before he met his bride-to-be--that could be hurtful to his new wife.
  • If you're being recorded during the reception and you've already had a glass of wine or two, your safest bet is to say something simple like, "I love you guys. You're the most perfect couple. You'll have a beautiful life together."

Remember, you can always send your funny "best wishes" message in a card later if you still feel it's appropriate.

Wish Accessories for the Wedding

Brides can create an area for guests to write down their wishes for the couple. Make sure to have plenty of paper and pens. Place it in an area where people are likely to see it, such as near the gift table or cake table. Many wish holders are similar in fashion to money or card wells. Just place index cards or notepaper on the table with a few simple instructions so guests do not get confused. Consider these wells and boxes for a wishing area:

Prepare Your Wedding Wishes Ahead of Time

No matter how wedding wishes are expressed, guests should be prepared to make a simple statement of goodwill towards the couple. Brides and grooms may find using sentiments a perfect addition to a program, and create an area just for this purpose at the reception.

Wedding Wishes