Ah, the wedding gift envelope. Plenty of people wonder what the heck to write on this envelope, and may start to panic over whether they need to take calligraphy classes. Don’t worry, you do not have to completely revamp your penmanship to write something lovely on said envelope. You are taking the time to provide the engaged couple with a gift, and that in itself is everything. This doesn’t mean what you write on the envelope is secondary, it just means you do not have to spend hours teaching yourself calligraphy. 🙂
The Question: What Do I Write On A Wedding Gift Envelope?
I am attending the wedding of a close friend extremely soon, and am stuck on what to write on the gift envelope. Please help me! I am not exactly proficient in wedding gift envelope writing.
Write something from the heart. Period. It can be tear-jerking, laugh-inducing, or something in between. As long as your words are genuine, you’re in good shape. Take some time to think about what the couple likes and will find amusing/heartfelt/otherwise wonderful, and go from there. Don’t worry if you are not super-close with the couple in question, as you can still write something fantastic. For example, writing “Much love and many blessings” is a great one, as is “Congratulations on this next step of your journey together.” If you want to combine these phrases, that’s just fine too. The point is you are blessing the couple on their special day and helping them enjoy it as much as possible. They will love your words!
If you are not the best writer in the world, feel free to put a few ideas on paper and have a written word-savvy friend or family member look them over. The person will provide the grammatical check and wording advice you need to make your written wishes snap, crackle, and pop in all the best ways.
Other Experts’ Answers
“How close you are with the bride will determine whether the written message should be simple or more complex. Either way, you should write something personal in the card. Choose wording that compliments your relationship to the bride and/or the groom. Here are some examples:”
Congratulations! It’s hard to believe the time is finally here. You’re getting married, and I am so happy to be sharing your wedding with you.
I am so happy you are getting married. You are going to make the most beautiful bride ever. Wishing you more love and happiness than you can ever imagine.
I remember the day when you fell in love, and you never looked back. May your life be all that you’ve dreamt it to be.
You deserve the best! Wishing you a beautiful wedding day followed by a long and happy life together.
-Sharon Smith of Holidappy.com
Renee Halgerson of Hitch Studio offers the following sentimental and funny wedding gift envelope options:
- “Best wishes to you on this wonderful journey!”
- “May your joining together bring you more happiness than you can imagine!”
- “Thank you for inviting us/me to share this joyful day! We/I wish you a lifetime of happiness.”
- “Best wishes!”
- “Congratulations on your wedding/marriage!” (Saying “congratulations” instead of “best wishes” is no longer a faux pas)
- “We/I love you! Congrats!”
- “Please use this gift for something you need to start your new life together.” (If you’re including a gift of cash or check.)
- “Wishing you the best today and always.”
- “Thanks for the free booze! Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!”
- “Our marriage advice: Always kiss the cook, whoever cooks DOESN’T clean!”
- “May God bless you and your marriage.”
- “May God grant you all of life’s blessings and love’s joys.”
- “Praying for you both in the special season of life.”
- “We are delighted to share this day with you! XOXO!”
- “We/I couldn’t be happier for you both! Welcome to the family!”
- “Remember that time when……” (Add your own story.)
- “Sending you our deepest love and best wishes!”
- “May the joy you feel today last a lifetime.”
- “I am so happy to call you both my friends! Congrats!”
- “May you bring each other as much happiness as your friendship has brought to my life – and more!”
- “Welcome to the family! We love you both!”
Hope these ideas help…and enjoy the wedding! Dance like no one is watching!
Other Helpful Resources:
- 5 Wedding Shower Etiquette Questions
- Wedding Etiquette 101: The Do’s & Don’ts Of Being A Guest
- Wedding Gift Etiquette Tips
- Wedding Attire: Helpful Tips