Congratulate Someone on His or Her Wedding or Marriage — Letter-Writing Tutorial


Marriage is one of the most important decisions of a person's life. It is a time of great joy as well as great anxiety. This letter can communicate your approval and wishes for happiness.


1. Start with a direct statement of congratulations.


  • Congratulations on your marriage!
  • I appreciate your sending me a wedding announcement and want to extend my congratulations.
  • I read about your marriage in the paper and want to congratulate you.
  • Thanks for letting me know about your forthcoming marriage. I want to congratulate you on an excellent choice.
  • Congratulations--finally! I thought you were a confirmed bachelor!
  • Way to go, Jane! It's about time you took the plunge and joined the rest of us.


  • all the best
  • all the happiness in the world
  • am so happy for you
  • appreciate your sending me
  • congratulations on
  • deserve the best
  • finally found the right
  • heard that you are
  • like to extend my congratulations
  • on your marriage
  • our sincerest congratulations on
  • our very best wishes
  • so pleased to hear about
  • taking the plunge
  • thanks for letting me know
  • the happiest of times
  • the exciting news
  • to both of you
  • tying the knot
  • want you to know
  • want to congratulate you
  • was delighted to hear
  • was thrilled to hear
  • wish you a long and happy life together
  • your forthcoming marriage

2. Point out the positive personal qualities of the man and woman that make them well suited for each other.


  • You two are among the finest people I know, and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
  • Jane will be a wonderful wife. I don't know how you talked her into marrying you, but I do know you couldn't have made a better choice.
  • I know Bob very well, but I had no idea that you two even knew each other.
  • I knew that you were dating, but I didn't realize that you were getting serious. I think you are a wonderful pair!
  • I don't know your husband, but if he is half as good as I hear, he must be terrific!


  • a perfect match
  • all the happiness in the world
  • among the finest people I know
  • are a wonderful pair
  • can't imagine a nicer pair
  • could have been made for each other
  • couldn't ask for a
  • couldn't make a better choice
  • couldn't be happier for you
  • deserve the best
  • don't know your husband
  • have heard so much about
  • have found a real gem in
  • have always admired
  • have so much in common
  • if she is half as good as
  • is perfect for you
  • is such a terrific
  • make a great pair
  • marriage made in heaven
  • on your way to marital bliss
  • perfect for each other
  • such a great sense of humor
  • think you are a wonderful couple
  • will be an excellent

3. Mention the gift, if you are giving one.


  • Your gift should have arrived by now. I hope it will prove useful.
  • Please accept this small gift with our wishes for a lifetime of happiness together.
  • The accompanying gift comes with the best wishes of your co-workers.
  • A gift should arrive at your house in a few days. I hope you enjoy it.
  • I hope the gift we sent fits with your decor.
  • I have sent a little something to help you celebrate the occasion.


  • a small gift
  • as our gift to you
  • as our way of saying
  • as a gift to you both
  • comes with our best wishes for
  • enclosed is a
  • for a lifetime of happiness together
  • from all of us
  • have sent a little something
  • hope you can use it
  • hope it will prove useful
  • hope the gift we sent
  • hope it fits with your decor
  • please accept this small gift
  • should arrive at your home
  • so you can choose something
  • the enclosed check
  • this blessed occasion
  • to help you celebrate
  • to express our best wishes
  • we are sending a gift
  • with our best wishes
  • would like to give you

4. Close by looking forward to the couple's successful marriage and a lifetime of happiness.


  • I wish you all the best.
  • Good luck!
  • I wish you all the happiness in the world.
  • May you enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.
  • Best of luck in your life together!


  • a happy life together
  • a lifetime of joy together
  • a wonderful lifetime together
  • all the happiness in the world
  • all the best
  • as the years go by
  • best wishes for
  • best of luck
  • days full of joy
  • deserve the best
  • eternal happiness to you both
  • find great happiness together
  • for years of happiness
  • for a long and happy life together
  • have what it takes to
  • here's wishing you both
  • in your life together
  • many years of love and prosperity
  • may all your dreams come true
  • our very best wishes
  • the best of everything
  • your full share of happiness

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