Belated Anniversary Messages: Wishes for a Late Card

Updated on September 13, 2019
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Missing an anniversary can be a big deal—make up for it the right way by writing the perfect message in your partner's belated anniversary card.
Missing an anniversary can be a big deal—make up for it the right way by writing the perfect message in your partner's belated anniversary card. | Source

What to Write in a Belated Anniversary Card

Uh-oh—If you are here, then you're in big trouble. Forgetting an anniversary or being late with your anniversary card can be a big deal depending on just how forgiving your significant other is. Let these belated anniversary card messages help you pave the path to reconciliation.

You have two basic routes you can go: funny, or serious/sincere. Ask yourself which strategy will work best for your significant other, or consider using both sincere and humorous content. Starting with a sincere, apologetic message then finishing with a joke is a great way to seek forgiveness and cut the tension.

Funny Belated Anniversary Messages

These belated anniversary wishes are crafted with comedy. Use these if you are lucky enough to have a special someone who has a great sense of humor.

  • Finding the perfect gift for someone as special as you takes a little extra time. Happy belated anniversary!
  • I waited to give you your anniversary card to symbolize the amazing gift I got when I waited for the right person. . . You! Happy anniversary!
  • I’m sorry I’m late celebrating our anniversary. You don’t need to be mad at me though, because I’m mad at myself. It is my anniversary too.
  • My being late with your anniversary card, and you not being late, is proof that I got someone who I don’t deserve. I love you very much. Happy Anniversary!
  • Time flies when you are having fun with your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • Anniversaries are a great time to show a significant other how amazing he/she is. . . as long as you’re not an idiot like me and forget the date like I did. Even though I didn’t tell you how special and amazing you are on time, know that you are always special to me whether I tell you on the right day or not.
  • You do a lot of things for me, and this year I did something for you. I gave you an opportunity to prove how loving and forgiving you are. Happy belated anniversary!
  • You'll have to ask yourself a question. How important is it for your anniversary card to be on time if it's given by someone who loves you more than anyone in the world? And I'm just digging myself a bigger hole. I hope you can continue to forgive me for all my faults.

Sincere Belated Anniversary Messages

Use these genuine and sincere anniversary messages to smooth things over a bit. Be as clever as you can at working the fact that you were late into saying something nice about your relationship or significant other.

  • Since our love is timeless, it was easy for me to forget our anniversary date. Every day feels like a special day with you, and our love remains unchanged.
  • One of the things I love most about you is that you don't get mad, even if I'm late with your anniversary card.
  • Time flies when you are having fun with your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • I love you a lot more than it shows in my ability to promptly give you an anniversary card.
  • I love knowing there’s nothing I can do to make you stop loving me, including giving you a late anniversary card.
  • It’s amazing how fast a year can go by when you are with someone as amazing and fun as you. Happy belated anniversary!

Belated Anniversary Poem

Here's an example of a poem you could write for a belated anniversary card, but writing your own could also be cool.

I Messed Up

I messed up because I'm late
I forgot a very important date
You're no less special to me
I hope it's something you see

Our anniversary is a special day
But it's not near as special as today
Because each day I get with you
There's nothing I'd rather do

Belated Anniversary Card Messages to the Couple

If you meant to give a card to a couple you know and didn't get it to them on time, consider using one of these messages to acknowledge that you are late in a fun way.

  • Somehow I knew that you'd still be together even if I didn't give you your anniversary card on time.
  • As an action of confidence, I knew that I could give you your anniversary card late because there’s no way that the relationship would ever fail because it’s so strong.


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