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What to Write in an Anniversary Card

Carly is an artist who enjoys writing about a range of subjects including fun gift-giving ideas.

Anniversary cards on a display rack

Anniversary cards on a display rack

How to Write an Anniversary Card

Finding the right words to write in an anniversary card can be daunting when you want to say so much, but can't find the words. Maybe you stopped writing love letters years ago, and you're out of practice, or perhaps you're just not used to saying how you feel—for whatever reason, it's a great idea to take the time to dig deep and reflect to find just the right words. Anniversaries are a great time to pause and reconnect.

Here are some phrases that will inspire you. Feel free to use them as your own or morph the words into what you want to say and make it personal. Feel free to mix and match the phrases to come up with your own unique anniversary greetings.

How to Start a Love Letter

  • To My Sweet Tender (Name),
  • Dearest Beloved,
  • To my heart's keeper,
  • To the love of my life,
  • Bonjourno Principessa (Italian for Good morning princess),
  • My soul mate,
  • Je t'adore (French for I adore you)
  • Amore Mio! (Italian My Love)
  • Sweetheart,
  • To my wife,
  • To my husband,
  • To my one and only,
Antique anniversary card and envelope.

Antique anniversary card and envelope.

Sayings for a Love Letter

Take these love phrases and make them personal by completing the sentence.

  • You take my breath away when...
  • I adore you because...
  • You make my life complete by...
  • My love is real because...
  • I like it best when it is just you and me...
  • I am reminded of our love by the little things you do...
  • When I hear this song (name song), I think about how special you are to me...
  • I hear the beating of my heart when...
  • I love it when I catch you looking at me and we...
  • The warmth that you bring by your touch...
  • Today it is all about you and me, today I remember my favorite times of us...
  • Remember all the miles we have driven together, sometimes yelling at each other, sometimes singing songs, sometimes one of us is driving while the other is sleeping, and sometimes just being still and holding hands—nothing would make me happier than to put more miles on our relationship and continue our journey together...

Ideas for Sentiments

  • There is no one I would rather slope into in the middle of the bed than you.
  • You matter to me.
  • We love each other in our funny kind of way.
  • I have changed throughout the years since we have been married. I changed for the better because of you. Before I couldn't..... but now I can.... because of your love.
  • On our anniversary I am so glad I get a chance to tell you how lucky I am to have you in my life as my husband/wife.
  • You are like wine, you keep getting better with age. I can't believe 10 (x) years have gone by. I can't wait to see what the next 10 (x) years will bring us.
  • One day I leaped and trusted in our love. I am so glad I did, because my feet have not touched the ground. When the world gets heavy and I am buried down with life, it is you who can sweep me off my feet again and again.
  • Your touch electrifies me still. Your kisses still make the hairs on the back of my neck alert for more.
  • I remember our wedding day and the thought of us spending the rest of our lives together. I loved you so much that day, and I remember thinking how our love was perfect and we would be able to keep it for the rest of our lives. Then life happened. We got busy in raising a family, pursuing our careers, trying to keep our heads above the water. What I know now, that I didn't know then, is that I love you more than on our wedding day. The perfect wedding day love does not compare to the love I feel now.
  • I love when you wake up, and your hair is in disarray, and there are stains on your pajamas from the kid's toothpaste.
  • I love how you hustle in the morning trying to get everyone and everything ready for the day and out the door.
  • This is the you I think about, the love of my life.
  • You are more beautiful to me today and I am so glad on our anniversary we get to celebrate a love that continues to grow.
Anniversary tattoo design

Anniversary tattoo design

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Wool, Copper

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Pottery, China



Tin, Aluminum

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Diamond, Gold

Diamond, Gold

What to Write When You've Cheated

  • On this anniversary I am keenly aware of how deeply I hurt you and messed up.
  • I broke our vow, the covenant we made together, out of selfishness and being incredibly unjust to you.
  • I am mortified by my behavior and even more for the unfair pain and devastation I brought to you and our family.
  • On our wedding day, we promised for better and worse. I made things worse for you.
  • It was you who decided to stick it through and fight for us when you could have walked away.
  • It was you who knows the man (woman) you married (x) years ago, even when I lost him (her).
  • You demonstrate the better, and I want you to know I am committed to becoming a better spouse to you, because you deserve it.
  • Although I have said it many times, I want you to know how so, so, sorry I am.
  • On this anniversary I am heartily reminded of the sincerity you promised me. Today, I want to be the sincere one.
  • I want you to hear that I vow to be a better man (woman) and to care for and love you the way you deserve.
  • I do not expect you to take my words as truth, but know this is my commitment to you and I promise this year on our (#th) anniversary I will demonstrate this commitment and love.
Unique anniversary card

Unique anniversary card

What to Say After a Tough Year

  • This past year, we have been through a lot.
  • Our relationship has been put to the test.
  • We weathered a storm we were not prepared for, and lost some things along the way. Except we did not lose each other.
  • Honey, this year has made me aware of how much I am in love and care deeply about you.
  • Although I might not have said the kindest words, did the most caring acts, or provided the attention you deserve, I want you to know today on our anniversary you matter to me.
  • I love you. I want to continue to show you how much you mean to me by being a better, more caring and loving spouse.
  • Although this year was hard, I know together, we can handle anything.
  • There is no one I would rather fight with or for on this earth but you. I love you. Happy anniversary.

How to End a Love Letter

  • Tenderly and lovingly, your (name)
  • You are never alone,
  • Hugs and kisses,
  • Devotedly yours,
  • Affectionately your soul mate,
  • Ever yours, ever more,
  • Love,
  • Love you now and forever,
  • Till death do us part,
  • Your love feels like heaven,
  • Love with all my body and soul,
  • Adoringly yours,
  • Certainly yours forever,
  • Rising to meet you wherever you are,
  • Always by your side,

© 2012 Carly Sullens


Angela Joseph from Florida on August 22, 2013:

I think I stumbled on this hub just in time as my anniversary is tomorrow. After so many years it can be hard to find the right words. Great hub!

Susan Baxter from Georgia on August 15, 2013:

I appreciate the useful tips on how to write on Anniversary Cards, it was very informative.

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on July 21, 2013:

Vivian, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Enjoy.

Vivian-tmt-hnp from USA. on July 21, 2013:

4:04pm Sunday 21 July 2013

Dear CarlySullens,

I appreciate your useful article.


Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 13, 2012:

Carly, this is a very useful article. The longer that I have been with my wife, the less "new" things I can tell her. I don't want to keep saying the same old stuff. Some are not good at writing so this will be very beneficial to them also. Very interesting idea Carly.

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on September 09, 2012:

Thank you Cyber Shelley.

Shelley Watson on September 09, 2012:

I loved this Carly, the truly wonderful ideas to express what one feels! Thank you. Up, interesting, beautiful and useful

Dianna Mendez on September 05, 2012:

With this I will never be at a loss for words in writing expressively. Thanks for the suggestions.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on September 05, 2012:

Wow Carly. Nice work. I think I need to bookmark this!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 05, 2012:

Excellent idea Carly, certain occasions can be so hard to find the right words for without sounding corny or unoriginal. Some cool ideas here and love your dividers!!!! Voted up +++++

Deborah from Las Vegas on September 04, 2012:

Carly, what a great idea for an article. This is very useful, especially to people (like me) who rarely write letters. I found it very amusing and even a little funny at times. Thanks and voted up!

Aloe Kim on September 04, 2012:

This is incredibly useful ^_^ You really need to write more of these... a golden idea ^_^ voted up and shared!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on September 04, 2012:

what a great ideas... thank you.. i will share this


spicenlove on September 04, 2012:

Thank Carly. Mine is next week, and this is really a big help :) voted up!!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 04, 2012:

Ok Carly where were you two months ago when we celebrated our anniversary? Seriously great hub about what can be said your better half on your special day. Have voted, pinned and shared too.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2012:

This must be Cards 101 For Dummies! :) In truth, I don't send cards out to anyone, but I do support people I think are extra special, and that would be you. This is one of those evergreen hubs that could skyrocket and I hope it does my dear.