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Sample Greeting Card Messages and Wishes for All Occasions

Blake Flannery is a son and a father. He enjoys helping others find the right words to express their wishes and feelings.

Need some inspiration for your card? Look no further!

Need some inspiration for your card? Look no further!

How to Write a Card

Most cards come with some sort of message, but sometimes you want to say something more. Or maybe you are making your own card and need some inspiration on what to write.

Writing a card is fun for some people, but knowing what to write can be challenging. Use the following ideas from different categories to get ideas. Just seeing a sample will help get the juices flowing!

Four Tips for a Great Message

  1. Don't worry too much about what you write. It's the thought that counts most.
  2. Consider your audience and your occasion. Use your best judgment. For example, write a funny message in congratulatory cards. Don't try to be funny in sympathy cards.
  3. Keep your message concise. Nobody will want to read a book. It's a greeting card.
  4. Put money or a gift card in the card! An almost guaranteed way to make someone like your card is to make something fall out of it when they open it.
Marriage is something worth celebrating.

Marriage is something worth celebrating.

Engagement, Wedding Showers, and Wedding Sample Messages

Use these ideas to model your wedding wish.

  • "We are really excited for you. Congratulations!"
  • "We wish you a honeymoon that never ends. Congratulations on your marriage!"
  • "Congratulations to you two. Marriage is an adventure that God leads."
  • "I can't think of a more fun couple. Congratulations on your engagement."
  • "Congratulations on the start of your 'happily ever after.'"

Additional Wedding Card Resources

Filling a card with love isn't too hard!

Filling a card with love isn't too hard!

Sample Anniversary Messages

These are some ideas for what to write inside an anniversary card.

  • "Each year surprises me again that I could be even more in love with you."
  • "You have been better than any blessing I could have asked for from God. Thanks for being my spouse, playmate, and support."
  • "Congratulations! Your anniversary is an inspiration of the power of love and something we can all aspire to."
  • "Our love keeps getting more beautiful each year that passes, just like you."
  • "I'd rather waste time with you more than anyone else in the world. Our anniversary proves that we're good at wasting time together."

Additional Anniversary Card Resources

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Sending a card to new parents will make them feel so loved.

Sending a card to new parents will make them feel so loved.

Sample Pregnancy, Showers, and Birth Wishes

Try these to help celebrate the expected birth or the birth of a new baby.

  • "As your life changes forever, may it be forever changed for the better."
  • "Congratulations on your new creative development. We're looking forward to meeting the little guy."
  • "Babies are a blessing that will challenge, entertain, and cost you more than you could imagine."
  • "What uncertainties you may feel today will result in overwhelming feelings of wonder, amazement, and love. Congratulations on your pregnancy."
  • "A baby is a gift from above that keeps on giving for many years to come."

Additional Baby Wishes Resources

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Nothing says happy birthday like getting cards in the mail from friends and family.

Nothing says happy birthday like getting cards in the mail from friends and family.

Sample Birthday Messages

Aging another year is a blessing and an invitation for jokes. The nice thing about birthdays is that there are many different directions you can take your message.

  • "I hope your birthday continues with an entire year's worth of fun."
  • "Happy birthday to one of the nicest people I know. Your birth has been a blessing to those around you."
  • "Age doesn't matter, maturity does, and in your case, you're still a teenager."
  • "Have the kind of birthday that you only have energy for once a year. Party hard!"
  • "Have an amazing and fun birthday. I know you deserve a great one."

Additional Birthday Wording Resources

Send some love to your sick loved one.

Send some love to your sick loved one.

Get Well Soon Sample Messages

Can't be there in person to take care of a sick loved one? Take the opportunity to send a message in a card as a text version of chicken noodle soup.

  • "I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you get feeling better very soon."
  • "Things just aren't the same with you out of commission. I want you to get well soon."
  • "If you need anything, let me know, and I'll be there. Expect me to be checking in on you regularly."
  • "Did you know that I'm sick too? I'm sick of you being sick."
  • "I don't know what to say to make you feel better. If there were a magic word, I would say it."

Additional Get Well Soon Resources

Send some spooky cards this Halloween!

Send some spooky cards this Halloween!

Halloween Card Messages

These are some cool ideas to write in a Halloween card. Funny messages work well for this holiday, but you can also use quotes or sayings.

  • Candy is the reason for this season!
  • Who wants a treat? This guy!
  • Don't forget to watch your Reese's cups. Parents have been known to steal them right from their own kids.
  • Aren't you a little old to be trick or treating? People might offer you their wallets when you show up at the door.
  • It's nice to have one day when ugly people can get compliments. Happy Halloween!

Additional Halloween Card Resources

Make sure all of your friends and family know you are thinking of them on Christmas.

Make sure all of your friends and family know you are thinking of them on Christmas.

Christmas Card Examples

The holidays are a time to stay in touch with friends and family who you don't get to see regularly. For that reason, we usually send out Christmas cards to give an update on our family.

  • "What a wonderful time of year it is to keep in touch with good friends. Merry Christmas."
  • "We are hoping that you are blessed this holiday season."
  • "Happy holidays from our family to yours!"
  • "Merry Christmas! May you know that you are loved this Christmas."
  • "Let's celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!"
  • "Wishing you a low-stress Holiday and a relaxing New Year!"
  • "It only comes once a year. It's our Christmas card to you!"

Additional Christmas Card Resources

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They worked so hard to be able to retire, show them how proud you are!

They worked so hard to be able to retire, show them how proud you are!

Example Retirement Card Messages

As someone retires, multiple emotions may be present. In this case, keep the message positive. Don't worry, though. Funny wishes work just fine.

  • "As you embark on your new journey into retirement, don't forget to keep working just as hard. Only now, you get to be the boss. Have fun!"
  • "If I wanted to say congratulations on your retirement, I should have years ago. I haven't seen you really work hard in years." (Funny Retirement Message)
  • "Congratulations on earning the rest of your life for the rest of your life." (Double Meaning Retirement Message)
  • "We'll miss you here at work, but you deserve all the best. Congratulations on your retirement!"
  • "Don't have too much fun doing anything you want anytime you want."

Additional Retirement Wishes Resources

Your friends and family will need all the support and love they can get during this hard time.

Your friends and family will need all the support and love they can get during this hard time.

Sample Sympathy Messages

Sympathy cards are possibly the most difficult to write. Try to be very intentional with your words and let the recipient know that they have your support.

  • "You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss."
  • "I am sorry for your loss, and I will be praying for you to have peace and strength during this difficult time."
  • "I would like to support you during this time by calling you to check on you. Expect me to call you this Saturday and invite you to hang out."
  • "Words seem inadequate for the deep sympathy I feel for you at this time. I am sorry."
  • "If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know. Expect me to check to see how you are doing in the coming weeks."

Additional Sympathy Card Resources

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