Last week marked the 3rd wedding I attended to date this year. Got to admit, it’s pretty fun getting dressed up and attending all the festivities. However, I think one of the most encouraging parts was when the couple tied the knot, I heard the vows and it gave me the sense of encouragement… that I may not be alone forever! Anyway, it’s always really touching to see something so strong and long lasting.

Going to all these weddings made me want to give the couple words of encouragement as well. They all had guest books in different forms but when it comes to it, what the hell do I write?! I don’t want to write the generic “Congratulations”, “Wishing you a successful marriage” or “Best wishes to you both!”. I want to be creative, memorable, and stand out. Okay, I don’t need to be in the center of attention, but I do want to write something sincere and relatable. Next time I attend, I would write something along the lines of:

  • Something specific from the wedding. Whether it’s a moment, a feeling, or a thought, I’ll make sure to capture it. That way, you can help the bride and groom remember the day as well.
  • Dropping a quote. If you’re still unsure or shy about writing your own sentimental thoughts, quote someone. (Just make sure to give them credit!). Someone may have already said it best so don’t be afraid to relay that message.
  • Writing something specific about the bride or groom. Personalize it like you’re giving them a compliment. It could be something like how happy they look together or how much love you can see when they walk into the room. Be honest with your feelings.
  • Wishing them something. Happiness, eternal love, a baby… whatever it may be, give them something to look forward to in the future.
  • Advice. It could be any kind of advice from love, marriage, or just everyday life. Make it sentimental, funny, or even something that you learned along the way.
  • Anything you aspire to do from knowing them. Who knows what kind of inspiration the couple can give. It could be their love of dogs or their passion for cooking each other the grandest meals, but if it’s something that inspires you, tell them!

Whether your message is funny, sincere, sarcastic or hopeful, make sure to keep everything light and positive for the happy couple! No one wants to go home after a great day and read something that makes them cry. Have a good time and don’t forget, “Marriage is a relationship where one person is always right and the other is the husband!” –unknown

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