What to Write in a Congratulations Card

What to Write in a Congratulations Card

Life is full of big and small accomplishments. From housewarmings, the birth of a new baby, to engagements and even new jobs, these are the moments to share and celebrate with friends and family. One way you can help mark these occasions is to give them a congratulations card. But, what exactly should you write in these types of cards? Should you say a lot? Should the card be funny? Or, should it be sentimental? Of course, you’ll want to find a card that best fits the recipient and the occasion. And, including a handwritten note that matches the tone and style of the card is a great way to let them know you’re celebrating their accomplishments too. Let’s take a look at some different occasions where you might send a congratulations card, along with some sample wording you can use for a handwritten note. 

Engagements and Weddings

You know someone who is getting married. Send them well wishes and congratulations on the next step in their relationship, by giving them a congratulations card. Here is some sample wording to use when writing a note of congratulations on an engagement or wedding.

  • Sending you lots of love and happiness on your special day! Congratulations!
  • Congrats on your engagement!
  • Thanks for inviting us to eat, drink, and be merry, while you get married! Congrats!

Birth of a Baby

The birth of a new baby is a special occasion. Whether it’s the first child or simply the newest addition to the family, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the arrival of a new little one and share in the parents’ joy. Here is some sample wording to use when celebrating the arrival of a new baby to the family.

  • Congratulations on the birth of your newest addition to the family. They are one lucky baby!
  • Sending you the warmest congrats on the birth of your little one.
  • You have so many amazing moments ahead of you. Congratulations!


Add a little pomp and circumstance to any new graduate’s life by sending them a note of congratulations. Whether they’re graduating from elementary school or high school, or earning a college degree or program certificate, you’ll want to let them know that their hard work has paid off. Here is some sample wording to use to when congratulating them on a job well done.

  • Happy graduation day! You did it!
  • Congratulations on your graduation. Best of luck at college this fall!
  • We are so proud of you. Congratulations on your achievements!

New Job

Getting a new job can be a long and hard process. So, when someone gets that dream job they’ve always wanted, sending them a note of congrats can be a great way to help them celebrate their achievements. Here is some sample wording to use to share in their new job excitement.

  • Best wishes on your new position. You’re going to do a great job! Congrats!
  • Congratulations on your new job! You’re going to rock it!
  • We’re going to miss you here in the office. But, I know you’re going to do an amazing job! Congrats!

New Home

Buying a new home is a huge accomplishment. Whether it’s their first home or a new home, share in their joy of a house that’s all their own. Here is some sample wording to use when celebrating their new home.

  • Congratulations on your new home! Enjoy getting settled in!
  • Home sweet home! Congratulations!
  • Wishing the best in your new home! Congrats!

Celebrating the Big and Little Moments in Life: Congratulations Card Wording Made Easy

No matter what achievement or occasion, sending a note of congratulations is a perfect way to let them know you’re celebrating their accomplishments. From simple to sentimental, there’s so many ways you can say congrats. Our sample wording will help get you started and help you send the perfect congratulations card to the people you care about in your life.