What to Write in an Anniversary Card

Reaching the milestone for an anniversary is always cause for celebration. Even a one month anniversary is an achievement and something to be admired. But anniversaries go all the way through newlyweds, families and onto the more mature couples who are hitting the big milestones like silver, ruby, gold and diamond. Love that sustains and remains through all the testing times life brings should be cherished and respected.

The way you can celebrate the anniversaries of others is to send an anniversary card. This gives you the opportunity to express the way you feel about their big day. Maybe you want to offer them congratulations, pay tribute to their enduring legacy of love, recall a funny anecdote involving the couple or just wish them a happy anniversary. But choosing the correct words is sometimes easier said than done. Some people find writing their feelings or emotions difficult, others just aren’t sure what sort of words to use.

So if you’re struggling with what to write in an anniversary card then below you’ll find a selection of anniversary wishes and card messages. They cover all the different types of anniversaries and recipients, from family and friends to your spouse and big milestones. We’re confident you’ll find exactly what you need to inspire you to write your own wishes or find the most appropriate example for your card.

What to Write in an Anniversary Card

If you’re intent on writing your own anniversary wishes and messages then you can follow a few tips to make sure you hit all the right notes.

  1. Try to handwrite it. Sending a text, email or even a printed message has it’s place but for something as important as an anniversary then stick to writing it yourself. It’s not too much effort to use a decent pen (one that doesn’t blob or leak!) and some lovely stationary or card.
  2. Think about including your anniversary message as a letter or note within a card. A card on it’s own is fine, but for your spouse or someone special you might want to write a bit more. So consider including a longer message on a separate piece of paper inside your anniversary card.
  3. Don’t panic about what you’re going to write. Speak from the heart, try not to feel embarrassed about what you’re saying and remember it will come across far better than you’re probably imagining in your head. If you’re still worried then you can do some rough versions first to test the sort of words you’re planning on using. Then pick your favourite to use as the final version.
  4. When writing your message go into detail. Use anecdotes or past experiences that are personal to the recipient. You want it to seem personalised and as if only you could have written it, rather than sounding generic. You can also try to be funny or cheeky if that comes naturally.
  5. Be effusive. Now isn’t the time to get shy or feel silly about what you’re thinking or saying. Try to let go and say whatever it is you’re feeling. The recipient is probably a loved one so you can be gushing about them without fear of it coming across as over the top.
  6. Finally – enjoy it! Anniversaries are special times so enjoy the magic of a wonderful day.

Try some of the examples below to give you some inspiration when writing your own.

Anniversary Wishes and Messages

Happy Anniversary message

For Your Partner

If it’s your own anniversary then write from the heart and express exactly what your partner means to you. Don’t worry about sounding silly or getting it wrong. If you are concerned then use the examples below as a guide on what to say.

I love you just as much as the day we met

Major Milestones

Major milestones like a 20th, 30th, 40th etc. anniversary is a huge achievement and so should be celebrated as such. Use the examples below as inspiration for your message.

Make sure you know which anniversary it is your sending your card for. They can sometimes be confusing and knowing which is which for the appropriate year can be easily mixed up. So, for avoidance of doubt here are the most common and major milestones:
Silver – 25th
Ruby – 40th
Gold – 50th
Diamond – 60th

For Family

Take the opportunity to let family members know how much they mean to you and how much of an inspiration they are. Grandparents and older relatives may have had long marriages and set examples to the rest of the family. Or you may just want to let newer family members know how much you enjoy having them as a member of the family.

Happy Anniversary to you my love my rock my everything

For Friends

Join in the celebration of a friends special day by sending them a warm message of congratulations. Be that simply wishing them a happy anniversary or something more personal like an anecdote from your past that only you share with them.

Funny Anniversary Wishes

An anniversary is a time of joy and celebration, but can also be a time of laughter. You can use these humorous and witty wishes to put a smile on the couples face.

I love you more than cat videos Funny anniversary message

Be certain that the couple you are sending your anniversary card to is open to receiving a funny message. You might risk offending them or coming across as not taking it seriously. If you are confident about their sense of humour then go ahead with the funny message but if you are in any way unsure then it would probably be advisable to avoid doing so.

We hope you now feel a lot more confident about what to write in an anniversary card. Use the steps and examples here to send a lovely anniversary message to whoever is celebrating or marking their anniversary.

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