How to Write a Congratulations Letter for a Wedding Shower

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A congratulatory letter shares your joy with the bride-to-be and expresses how excited you are for her new marriage. If you cannot attend your friend's wedding shower, a short letter of congratulations shows her that she is still at the forefront of your thoughts as her special day approaches. You can send a congratulatory letter by itself, or you may want to include a small gift. The most important thing to remember about your letter is to be heartfelt and write with passion. Sending a card that says "Congrats" and includes nothing else but your signature demonstrates a careless approach.

  • Write to the bride-to-be as quickly as possible. Avoid waiting until the week before the wedding shower to send your letter. A quick response shows that you are attentive and demonstrates caring.

  • Choose a formal stationery, store-bought wedding card or make your own card. Choose something that matches the wedding colors or a design you know the bride will enjoy. If the bride is appreciates comedy, choose a humorous card. If the bride is the serious type, select a modest stationery without too much extravagant decoration.

  • Greet the bride-to-be at the beginning of the letter. Use a favorite nickname or, if she prefers, use her given name.

  • Congratulate the bride immediately. Don't save your excitement for the end of the letter. Using the term "congratulations" quickly establishes that this is a letter of joy and that you are thrilled for her new marriage.

  • Share a special memory of the couple or a memory you cherish of the bride. Keep this part short and lighthearted. For example, remind the bride of a camping trip you took together or of the first time you met her fiance.

  • Close with another round of congratulations and well wishes. Again, remind the bride how happy you are for her and express that you know her wedding day will be fantastic.

  • Sign your name.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid negativity or excuses; don't say anything that may upset the bride-to-be. Your letter should excite her and help her feel appreciated. It should never make her uncomfortable.

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