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Congratulations and Salutations | What to Write in a Congratulations Card

Our lives are filled with reasons to celebrate — from the biggest life events to the smallest victories, and everything in-between. Whether celebrating an engagement, a retirement, or a weight loss milestone, everyone likes being well-thought of and being acknowledged for achieving their goals. And while celebrating our own accomplishments is important, taking time to congratulate those around us is one of the best ways to show how much we care.

A congratulations card is an excellent way to celebrate the achievements of another person. But how do you decide what to write on a congrats card? Why should you give a congratulations card in the first place?

Here’s to You | Why Should I Give a Congratulations Card?

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life, and to focus only on our own schedules and goals. When we take time to acknowledge the achievements of others, we show that we care enough about that person to shift our focus and celebrate them. Even something as simple as a text message or a phone call can make someone feel special. However, the simplicity of these kinds of messages can also come across as lazy, or even unthoughtful — the exact opposite of what we hope to express.

Congratulatory greeting cards offer the perfect blend of convenience and consideration. Where other forms of communication can fall flat or be forgotten, a greeting card can be saved and appreciated for years to come. And with so many types of cards out there, finding the perfect card for any occasion is as simple as walking into a grocery story (or choosing the HELLOFROM subscription that’s right for you).

If you need more ideas for how to say congratulations, what to write in a congratulations card, or congratulations sayings, keep reading!

Congratulations Card Messages

A card is only as good as the thought behind — and message inside — it. Even if the card already comes with a congratulatory message printed on or in it, adding a personal element is key. When in doubt, keep your writing short and simple, and speak from the heart.

Need inspiration? Try some of these ideas for congratulations card messages:

Informal Congratulations Messages

  • Congratulations and BRAVO!
  • This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!
  • You did it! So proud of you!
  • I knew it was only a matter of time. Well done!
  • You deserve to celebrate and be celebrated!
  • Hooray! We just couldn’t be happier for you!
  • This is awesome! You’re awesome! Way to go!
  • Look at you! You’ve accomplished so much. I couldn’t be prouder.
  • I’ve got a feeling this is only the beginning of even more great things to come for you!
  • Celebrating the record you just set and looking forward to watching you cross your next finish line!
  • Bet you thought no one would notice you’ve hit your goal 30 days in a row. Well, I did, and I’m impressed. Here’s to your streak! Keep it up!
  • Congratulations to you, and wishing you even more success in the future.
  • It really warms my heart to see you succeeding like this. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations on a job VERY well done!
  • I was so excited when I heard the news! Congrats!
  • Celebrating the dedication you’ve shown on the way to this achievement. You’ve earned every bit of the success you’re enjoying.
  • I couldn’t be happier for you, or more proud. Congratulations.
  • Enjoy the success you have worked so hard to achieve. Great job!
  • Man, you did it! Kudos to you from all of us.
  • You’ve done it! Time for a drink!
  • Success didn’t happen overnight. Your dedication and hard work has really paid off! Congratulations!
  • You met the challenge with determination, strength, and total confidence! Congrats!
  • You’ve worked so hard for this. Congrats!
  • Kudos on a job well done!
  • You have the creativity and determination to do whatever you can dream. I hope you feel proud today and confident in your ability to rise to your next challenge.

Formal Congratulations Messages

  • Congratulations on your well-deserved success.
  • Heartfelt congratulations to you.
  • Warmest congratulations on your achievement.
  • Cheers to you and yours on this auspicious occasion.
  • Congratulations and best wishes for your next adventure!
  • So pleased to see you accomplishing great things.
  • Sincere congratulations on your hard-earned success.
  • Feeling so much joy for you today. What an impressive achievement!
  • Simply overjoyed to hear your good news.
  • We always knew that you would go on to do great things. Congratulations are in order!
  • Sending you heartfelt congratulations today and wishing you all the best on your next project.
  • I commend you on this latest success, and I look forward to seeing even more great things from you.

Congratulations Sayings

  • “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do…” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  • “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” — 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
  • “Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.” — Charlotte Bronte
  • "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." — Chris Grosser
  • "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." — Thomas Jefferson
  • "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." — Ray Goforth
  • "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." — Albert Schweitzer

Congratulation Messages by Event

Simple congratulations messages are always a nice touch. If you want to go the extra mile, try writing something more personal. Tailoring your message to a specific milestone or event can really show your recipient how you feel — the more personal your message is, the more memorable it will be.

Take a look at some of our favorite ways to say congratulations:

Congratulations on Graduating

Whether you’re graduating from college, high school, or a specialized program, a graduation is a HUGE cause for celebration! So much time and energy goes into finishing an educational program, and those who do so deserve to be celebrated and acknowledged. Send your grad off onto their next adventure with one of these congratulations greetings:

  • We hope you can feel all the pride and happiness surrounding you as you head off to (medical school, college, etc).
  • All your hard work has paid off; we are so proud! Well done!
  • Well done, you can finally relax. Not for too long though, time to get a job!
  • Congratulations! Now you can finally start getting paid to work rather than paying to study!
  • I can’t imagine a more deserving grad. You’ve earned every moment of this achievement. Congratulations!
  • You set your mind to something and you’ve achieved it. You should be proud!
  • Well done on graduating! May the memories last longer than the student loan payments.
  • Congratulations to Google for getting you through your studies!
  • Well done on finishing your studies, welcome to the real world!
  • Well done! How much did you bribe the instructor?
  • I am confident that your education will be an important key to unlocking doors to your potential. You are already a success.
  • You’ve made all of us so proud. Please take some time to celebrate your hard-earned success. Congrats!
  • We are so proud that you are a graduate now. Congratulations dear!
  • Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!
  • You’ll always remember this day and so will all of us who were here cheering you on. Congratulations and best of luck to you!

Congratulations on New Home

Buying a new home is more than a purchase — it's the start of a whole new chapter. Whether someone is buying their first home or their fiftieth, sending a congratulations card full of warm wishes is always a good idea. Here are some of our favorite ways to wish someone well on their new home purchase:

  • Congratulations on your new place! Can’t wait to see you make it your own.
  • Congratulations to my favorite new home owner! With your touch, it’s going to look amazing!
  • We’re so happy to hear about your new home. Here’s to creating many years of happy memories!
  • Here’s to all of the memories you’ll make in this new home of yours. Congratulations and best of luck!
  • I can’t believe how amazing your new home is! Congratulations!
  • Congratulations on the new home! Here’s to new beginnings.
  • Cheers to this new chapter in your new home!
  • Wishing you all the best in making your new house a home.
  • May your new home bring you lots of happiness in the coming years. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations! May this new house become a forever home.
  • Well done, you’re proper adults now – mortgage and everything!
  • Congratulations on your new home! I hope that it becomes everything you imagined it could be.
  • Hooray! You bought a house! I can’t wait to hear all about it…especially the guest room.
  • Wishing you and your family all the best as you turn your new house into a loving, beautiful home.
  • Congratulations on the new home, I can’t wait to see which room is going to be mine.
  • I’m so excited for you, well done! (No, that doesn’t mean I’m willing to help you move.)
  • I heard you’ve got a new home, congratulations! Please send me the Wi-Fi login asap, thanks.
  • Congratulations on such an incredible new place! I can’t wait to visit!
  • What an exciting new adventure you’ve begun with your family! Congratulations on your new house!
  • I’m thrilled to hear that you found your dream home. You deserve every square foot of it!

Congratulations on Engagement

Few things are more beautiful — or significant — than when two people decide to join their lives together. Friends and family alike wish to share in the bliss and excitement, but knowing what to say to the happy couple can be difficult. This is especially true when the sender only knows one of the recipients personally. If you need ideas for things to say in an engagement card, consider using one of these ideas:

  • May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years. Congratulations on your engagement!
  • Congratulations – who’s the unlucky lucky (guy/gal/person)?
  • So happy to hear the news! Wishing you all the best for the future.
  • Congratulations! I’m 90% happy for you and 10% jealous. (OK, maybe 80% happy and 20% jealous)…
  • It’s such an honor to be among those to wish you a beautiful beginning. Congrats!
  • Well done on getting engaged – it’s about time!
  • If ever two people deserved a sweet, meaningful, joyful marriage, it’s the two of you. Congratulations on your new journey together!
  • Of all the big life events we’ve celebrated over the years, today tops the list. Congrats!
  • Congratulations on finding someone who makes you happy. Here’s to many happy years to come!
  • I’m/we’re so thrilled to celebrate this wonderful day with you both.
  • We’re so excited for you both: you make such a cute couple! Can’t wait to celebrate with you.
  • Congratulations, and remember to never laugh at your partner’s choices; you are one of them now!
  • This is the start of the best adventure you’ll ever go on! Congrats!

Congratulations on New Job or Promotion

A person’s job can influence every other aspect of their life. When big, positive work changes come, it’s important to celebrate and wish the recipient well. If the person in-question is a coworker, and they are leaving for a different opportunity, they might really appreciate your support! Check out some of these ideas of ways to congratulate someone on a new job or promotion:

  • Hope you’re thrilled about your new job! I sure am happy for you!
  • Your new job sounds like a perfect fit! I wish you all the best – good luck!
  • It makes me so happy to think about your promotion. It couldn’t have come to a more deserving person.
  • Congratulations On Your New Job! Wishing you all of the best for a brighter tomorrow. You totally deserve it!
  • I heard you got the job you’ve always wanted. Cheers to your continued success!
  • Good luck finding a team as nice as us at your new job!
  • Wishing all the best success in your new role. Well done.
  • Here’s to your continued growth and success in a new role.
  • You’re on your way to great things, and we wish you the best – today and always.
  • This position was truly made for you. Congratulations on finding such a perfect opportunity. You’ve earned it!
  • Congratulations, you’ve earned it! All the best with the new role.
  • While we’ll miss your valuable contributions and dedication, I am so glad you found a new job that excites you.
  • I’m sure today will be only the first of many proud moments for you at your new job.
  • All your hard work has paid off, and I’m so proud of you. Congratulations!
  • Lots of celebrating and lots of congratulating are definitely in order. Wishing you success on your new job!

Congratulations on Retirement

Retirement can be a bittersweet experience for everyone involved. If you aren’t sure how to congratulate someone on their retirement — especially someone you work with — consider sending a group card with other colleagues. Just remember to keep your message positive. It’s okay to express a bit of sadness at their leaving, but the last thing you want to do is send them away with bad memories! Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • It’s been a pleasure working with you. Congratulations on a standout career and best wishes!
  • Welcome to retirement: the money might not be as good, but the hours are amazing!
  • Missing you already, work won’t be the same without you!
  • Congratulations on your retirement – you’re making the rest of us jealous!
  • Goodbye tension, hello pension! Welcome to retirement!
  • Retirement is a great opportunity to work on living, rather than living for work.
  • Congratulations on your much-deserved retirement. We are all going to miss you!
  • For someone who has worked so hard, it’s time for some well-deserved relaxation.
  • The great thing about retirement is that suddenly Mondays aren’t so bad anymore…
  • Well done! Don’t forget to turn off the alarm for Monday morning!
  • It’s been a joy to work alongside you. Cheers to all the good times we’ve had, and to this wonderful new chapter in your life!
  • Goodbye stuffy meetings and reports, hello quiet relaxation and weekday golfing!
  • Honestly, I don’t know how this place will survive without you. Congratulations on your retirement – and wish us luck!

Congratulations on New Baby or Pregnancy

They say that having a baby changes everything — and with those big changes, there should be BIG celebrations! New parents often appreciate encouragement as they navigate this new season of life, so sending a kind greeting card goes a long way. Keep your words positive, and if appropriate, feel free to sprinkle in a bit of humor. Consider using one of these examples for inspiration:

  • Being a parent means hours of cuddles and smiles – enjoy every moment! Congratulations on your sweet little baby.
  • So excited to hear the news! Congratulations and best wishes for many years of joy to come.
  • You are going to make amazing parents and I’m so excited for you all.
  • If you’re struggling to think of good baby name ideas, you could always think of people close to you… like me! Congratulations on your baby-to-be!
  • Congratulations on the beautiful new addition to your family. What a blessing!
  • It feels like just yesterday YOU were the baby. Now, you’ve got a baby of your own. You’re already such a great father. Today and always, I’m proud of you.
  • We’re happy to be able to share this exciting time with you as your family grows!
  • Having a baby is a magical adventure. Don’t forget to pamper yourself, you deserve it!
  • Many congratulations on your new bundle of joy – hopefully they take after their parents!
  • Having a baby is a year of cuddles followed by years of struggles, but don’t worry – it gets easier once they’re old enough to move out! Congratulations (and good luck)!
  • If anyone could raise the coolest kid ever, its you! Congratulations on your new baby, (Mom/Dad/Mom and Dad)!
  • Congratulations on the safe arrival of your newest family member! May babyhood be filled with lots of joy and wonderful memories for all three of you.
  • Wishing you an easy delivery and a happy, healthy baby.
  • Congratulations, Mama! Your little baby is already so lucky.
  • Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Wishing you and your newborn many years of good health, love, and happiness.

Other Ways to Say "Congratulations": Congratulation Synonyms

Sometimes saying the actual word “congratulations” might not be the best fit for your feelings, or the tone of your message. Additionally, if “congratulations” is already featured on/in the card, writing it in your own message can feel repetitive or less sincere. If you’re interested in finding a different way to say “congrats,” consider one of the following:

  • ADJECTIVES: Amazing, Awesome, Beautiful, Exceptional, Impressive, Incredible, Wonderful
  • “ATTA”: Attaboy, Attagirl
  • CLAPPING: Applause, Bravo, Encore, Take a bow, Three cheers
  • EXCLAMATIONS: Hooray, Hurrah, Huzzah, Oh yeah, Woo-Hoo, Wow, Yee-haw, Yippee
  • GESTURES: Cheers, Hats off to you, Here’s to you
  • GOOD: Good for you, Good on you, Good show
  • JOB: Excellent job, Good job, Great job
  • KEEP: Keep believing, Keep it up, Keep going, Keep up the great work
  • NICE: Nice going, Nice job, Nicely done, Nice one, Nice work
  • SO: So pleased for you, So proud of you, So thrilled for you, So tickled for you
  • SALUTES: High five, I commend you, I salute you, Salute
  • WAY: Way to be, Way to go, Way to shine, Way to work,
  • WELL: Well deserved, Well done
  • YOU: You amaze me, You inspire me

Warmest Congratulations | How to Close a Congratulatory Message

When you reach the end of your message, be sure to finish your congratulations card with a warm and simple farewell. One or two words are all you need, along with your name. Here are a few ideas:

  • All the best,
  • Best,
  • Best wishes,
  • Blessings,
  • Cheers!
  • Congrats,
  • Congratulations and best wishes,
  • God bless you,
  • Good luck to you,
  • Heartfelt congratulations,
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Lots of love,
  • Love,
  • Love always,
  • Sincerely,
  • Warmest congratulations,
  • Warmest wishes,
  • Warmly,
  • With love,
  • With love and pride,

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