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77 Best Congratulations Messages | Templates, Tips, & Tricks

77 Best Congratulations Messages | Templates, Tips, & Tricks

Congratulations Messages | 77 Best Templates, Tips, & Tricks

The world is full of good things, and they happen to those we love on a regular basis. When a friend, family member, colleague, employee or customer gets a bit of good news or accomplishes something significant it's fitting to congratulate them. This lets them know that you're aware of their good news and you're excited for them. Sending your warmest congratulations makes both of you feel and good deepens your relationship. 

 When it comes to actually writing out your congratulations message, however, sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Heartfelt congratulations often involve more than a single "congratulations!" That's, in fact, just the beginning. To write a congratulations message that makes an impact, you'll want to expand your sentiment to include more details. To help you get started, we've put together a list of 77 best congratulations messages, phrases, templates and examples for every occasion.

WHY SEND A CONGRATULATIONS MESSAGE? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

There are many reasons to congratulate someone. Whether it's a job promotion, a new baby, a wedding, a significant anniversary or any other life milestone, it's always nice to show your support and celebrate with them. 

 When you take the time to write out a congratulations message and send it to someone, you're doing more than just acknowledging their good news. You're also letting them know that you care about them and are happy for their success. This can mean a lot, especially if the person is going through a tough time in other areas of their life. 

 In addition to making the recipient feel good, sending congratulations messages also has benefits for you. For one, it can help to strengthen your relationship with the person. In some cases, it can also lead to tangible benefits like referrals or new business opportunities.

A woman writing "Congratulations" on a blackboard.

When Should You Send a Congratulations Message?

Now that you know some of the benefits of sending congratulations messages, you might be wondering when the best time to do it is. The truth is, there's no wrong time to reach out and congratulate someone on their success. That said, there are certain occasions when it's more appropriate than others. 

 Some of the most common occasions for sending congratulations messages include:

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the many occasions when you might want to reach out and congratulate someone. If you're ever unsure whether or not to send a congratulations message, err on the side of sending one. It's always better to show your support than to risk missing an opportunity to do so.

What to Include in Your Congratulations Message

Now that you know when to send a congratulations message, it's time to start crafting one. The best congratulations messages are personal, specific and sincere. To write a message like this, you'll want to start by thinking about what you want to say. 

 First, consider the occasion for the congratulations. What is the person being congratulated for? What milestone have they reached? Next, think about your relationship to the person. How well do you know them? What tone would they prefer you to use? 

 Once you've considered these factors, you can start brainstorming what to include in your message. In general, the best congratulations messages include some combination of the following:

  • A personal note or memory 
  • A statement of congratulations 
  • Words of support or encouragement
  • A wish for continued success 
  • An offer of help

Remember, the key to writing a great congratulations message is to speak from the heart. Here are a few more tips to help make your congratulations meaningful.

A balloon spelling out "Congratulations".

General Tips for Making Your Congratulations Wishes Stronger

When you want to congratulate someone for their achievement, there are a few general things you can do to make your message stronger. First and foremost, it's important to be genuine in your excitement. No one likes a half-hearted "congrats" delivered with an insincere or forced tone. If you're not genuinely excited for the person, it will show in your words. 

 Second, make an effort to personalize your congratulations message. A generic "congrats on your new job" is nice, but it won't have nearly the same impact as a message that includes specifics about the person's new role. The more specific you can be, the better. Vague congratulations can come across as disingenuous. If you take the time to point out what, exactly, you're congratulating the person for, they'll know that you're sincere and that you were paying attention. 

 Avoid coming across as if you're trying to one-up the person you're congratulating. It's fine to share a similar story or experience, but make sure you focus on them and not on yourself. This is their moment to shine, after all. 

 Finally, a congratulations message should always include a call to action. What do you want the person to do next? Use your congratulations as an opportunity to encourage them to keep up the good work, set new goals or celebrate their success.

Short Heartfelt Congratulations Phrases By Category

Now that we've gone over some general tips, let's take a look at various congratulations wishes, divided into different categories. These are excellent examples that can be used on their own or added to any of the templates found later in the article.

One friend smiling and congratulating another.

Personal Congratulations Messages

These congratulations phrases are perfect for friends, family members, and loved ones. If you know someone who's just landed a new job, had a baby, gotten engaged or married, or accomplished something significant, one of these messages is sure to do the trick. 

 1. "I'm so proud of you! You've worked so hard and you deserve every bit of this success." 

 2. "I've always known you were capable of great things. Congratulations on making it happen!" 

 3. "You did it! I knew you could. Congrats and best of luck in the future!" 

 4. "This is just the beginning for you. I can't wait to see all the amazing things you'll do in the future." 

 5. "Your hard work has paid off! Congratulations and enjoy your well-deserved success." 

 6. "So happy for you! This is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud." 

 7. You're an inspiration to all of us. Congratulations on your well-deserved success." 

 8. "I'm thrilled to hear about your recent success. You've worked so hard and you deserve it." 

 9. "This is a incredible achievement! I know you'll continue to achieve great things in the future." 

 10. "I always knew you had what it takes to succeed. Congratulations on making it happen." 

 11. "Your success is an inspiration to us all. I'm so proud of you and everything you've accomplished." 

 12. "This is a dream come true for you! I know you'll make the most of it and achieve great things." 

 13. "I'm so excited for you! Congratulations on your recent success and best of luck in the future." 

 14. "You're one of the most talented people I know and I'm thrilled to see you achieving great things." 

 15. "Congratulations on getting into medical school! It couldn't happen to a more deserving person." 

 16. "You're such a brilliant person and I know that if you keep at it you'll have continued great success in the future." 

 17. "I'm excited to see what the future holds for you. Congratulations on your recent success!" 

 18. "You're an amazing person and I know you'll continue to accomplish great things in the future." 

 19. "Your success is well-deserved! Congratulations and on your new journey." 

 20. "I'm so proud of you and everything you've accomplished. Congratulations on your recent success!"

Two professionals shaking hands.

Professional Congratulations Sentiments

If you want to congratulate a colleague, client, or business associate on a recent professional success, one of these messages should do the trick. 

 21. "A bit of good news calls for a celebration! Congrats on your big promotion! You totally deserve it." 

 22. "Your hard work and dedication are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations on your extraordinary success." 

 23. "This is a fantastic achievement and I know you'll go on to even more in your career." 

 24. "I'm excited to see what the future holds for you. Congratulations on such an impressive achievement!" 

 25. "Offering the heartiest congratulations I can. I know this was a hard-earned success and you deserve to be finally paid what you're worth!" 

 26. "It's such a great pleasure to work with you as you move ahead in your career. Congratulations and all my best wishes on you excellent job performance!" 

 27. "It's said it can't be given, but you have to earn success. You're certainly on your way! The award committee certainly go it right in this case. Congratulations!" 

 28. "What a proud moment! You're a true professional and I'm thrilled to see you achieving great things in your career." 

 29. "Your hard work and dedication to your career are an inspiration to those of us working to achieve success. Congratulations on this and your inevitable future successes." 

 30. "Changing departments is a really big deal! You're starting a new chapter of your life and your dream job! I wanted to offer my sincere congratulations." 

 31. "What an outstanding achievement! Top sales professional three months in a row! I hope this leads to all your dreams coming true."

A bride and groom kissing after a wedding.

Wedding Congratulations Thoughts

If you know a couple who's recently gotten married, one of these congratulations is sure to be just right. 

 32. "Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together." 

 33. "May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years." 

 34. "Wishing you all the best on this special day. Congrats and best wishes for a happy marriage!" 

 35. "Wishing you loads of love and happiness on your wedding day. Congratulations on starting your new life together!" 

 36. "May your wedding day be filled with joy, love, and beautiful memories." 

 37. "Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness." 

 38. "Wishing you so much joy as you embark on your married life together. This is a significant milestone so enjoy it! 

 39. "Warm wishes for a happy married life. Congratulations on finally making the leap and starting this wonderful next chapter in your life. 

 40. "Sending heartfelt wedding wishes your way! This is only the beginning for you both. Congrats!"

A graduate in his robes holding a sign that reads "I'm done!"

Congratulating Someone on Their Graduation

If someone you know has recently completed a degree or diploma, one of these graduation congratulations sentiments will be perfect. 

 41. "Congratulations on completing such a difficult milestone!" 

 42. "This calls for a celebration! Warmest congratulations and best wishes for your future."

43. "Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors. Congrats on your graduation!" 

 44. "You did it! I'm so proud of you and everything you've accomplished. Congratulations, grad!" 

 45. "Your hard work has paid off. Congratulations on your well-deserved success." 

 46. "So happy to see you reach this amazing milestone in your life. Congrats, grad!" 

 47. "You've worked so hard to get to this point. I know you'll continue to accomplish great things in your future. Congratulations!" 

 48. "Wishing you a bright future as you enter the next phase of your life. Congratulations on your graduation!" 

 49. "May your graduation be the beginning of many wonderful things. Sending the warmest congratulations possible!"

Religious and Spiritual Congratulations Messages

If you want to send a congratulations message with a religious or spiritual angle, one of these may be just right. 

 50. "Praise the Lord! God bless and congratulations on your wonderful news." 

 51. "May God shower His choicest blessings upon you and yours." 

 52. "A blessed event indeed! Wishing you all the best as you begin your new life together." 

 53. "May the good Lord continue to bless you in all that you do." 

 54. "Wishing you many blessings on this special day and always. Congratulations!" 

 55. "May God bless you on this special occasion! Congratulations and best wishes to you both." 

 56. "May the love of God surround you on this special day and always." 

 57. "Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness. Many congratulations!" 

 58. "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. "

59. "May He lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace. Congratulations!" 

 60. "Wishing you God's richest blessings as you embark on this new phase of your life."

A glass party cup that reads "congratulations!"

Congratulations and Warm Wishes Templates to Use in Your Next Card

Need a bit more help? Below you'll find more congratulations messages and full message templates you can use immediately! Use them as-is or alter them to fit your specific purpose.

Congratulating Someone on a New Job

Dear Lisa, 

 I was so thrilled to hear that you got the job you interviewed for! All your hard work is finally paying off! You are going to be amazing at it, I just know it. It's only up for you from here. 

 Congratulations on this great victory and best of luck as you start this next adventure! I wish you immense success in your future career. You deserve it! 

 Love, 

 Mia 

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 Dear Jeff, 

 Congrats on your recent achievement! I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. You have worked so hard and deserve all the success in the world. Congratulations on landing the job you've always wanted! I know that you will continue to achieve great things and I wish you all the pride in the world. 

 Sincerely, 

 Dave

A woman in a gym lifting weight.

Congratulating Someone on Reaching a Health Goal

Hi Jean, 

 I was so thrilled to hear that you finally reached your weight loss goal! You've worked so hard and I know it's been a long journey, but you did it! Congratulations on finally reaching your goal and being healthy and happy. I'm so proud of you and am excited to see how much further you can go from here. 

 Keep up the great work and best of luck on your continued journey! You can do it! 

 Love, 

 Wendy 

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 Dear Danita, 

 You did it! I am so proud of you for finally running your first marathon. What a worthwhile goal! It's been a long journey but you've worked so hard and you deserve all the success in the world. Congratulations on being healthy and happy! I know that you will continue to achieve great things and I wish you all the best on your continued journey. 

 Sincerely, 

 Linda

Congratulations for a Wedding

Dear Joanne and Tony, 

 We are so thrilled for you both! What wonderful news to hear that you're engaged and going to be married next summer. We wish you all the best in your relationship and can't wait to see you both happy and in love on your wedding day. Congratulations on this new chapter in your lives! 

 Lots of love, 

 Susan and John 

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 Dear Maria and Alex, 

 We are so excited for you! What great news to hear that you've tied the knot! We wish you all the love and happiness in the world and can't wait to join you when you walk down the aisle. Wishing you the heartiest congratulations on this wonderful step in your relationship! 

 Lots of love, 

 Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bob

A tiny baby's feet close up.

Congratulating Someone on a pregnancy or New Baby

Rachel, 

 Congratulations dear on your new baby! I am so excited for you and can't wait to meet the little one. I know you're going to be an amazing mom and I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you'll achieve together. The hardest part is over now, it's all up from here! 

 Best wishes for all the luck in this new phase of your life and can't wait to see what the future holds for you and your family. Congratulations! 

 Love, 

 Auntie Peg 

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 Dear Megan and Tom, 

 We are so thrilled to hear that you are expecting a baby! Congratulations on this happy news and best of luck as you embark on this new journey. We wish you all the happiness in the world. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving couple. Congratulations! 

 Your friends, 

 Dave and Sarah

Congratulating a Friend on Starting a New Business

Hi Jim, 

 I was so excited to hear that you're finally going to start your own business! You've been talking about it for years and I know you're going to be amazing at it. Congratulations on taking this huge step and following your dreams! I wish you all the best of luck in this new venture and can't wait to see your business grow. 

 Keep up the great work! 

 Steve

A smiling graduate excitedly pointing at the camera.

Offering Congratulations on Someone's Graduation

Dear Tim, 

 Congratulations on your graduation! All your hard work has finally paid off and you should be very proud of yourself. I know you're going to do great things in the world. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you'll achieve in your career. Wishing you all the best of luck in your future endeavors. 

 Your friend, 

 John 

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 Dear Abdul, 

 Sending you my sincerest congratulations on your successful graduation! You've worked so hard to get to this point and you deserve all the good things that are coming your way. I wish you all the best of luck in wherever your future leads you. I know you're going to do great things! 

 Wishing you all the best, 

 Duane

Congratulating Someone on Buying a New House

Dear Janis, 

 We are so thrilled to hear that you've bought a new house! Congratulations on this wonderful news and best of luck as you settle into your new home. We wish you all the happiness in the world. May your new home be filled with love, laughter, and happiness. 

 All the best, 

 Leroy 

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 Hello Jean, 

 A warm congratulations to you on your new home! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see it. I know you're going to love it. I wish you all the best of luck as you settle in and make it your own. You're sure to have a happy life as you tackle the next challenge, making your house a home! 

 All the best, 

 Susan

A graduation card from Simply Noted.

Let Simply Noted Say "Congratulations" For You

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 Could you send an email? Sure, but why would you when sending a heartfelt handwritten congratulations card is just as easy? It's the perfect inspiration for your next congratulation message.

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