Wondering What to Write in a Mother-of-the-Bride Card? Check Out These 30 Creative Ideas

Whether you're the happy couple or a dear friend, see what you should write in a card to the MOB.
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Shelby Wax
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Shelby Wax
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  • Shelby is a contributing writer for The Knot covering all things weddings.
  • Shelby is a freelance writer for publications including Vogue, Over the Moon and Allure. She previously served as Senior Editor at Brides and Editor at Lonny Magazine.
  • Shelby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Scripps College.
Updated Mar 21, 2024

Amongst all the mail and gifts sent around a wedding day, one of the most thoughtful gestures is to write a mother-of-the-bride card. Providing thank-you gifts for parents of a couple is not as common for guests, but they can be given by the couple or a very close friend of the mother or father of the bride. This written gift for the mother of the bride is a sincere way to tell her how much you acknowledge the hard work she put into the wedding planning process as well as raising the bride.

Want to congratulate the parents of the bride in a heartfelt and meaningful fashion? Read ahead to see details to include in a card including messages, poems and thoughtful quotes.

In this article:

What to Write as Her Friend

If your dear friend is the mother-of-the-bride, you might want to send her a card to offer your congratulations and love. From well wishes to poems to quotes, see below for a few ideas to make your note to the mother-of-the-bride a heartfelt one.

Congratulations Messages

  • Congratulations on this exciting step in your child's life!
  • I'm so proud of what an amazing mother you have been. This upcoming marriage is a testament to all your patience and dedication.
  • It's truly incredible to see how your child has grown and now is beginning a family of their own.
  • This wedding will be such a success thanks to your hard work!
  • I know you will be the perfect mother-of-the-bride!


Today is a proud moment for a mother

When your child has bonded for life with another

I'm happy I'm your friend

I'll be till the end

I can't wait to celebrate with each other


  • "A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." — Princess Diana
  • "A child's first teacher is its mother." — Peng Liyuan
  • "A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up a future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." — Honoré de Balzac
  • "We are born of love; love is our mother." — Rumi
  • "Be a full person. Motherhood is a glorious gift, but do not define yourself solely by motherhood. Be a full person. Your child will benefit from that." —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

What to Write When You're the Bride

Writing a wedding letter to your mom for all her help she provided leading up to this point is truly a kind gesture. Feel free to get sentimental, write a poem to your mom or employ some of your favorite quotes to encapsulate how you feel about the most special woman in your life.

Thank-You Messages

  • Thank you for being my amazing mother and for providing so much support on this journey.
  • I appreciate you raising me to be the woman I am today.
  • I'm grateful for you showing me what an amazing marriage can look like.
  • Thank you for being my greatest supporter in life. I can't wait to see what this next stage in our journey will look like.
  • I truly value you standing by my side on this monumental day in my life.


To my mother on my wedding day

Who gave me love and showed me my way

Thank you for guiding me to the light

I'm excited for all that will come tonight


  • "My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn't do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. ... I don't know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her." — Rory, Gilmore Girls
  • "Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." — George Eliot
  • "When someone asks where you come from, the answer is your mother." — Anna Quindlen
  • "I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper and reach great heights." — Terri Guillemets
  • "My mother: she is beautiful, softened at the edges, and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her." — Jodi Picoult

What to Write If You're Marrying Her Daughter

If you are soon to inherit a mother-in-law, it's an excellent idea to write her a card to show how thankful you are for raising her daughter and excited you are to be a part of her family. Make sure to write a card that emphasizes your love for the bride as well as your gratitude for all the mother-of-the-bride's help along the way.

Meaningful Wishes

  • I am truly excited to have a bonus mother in my life as wonderful as you.
  • I appreciate how you have raised such a beautiful, strong and kind young woman.
  • Thank you for all your endless support as we have gone through our wedding planning journey.
  • I see how much your daughter looks up to you. I can't wait to be part of your family.
  • I am overjoyed to be married to your incredible daughter.


Thank you for raising a beautiful daughter

Whose heart is pure and her wit is stronger

I can't wait to be part of your family soon

I'm excited to walk the aisle with [bride's name] in June


  • "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." — Oprah Winfrey
  • "Once blessed with a wonderful mother; twice blessed with my mother-in-law." — Unknown
  • "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." — Harry, When Harry Met Sally
  • "For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home." — Stephanie Perkins, "Anna and the French Kiss"
  • "A mother gives you life. A mother-in-law gives you her life." — Amit Kalantri
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