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Do you want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, wedding, promotion, or graduation? Has your friend successfully handled a new change or reached a personal achievement? Below you will find information that will help you write a wonderful and memorable letter of congratulations.

Guidelines for writing congratulations:

  • Say your best wishes early in the message and again when you close. Make sure you mention the occasion that is being celebrated. Do not add other news or information in the message, with the exception of birthday cards. Express how happy you are for the person and how you learned about the delightful news.
  • Avoid going overboard on flattery.
  • Be positive and pleasant. If you have an objection about an event, do not include that in your message, or do not write a letter at all.

Helpful words you can use: Click on each word to get definitions and examples from WordNet 1.6 Vocabulary Helper.

Accomplishment Achievement Admire Applaud
Appreciate Celebrate Contribution Excellent
Exceptional Happy Honor Inspire
Inspiring Invaluable Occasion Performance
Pleased Proud Salute Satisfy
Sensational Success Thrilled Thrilling
Unique Valuable Victory


Dear Mom and Dad,
Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! Just getting this far is an accomplishment, and I wish you happiness for the next 25 years and more!
Your loving daughter,
Your Signature
Your typed name


Dear Stu,
Congratulations on receiving your doctorate in Philosophy! I am sure that graduation was a sensational day for you after all the years of studying. I wish you all the success in the world! Again, congratulations on a memorable achievement.
Your Signature
Your typed name


Dear Barbara and Ken,
Congratulations on your engagement! I wish you the best and look forward to your wedding day. Thank you for your lovely invitation.
Again, warmest congratulations!
Your Signature
Your typed name


Dear Stu,
Congratulations on your new job at the Academia Institute! I am sure that you will be an invaluable contributor at Academia. I hope that you find the job rewarding and satisfying.
Good Luck!
Your Signature
Your typed name

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