10 Formal Japanese Phrases to Say Congratulations at Wedding

10 Formal Japanese Phrases to Say Congratulations at Wedding

When you are invited to a wedding in Japan, you must know how to say “congratulations” in Japanese. You might know a simple phrase to congratulate your friend, but it is important to know how to say it politely to the families of bride and groom. On top of that, if you are asked to give a speech in front of all the important people, including members of families and bosses from work, then you should know some formal phrases to congratulate during the wedding. In this article, I will tell you 10 useful formal phrases that you can use during a Japanese wedding.



 

10 Formal Japanese Phrases to Say Congratulations at Wedding

 

1. Gokekkon omedetou gozaimasu

It means “Congratulations on your wedding.” When you see the bride and groom, you can say this phrase to congratulate them.

 

2. Gokekkon kokoroyori gosyukufuku moushiagemasu

It is also a phrase to congratulate the happy couple for getting married. It literally means “I would like to say congratulations on your wedding from my heart.” If you are asked to give a speech, you can start with this phrase.

 

3. Kokorokara oiwaiwo moushiagemasu

It also means “I would like to say the word of celebration from my heart.” It is a very useful expression to politely congratulate the families of bride and groom. If you give a speech, it would be polite to congratulate the families after congratulating the couple. You can say “Goryouke no minasama ni kokorokara oiwaiwo moushiagemasu.” (I would like to congratulate both family from my heart)

 

4. Kokoroyori oyorokobi moushiagemasu

This phrase means “I would like express my feeling of happiness from my heart.” Like the previous phrase, you can use this to congratulate the families.

 

5. Suenagaku oshiawaseni

This phrase means “I wish you happiness forever.” It would be a great phrase to add after congratulating the happy couple.

 

 

6. Honjitsu wa makotoni omedetou gozaimasu

This phrase means “I would like to give a sincere congratulations for today.” It is also a great phrase to say to the families.

 

7. Konoyouna subarashii osekini shotai itadakimashite makotoni kansha moushiagemasu

It is a phrase that you can use to thank them for the invitation to their wedding. Many people start their speech with this phrase. It literally means “I would like to say a word of appreciation for inviting to this amazing wedding.”

 

8. Omedetai sekini omaneki itadakimashite hontouni arigatou gozaimasu

Like the last phrase, it is also used to say thank you for inviting to the wedding. It translates into “Thank you very much for inviting to this happy ceremony.”

 

9. Ofutarino shiawase wo kokorokara oinori shiteorimasu

If you need to give a speech, this can be your closing phrase. It means “I am praying for the happiness of two of them, from my heart.”

 

10. Kongomo goshien tamawarimasu youni onegai moushiagemasu

This phrase is also commonly used at the end of the speech. It means “I ask you to help both of them in the future.” If you are a boss or a supervisor of one of the marrying couple, it is appropriate for you to use this phrase in your speech. In Japanese wedding, it is a tradition to ask others to help the young couple when things get rough.

 

Conclusion

Japanese formal phrases are difficult. Yet you can learn those phrases to politely congratulate bride, groom and their families in the formal occasion. On top of that, if you are asked to give a speech, those phrases can be quite useful!

 

10 Formal Japanese Phrases to Say Congratulations at Wedding

1. Gokekkon omedetou gozaimasu

2. Gokekkon kokoroyori gosyukufuku moushiagemasu

3. Kokorokara oiwaiwo moushiagemasu

4. Kokoroyori oyorokobi moushiagemasu

5. Suenagaku oshiawaseni

6. Honjitsu wa makotoni omedetou gozaimasu

7. Konoyouna subarashii osekini shotai itadakimashite makotoni kansha moushiagemasu

8. Omedetai sekini omaneki itadakimashite hontouni arigatou gozaimasu

9. Ofutarino shiawase wo kokorokara oinori shiteorimasu

10. Kongomo goshien tamawarimasu youni onegai moushiagemasu