7 Sweet Compliments to Give a Bride


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Every bride wants—and deserves—to be showered with compliments on her wedding day. Bride compliments can focus on everything from the couple to the reception, the wedding dress to the tiniest details that really stood out. This day was a serious labor of love and every bride wants to bask in the glow of her wedding.

As a guest (and someone who loves the bride!), you just might get choked up, tongue-tied, and find yourself scrambling for the right words to say. If you find yourself faltering, know that you can’t go wrong with these bride compliments.

Here’s how to tell a bride she is beautiful, special, found the perfect partner, and threw one heck of a wedding!

Wedding day compliments

Brides / Michaela Buttignol

1. You look beautiful.

First and foremost, every single bride wants to hear that she is so ravishing, magical, glamorous, and stunning it makes you want to cry. Getting ready for this day was a marathon that likely involved more crunches and fewer carbs than any lady likes, plus ample planning for how to do her hair and makeup, so readily acknowledge she’s a beautiful bride. Compliments on her gorgeous hair, beautiful face, and breathtaking vision will stick with her long after the wedding.

While all compliments are fair game in this department, it's kindest to keep your statements focused on the bride herself, not the accouterments. For example, "Your eyes are gorgeous," is better than, "Wow your fake eyelashes look so subtle!"

2. Your dress is perfect!

Finding a dress that flatters your body, evokes your style, and suits your venue is not a walk in the park. Reward her for her hard work with a good hearty, genuine compliment about how that gown could not be more perfect for her. Whether it’s the beading, the silhouette, the fabric, or some other lovely detail, you can’t go wrong if you gush about how stunning her dress is.

3. I can't believe how stunning these flowers are...

There is no better feeling for a bride than having a guest notice—and love—the reception details she labored over. Whether it's a perfectly arranged bouquet or a creative table assignment, call out the little things that caught your eye.

4. You two are made for each other.

On a day that's all about their commitment to each other, don't forget to acknowledge and admire the couple's relationship. To avoid cliché, call out elements specific to them as a couple, such as, "Ben brings out that belly laugh of yours better than anyone else I know," or "I knew she was smitten when she voluntarily went to mini-golf ... in high heels."

5. I'm having such an incredible time, thank you!

In the end, a couple wants to know that their guests enjoyed themselves, so any compliment centered around how much fun you're having, how insanely awesome their dance floor is, or how delicious things are tasting, is appreciated.

6. The ceremony was so meaningful.

Don't let the reception overshadow the ceremony. The ceremony is another aspect of the wedding that the couple put a lot of work and thought into crafting. If it touched you, let them know. They'll be happy to hear it.

7. Whatever’s in your heart!

You can never go wrong with a heartfelt compliment. It doesn’t even have to be about the wedding specifically—maybe you want to tell the bride how special she is to you, or how good a friend she’s been. On a day that’s all about love, this is your chance to say whatever’s in your heart!

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