Congratulations in Spanish: Wedding & New Baby Phrases

Congratulations in Spanish: Wedding & New Baby Phrases
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Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

This lesson provides you with the most common phrases Spanish speakers use to congratulate others. The contexts are 'wedding' and 'new baby' situations when saying or writing the correct phrase makes you look good.

Happy Situations in Spanish

The wonder of saying the appropriate phrases during a wedding or when a new baby is here is that the language is positive and happy. To practice the following phrases in this lesson, you can perhaps imagine a situation and repeat the new vocabulary aloud, or you could just put it into practice if you want to offer congratulations for an actual wedding or new baby. Saying it in Spanish shows your knowledge, and it's an original way to congratulate.

To begin, the most basic word you can say is felicitaciones, which means 'congratulations' and is pronounced 'feh-lee-see-tah-see-on-ehs.'

Now, say you want to make it sound exciting in writing. To do this, you must first write an opening exclamation mark, which looks upside down, and then the closing exclamation mark as in English. This is simply because in Spanish, exclamation marks are like that. So, you would write this:

¡felicitaciones!

Wedding

La boda (which means 'the wedding,' and is pronounced 'lah boh-dah') is the perfect situation to say or write the word felicitaciones. Another word that means the same is felicidades (pronounced 'feh-lee-see-dah-dehs').

Beyond these simple words, these are the phrases you may want to say or write when congratulating the newlyweds:

  • Felicitaciones a los dos en el día de su boda. (Congratulations to both of you on your wedding day.)
  • Que sean muy felices toda su vida . (May you both be very happy for the rest of your life.)
  • Los mejores deseos en el día de su boda. (Best wishes on your wedding day.)

During the reception, especially when dancing, Spanish speakers usually say the following phrases aloud:

  • ¡Que viva la novia! (Cheers for the bride!)
  • ¡Que viva el novio! (Cheers for the groom!)
  • ¡Que vivan los novios! (Cheers for the bride and the groom!)

When someone says this, everyone replies:

  • ¡Que viva!, which means 'Cheers!' if the reference is for the bride or the groom.
  • ¡Que vivan!, which means 'Cheers!' if the reference is for the bride and groom together.

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