Missed a loved one's birthday? The belated birthday wishes right here will make the birthday boy or girl feel special...and may even make him or her forget that you're late with his or her birthday message.
To virtually guarantee that you've made up for your forgetfulness, the belated birthday messages on this page contain three very important ingredients:
Contriteness (the fact that you are filled with a sense of guilt over this blunder of yours and only want atonement from the birthday boy or girl)
Self-deprecation (the act of belittling yourself in a funny, almost modest way to show you are, after all, human — and humans are entitled to make mistakes sometimes)
Post-birthday jubilation (a demonstration of your excitement over special someone's birthday, even days after the fact)
All the belated birthday greetings below have a very healthy dose of contriteness, self-deprecation and post-birthday jubilation, which only makes it easier for you to actually be genuinely sorry about your mishap...until the next time you forget someone's birthday.
Funny belated birthday wishes
I wanted to give you your birthday message late, so you would have enough time to grieve the loss of your youth. Hope your birthday was rejuvenating.
This birthday message is not late. It’s unbelievably early — for your next birthday. Hope your special day was as incredible as you are (yes, I'm buttering you up)!
I'm sorry I missed your birthday, but you've had so many that I've lost count. Wishing you a belated "happy birthday!"
A belated "happy birthday" to my favorite person in the world. Sure, technically, I forgot your birthday. In reality, though, I was once again just fashionably late for another BIG event.
Lately, you have been on my mind — a little too late, though. So here's my belated "happy birthday" wish for you.
Hope your birthday was the best ever. I'm very sorry I missed it — it totally slipped my mind. I guess that's what happens when you've had too many birthdays of your own.
"Happy Belated Birthday" is grammatically wrong Find out why...
According to grammarians (grammar experts), writing "happy belated birthday" is grammatically wrong and "belated happy birthday" is correct. Find out why right here.
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create BirthdayMessages.net in 2012 to share his passion for birthday and "unbirthday" quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.