The best belated birthday wishes contain the right mix of sincerity, remorse and humor to make the people you love feel special, even if your "Happy Birthday" arrived a little late.
Need ideas? Check out the many examples of belated birthday messages on this page.
BY KEVIN NISHMAS | UPDATED: FEB. 18, 2021
Whether you need serious or funny belated birthday messages, here's where to start. Simply jump to the section you need, right below.
Need ideas when it comes belated birthday wishes for your family? Below are examples you can use, combine or change to create belated birthday wishes for your brother, sister, mother, father or cousin.
Whether you need belated birthday wishes for one of your colleagues or your boss, get inspired by the examples below. Feel free to change these birthday messages, combine them or use them (as is).
If you need a few pointers to write the ideal belated birthday wishes before you check out the examples on this page, all you need to do is take a few minutes to check out the hints and tips right below.
Forgetting somebody’s birthday can make you feel a little embarrassed. Worse, your family or friends may think you don’t care about them enough to remember their special day. They may even be mad at you for forgetting it.
Enter belated birthday wishes, the cure for “birthday forgetitis” whenever you mess up. Sure, you may have forgotten the birthday of someone special but well-written belated birthday wishes can make up for it...big time.
But not all belated "happy birthday" wishes are created equal. Some are too funny or too serious for their own good. What should your belated birthday wishes say? Should it be funny or serious? Should it be apologetic? That depends on how sensitive the recipients are about you forgetting their birthday:
That's not all you should consider when you write a belated birthday greeting. You should also think about grammar. Yes, grammar. Most people are not aware of the fact that "happy belated birthday" is grammatically incorrect, so you won't see it on this page.
"Belated birthday wishes" or "Here's a belated happy birthday" (or a variation of these expressions) are correct, though. To find out why, read a short grammarist.com article on this very subject.
Ultimately, your goal is to rectify the situation and make the birthday boy or girl feel just as special as he or she would have felt had you sent your birthday wish on time (or more special, if you're really ambitious with your belated birthday wishes).
To virtually guarantee that you've made up for your forgetfulness, the examples of belated birthday messages on this page contain three very important ingredients:
At the end of the day, belated birthday greetings with a healthy dose of contriteness, self-deprecation and post-birthday jubilation will only make it easier for you to actually be genuinely sorry about your mishap...until the next time you forget someone's birthday.