The Best Belated Happy Birthday Wishes for Friends and Family

Being late to wish someone a happy birthday is sometimes not intentional, being held up or maybe being in a circumstance you can’t change doesn’t really mean you aren’t thinking of the person on their special day. So as soon as you can, send out a birthday message to that loved one and see a smile form no matter how late. Mode of delivery shouldn’t really affect the outcome, after all, isn’t it the thought that counts?

Happy belated birthday!

Send one of these beautifully crafted belated happy birthday wishes, some might even convey the real reason you were late and remind they are always on your mind:

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes and Messages

  • It’s hard to make you wait my cheer then disappoint you. I have to fix my bad point by sending you this card. Belated Happy Birthday.
  • I need some time to write the best words that will make you forgive me about missing your Bday. I hope you will.
  • Sorry, I didn’t forget your day, but the distance made it difficult for me to come.
  • I’m happy for you adding another year and so sorry as I couldn’t celebrate with you. Hope it was awesome.
  • I can’t say that I wish you a happy birthday. I just know that it was perfect. I wish you get a great new year full of pleasure.
  • Even if I forgot the date of your birth, I hope that your celebration was perfect with friends.
  • I’m shy because I forgot your birthday. Please, excuse me.
  • We are not only the ones who want to celebrate, diseases also do. I was tired to attend that day, so excuse me.
  • I know that birthday is a peculiar day, but you are peculiar every day.
  • I’m late. However, I know it was a fantastic day. Hope you had fun.
  • Ask my calendar what happened. It is unlike me to confuse the days and be late. Happy belated one.
  • If you missed me yesterday, you will be surprised today. Get ready.
  • I’m late but wish you had a great birthday. I hope to get free time to be with you. Belated Happy Birthday.
  • My car needs some work. It’s sorry for making me late to attend your special party.


  • Do you know this phrase: “Loving people makes you late with everything”? I think my love for you did this to me.
  • I will never trust my messenger again because it notified me that my message has been sent. Hope your birthday was amazing.
  • I didn’t miss your birthday. I just didn’t click “send” after typing the message.
  • I’m not sad for missing your special day. I’m sad for missing desserts and cake. :) Happy late birthday.
  • Better Late than Never. :) Best wishes!
  • My wife left the baby with me and traveled, so my birthday wish came late. I hope the day was good.
  • I bought a phone for you, but it fell in the river. :) Bad Luck dude.

Happy Belated Birthday!

For a Friend

  • How did I forget your birthday? I guess I wanted to make my wishes very special for a wonderful friend. With much love and in need of your forgiveness.
  • I’m very thankful for having a sweet friend like you, who knows how to forgive when people forget their birthday. Let me add my wishes to yours. Stay blessed with smiles.
  • Wasting time in punishing me isn’t useful for you, friend. My deepest wishes!
  • My post on your Facebook timeline was late as I had internet connection problems. My sincerest wishes for my sincere friend!
  • You said the party will be thrown at 10 pm but you didn’t mention the place. Hope you did all what you wanted to do on your birthday.
  • You love science, so I think you know this saying, “If you’re always late, you’re probably more creative”. Be happy as your best friend is creative. Happy Birthday dude.

Happy Belated Birthday & Sorry

  • Hope you had a special day. I missed this special moment and I’m sorry.
  • Your answering-machine told me that you were too busy to hear what I had to say. Unfortunately, your technology made you miss my apology. Happy Birthday & Sorry.
  • Sorry, my mom was so tired and I was with her. Happy Bday by the way.

For Girlfriend & Wife

  • Even though my wishes are late, let me assure you, you were on my mind the whole time; I love you to the moon and back birthday girl!
  • My mind has many excuses, but you are the one whose heart will decide whether to accept my apology or not. Feel my love and sorrow.
  • You are in my heart every day and I don’t celebrate you for just one day.
  • Sorry, my lovely girl. I was crazy to forget your birthday. I hope you had an amazing one with your friends.

For Boyfriend & Husband

  • Late wishes mean the person took much time thinking of you, I hope you accept my belated birthday wishes with the warmest heart. I love you honey.
  • Time flies faster than any rocket sent to the moon, you are special to me and I hope my belated wish can show you how much. XOXO
  • I know you expected that I would be the first one to congratulate you, but I had trouble. Sorry for the frustration baby. Happy Belated Birthday.

For Ex-Girlfriend

  • I don’t collect phrases to excuse. I just want to touch your heart so that you can accept my belated wish. May you always live in happiness!
  • I wasn’t beside you, but my heart was. Wishing you a joyous Bday though late.
  • Your date had a great traffic problem. I couldn’t reach your party, so consider me one of your handsome guests. Wishing you millions of Happy Birthdays my ex.

For Ex-Boyfriend

  • I’m truly sorry I missed your special day. Can you forgive me? You remain a key part of my life. Just wanted to say I always have you in mind.
  • I know my wish may be late, but your picture in my heart is in a good place. Belated Happy Birthday.
  • They told me that your birthday party was the best one ever. I hope it would have been easy to attend but it’s not. Have a happy year.

For Crush

  • Being late is one of my habits I can’t change. Excuse me as I can’t control it. Happy Bday cutie!
  • Going to study is better than facing you after missing your birthday. Accept my message as I’m sad for missing it. See you tomorrow at class.
  • I  take much time to look handsome so I missed your party. Sharing the birthday of the cutest girl costs any guy to be more handsome than Brad Pitt.
  • I was looking at your picture all the day, so the time wasn’t my friend. Best wishes sweetie!

For a Kid

  • I couldn’t come to your party, but my heart is full of happiness. Have fun baby.
  • I do regret not eating the cake on your celebration, but hope it was awesome. Happy Birthday little one.
  • No words can express my excuse, but trust me I still have the gift dude. :)
  • I hope that your Bday party was full of cakes and cupcakes. Did you spare some for me? I think no. Anyway, Happy Birthday little one.

Happy Belated Birthday Messages for Relatives

  • I hope your birthday was as wonderful as you’re, you are a gem and I hate that I didn’t attend. Sorry and receive my belated wishes.
  • Some people say that belated persons have the great love from others, I think this saying affected me. Thanks honey for forgiving me!
  • I’m not late, I just took much time to prepare your Bday gift. Happy belated birthday.

For Uncle

  • My wish for you yesterday is the same as today’s, so be happy, uncle, as you are the person who puts a smile on my face.
  • I can’t come up with any excuse that will justify why I didn’t attend, but I can say you are a gentleman. A special birthday to a special uncle.
  • I had headache yesterday. I wanted to be in a cool mood for your celebration uncle. Happy Birthday!

For Aunt

  • Happy Birthday Aunty. It’s late, but luckily I still remember it. Don’t mug please.
  • Distance separated us but you were on my mind throughout the day, I hope your birthday was as awesome as the photos I saw of it. Love you always dear auntie.
  • Having sons is a big reason to make you late in many occasions. You are the best one who can understand me. Wishing you a great year auntie.

For Nephew

  • It’s a wonderful day nephew. Make this new year of yours the most wonderful one yet in your life. This message was pending, so Happy Birthday!
  • I hope that you had a fantastic day with your friends honey. Always enjoy your time sweetheart.
  • I guess it wasn’t the perfect celebration without me. Next time, you can change the date for your uncle. Happy birthday nephew.
  • Your cousin damaged my present to you, so I was late to prepare another one. Happy belated Bday my nephew.

For Niece

  • Ask your mother how many times I called you. I wanted to wish you a cool day. I hope you had it.
  • I was looking online for some messages, but I didn’t find a perfect one, so I looked in my heart and sent my greetings from there. A sweet birthday to my sweet niece.
  • I waited to eat my cake slice alone away from the party crowd. You know I don’t like noise. Belated Happy Bday.

For Sister-in-Law

  • I tried to buy the new eyeliner that’s the best in our city just for you, but it took much time till today. Sorry for being late. A superb birthday to my sweet sister!
  • My belated wishes come to you with the most apologetic voice ever, hope you had an awesome birthday. I promise to make it up to you sis.
  • Can you forgive me If I told you that my delay doesn’t reflect negligence? I care so much about your birthday sis. Hope you enjoyed with my bro.

For Daughter-in-Law

  • I can throw a new party for you so you can forgive me for not attending your celebration. Do you agree? Happy Birthday my sweet daughter-in-law.
  • My kitty shredded your Bday card, so my wishes came late. Happy for you.
  • Being late doesn’t mean I don’t care, of course I do, but some work troubles blocked me. Happy birthday my daughter-in-law.

For Cousin

  • Life has its own ups and downs. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it on time cousin. But still sending you my warmest greetings. Keep up the smiles.
  • Some brothers may be late with their wishes for one another, so be kind with me. I hope you had a great day.
  • Do you know that many websites have solutions for my problem that’s titled by:“belated Happy Birthday wishes”? So you got it. Happy belated Birthday cousin.

Special Belated Happy Birthday Wishes

  • I suppose that it was a hypnotic effect, so I slept all the day.
  • You know that I’m far away, that’s why I couldn’t come to your party.
  • I sent you a wish through your favorite program on T.V. Did you watch it ?
  • I’m so sorry that I was late, but I’m so happy to see you growing up so fast. Happy Birthday!
  • Are you sad? I know I’m so bad. Happy Birthday dad.
  • Even if I was late, I can’t be much away of the date. Happy Bday mate!
  • Your birthday is like a flag, but I couldn’t see it. I guess I was blind.
  • When you eat so much, you can’t go anywhere. I think you got it. Hope you ate well on your wonderful birthday.
  • This’s not a revenge for your delay on my previous birthday, but I really had some work problems. Don’t be angry.
  • I can’t find an appropriate word for an apology to give, but at least I’m happy to see you clock that wonderful age.
  • Your son is so young to answer phone calls. I couldn’t tell you my wish.

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