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Thoughtful Belated Birthday Messages to Make Up for Missed Wishes

It's so easy these days to forget or leave things to the last minute, especially when it comes to birthdays, after all, they're only once a year so if you miss it, it's gone! However, most people are very tolerant and you giving belated birthday wishes will mean the world to them. Giving out belated birthday messages shows that you care and although it may not be the right day, you were still thinking of them and still want them to know you wanted them to have a happy day on their birthday. Belated birthday quotes can be inspiring, polite and thoughtful, even when late.

Belated Birthday Messages

  • Who could forget a friend's birthday? Must be someone whose recall is going kaput!

  • Unfortunately, it's totally true, your birthday I did miss. But to top the other "day only" wishes, my wish is for a year of bliss!

  • Some bad little birdie didn't keep up his end of the bargain and forgot to remind me of your birthday. So, Happy Belated Birthday! My cat would wish you the same if his mouth wasn't so full!

  • Excuses are not always the best way to handle a misstep. I'll simply say...I'm sorry I'm late! Hope you had a fantastic birthday!

  • Time waits for no man. That included me. Sorry I let time get away from me and I missed your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday!

  • If there's one thing that makes me's being late for something as wonderful as my friend's birthday. I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday!

  • You have to be so careful where you let your cards go. Apparently mine decided to make a trip around the world before getting to you. Bad card! Hope your year is full of happy days!

  • I think great people should be given more than one day to celebrate their birthday. That's why I decided to send my card late, so that the celebration would keep on going! Hope your official birthday was as cool as this one!

  • I feel absolutely awful that I missed your special day. I think a piece of leftover birthday cake could cheer me up though. Got any?

  • Slow is as slow does...and when it came to your birthday, my natural slowness seemed to go into overdrive. Happy belated birthday!

  • People who totally missed your birthday: Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and yours truly. I figured once you realized that I forgot it, I would be a dead man! Sorry. Happy Belated Birthday

  • This message is for the one who refuses to age, looks good in everything they put on, and is absolutely gorgeous! It's you, silly! Sorry I missed your special day, but compliments seem to get better with time!

  • It's a happy belated birthday wish for someone who's as sweet as can be. This wish is coming a little bit late and along with it is a big, I'm Sorry! I hope you had a great day!

  • People keep talking about our postal system and how they can cause mail to arrive late. That's not the case here, but I thought it would be a great time to mention that! Happy Belated Birthday!

  • As soon as your birthday popped into my mind, I hustled to get you a great card. I might need to work on my hustle because I was still late! Happy Belated Birthday!

  • I'm developing a plan for remembering your next birthday. Do you think a forehead tattoo is too much? Hope you had a great day!

  • A birthday wish that's a little tardy shouldn't keep us from having another birthday party! Let's keep the celebration going! Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Little birds are infamous for sharing information. They're timing, on the other hand, is nothing to write home about. Sorry I missed your birthday! Blame the bird.

  • Lilies are white and carnations are too, I'm sorry this birthday message is coming late to you. I hope you had a great birthday!

  • Your birthday may have come and gone, but I hope the happiness lasts the whole year long. Happy Belated Birthday!

  • I could never REALLY forget your birthday because I keep thoughts of you in my heart. But, I must admit, my mind didn't do such a good job. I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!

  • That special day to celebrate a birthday just for you has come and gone right by. I completely forgot and I apologize, but I get props for making this funky rhyme! Hope it was a great day!

  • I'm sorry that I missed that "day" they celebrated your birthday. Some people are so quick to point out how old you are...aren't you glad I'm not that pushy and gave you time to adjust to the idea! Happy belated birthday!

  • I have been trying to train my cat to handle birthday reminders. you think I'm expecting way too much from a cat? It's alright if you think so. Sorry I missed your happy day!

  • I made a special effort to ensure that your birthday would not be forgotten. I wrote it down....but I can't remember when, where, or on what. Sorry I missed your birthday!

  • Late is the new black! Sorry I missed your birthday!

  • It's taken a while, but this birthday message has finally reached you. Happy belated birthday!

  • I did it. I missed it. I'm so sorry. Happy belated birthday!

  • I have to be honest. This card is absolutely late. But, honesty can be really overrated! Happy belated birthday!

  • Happy belated birthday...despite this message not being "on time".

  • Even though birthdays are only technically one day, the happiness that they bring can go on and on and on! Happy belated birthday!

Make up for missed wishes with our collection of thoughtful belated birthday messages. Life gets busy, but it's never too late to send your warm regards and apologies. From sincere and apologetic messages to lighthearted and humorous notes, find the perfect words to express your regrets and make them feel special. Show that you care with our carefully curated belated birthday messages. Explore our collection at and make amends with heartfelt wishes.

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