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February 11, 2019 Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

Anxiety usually sets in when we sit down to write a wedding toast as we are unsure how it End on cheerful note by congratulating them or wishing them well.

The wedding day of a newly married couple is like a bloom of yellow-rayed flowers under a bright morning sun—full of hope, joy, health, and good luck. As a friend or relation of either one of the newlyweds, you may long to heighten the spirit of jubilation in the air with your congratulatory and soul-touching wedding wishes. However, finding the right words to do so can be a challenge.

Do you fall into the category of folks who have difficulty finding the words to communicate your joy and excitement? Take a deep breath. Here are suggestions and tips to help you weave words together to show how happy you are to share wedding moments with your newlywed friend or relation.

To best capture your emotions on paper, you will need to consider both your personality and the personality of the married couple. You will want your words to suit not only the occasion, but also your relationship. Use these messages, quotations, and verses as a starting point, and change them to fit your special occasion.

A wedding toast is a few words of wishes or blessings for the newlywed A good wedding toast is one that strikes the right balance between.

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Gaelic Matters > Irish Wedding Toasts

Irish Wedding Toasts and Wishes

Because my Irish Wedding toasts and Wishes list is growing fast, I have decided to give them their own page. These free wedding toasts below should help you strike the right note on the big day.

But if you don't find what you are looking for here, have a look at our Irish Wedding Blessings and our main Toasts page as well as the Pages related to Irish Wedding Toast Page.

You really should also visit our Irish Love Poems and Irish Wedding Poems pages for poetry, verse and songs of love, many translated from Gaelic.

Wedding Toasts

Health to the men and may the women live forever

Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo.
(Pronounced Slaw-in-cheh chwig nah fir, og-uss guh mir-hig nah mnawh guh jo)

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Health during your life,
A wife of your choice to you,
Land without rent to you,
A child every year to you,
And the light of heaven after this world for you.

Sláinte go saol agat,
Bean ar do mhian agat
Talamh gan chíos agat
Leanbh gach bliain agat,
Is solas na bhflaitheas tar éis an tsaoil seo agat.
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There's no cure for love except to marry.

Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh.
(Pronounced Neel ane lie-ass er on nraw awch(k) poe-sah
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May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
Quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but
Happiness from this day forward.
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Here's to you both, a beautiful pair
On the birthday of your love affair
Here's to the husband and here's to the wife
May yourselves be lovers for the rest of your life
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May you always have money in your pocket
a woman to love
and a smile on your face.
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May all your troubles be little ones
and all your little ones be trouble free.
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Here's to you and yours and mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done for you and yours. 
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If you lie, may you lie only to keep a friend
If you cheat, may you cheat only death
If you steal, may you steal your lover's heart
If you drink, may you drink deeply of the joy of your new life together.
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May all your ups and downs be under the sheets.

(I think that this may be a fairly modern Irish Wedding saying and one I would be very careful about using. Don't want to cause offence!
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Good luck to you both

Go n-eirí an t-ádh libh
(Pronounced Guh nye-ree on taw liv)
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May you live all the days of your life.
— Jonathan Swift
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May you live and may you wear it out

Go mairir is go gcathair
(Pronounced Guh mah-rir is guh gaw-hir)
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May you enjoy your new life.

Go maire sibh bhur saol nua.
(Pronounced Guh mah-reh shiv voor say-ol nu-ah)
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May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
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May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
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May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day
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May a mouse never leave your meal bag with a tear in its eye!
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Love is blind but marriage restores eyesight!
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May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmother's teeth
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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door
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May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
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A man's best friend is his mother until he meets his wife.
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May the roof above you never fall in,
And those gathered beneath it never fall out.
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May you be poor in misfortune,
rich in blessings,
slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
may you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.
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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
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Pages Related to Irish Wedding Toasts

Find out about Irish wedding customs and traditions and visit our wedding superstitions page for some far-fetched beliefs.

Irish Wedding Blessings

Irish Sayings about Love, Weddings and Marriage

On the main Irish Toasts Page and Irish Blessings Page you may find other toasts and blessings suitable for weddings too. There are few strict guidelines in using either. The important things is to communicate the right message in the right tone.

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Speaking in front of a crowd for any occasion needs a little prep, let alone the most important day of a couple's new life together. And giving a toast might seem like small potatoes among all of the things you have to do that day—but you still don't want to goof it up.

Whether you're the best man or maid of honor tasked with making a speech, one of the members of the happy couple wanting to honor your new love or a parent tasked with creating a touching moment, you want the words to come out right. Prevent yourself from becoming an "epic fail" meme all over social media (and you know people will be filming). Incorporate these heartfelt quotations, quick quips, or famous sayings into your wedding day speech or toast. 

Wedding Toast, From the Groom to the Bride

Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest,
Here's to the truest of all who are true,
Here's to the neatest one, here's to the sweetest one,
Here's to them, all in one—here's to you.

To the Groom

Here's to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.

To the Bridesmaids

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Here's to these beautiful bridesmaids.

We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtues, and love them because we can't help it.

To the Bride

May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

Wedding Toast, From the Groom to the Bride

She knows all about me and loves me just the same.

Wedding Toast, From the Parents of the Bride and Groom

It is written: When children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.

To the Gathering

Let us toast the health of the bride;
Let us toast the health of the groom,
Let us toast the person that tied;
Let us toast every guest in the room.

To the Bride and Groom

Look down. you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.

Remember that if you ever put your marital problems on the back burner, they are sure to boil over.

Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.

My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

Marriage: A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves—making, in all, two.

May the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.

To the lamp of love—may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.

May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse.

The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you.
Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years,
You will always see the dear face and feel
The warm heart union of your eternal love.

May you have many children
and may they grow mature in taste
and healthy in color
and as sought after
as the contents of the glass.

Quotes From the Famous

Rainer Maria Rilke
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.

Gwendolyn Brooks
We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.

Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"
Oh, Lizzy! Do anything rather than marry without affection.

Mignon McLaughlin
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

Friedrich Nietzsche
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

Franz Schubert
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

Elizabeth Ashley
In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.

George Jean Nathan
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.

Elizabeth Gilbert
To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.

Robert Anderson"Solitaire & Double Solitaire"
In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.

Sydney J. Harris
Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity, yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.

Amy Grant
The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.

Mother Teresa
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Paul Valery
Love is being stupid together.

American Proverb
You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

Dr. James C. Dobson
Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.

Franklin P. Jones
Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Kristen Kappel
Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need.

Lucy Van Peltin "Peanuts," by Charles M. Schulz
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!

Tony Heath
Be presidents of each other's fan clubs.

Dave Meurer
A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

Madonna
To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give; that takes courage. Because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.

Are you giving a wedding toast, but you have no idea what to say? a bit more serious and start talking about your wishes for their future together. A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person.

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well wishes for wedding speech

The backstory on the wedding toast? Well, that stems from France. As tradition dictates, when a piece of bread was placed in a wine glass and passed around to all the guests, the first person to get to the bread was bestowed good luck (and a whole lot of backwash—gross!). It's since come to mean the best of luck to the newlyweds. Below, consider incorporating these no-fail quotes into your wedding toast.

Cultural Proverbs

"Where there is love, there is no sin."
—Montenegrin proverb

"When the husband drinks to the wife, all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is."
—English proverb

"Marriage has teeth, and him bit very hot."
—Jamaican proverb

"Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated gently."
—Congolese proverb

"Deep love is stronger than life."
—Jewish proverb

"Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason."
—French proverb

"Love and eggs are best when they are fresh."
—Russian proverb

"The heart that loves is always young."
—Greek proverb

Cultural Blessings

"May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand."
—Irish blessing

"Ten thousand things bright
Ten thousand miles, no dust
Water and sky one color
Houses shining along your road."
—Chinese blessing

"May you grow old on one pillow."
—Armenian blessing

"May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love."
—Armenian blessing

"Happy the bride and bridegroom and thrice happy are they whose love grows stronger day by day and whose union remains undissolved until the last day."
—African-American blessing

"May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river."
—African blessing

"May your love be as endless as your wedding rings."
—Traditional blessing

"May their joys be as deep as the ocean
And their misfortunes as light as the foam."
—Armenian blessing

"Let's drink to love, which is nothing—unless it's divided by two."
—Irish blessing

"May your joys be as sweet as spring flowers that grow.
As bright as a fire when winter winds blow,
As countless as leaves that float down in the fall,
As serene as the love that keeps watch over us all."
—Old English blessing

Traditional Toasts

"Ka mau ki aha. (May you never thirst again.)"
—Traditional Hawaiian wedding toast

"A toast to love and laughter, and happily ever after."
—Traditional toast

"Ad multos annos—to many years!"
—Latin toast

"Here's to the bride and the groom!
May you have a happy honeymoon,
May you lead a happy life,
May you have a bunch of money soon,
And live without all strife."
—Traditional toast

"Here's to the groom with the bride so fair,
And here's to the bride with groom so rare!"
—Traditional toast

"Here's to the husband
And here's to the wife;
May they remain
Lovers for life."
—Traditional toast

"Let us toast the health of the bride;
Let us toast the health of the groom;
Let us toast the person that tied;
Let us toast every guest in the room."
—Traditional toast

Traditional Graces

"Bless, O Lord, this food to our use, and us to Thy service, and make us ever needful of the needs of others, in Jesus' name. Amen."
—Traditional Protestant grace

"Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we have received out of Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen."
—Traditional Catholic grace

"For what we are about to receive, the Lord make us truly thankful, for Christ's sake. Amen.
What we are about to receive, may the Trinity and the Unity bless. Amen."
—Grace before meal

"Barukh atah Adonai Elohaynu melekh ha-olam ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Source of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. Amen."
—Traditional Jewish blessing over challah bread (Ha-Motzi)

Famous Quotes

"Insomuch as love grows you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."
—St. Augustine

"Blessings
Be present at your table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Those mercies bless, and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee."
—John Cennick

"All love should be simply stepping-stones to the love of God...Blessed be His name for His great goodness and mercy."
—Plato

Biblical Blessing

"The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!"
—Numbers 6:24-26

Shakespearean Toasts and Blessings

"A flock of blessings light upon thy back."
—Romeo and Juliet, Act III

"Fair thought and happy hours attend you."
—The Merchant of Venice, Act III

"Look down you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown."
—The Tempest, Act V

"I wish you all the joy you can wish."
—The Merchant of Venice, Act III

"The best of happiness, honor, and fortunes keeps with you."
—Timon of Athens, Act I

"God, the best maker of all marriages,
Combine your hearts in one."
—King Henry V, Act V

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain."
—from “Venus and Adonis"

"Honor, riches, marriage blessing,
Love continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings on you."
—The Tempest, Act IV

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