The Marriage Ceremony of Anya and Casey. Opening Words (Judge Bergstrom). Welcome guests (general words of welcome). Entering into Marriage.
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.
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.
Here's to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.
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.
May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.
She knows all about me and loves me just the same.
It is written: When children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.
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.
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
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.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
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.
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.
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.
The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Love is being stupid together.
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.
Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need.
Lucy Van Pelt, in "Peanuts," by Charles M. Schulz
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!
Be presidents of each other's fan clubs.
A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.
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.
Give the newlyweds your tried and true advice with these Words of Wisdom cards . The cards can be stored in a wedding album to be read over and over with.
Marriage is for the long-haul, so we were curious to know what keeps yours strong and gets you through your ups and downs, whether it’s making compromises or keeping the romance alive. Got your own pearls of relationship wisdom to share? Let us know at forum/talk-to-us/words-of-wisdom-for-married-life/
Forgive each other
“Forgive quickly and sincerely mean it. Holding a grudge will act like a poison in your relationship. It will definitely make your relationship stronger – and I know I really admire my husband for having this personality trait.” – Katspups
Listen to each other
“Listen to each other and take on board what the other has to say. You might not always agree but respect and understanding is needed to minimise tension and arguments!” – Mrs Cash
Let the lady get her way
“Happy Wife, Happy Life.” – MrsDenbyToBe
Be best friends
“Laugh. We’ve never stopped laughing… usually at each other. My hubby and I can be the most romantic people in the world but I’d say 90% of our time is spent taking the mick out of each other!
We started out as best mates, living 90-odd miles away from each other and only seeing each other a handful of times a year. We support different rugby teams so are used to picking on each other, and the friendship and banter is the one thing we promised each other that would never stop when we decided to embark on our romantic relationship.” – Hullass1972
“I would say it’s cooperation.” – Rahul
Enjoy each other
“Spend one night a week with each other doing something more than watching telly – a walk in a local park, a drink at the pub, a picnic… Only choose activities where you can actually talk to each other, so not the cinema!
Always ask your husband how his day was and look interested when he goes into detail about boring work politics – if he’s offloaded the day’s stresses he’s less like to be grumpy!”
Don’t rush through life’s landmarks
“Don’t try and do too much in the first year of marriage, such as moving house. Just enjoy the fact that you’re married.” – Hollie Bond
“Never keep secrets. Honesty is always the best policy with anyone, but especially the person who you are spending your life with. The truth always outs and once the trust is broken it is also like a poison that can ruin relationships on all levels.
For us, we also like to do things together that we enjoy, normally sporty or active stuff like hiking, but it can be anything. Just enjoy doing something together regularly.” – mrsbrazil
“Keep having sex. There are so many times when either myself or my husband (or both of us!) aren’t in the mood or are tired, but once you get going its always enjoyable and keeps you close. If I have to spend 35 hours+ at work and I’m sure as hell going to make the effort to have sex every week as well. Even just a quickie – just keep getting physical.” – BekhaG
I have been collecting wedding quotes since I was an angsty teen—scrawled in my various notebooks alongside my angsty (and terrible, but you knew that) teen poetry. I mean, I suppose at the time I just thought of them as “mushy quotes about love,” but now that I’m a wedding designer, I realize that I’ve been collecting wedding quotes all along. And lucky for you all, my taste in literature has always been pretty consistent, and my taste in poetry has improved immensely over the years. Mostly because I stopped trying to write it. Of course, given that weddings are now my job, my crush on good love quotes abides, and I think your wedding is a fantastic place to splash around your own love of the written word with quotes that speak to the truths of marriage. (But only good wedding quotes, of course.)
Bonus: It’s like showing off your top-shelf books (Infinite Jest anyone?).
So while it might seem impossible to sum up your ridiculously amazing, complicated, and fantastic wedding in a neat little sentence (heck, that’s what marriage is for—you get a lifetime to figure it out), here’s a list of some great wedding quotes to get you started. I’ve divided them up by length, as well as breaking the more literary quotes out from the pop-culture quotes.
And then, for bonus points, I’ve given you design ideas for how you can use these quotes during your wedding.
These are perfect for signs, napkins, banners, and backdrops.
All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. —J.M. Barrie
The only magic I still believe in is love. —Unknown
If I know what love is, it is because of you. —Hermann Hesse
Who, being loved, is poor? —Oscar Wilde
I have found the one whom my soul loves. —Song of Solomon
Pop Culture Quotes
You make me feel like I am home again. —The Cure, “Lovesong”
A party without cake is just a meeting. —Julia Child
Can I get a witness? —Marvin Gaye
You give good love. —Whitney Houston
I walk the line. —Johnny Cash
No parking on the dance floor. —Midnight Star
These are perfect for programs, favors, invitations, and vows.
They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered. —F. Scott Fitzgerald
You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement. —F. Scott Fitzgerald
Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary? —J.M. Barrie
Being in love is simply a presentation of our pasts to another individual, mostly packages so unwieldy that we can no longer manage the loosened strings alone. —Zelda Fitzgerald
Laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters. —Tom Robbins
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world in my arms. —Mary Oliver
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through… You won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. —Haruki Murakami
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. —Nicole Krauss
Pop Culture Quotes
With a love like that, you know you should be glad. —The Beatles, “She Loves You”
I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure that I’m arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. —The Hobbit (Movie)
Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi’s life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love. —Star Wars: Episode II
She is the only evidence of God I have seen with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry. —St. Elmo’s Fire
Since the invention of the kiss, there have been only five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. —The Princess Bride
And we’ll collect the moments one by one, I guess that’s how the future’s done. —Feist, “Mushaboom”
The sweetest thing I ever saw, was you asleep and dreaming. —Magnetic Fields, “Asleep and Dreaming”
The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool. —Almost Famous
That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence. —Pulp Fiction
Yes, I’m drunk. And you’re beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I’ll be sober but you’ll still be beautiful. —The Dreamers
We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life mean? But, in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all the time, every day. —Shall We Dance
These wedding quotes are perfect for vows, readings, and badass backdrops.
For her I changed pebbles into diamonds, shoes into mirrors, I changed glass into water, I gave her wings and pulled birds from her ears and in her pockets she found feathers, I asked a pear to become a pineapple, a pineapple to become a lightbulb, a lightbulb to become the moon, and the moon to become a coin I flipped for her love. —Nicole Krauss
They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the “blaze of passion” often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet. Perhaps their surrounding world, the strangers they met in the street, the wide expanses they saw in their walks, the rooms in which they lived or met, took more delight in their love than they themselves did. —Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free. —Tom Robbins
When two people meet and fall in love, there’s a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then it’s usually too late, we’ve used it up. What we have to do is work like hell at making additional magic right from the start. It’s hard work, but if we can remember to do it, we greatly improve our chances of making love stay. —Tom Robbins
Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love. But anything will feed hate. —Oscar Wilde
Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take… If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation… It takes a lifetime to learn another person… When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected. —Madeleine L’Engle
“Finnick!” Something between a shriek and a cry of joy. A lovely if somewhat bedraggled young woman—dark tangled hair, sea green eyes—runs toward us in nothing but a sheet. “Finnick!” And suddenly, it’s as if there’s no one in the world but these two, crashing through space to reach each other. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible. A pang of jealousy hits me. Not for either Finnick or Annie but for their certainty. No one seeing them could doubt their love. —Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love. —John Muir, “Mountain Thoughts”
We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love. —Robert Fulghum, True Love
Pop Culture Quotes
I love that you get cold when it’s seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
—When Harry Met Sally
Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.
Good luck finding somebody to put up with your shit for more than, like, six months. Okay? But I accept the whole package, the crazy and the brilliant. Alright? I know you’re not gonna change and I don’t want you to. It’s called accepting you for being you.
Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, but love don’t make things nice, it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die. The storybooks are bullshit. Now I want you to come upstairs and get in my bed.
In the darkest night hour,
I’ll search through the crowd.
Your face is all that I see,
I’ll give you everything.
Baby love me lights out.
Now is a good time to mention that my love for true love quotes and my mantra as a wedding designer are very much aligned. In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Aka be a ruthless editor. Aka be a #lazygirl. Someone already said it perfectly. That’s the beauty of good wedding quotes: they hit you somewhere right between the heart and the stomach, and just seems so obvious, so true, and so you. Even the mundane seems spectacular in a good quote. And I know none of y’all are having a mundane wedding. So when you find the perfect quote—be it a heavy hitter or a joyful (or sassy, or funny, or smart) little reminder—throw that shit around like confetti. Just remember, a little goes a long way!
Programs, menus, and vows are obvious (and legitimate) places to use a quote or two.
1.Use glittery welcome signs.
2.Make a big statement with vinyl.
3.Create an aisle backdrop with book pages and vinyl lettering.
4.Follow your quote up the aisle.
5.Say it with letter balloons.
6.Or say it with balloons and vinyl lettering.
7.Make a welcome sign that tells it like it is.
8.Wave festive little flags.
9.Give out tote bags with attitude.
10.Display flags with metallic fringe? Yes please.
11.Say it with koozies.
This post Contains Excerpts of two posts that were published on APW in 2015.
Nov 12, 2018 My grandmother, who raised me, loved to give me relationship advice. When it came to marriage, one of her favorite sayings was, "Always.
To commemorate my 25th wedding anniversary this week to my husband, Jesse, I asked readers on Facebook to share their own secrets to a long happy marriage.
In short, the crowdsourced recipe for marital endurance includes faith, forgiveness, romance, kindness, selflessness, and a healthy dose of humor. A union built to last begins with a promise and persists through compromise and commitment. It is about keeping your word, choosing the right words, and knowing when no words are necessary.
Teri L. emphasized: “Marriage is WORK. You have to put effort into it. You have to love and nurture the relationship. It has to be priority. You have to respect it.”
Cathy G. advised: “Be careful with your words. Once they are out in the universe, there is no taking them back. And laugh — a lot! 41 years and counting.”
Vincent O. opined: The “key to a long marriage is forgiveness and understanding. You must also end your arguments and misunderstandings the same day. Never let it linger.”
Tony G. kept it short and simple: “53 years ago, I learned how to say, ‘Yes, Love.'”
Marie G. also administered pithy wisdom: “30 years. It’s all about RESPECT.”
Hugh W. counseled: “Our secret to a long marriage: I always let my wife think she’s in charge!”
Terence C. gave the opposite instruction: “As far as a secret to a successful marriage, I always tell everyone: ‘My wife lets me think I am the boss!'”
Walt S. weighed in: “50 years here . . . keep God and commonsense in your marriage. Simplicity, Trust, and Utility inside of our wedding bands.”
Pamela N. shared: “We celebrated our 51st last March. My advice is to apologize when you’re wrong and forgive when you are wronged. Don’t throw in the towel when hardships come. Hang on. There will be hills and valleys . . . and beautiful meadows. Embrace it all together.”
Robert S. reflected: “Will be married 50 years this August 2018. I carry a picture of my wife that I have had for over 51 (years).” She “sent it to me when I was in Vietnam. I look at that picture every day to remind me why I married her. It hasn’t failed me yet.”
Barbara M. posted: “Never take each other for granted and make memories, even if it’s just dancing to a tune on the radio in the kitchen. Laugh as much as possible and trust God to bring you through the storms. Be grateful for all that you have and most of all always be KIND and FORGIVING!”
Stark G. suggested: “Commit to the relationship voyage” and “always remember that this is a LONG-TERM voyage.” Moreover, “never forget that you are not an Adonis or a diva. Your partner didn’t have to marry you. They did you a favor.” And “go out for a coffee or a drink once a week to remind each other that you are still a couple.”
Rod K. divulged: “Having my wife of almost 44 years lying in a bed with terminal cancer and other pressing issues, the adage of ‘live each day with one another as though it may be your last’ has a tremendous message we are now facing, but equally for any married couple.”
A union built to last begins with a promise and persists through compromise and commitment.
Joan H. similarly noted: “My 25th was spent with my husband in a nursing-home dining room where the staff had prepared a beautiful meal in a private room. I think my advice for a long-lasting marriage is believing and living the part of your vows that say, ‘in sickness and in health,’ because you just are never prepared or know what the future holds.”
From my mom and dad, who marked their 48th wedding anniversary this spring: “Today, as you reflect on the 25 years of journey through your married life, you can rejoice, be grateful, and take pride in all that you have accomplished and weathered together. Marriage indeed is hard work, but it becomes lighter when lived in love and perseverance, with patience and humility.”
Finally, Neil S. joked: “Never be stupid at the same time.”
We’ll take it all to heart. Stay tuned for another longevity update in 25 years.
Apr 10, 2019 Whether you're planning your wedding vows, writing a toast, or just daydreaming about someone special, these 100 quotes on love and.