Wedding Speech Quotes That Will Turn You Into a Star

Raise a glass and speak with your heart—or wit

Sister giving a speech at a wedding
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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."