20 Ways to Use Love Quotes for Wedding Decor That's Beautiful and Meaningful

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Updated 01/19/19

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Searching for wedding decor that's both stylish and sentimental? Showcase sentiments in a super stunning way by using love quotes for wedding decor.

Any wedding is filled with an abundance of words: the promises you make, the toasts you share, the vows you take, the lyrics you blast on the dance floor. And planning all that takes a lot of work! It involves hours (and hours) of creating the ceremony with your officiant, scouring the internet for the perfect readings and verses, and searching Spotify for the songs that feel right for the first dance, father-daughter dance, and the rest of the night. So why not put all that hard work on display by using love quotes for wedding decor? Sure, your guests will hear the special readings and songs you selected, but what if they could see them too?

Well, they can! As you'll see below, we're all for incorporating sweet love notes, quotes, or really any saying into your wedding decor. Think about your vows scrolled on your cake, a meaningful verse written on the ceremony backdrop, song lyrics up above the bar, and more. And that's not all: We're now seeing brides and grooms add special verses to their fashion as well, with a message incorporated into the dress's design, or inside the groom's lapel. Finally, as perhaps a new take on this wedding decoration quotes trend, we like the idea of personalizing and sharing a specific quote with each guest. (Think: a lyric from your favorite song, an excerpt from a book you both love, et cetera.) To do this, we've seen couples using a letter as an escort card or adding a note at each place setting.

That said, we think you're more than capable of coming up with new, creative ideas to write a message of your own. So, to inspire you, we put together a gallery of 20 photos that illustrate some of our favorite ways to put your love notes—or inside jokes or inspirational quotes—on display. Whether you decide to showcase a sonnet, song lyrics, or an original verse, we can't wait to see how you incorporate the wedding decoration quotes trend on your big day. And, more importantly: We can't wait to see what you have to say!

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Table Linens

Photo by JB Marie Photography; Calligraphy by Lairsey Paper Co.; Styling by Simple Charming Socials; Florals by Adaptation Floral Design

Everyone knows flowing table runners are in style, but they're even more on trend when calligraphed. This beautiful centerpiece features "I Carry My Heart With Me," a love poem by EE Cummings—a great choice for a ceremony reading, too.

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Table Linens

Photo by Michele Beckwith Photography; Calligraphy by Aubriana K of Marigold; Florals by Mandolin Flowers; Design by Sugar Rush Events

This statement gift table basically speaks for itself. Seriously, how pretty is that calligraphed linen?!

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Table Linens

groom note on handkerchief

Photo by Kate Headley

Make like this couple, who found famous letters printed on handkerchiefs and gifted them to their attendants. Btw, you could also create your own by having something special embroidered onto a hankie or pocket square.

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Wedding Dresses

Photo by Katie Grant; Dress by Harriette Gordon

This bridal dress designer made her own wedding dress, of course. And she added a special finishing touch: the lyrics of Neil Young’s "Harvest Moon" embroidered inside.

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Wedding Dresses

Photo by India Earl; Dress by Leanne Marshall

Another bridal designer, another quote-accented dress...we spy a trend in the making.

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Invitation Suite

Stationery by Epoch Design

Creating something beautiful with words doesn't mean it has to be huge. We love the idea of scrolling meaningful words on your invitation suite—or on a love letter to your partner on the day-of.

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Escort Card Display

Photo by Abby Jiu Photography; Planning & Design by Grit & Grace; Florals by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Now this is a fresh take on this trend. In fact, we're kind of obsessed with the idea of sharing specific notes or quotes with the special people in your life. In this display, the couple put each scroll in a clear vessel calligraphed with the guest's name and table assignment. And look: They even put a saying up above!

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Wedding Signage

Photo by Katie Harmsworth; Signage by Sketch & Etch

ICYMI: Neon signs are all the rage! And what better way to incorporate a short quote or saying into your decor? We think this design is especially great because it's both fun and elevated at the same time.

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Wedding Signage

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Planning by Kate Siegel Fine Events; Signage by Underwood Letterpress; Florals by Cherries Flowers

We've talked a lot about famous words and serious sentiments...but funny sayings or even cheeky takes on a signature cocktail's name are also welcome.

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Wedding Signage

Quote Ceremony Backdrop

Photo by Ryan & Alyssa Photography; Ceremony Backdrop by Letter Lane Design Studio; Planning & Styling by Bespoken

For this ceremony set up, the couple enlisted the help of a calligrapher to draw their vows on their ceremony backdrop. They're written in French, as a nod to the fact that they met in France.

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Wedding Signage

Photo by Jacoby Andrick; Styling by Snapdragon Studio; Calligraphy by Emma Vonder Haar

Yet another example of the perfect ceremony backdrop. This one features lyrics from James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and crawling greenery beside it.

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Wedding Signage

Quote Banner

Photo by Tifani Lyn; Sign & Calligraphy by Lief Design; Cake by Ginger Cakes; Styling by Fleurology Designs

This one is short and sweet, yet it still functions as the perfect backdrop for that cake-cutting moment. We also like how you can easily take this banner elsewhere—and hang it up for special occasions (or all occasions).

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Day-of Details

Photo by Jake Anderson; Planning by Details Darling; Paper Products by Plume Calligraphy & Jenny Sanders

This may seem like an obvious inclusion, but think about utilizing a book of quotes in a special way. This particular book made for a pretty photo backdrop, but you could also gift a copy to your partner as a surprise on the day-of. (If you do, make sure to add a your own note inside!)

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Day-of Details

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Planning by Callista & Company; Florals by Wild Bloom Floral

Talk about a pretty way to capture the day's small details, like boutonnieres, rings, and invites.

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Day-of Details

Photo by Laurken Kendall; Leather Wrap by OpalMilk; Florals by Maye Córdova Eventos

This bride grew up gardening and admits to sending her florist a very detailed list. On it were leafy greens (eucalyptus and olive branches), calla lilies, blushing brides, and rust-colored orchids. The finishing touch: a leather wrap inscribed with Walt Whitman’s “We were together, I forget the rest.”

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Day-of Details

Quote Stepping Stones

Photo by For Love of Juneau; Calligraphy by Lairsey Paper Co.; Planning & Design by Simply Charming Socials

These pretty stones feature Pablo Neruda's love poem, "Sonnet XVII," which perfectly describes taking that next step in your relationship. We love the idea of drawing this script on stepping stones near your reception tent—or even down the aisle (if you're wearing flats)!

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Wedding Cakes

Photo by Kristina Adams

This one-tier cake is so trendy thanks to its cooper-hued text and greenery garland. And don't get us started on those candlesticks in the background!

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Wedding Cakes

Quote Wedding Cake

Photo by Koby Brown; Cake by Dolce Designs; Calligraphy by Laura Hooper; Planning by Karson Butler Events

With floral arrangements this pretty, it's no surprise that this quote-covered cake is flower-themed. It showcases Alfred Tennyson's famous words, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” (How perfect for a garden party wedding!)

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Wedding Cakes

Photo by Sweetlife Photography; Cake by Rosycakes; Calligraphy by Rachel Jacobson; Florals & Styling by Swoon Floral Design

If you're not already convinced, we give you one final example of how cakes and quotes go hand-in-hand.

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Getaway Cars

Photo by Lisa Blume Photography

Make a final splash by adding a note to your getaway ride. We're especially into this calligraphed card—and the greenery garland!

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