35 Wedding Toast Quotes and Ideas for Every Speech

Get ready to cheers

Updated 11/06/19

Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts

Whether you want to impart some wisdom or inject a little laughter into your bridal shower toast or wedding toast, quotes will help you get there—and sprinkling in sentiments from great minds and pop culture iconicity can help take your toast to the next level. If you're writing a speech for an upcoming engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception, take a look at the following 35 wedding toast quotes to get inspired.

Classic Literary Quotes

A Romantic Vineyard Wedding in California, Love Poem Guest Book
Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride: I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love, except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams." —"100 Love Sonnets" by Pablo Neruda

"To love another person is to see the face of God." —"Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo

"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything." —F. Scott Fitzgerald

"There is only one happiness in life: To love and be loved." —George Sand

"when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her" —E. E. Cummings

"Love her. The way you do just the one time." —"Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Shakespearean Quotes

oscars weddings romeo and juliet
Getty Images

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

"No sooner met but they looked; No sooner looked but they loved; No sooner loved but they sighed; No sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; No sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; And in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage..." —"As You Like It" by William Shakespeare

"Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar but never doubt thy love." —"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet." —"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

Movie Quotes

The Notebook Movie Tenth Anniversary
Courtesy of Neal Peters Collection/New Line Cinema

"If you're a bird, I'm a bird." —The Notebook

"I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours." —Sense and Sensibility

"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." —Juno

"It doesn't matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other." —Good Will Hunting

"If you're not willing to sound stupid, you're not worthy of falling in love." —A Lot Like Love

"People do fall in love. People do belong to each other, because that's the only chance that anyone's got for true happiness." —Breakfast at Tiffany's

"Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back." —Meet Joe Black

"I feel like men are more romantic than women. When we get married, we marry one girl, 'cause we're resistant the whole way until we meet one girl and we think 'I'd be an idiot if I didn't marry this girl.'" —Blue Valentine

"I knew that when I kissed this girl I would be forever wed to her. So I stopped. I stopped and I waited. I waited for a moment longer. Then I just let myself go." —The Great Gatsby

"This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime." —Bridges of Madison County

"I am someone else when I'm with you, someone more like myself." —Original Sin

"You need to be kissed. Often. And by someone who knows how." —Gone with the Wind

"It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I'd ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic." —Sleepless in Seattle

Proverbs from Around the World

Vows
Getty Images

"It is love that makes the impossible, possible." —Indian proverb

"Where there is love, there is no darkness." —Burundian proverb

"Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river." —Liberian proverb

"There is no cure for love other than marriage." —Irish proverb

"He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one." —Japanese proverb

"A life without love is like a year without summer." —Lithuanian proverb

Biblical Quotes

Bible Corinthians
Getty Images 

"Two are better than one." —Ecclesiastes 4:9

"I found the one whom my soul loves." —Song of Solomon 3:4

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." —1 Corinthians 13:4-8

"Follow the way of love." —1 Corinthians 14:1

"When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize." —Proverbs 31:10-11

Related Stories