60 Wedding Toast Quotes for Every Speech

Raise a glass and write these down.

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Wedding day jitters aren’t just for the couple. If you’ve been asked to give a wedding toast, you may feel just as nervous on the big day as the couple getting married in anticipation of your speech. Public speaking is a nerve-wracking experience on its own, but when someone you’re extremely close to asks you to give a speech on what’s supposed to be the best day of their lives, the pressure is most certainly on. 

Unless you’re a standup comedian or an exceptionally gifted writer, writing a wedding toast can feel like a truly daunting task. If you can’t find the words to adequately express the emotions you felt watching these newlyweds get together, tie the knot, and eventually plan a future together, don’t sweat it—just borrow someone else’s. 

Incorporating famous wedding toast quotes and sayings into your speech is a great trick to get the audience to laugh or tug at their heartstrings, which are both qualities of a memorable toast. Sure, you’ll also want to include a few personal anecdotes, but don’t feel the need to overdo it: The best wedding toasts are short, sweet, and make everyone in the room believe in true love.

If you’re not sure where to start with writing a wedding toast, we’re here to help. Get inspired with these 60 memorable wedding quotes for every speech. 

Classic Wedding Toast Quotes

  • "There is only one happiness in life: To love and be loved." — George Sand
  • "Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • "The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time." — Julia Child
  • "Where there is love there is life." — Mahatma Gandhi
  • "The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now." — Rick Warren
  • "A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." — Andre Maurois
  • "There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." — Martin Luther
  • "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." — Oscar Wilde
  • "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." — Audrey Hepburn
  • "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." —The Alchemist
  • "You don't marry the person you can live with—you marry the person you can't live without." — Unknown
  • "May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise." — Rumi

Funny Wedding Toast Quotes

  • "It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." — Rita Rudner
  • "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." — Benjamin Franklin
  • "Marry a man your own age; as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight." — Phyllis Diller
  • "May she share everything with her husband, including the housework." — Unknown Proverb
  • "The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him." — Oscar Wilde
  • "Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" — Groucho Marx
  • "By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher." — Socrates
  • "Getting married is like trading the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one." — Mae West
  • "Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed." — Albert Einstein
  • "My husband and I have never considered divorce ... murder sometimes, but never divorce." — Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • "Being a good husband is like being a stand-up comic. You need 10 years before you can call yourself a beginner." — Jerry Seinfeld
  • "Marriages are made in heaven. But so again, are thunder and lightning." — Clint Eastwood

Romantic Wedding Toast Quotes

  • "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." — Mignon McLaughlin
  • "Grow old with me. The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made." — Robert Browning
  • "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything." — Katharine Hepburn
  • "In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine." — Maya Angelou
  • "Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited." — Gloria Steinem
  • "To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness." — Robert Brault
  • "Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century." — Mark Twain
  • "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite." — Romeo and Juliet
  • "You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." — Dr. Seuss

Famous Wedding Toast Quotes

  • "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
  • "The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return." — Moulin Rouge
  • "To me, you are perfect." — Love Actually
  • "It’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together." — Serendipity
  • "Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy." — My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • "True love is the soul's recognition of its counterpoint in another." — Wedding Crashers
  • "I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • "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
  • "May you never steal, lie, or cheat. But if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows. And if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life. And if you must cheat, then please cheat death. Because I couldn't live a day without you." — Leap Year
  • "To love another person is to see the face of God." — Les Miserables
  • "The heart’s not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love." — Her

Religious Wedding Toast Quotes

  • "Two are better than one." — Ecclesiastes 4:9
  • "Through love serve one another." — Galatians 5:13 
  • "I found the one whom my soul loves." — Song of Solomon 3:4
  • "Follow the way of love." — I Corinthians 14:1
  • "Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away." — Song of Solomon 8:7
  • "Deep love is stronger than life." — Jewish Proverb
  • "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." — 1 John 3:18
  • "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." — Genesis 2:24
  • "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." — Corinthians 13:4-5
  • "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us." — 1 John 4:18-19
  • "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." —Corinthians 13
  • "Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs." —Proverbs 10:12
  • "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." — 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." — Matthew 19:6
  • "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." — Romans 12:9
  • "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." —Psalm 143:8

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