Love is patient and love is kind, but if you want to deliver a message your guests haven't heard at every other wedding, you might want to look beyond 1 Corinthians. From quotes on love to what it takes to have a happy marriage — gathered from our favorite movies and the most eloquent poets, thinkers and writers — here are 11 unique selections for your invitations, programs, ceremony and more.
"We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet — I mean, what does any one life really 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 of the time, every day. You're saying, 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.'" —Shall We Dance?
"You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." —George Moore
"Love doesn't sit there like a stone. It has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new." —Ursula K. Le Guin
"Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by." —F. Burton Howard
"Love me and the world is mine." —David Reed
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." —Mignon McLaughlin
"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together." —Barbara Cage
"You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you, and then you meet one person and your life is changed forever." —Love and Other Drugs
"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." —Martin Luther
"Sometimes I do wake up in the mornings and feel like I've just had the most incredible dream. I've just dreamt my life." —Richard Branson
"To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever." —Henry Drummond