10 Great Quotes for a Wedding Toast

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Wedding ToastFor those unaccustomed to public speaking, the wedding toast can be a nerve-racking tradition. Let’s face it, there’s nothing fun about standing in front a bunch of people and saying heart-felt and personal things. But as long as you share a happy or embarrassing memory about the bride or groom, include some well-wishing for the future, and end with a snappy quote, you’ll be golden. Giving a wedding toast is a very great honor that you should definitely not take lightly, and using some great quotes can really make your toast go better. Here are a few great quotes that will end your toast on the perfect note:

  1. “May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.”

This traditional African blessing has a perfect metaphor for love, a wish for the bride and groom’s happiness in the future, and is shorter than a tweet.

  1. “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The book Le Petit Prince (or the Little Prince in English) contains some of the most insightful thoughts about love ever expressed in a children’s book. This is just one of many great quotes from that book’s author.

  1. “Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”– Voltaire

This wedding toast quote is great for reminding the newlyweds that while love may be a natural human emotion, sustaining and building on that love relies on the couple’s own ingenuity.

  1. “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

If you’re not the type for touching romantic observations about love, you can always go for humor. Just make sure to follow up this quote with, “so we can be very thankful to [bride] for making sure that [groom] won’t be bothering us with his philosophy.”

  1. 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. –Robert Anderson

This sharp little quote may bring up a specter no one wants to think about on a wedding day, but it also contains a valuable bit of advice. This wedding toast quote would be fine coming from someone who has been married for decades, but it should be followed with, “my greatest wish for you is that you will continually find grounds for marriage, new every day, until the end of your days.”

  1. “There’s nothing more admirable than two people who see eye to eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”–Homer

No, not Homer Simpson, the guy who wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad. This quote’s got it all: it’s sweet, simple, to-the-point, and has a light bit of humor about it. Plus, it leads to a perfect ending line: “here’s to being delighted by [couple’s names] for years to come.”

  1. “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote has the benefit of high name recognition. You won’t have to explain to anyone who Martin Luther King, Jr. is the way you might with Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It’s also a lovely reminder of how central to a good life a good marriage can be. End with, “and so here’s to [couple’s names], who we know will have a very good marriage.”

  1. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”–Mignon McLaughlin

Here’s another bit of sage advice wrapped up in a pithy quote, perfect for the parents of the wedding couple or a best friend with some marriage experience. It’s a good reminder that once the rush of the wedding is over, the marriage requires cultivation to keep love growing.

  1. “The strongest and sweetest songs have yet to be sung.”–Walt Whitman

With all the preparation beforehand and the pomp and circumstance during, a wedding can feel like the end of something. In movies, the wedding is what takes place right before the credits roll. But in real life, there’s no fade-to-black; this wedding quote is a good reminder that what comes next is even more exciting than what has already happened so it makes for an ideal wedding toast.

  1. “Marriage: The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. “–Ambrose Bierce

This is another great quote for the joker in your wedding party, but it contains a nugget of truth, too: the key to a great marriage is for each partner to serve the other, but without neglecting their own needs. Delivered by the right person in the right context, it’s sure to get a laugh and get your guests thinking.

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