Modern weddings require an extraordinary amount of work -- and it's not just the bride and her mother making all the plans.
Rather than trying to write an entirely original toast, why not build your speech around a quote from a noted figure?
Use one of our 10 favorite quotes to find the inspiration you need to toast your family and friends in style.
- Quote The Great Bard: “My heart is ever at your service…” (William Shakespeare) It may be short, but this quote from the famous playwright displays a powerful sense of poignancy. Not only does it perfectly capture the love and optimism of your wedding day, but it also speaks volumes above what any love poem ever could about devotion and commitment.
- For The Father Of The Bride: “It is written, when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours from this day forward…” (Unknown) It's hard to find anyone more emotional than the bride and groom on their wedding day, unless it's their parents. Weddings are a loaded time for moms and dads, who experience a wide range of emotions watching their children prepare for a new life. This quote provides a way to toast the new couple and express joy for the choices a son or daughter has made and the person he or she has become.
- Offer Advice For Wedded Bliss: “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction…” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) If you're relieved to be done with the wedding planning (and halfway through the reception!), it's easy to forget that the real work hasn't even started yet. Marriage is a work in progress, and the feelings and attractions that brought you together early on in your relationship are unlikely to hold you together as you mature and your lifestyle changes.
- Balance Wit And Wisdom To Toast The Bride: “May she share everything with her husband, including the housework…” (Unknown Proverb) Forget flowers and chocolates -- what most women really want is for their husbands to do the dishes! The classic housewife role has fallen by the wayside as more women work outside of the home. This quote will elicit a laugh from your guests, but it also provides good advice for the newlyweds.
- Share A Religious Verse: “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance…” (1 Corinthians 13:7) Emphasize the deep spiritual nature of a wedding with a quote from the New Testament. Traditional verses like this one allow you to celebrate religion and the role it plays in marriage even if the bride and groom don't share your faith. At its heart, this quote simply reminds the couple that marriage takes work, optimism and commitment through good times and bad.
- Go Greek: “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) Who knew Socrates was a comedian? You'll amuse guests by showing them just how relevant this ancient Greek philosopher can be in our modern times. Just as Socrates was able to balance wit and wisdom, so, too, can a heartfelt toast. Parents, friends and even the best man can choose this quote to toast the groom on his wise decision to marry (and to applaud the perfect partner he picked!).
- Laugh With The Good-Humoured Wife: “Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat…” (Joanne Woodward) It's hard to argue with this piece of advice from movie star Joanne Woodward. After all, her marriage to the late, great Paul Newman spanned four decades. In this quote, she shares the secret to a happy marriage: It's all about a good sense of humor. New couples face plenty of challenges in the early days of marriage. What better way to move past newlywed squabbles than learn to laugh about them?
- Share Classic Wisdom: “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) As true today as it was 3,000 years ago, this quote by the ancient Greek writer is a testament to marriage. Just as contemporary couples rely on love to build a successful marriage, their predecessors shared the same goals, dreams, struggles and sense of loving commitment. Homer's words are universal and can be used in toasts given by parents, friends, or even the bride and groom themselves. It also stands on its own as a celebration of marriage.
- Remind Them That Marriage Takes Persistence: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person…” (Mignon McLaughlin) This quote is appropriate whether you're the mother of the groom or the bride's best friend. It's equal parts warmth and wit, adding a touch of humor to a very serious sentiment. McLaughlin, an American journalist known for her highly quotable works, enjoyed a long marriage to fellow writer Robert McLaughlin. Her words caution the bride and groom that there are times to come that will challenge their union.
- Celebrate All That’s Still To Come: “Grow old with me. The best is yet to be -- the last of life for which the first was made…” (Robert Browning) Not everyone can be a poet, but you can borrow a verse from one of the best for your wedding day toast. Victorian poet Robert Browning left hundreds of written works, but it's perhaps this quote for which he was best known. His words hint at the memories still to come, of children, goals and a shared future with limitless opportunity. It's particularly relevant today, when many couples separate before reaching old age.