Below is a selection of both romantic and humorous wedding quotes. Gathered from great poets and philosophers, including William Shakespeare, these clever and sometimes profound remarks are sure to add the essence of true love and the meaning of marriage to everything from your invitations to your wedding day toasts.
Romantic Wedding Quotes:
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ARISTOTLE
“If you have it [love], you don't need anything else. If you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.” SIR JAMES M. BARRIE
“All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different.” JOHN BERGER
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” EMILY BRONTE
“Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.” LEO BUSCAGLIA
“Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in shade.” LEO BUSCAGLIA
“When you make a sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.” JOSEPH CAMPBELL
“Marriage is not a simple love affair, it's an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.” JOSEPH CAMPBELL
“Love is friendship set to music.” E. JOSEPH CROSSMAN
“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without speaking.” CHINESE PROVERB
“Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?” CINDERELLA
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” CHARLES DICKENS
“To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” EMILY DICKENSON
“Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.” DR. JAMES C. DOBSON
“I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved.” GEORGE ELLIOT
“Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.” VICTOR HUGO
“Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” FRANKLIN P. JONES
“Love is when you look into someone's eyes, and see everything you need.” KRISTEN KAPPEL
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
“True it is that marriages be done in heaven and performed on earth.” WILLIAM PAINTER
“God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts into one.” WILLAIM SHAKESPEARE
“Love from one side hurts, but love from two sides heals.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
"So dear I love him that with him all deaths I could endure. Without him, live no life." WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“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.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“O, spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“So long as I can breathe or I can see, so long lives your love which gives life to me.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“When you depart from me sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” SOPHOCLES
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” OSCAR WILDE
“Who, being loved, is poor?” OSCAR WILDE
Anonymous Romantic Wedding Quotes:
We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.
Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says "For the woman I love" and the second, "For my best friend."
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Humorous Wedding Quotes:
“What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.” PEARL BAILEY
“The happiest marriage I can picture would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.” COLERIDGE
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” JOAN CRAWFORD
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.” ALBERT EINSTEIN
“Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way; the other, to let her have it.” LYNDON B. JOHNSON
“Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.” GEORG C. LICHTENBERG
“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong admit it; Whenever you're right shut up.” OGDEN NASH
“Before marriage, a man will lay down his life for you; after marriage he won't even lay down his newspaper.” HELEN ROWLAND
“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” MARK TWAIN
Anonymous Humorous Wedding Quotes:
Marital Freedom: The liberty that allows a husband to do exactly that which his wife pleases.
Marriage is bliss. Ignorance is bliss. Ergo...
Marriage is like a box of chocolates. You have to squeeze a few bottoms to make sure you like what you are getting.
Marriage is like a hot bath. Once you get used to it, it's not so hot.
Marriage is like a violin. After the music is over, you still have the strings.
Mother-in-law: A woman who destroys her son-in-law's peace of mind by giving him a piece of hers.
Republican boys date Democratic girls. They plan to marry Republican girls, but feel they're entitled to a little fun first.
Some men are born with cold feet; some acquire cold feet; and some have cold feet thrust upon them.
The theory used to be you marry an older man because they are more mature. The new theory is that men don't mature. So you might as well marry a younger one.
They had a dispute about a night out with the boys. But he finally decided to let her go. They have come up with a perfect understanding. He won't try to run her life, and he won't try to run his, either.
They're almost inseparable. Sometimes it takes ten people to separate them.
A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.
All marriages are happy. It's living together afterwards that is difficult.
Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it -- and some of your spouse's family does too.
Compromise: An amiable arrangement between husband and wife whereby they agree to let her have her own way.
He believes that marriage and career don't mix. So after the wedding he plans to quit his job.
If it weren't for marriage, men would spend their lives thinking they had no faults at all.
He let her know early on who is boss. He looked her right in the eye and clearly said, "You're the boss."
I told my wife that a husband is like a fine wine; he gets better with age. The next day, she locked me in the cellar.
If it weren't for marriage, men and women would have to fight with total strangers.
Is it better for a woman to marry a man who loves her than a man she loves.
It's not as great a day for the bride as she thinks. She's not marrying the best man.
Every mother generally hopes that her daughter will snag a better husband than she managed to do...but she's certain that her boy will never get as great a wife as his father did.
A little girl at the wedding afterwards asked her mother why the bride changed her mind. "What do you mean?" responded her mother. "Well, she went down the aisle with one man, and came back with another."