100 Unique Wedding Quotes (and How to Use Them!)

Whether included in vows, invitations, or speeches, these quotes can beautifully express the profound emotions and promises of marriage.

Whether you’re writing your own wedding vows, working on a toast, or want to find ways to make all of the little details of your big day feel extra personal our list of wedding quotes on love and marriage from authors, poets, musicians, and pop culture icons is sure to inspire. Filter through our collection of wedding day quotes pulled from all different sources. We hope you find one that speaks to you!

Wedding Quotes from Literature

  1. "You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." —Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” ―"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. “If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.” ―Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  4. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye." —The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  5. “A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be..” —The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  6. “People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn't know were there, even the ones they wouldn't have thought to call beautiful themselves.” —Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
  7. “The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.”—Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  8. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” —Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  9. “Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.” —Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
  10. “Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect. —The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  11. “At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, ‘When we’re married,’ and continued with ‘I will’ and ‘you will’ and ‘we will’ – all those late night talks that included ‘someday’ and ‘somehow’ and ‘maybe’ – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.” —“Union” from From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives by Robert Fulghum
  12. "I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I'll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you...We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams...And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won't just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight...They lay side by side, hand in hand, looking at the sky.” —The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Photo by Sarah Tribett

Photo by Sarah Tribett

Wedding Quotes From Poetry

  1. “chemistry
    touching my arm
    setting fire to my mind.

    —flood” —“Chemistry”
    by Nayyirah Waheed
  2. “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it (anywhere
    i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)”
    —“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]”
    by E.E. Cummings
  3. “But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
    Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
    Let it rather be a moving sea between
    the shores of your souls.”
    —“The Prophet, On Marriage”
    by Kahlil Gibran
  4. “I love you
    For the part of me
    That you bring out;
    I love you
    For putting your hand
    Into my heaped-up heart
    And passing over
    All the foolish, weak things
    That you can't help
    Dimly seeing there,
    And for drawing out
    Into the light
    All the beautiful belongings
    That no one else had looked
    Quite far enough to find.” —“Love”
    by Roy Croft
  5. “May this marriage be full of laughter,
    our every day a day in paradise…
    May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
    an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.”
    —“This Marriage” by Rumi
  6. “You are my closest friend, my favorite person,
    The lover and the home I've waited for.
    I cannot promise that I will deserve you
    From this day on. I hope to pass that test.
    I love you and I want to make you happy.
    I promise I will do my very best.”
    —“A Vow” by Wendy Cope
  1. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of being and ideal grace.”
    —”Sonnets from the Portuguese 43”
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  2. “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
    I love you directly without problems or pride:
    I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
    except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
    so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
    so close that your eyes close with my dreams.”
    —“One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” by Pablo Neruda
  3. “In that still and settled place
    There’s nobody but you
    You’re where I breathe my oxygen
    You’re where I see my view
    And when the world feels full of noise
    My heart knows what to do
    It finds that still and settled place
    And dances there with you”
    — “That Still And Settled Place”
    by Edward Monkton
  4. “May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.” —“Blessing For A Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman

Wedding Quotes from Bible Verses

  1. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” —Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  2. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” —1 Corinthians 13
  3. “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” —Ruth 1:16-17
  4. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” —1 Peter 4:8
  5. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” —Colossians 3:14
  6. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” —Ephesians 4:32
  7. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God…For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” —John 4:7-19
  8. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” —Hebrews 10:24-25
  9. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” —John 15:9-12
  10. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” —Micah 6:8
  11. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” —Philippians 2:1-2
Photo by The Stewarts Roam

Photo by The Stewarts Roam

Wedding Quotes from Music

  1. “If a man could be two places at one time, I'd be with you. Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way." ―"If" by Bread
  2. “What if I had been born fifty years before you
    In a house on the street
    Where you lived
    Maybe I'd be outside as you passed on your bike.
    Would I know?
    And in a wide sea of eyes
    I see one pair that I recognize
    And I know
    That I am, I am, I am, the luckiest”
    —“The Luckiest” by Ben Fold
  3. “I'll walk your lands
    And swim your sea
    Marry me.
    Marry me.
    Then in your hands
    I will be free
    Marry me.
    Marry me.
    Why would I stop loving you
    a hundred years from now?”
    — “It's Only Time” by The Magnetic Fields
  4. “I will find any way to your wild heart.” ―"Wild Heart" by Bleachers
  5. “I got a man to stick it out
    And make a home from a rented house
    And we’ll collect the moments one by one
    I guess that’s how the future’s done.” —“Mushaboom” by Feist
  6. “I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
    Nothing that I wouldn’t do
    Go to the ends of the earth for you
    To make you feel my love” —“Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan
  7. “Whenever I’m alone with you
    You make me feel like I am home again
    Whenever I’m alone with you
    You make me feel like I am whole again” —“Lovesong“ by The Cure
  8. “Oh we've got a love that will brave the flood.” ―"Sheet of Night" by John Mark McMillan
  9. “Way down the mountain I chased a moonbeam
    On the beach I built sand castles too
    My moonbeams faded my castles tumbled
    All of this was meaningless cause happiness is you

    No more chasing moonbeams or catching falling stars
    I know now my pot of gold is anywhere you are
    My heart won't miss you my heart goes with you
    Loneliness is emptiness but happiness is you

    I tried to doubt you and live without you
    Tried to deny but I love you like a do
    But I realize now and I'll admit it
    You'll always be a part of me cause happiness is you” —"Happiness Is You" by Johnny Cash
  10. “How sweet it is to be loved by you." —"How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye

Wedding Quotes from Movies

  1. "It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I'd ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like magic." —Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle
  2. "I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt." —Céline, Before Sunrise
  3. “With this hand, I will lift your sorrows. Your cup shall never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way in darkness. And with this ring, I ask you to be mine.” —Victor Van Dort, Corpse Bride
  4. “I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because 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." —Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally
  5. "It's a party, and you're both talking to other people, and you're laughing and shining, and you look across the room and catch each other's eyes ... because that is your person in this life ... it's this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about." —Frances Halladay, Frances Ha
  6. "The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly who you are: good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with." —Mac MacGuff, Juno
Wedding Quotes from Movies

Funny Wedding Quotes

  1. "Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go and live with a car battery." —Emma Bombeck
  2. “I married for love but the obvious side benefit of having someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored.” —Cameron Esposito
  3. “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
  4. “The most important four words for a successful marriage: I’ll do the dishes.” —Anonymous
  5. "I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." —Rita Rudner
  6. "We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love." —Robert Fulghum
  7. "The secret to a good marriage is to be a little deaf." —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  8. "Marriage is not just spiritual communion. It is also remembering to take out the trash." —Dr. Joyce Brothers
  9. “Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn’t even have when you were on your own.” —Eddie Cantor
  10. “Marriage is like vitamins: we supplement each other’s minimum daily requirements.” —Kathy Mohnke
  11. “Marriage is like a jigsaw puzzle—all the pieces fit, but it takes a little time to figure out how to make them work together.” –Unknown
  12. “Love is a lot like a backache; it doesn’t show up on X-Rays, but you know it’s there.” —George Burns
  13. “Marriage is all about fun, love, and agreeing on whose turn it is to do the dishes.” —Melanie White
  14. “An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.” —Booth Tarkington
  15. “The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.” —Henny Youngman
  16. “For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom. The end.” —Catherine Zeta-Jones
  17. “A good marriage is like a casserole – only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.” —Unknown
  18. “My wife and I have the secret to making a marriage last. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, and good food. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.” —Henny Youngman
  19. "Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are." —Will Ferrell
  20. “Getting married is like trading the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.” —Mae West
  21. “Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them.” —Unknown
  22. “We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ―Dr. Seuss

Sweet Wedding Quotes

  1. "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times—always with the same person." —Mignon McLaughlin
  2. “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” —T. Tolis
  3. “Where there is love there is life.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  4. “To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” —Mark Twain
  5. “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther
  6. “The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.” —Fawn Weaver
  7. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” —Jodi Picoult
  8. “Love isn’t about finding the perfect person. It’s about seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” —Sam Keen
  9. “Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” —Osho
  10. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” —Aristotle
  11. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu
  12. “The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.” —Julia Child
Sweet Wedding Quotes
  1. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss
  2. “A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.” – Fawn Weaver
  3. “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” —Anne Lamott
  4. “Marriage provides the solace of worked-on friendship and the joy of being known profoundly.” —Imogene Stubbs
  5. “The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom, or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make—not just on your wedding day, but over and over again—and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.” —Barbara De Angelis
  6. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” —Leo Tolstoy
  7. “You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.” —Richard Needham
  8. “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. “Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.” – Unknown

Historic Wedding Quotes

  1. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.” —Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. (2015)
  2. “Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.” — Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965)
  3. “There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends” —Homer
  4. “When a marriage works, nothing on Earth can take its place” —Helen Gahagan Douglas
  5. “The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.” —Victor Hugo
  6. “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?" —George Eliot
  7. “I love her, and that's the beginning and end of everything.” ―F. Scott Fitzgerald, from Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
  8. “A marriage makes of two fractional lives a whole; It gives two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it. It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living and something to live for. It will give new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth and a new mystery to life.” —Mark Twain

9 Creative Ways To Use Wedding Quotes

Now that you’ve picked a few of your favorite wedding quotes, it’s time to put them to use! From ceremony backdrops to cocktail napkins, here are our favorite ideas for incorporating quotes into your wedding day.

Pathway and Welcome Signs

Greet your guests as they arrive at the wedding with a series of signs sharing a favorite romantic quote to set the tone for the celebration to come.

Cocktail & Dinner Napkins

Make this functional piece of your big day feel special by printing an assortment of your favorite wedding day quotes on cocktail and dinner napkins. Not only will the special detail go a long way towards making your day feel unique, guests comparing the quotes on each of their napkins is a great way to spark conversations!

Table Of Family Photos

If you're planning to display family photos at the ceremony or reception, add a heartfelt quote into the mix to help convey nostalgia and a sentiment of family togetherness.

Ceremony Backdrop

This couple turned lyrics from their favorite songs into canvas flags which they used to decorate their ceremony space. (Bonus: After the wedding, they hung them in their home to commemorate their wedding day.)

Finch & Farrow Photography

Photo: Finch & Farrow Photography

Ceremony Program

Don’t let the backside of your ceremony programs go to waste! Use that space to share one of your favorite longer quotes and set the tone for how your wedding will unfold for your guests.

Invitation Suite

Like your wedding programs, one of the cards in your invitation suite will likely have a blank back that you can use to display one of your favorite wedding quotes. If it is short enough, you could also customize your envelopes by printing the quote on the backside of the envelope or using it as part of an envelope liner.

Dessert Table

Top off your treat table with a sweet sign handwritten with even-sweeter lyrics.

Wedding Cake

Ask your cake designer to inscribe a favorite quote onto your wedding cake. Not to worry, the baker will use an edible ink marker so the cake will still taste as delicious as it looks!

Wedding Website

Your wedding website is one of the few areas of your big day where you can express yourself without really worrying about space restrictions. So why not use it to share one of your favorite wedding quotes? If you come across a quote that feels particularly personal to you and your spouse-to-be, share it on the “Our Story” page of your wedding website. Or, you can share a more general quote that you feel helps set the tone for your ceremony and celebration on the homepage of your website.

One of the beautiful things about weddings is that each one is unique — and we hope these wedding quotes remind you that love comes in many forms. When it comes to picking quotes to use across your wedding stationery, decor, or even as a reading during your ceremony, pay attention to the quotes that spark an emotional response in you. That’s how you know you’ve found one that gives shape to all of the wonderful, hard-to-express feelings you have about your future spouse!