wedding toast quotes

Being chosen to make a toast at a wedding reception is quite an honor. It is also extremely stressful and hard to master if you’re not prepared. Besides deciding between being romantic and sentimental or sarcastic and funny, the content itself must be just right. Below are some of the best quotes for wedding toasts we’ve ever heard. And since operating banquet wedding halls is our thing, we’ve witnessed thousands of toasts. Cheers to finding some wedding toast ideas you can “borrow” for the big speech.

  1. Because attempting to explain the depth of the happy couple’s love is impossible, “Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason.”
    —French proverb
  2. Wedding halls in California play host to all kinds of weddings, so we know that love is love. This quote is perfect for an LGBTQ wedding: “Where there is love, there is no sin.”
    —Montenegrin proverb
  3. For the bride and groom who are a bit older and wiser than the 20-something couple, it’s worth noting, “The heart that loves is always young.”
    —Greek proverb
  4. Because this is just the sweetest sentiment, “May you grow old on one pillow.”
    —Armenian blessing
  5. When you’re looking to conjure up a powerful image of love with your words, “May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.”
    —African blessing
  6. The perfect opening words of your toast, whether it is going to be funny or gushy, “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”
    — Plato
  7. For the couple who is just incredibly matched, “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
    — Emily Bronte
  8. Simple, but accurate in explaining the journey of the newlyweds, “A great flame follows a little spark.”
    — Dante Alighieri
  9. There’s so much truth to this, it’s perfect for any toast, “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”
    — George Sand
  10. For the true romantics in the room, “Without love, the world itself would not survive.”
    — Lope de Vega
  11. This one is a little abstract, but works beautifully in any speech, “May your dreams ride on the wings of angels who know their way home to the skies.”
    — Anonymous
  12. If rhyming is your thing:
    “Here’s to the husband
    And here’s to the wife;
    May they remain
    Lovers for life.”
    —Traditional toast
  13. For receptions where the parties are a bit more on the traditional, religious side, “All love should be simply stepping-stones to the love of God…Blessed be His name for His great goodness and mercy.”
    —Plato
  14. Obviously, one can never go wrong quoting Shakespeare, “Look down you gods,
    And on this couple drop a blessed crown.”
    —The Tempest, Act V
  15. A list of 21 toasts must have at least two of Shakespeare’s works on it, “God, the best maker of all marriages,
    Combine your hearts in one.”
    —King Henry V, Act V
  16. Simple, straightforward and perfect for either musicians or music-lovers: “Love is friendship set to music.”
    — Anonymous
  17. Looking into the future with wise words of optimism from Walt Whitman: “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.”
    — Walt Whitman
  18. There’s so much wisdom in this phrase, which makes it perfect for a toast. “One word
    Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
    That word is love.”
    — Sophocles
  19. When keeping it lighthearted and fun: “A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal.” – Anonymous
  20. This will get a giggle from the crowd. “The secret of a happy “marriage remains a secret.” — Henny Youngman
  21. Borrowing a line from a Disney movie is never wrong. This one is from The Princess and the Frog. “You’re the best thing I never knew I needed.”

The bride and groom have to choose an ideal wedding hall, send out invitations, and select a caterer.  The engaged couple will spend hours touring rental halls for weddings and tasting cakes. Their hands are obviously already full. You have one job. And that task is to give their guests a heartwarming, memorable toast at the reception. With the 21 suggestions above you’re set to mix and match until you have the perfect speech for the celebration.