Father of the Bride Quotes -Add Wit & Poetry To Your Speech

Quotes are a great way of helping dads sum up a lifetime of love in a few eloquent sentences. While plagiarism is never allowed quoting clever people is.

Feel free to exploit the words of the great and the good – just make sure you follow the rules…

How to Use Quotes Well

Using quotes is a great way of adding gravitas to your speech but don’t let it make you lazy. Use the quotes as an addition to what you want to say, rather than a substitute for your own words. Write your speech first, then see if a quote or two can make it better.

Make the quotes meaningful

Think about the songs, the films, the books that mean something to you both. Do any of these lend themselves to a great quote? Guaranteed, the bride will love you more for it.

Don’t overload your speech with quotes

Two maximum as a general rule. One at the top and one towards the end.

Quote recognisable names (or at least provide some context)

It’s always good to quote people that you’ve actually have heard of (or at least respect after you’ve looked them up on Wikipedia). You’ll find there’s loads of great quotes by people you’ve never heard of, but do you really want to qualify them by saying they were written by a ‘relationship consultant’?

Don’t just use quotes for the sentimental bit

Quotes can also add humour where it’s needed.

Add a back ref

Put the quote into a personal context, or make it humorous with a suitable ‘ad lib’.

Touching Father of the Bride Quotes

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” Zelda Fitzgerald

All a dad knows, is it can hold a hell of a lot more once it’s been handed over to his little girl.

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“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.

That moment you met your daughter for the first time. Summed up by a honey munching bear.

Check out more lovely quotes from the bear

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” Nicolas Sparks, The Notebook.

Yeah you’re no Ryan Gosling, but you can still pull off this quote. It’s suitably self-depreciating and rather endearing.

Everyone in the room will love it. Especially the bridesmaids.

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Wedding speech quotes

”I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Love his daughter more than I love you” Paul Simon

Yeah, who doesn’t love a bit of hippy blissed-out poetry?

‘’When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.’’ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Yep, sometimes a man requires a daughter to bring out the best in him.

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”My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” Winston Churchill 

If you run fast, you get a medal. If you’re good at business, you get a lot of cash. If you marry the right person, you might be lucky enough to have a wonderful daughter.

Marriage Advices Fathers Can Give

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

We’re not suggesting the newlyweds will ever argue, but just in case…

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Wedding Speech Quotes

“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

Wise man Ogden.

“May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.” Unknown Proverb

The women in the audience might already know this one.

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Wedding Speech Quote

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have a to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.” Louis de Bernieres

It’s certainly poetic, but hey, it’s a wedding so you’re allowed.

“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.” Friedrich Nietzsche

You might want to give a few examples of the sort of nonsense the happy couple normally chat about. Will they still be talking about Game of Thrones and arguing about who built the Ikea bed wrong when they’re in their 90s?

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Wedding Speech Quotes

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.Leo Tolstoy 

Again, feel feel to provide examples of the areas the happy couple might need to work on!

Classic Wedding Speech Quotes

“Who, being loved, is poor?” Oscar Wilde

Suggested back ref – something related to the cost of a wedding.

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“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” Rita Rudner

It’s a classic but it works.

“Never go to bed on an argument. Stay up and fight.” Phyllis Diller

Still love this quote. And we follow her advice every night.

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“People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.” Dr. Seuss

Surely this quote applies to every single couple getting hitched!?

”Now remember! As far as anyone knows, we’re a nice, normal family.’ Homer Simpson

Said, with a wink to your daughter, as you welcome the groom to the family.

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Wedding Speech Quotes

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” A. A. Milne

It really only works if the groom likes his Maris Pipers.

“Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.” Jim Bishop 

Gone are the days when we watch our daughters go out on dates but the fear of them still applies.

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Wedding Speech Quotes

“Love is a lot like a backache: it doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there.” George Burns

Your peers will get this one.

‘Yeah, you know, boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like a woman. You just have to read the manual and press the right buttons.’ Homer Simpson 

And quite frankly, what father of the bride speech would be complete without a Homer Simpson quote?

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