Wedding Vows: Using Quotes

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Using quotes is a great way to lift your vows above the ordinary. After all, good writers are able to express what they feel. Great writers are able to express what people they’ve never met feel.

And an excellent writer can do the writing on the words like as if the words make good in your brain. Ahh, so close.

So join us – some great writers – as we talk you through how to use quotes in your wedding vows.

Tip 1: Always Check Who the Quote is Attributed To

“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

But before you go sticking that in your vows – know who said it? A certain German dictator.

Always check who the author of the quote is. It turns out that even proper wrong’uns occasionally say some profound things.

Tip 2: Keep Them Short

Your vows should ideally be about one to two minutes in total, so don’t go clogging them up with lengthy quotes like you’re doing the audio book for War and Peace. Be concise. In fact, the shorter a quote is, the more memorable it is.

Wedding speech love quote

“I’m much more me when I’m with you.” – Unknown

Tip 3: Be Selective

Don’t just google ‘Love Quotes’ and pick the first one you come across. Be selective, find quotes from their favourite book, TV show or film. I would say favourite poem, but no-one has a favourite poem. The only people who have a favourite poem are poets. And they should never be invited to weddings.

Remember what your partner is into and utilise that for full romantic effect. If they love Game of Thrones, then quote a character from that. Although avoid the many many quotes about dragons and beheadings. Maybe something more like this?

“Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone… It’s not as exciting as secret passion in the woods, but it is stronger. It lasts longer.” – Caitlyn Stark

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Tip 4: Decide On a Tone

Ask yourself what sort of quote your partner would like to hear. Would they want a romantic one? A funny one? A profound one?

And also, what sort of quotes feel best suited to you?

Google a few, find ones you like, then read them out loud. Although please do this at home, not in the middle of B&Q or at the Post Office.

Tip 5: You Don’t Have To Be Serious

Sure, weddings are momentous, but that doesn’t mean you need to be earnest. The best weddings are the ones that suit the character of the bride and groom. If you’re silly, be silly. If you’re funny, be funny. If you’re light-hearted, be light-hearted.

There are so many quotes you can use that are about love, but not deeply serious. In fact, here are some funny quotes from famous comedians that you can use:

Funny marriage quote
‘Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet connection to see who they really are’ – Will Ferrell
'Love is' quote
‘Love is telling someone their hair extensions are showing’ – Natasha Leggero
'Love is like' quote
‘Love is like backache. It doesn’t show up on x-rays but you know it’s there’ – George Burns
Modern love quote
‘It’s the 21st century. I don’t need an alpha male to protect me. I don’t need a big, strong man to fight off a tiger. I need a geek who can get my naked photos off the cloud’ – Whitney Cummings

Using quotes can be a bit of a minefield, but if used right can take your vows to the next level. Now to save you trawling through the internet for more, we’ve compiled a few of our favourites. Some are funny, some are romantic, some are profound, but all of them are excellent. Enjoy!

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“In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.” – Theodor Reik
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“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” – Themis Tolis
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“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” – Leo Christopher
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“Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realise why it never worked out with anyone else.” – Shon Meta
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“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” – Kiersten White
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“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo
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“I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.” – Anon
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“Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you’re offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings.” – David Sedaris

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