One of the most important part of a wedding is, of course, the vows. Writing your own will add a special touch and personalize your big day.
Speeches, reading, toasts are also a big part of the wedding tradition.
Speaking in front of a huge group of people is incredibly nerve-wracking, so instead of trying to write the toast from your own limited resources, it can be helpful to borrow words from poets or other writers who have spoken about love. Since most of us aren’t eloquent writers, I’ve listed vows, quotes and sayings to help you.
I can imagine these quotes in handwritten notes to the love of your life, part of your vows, added to wedding day speeches, or just for reading aloud for inspiration.
Beautiful vows, love quotes & sayings:
“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.” – Khalil Gibran
“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.”—The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
“The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your hands shake, your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation.”—Monica Drake
“There comes a time when you meet someone and you just want to make them smile for the rest of your life.” —Unknown
“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”—Emily Bronte
“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway.”—The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
“Wherever is your heart I call home.”—Brandi Carlile
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, so when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness; and then we call it love.”—Dr. Seuss
“A relationship means giving the best of yourself to someone that truly deserves it.” —Unknown
With all of the love in their hearts, [Groom] and [Bride] choose from this day forward, to face life’s changes as husband and wife and these are their solemn vows.
[Groom], please repeat after me:
I, [Groom], take you, [Bride], to by my wife, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this special day, I give to you in the presence of God and these witnesses, my sacred promise to stay by your side as your faithful husband.
[Bride], please repeat after me:
I, [Bride], take you, [Groom], to by my husband, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this special day, I give to you in the presence of God and these witnesses, my sacred promise to stay by your side as your faithful wife.
Please repeat together:
I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
“Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that truer friend in his wife.”—Franz Schubert
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”—Oscar Wilde
“I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.”—The Vow
“I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.”—The Vow
“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”—The Notebook
“A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.”—Unknown
“I can’t promise to solve all your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone.” —Unknown
“I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.”—Angelita Lim
“There will be dozens of people who will take your breath away, but the one who reminds you to breathe is the one you should keep.” —Unknown
“Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”—C.S. Lewis
Do you [Groom], take [Bride] to be your wife, to cherish in friendship and love, to trust and honor her, and to love her faithfully, through the best and the worst, and whatever may come in life’s journey? I do.
Do you [Bride], take [Groom] to be your husband, to cherish in friendship and love, to trust and honor him, and to love him faithfully, through the best and the worst and whatever may come in life’s journey? I do.
↓ Here are hundreds of other quotes, toasts and vow examples:
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The Spruce All the vow inspiration you need
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