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33 Quotes to Include in Your Wedding Ceremony

33 Quotes to Include in Your Wedding Ceremony
February 15, 2018 Riana Ang-Canning

When putting together a wedding ceremony, some couples like to use quotes. Short lines about love and marriage are great additions to a ceremony. They can be inserted into your vows, printed on your programs or read aloud by your officiant or a reader. It’s a nice way to include some words that are meaningful to you and represent your marriage.

Quotes can come from almost anywhere. You can include a quote from a famous love poem or your favourite episode of Seinfeld. There’s no wrong way to use a quote. Below we’ve included 33 quotes that we’re big fans of. Feel free to use these quotes in your ceremony or allow them to inspire you to find your own quotes.

And if you’re looking for something longer to include in your ceremony, check out our blog posts on readings:


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“It isn’t enough to love; we must prove it.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux

“When one loves, one does not calculate.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ― Joseph Addison

“We are all born for love . . . It is the principle of existence, and its only end.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title.” ― Pamela Druckerman, New York Times, “What You Learn in Your 40s”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ― Stephanie Perkins, Anna And The French Kiss

“One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.” ― Sophocles

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” ― Oscar Wilde

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History Of Love

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything.” ― Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories Of My Life

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook

“I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.” — (Unknown)

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo

“All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy

“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’s no substitute for a great love who says, ‘No matter what’s wrong with you, you’re welcome at this table.'” — Tom Hanks

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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

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A. A. Milne

“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Lord of The Rings

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” — Herman Hesse

“I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.” — (Unknown)

“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.” — When Harry Met Sally

“I realized I was thinking of you, and I began to wonder how long you’d been on my mind. Then it occurred to me: Since I met you, you’ve never left.” — (Unknown)

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao-Tzu

“Thinking of you keeps me awake. Dreaming of you keeps me asleep. Being with you keeps me alive.” — (Unknown)

“You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I LOVE YOU.” — Pride & Prejudice

“When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most.” — (Unknown)

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles Schulz

“All of me loves all of you.” — John Legend, All of Me


Which quote speaks to you? 

written by Riana Ang-Canning
feature image by Erica Miller Photography