Are you searching for inspirational and beautiful quotes about marriage, love and relationships? Whether you’re writing a card to celebrate a loved one’s big day, congratulating friends on their engagement or creating a speech for a wedding reception, here are a few wedding quotes that are sure to tick all your boxes.

Lovely quotes are sure to add an extra special touch to a wedding speech or occasion card, and they could also work perfectly as wedding mottos to be displayed on wedding signs and stationery. If you’re struggling to articulate the way you feel about relationships, love and the future, these inspiring quotes will fit the bill.

Taken from books, movies, writers, philosophers and celebrities alike, these quotes are sure to make your heart sing and help you to fall back in love once more.

Best Wedding Quotes About Relationships, Love And Marriage
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Wedding Quotes From The Philosophers

As you might expect, philosophers have plenty to say about love and since the earliest days of recorded history they have penned beautiful and meaningful quotes about passion, romance and wedded bliss. Here are a few of the top quotes from some of the biggest names in philosophy that are sure to give you something to think about.

Aristotle – “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”.

Nietzsche – “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

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

Laozi – “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Anais Nin – “Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

Mahatma Gandhi – “Where there is love there is life.”

Elbert Hubbard – “The love we give away is the only love we keep.”

Henry David Thoreau – “There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

Wedding Quotes From Literary Masters

Nobody can write about love quite as beautifully as history’s greatest writers and if you’re looking for the perfect wedding quotes for your speech, you’re sure to find something here that is absolutely ideal. We’ve brought together the best love quotes originating from the world’s most famous writers to give you inspiration and to touch your heart. 

Victor Hugo – “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

Honore de Balzac – “A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.”

A.A.Milne – “If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

Charles Dickens – “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

George Eliot – “I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.”

Edgar Allan Poe – “We loved with a love that was more than love.”

Henry Miller – “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.”

Lawrence Durrell – “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Leo Tolstoy – “The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.”

Mark Twain – “Love: The irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

Francois Mauriac – “To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.”

George Sand – “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

Best Wedding Quotes About Relationships, Love And Marriage
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Wedding Quotes From Plays, Literature And Poetry

The theme of romance has long been threaded through plays, poetry and literature, from the classics like Shakespeare to more modern works. Literature represents that ideal medium through which love can be expressed – its huge emotions, impressive gestures and fluttering of the heartstrings that are all so perfectly outlined on the page. 

Whether you need to find inspiration for your wedding reading from one of the most wonderful love poems, or whether you just want to find something perfect to write in an engagement card, you’ll find passionate prose galore in contemporary and traditional novels, poetry and texts for the stage. 

With this in mind, here are some of history’s most beautifully written, romantic and famous quotes from some of the best works of literature.

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind – “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook – “I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice – “My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald – “At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

Ian McEwan, Atonement – “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company – “You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.”

A.S. Byatt, Possession – “I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace – “We are asleep until we fall in love.”

Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl – “At night I dream of him, all day I wait to see him, and when I do see him my heart turns over and I think I will faint with desire.”

Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist – “You are sunlight through a window, which I stand in, warmed. My darling.”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet – “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound – “Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.”

Aphra Benn, The Rover – “One hour of right down love is worth an age of dully living on.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet – “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre – “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”

William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair – “It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.”

Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago – “You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love In The Time of Cholera – “I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love.”

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights – “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Tyler Knott Gregson, Love Language, Chasers Of The Light – “I would love to say that you make me weak in the knees but to be quite upfront and completely truthful you make my body forget it has knees at all.”

W.H. Auden, Stop All The Clock – “He was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week and my Sunday rest.”

Robert Burns, My Luve Is Like A Red Red Rose – “O, my luve’s like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June.”

William Blake, The Clod and the Pebble – “Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care; But for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey – “You might not have been my first love, but you were the love that made all the other loves irrelevant.”

Justin Wetch, Bending The Universe – “Love starts as a feeling, but to continue is a choice. And I find myself choosing you, more and more every day.”

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 43 – “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depths and breadth and height my soul can reach.”

Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember – “Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous, love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence and is not resentful.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love – “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”

Best Wedding Quotes About Relationships, Love And Marriage
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Wedding Quotes From Celebrities

There’s no doubt that marriage is something special, bringing comfort and joy, but it isn’t always easy either. After all, forever is definitely a long time and whether you’re together for 5 years or 50, all couples face challenges to overcome. Celebrities have plenty to say on the subject of marriage, and here are some of their best quotes to date. 

Holly Willoughby – “Of course he has weaknesses, we both do. The key is holding up each other’s strengths and no poking at each other’s weaknesses.”

Hermione Norris – “Marriage is finding somebody who you can raise a family with, grow old with and who you want to come home to.”

Adrian Lester – “What’s the secret? There is no secret. We just get on, we always have done. We talk a lot and help each other out. We are each other’s sounding board for projects.”

Dame Julie Andrews – “Marriage is like a graph – it has its ups and downs and as long as things bounce back up again, you’ve got a good marriage.”

Emily Watson – “It’s been tough, but I think you have to evolve and change with the other person and, if you’re lucky, you both evolve and change in the same direction.” 

Brenda Blethyn – “Being married does make a difference. It’s a comfort, almost like someone holding your hand. Everything’s exactly the same, we row the same as before and get on each other’s nerves, but there’s something very nice about it.” 

Gabby Logan – “The secret is having fun and enjoying each other’s company, but there also has to be a mutual respect for what the other person is doing. You have to both feel like you’re growing at the same rate.”

Best Wedding Quotes About Relationships, Love And Marriage
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Wedding Quotes From Movies

Whether you hate soppy movies or can’t wait to watch the latest rom com, wedding quotes from movies are sometimes the inspiration that you’re seeking. Romantic films have the power to make us misty-eyed and weak at the knees, so here are some of the very best quotes that will delight and touch in equal measure.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”

Shakespeare in Love – “You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.”

It’s A Wonderful Life – “You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”

An Affair To Remember – “I was looking up… it was the nearest thing to heaven” You were there.”

Meet Joe Black – “Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with?”

  • A wedding dress is both intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.
  • The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
  • There is definitely a ‘red carpet moment’ to a bride’s wedding day, but when designing for bridal, it is important to focus on the details that will captivate and capture the imagination of the bride – she has to fall in love with the gown.
  • A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
  • As I grew up and began identifying myself as a feminist, there were plenty of issues that continued to make me question marriage: the father ‘giving’ the bride away, women taking their husband’s last name, the white dress, the vows promising to ‘obey’ the groom. And that only covers the wedding.
  • A young bride is like a plucked flower, but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
  • Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.
  • There is such an emotional connection between the bride and her wedding dress, whereas in ready-to-wear you may just be focusing on color or prints for that particular season.
  • It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
  • My wedding preparations were done. My wedding outfit was ready. I had even bought my jewelry, and the cards were also printed. It is very sad that I had to call off my marriage one month prior to the actual date.
  • I think everyone dreams of that nice romantic wedding.
  • Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage.
  • There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.
  • For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
  • Wedding is destiny and hanging likewise.
  • Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
  • The most dangerous food is wedding cake.
  • In Italy, they say rain on your wedding day is symbolic of fresh beginnings, cleansing, a pure marriage, and also a wet knot that can’t be untied.
  • In marriage, there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
  • I remember when I was in school, they would ask, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?’ and then you’d have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride.
  • We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday and a lot of my friends’ birthdays are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
  • ‘Through sickness and through health’ sounds so simple on your wedding day, but in reality, they become significant words that are a huge responsibility and show true character to navigate.
  • One tradition I have with my friends is that when one of us gets married, we have a ton of fragrance oils and pretty bottles at the bachelorette party. Everyone puts a drop or two in a bottle for the bride and makes a wish, and the bride wears our creation on her wedding day.
  • Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes!
  • My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.
  • It’s very nice to be asked to anybody’s wedding. Particularly if it’s the Prince of Wales. I learned a lot from it, which was to end early and get away. I suppose one would have to look back historically and see who other royals had at their weddings. Were there people at Queen Elizabeth’s wedding who were common like myself?
  • A wedding, a great wedding, is just a blast. A celebration of romance and community and love… What is unfun about that? Nothing.
  • I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
  • I believe the wedding vows are sacred and precious, and it’s been one of my goals as a writer to portray the kind of marriages I’ve seen modeled in my family – my parents and grandparents, who all celebrated fifty-year anniversaries and well-beyond.
  • My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.
  • For most couples, the first event they plan together is their wedding.
  • If I do find myself walking up the aisle and dancing at my own wedding reception, I want the first dance to be both spontaneous and dramatic.
  • Ariel may look a lot like Barbie, and her adventure may be limited to romance and over with the wedding bells, but unlike, say, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, she’s active, brave and determined, the heroine of her own life. She even rescues the prince. And that makes her a rare fish, indeed, in the world of preschool culture.
  • You have to make your wedding day all about you.
  • No wedding bells for me anymore. I’ve been happily married to my profession for years.
  • Every wedding is slightly different from the other. But you always get to meet the funny uncle and the weirdo relatives, and there’s always someone trying to beat you up for not playing enough Beatles songs or something.
  • Wedding dress shopping is basically like dating. You pick the one based on how you feel.
  • I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It’s a metaphor for women’s lives, their creativity.
  • The Queen’s wedding dress in 1947, there was some embroidery on the train which was definitely there to illustrate new dawn/post-war optimism, that sort of thing.
  • A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.
  • On the night of the winter solstice, when the dead get their annual reprieve, they go up to the 24-hour donut shop and wedding chapel to get hitched. Marriage is a good and proper pursuit for dead people. For a while, it relieves the dark, shuddering loneliness of the afterlife.
  • Choosing elements for your wedding day should be fun, but these choices won’t make any difference in the stuff that matters. For better or worse, you’ll end that day married to your partner, and that’s the truly exciting part.
  • Growing up, I was never the kind of girl to dream about wedding dresses and pretty houses.
  • Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.
  • That is ever the way. ‘Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.
  • I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.
  • You can give poor people this royal wedding to watch and make them feel good about themselves, or you can give them something useful like, I don’t know… a toaster.
  • Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to suggest that he might capriciously and arbitrarily violate them in order to walk on water, or turn water into wine as a cheap party trick at a wedding?
  • Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.
  • My attachment to my wedding ring is a powerful symbol of the infinite love that I have for my wife and children.
  • The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it – and sometimes three.
  • My wedding was a very private affair for close family and friends, so I had decided to hold a reception in my native town.
  • A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.
  • The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
  • There is definitely a ‘red carpet moment’ to a bride’s wedding day, but when designing for bridal, it is important to focus on the details that will captivate and capture the imagination of the bride – she has to fall in love with the gown.
  • A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
  • As I grew up and began identifying myself as a feminist, there were plenty of issues that continued to make me question marriage: the father ‘giving’ the bride away, women taking their husband’s last name, the white dress, the vows promising to ‘obey’ the groom. And that only covers the wedding.
  • A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
  • Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.
  • There is such an emotional connection between the bride and her wedding dress, whereas in ready-to-wear you may just be focusing on color or prints for that particular season.
  • It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
  • My wedding preparations were done. My wedding outfit was ready. I had even bought my jewelry, and the cards were also printed. It is very sad that I had to call off my marriage one month prior to the actual date.
  • I think everyone dreams of that nice romantic wedding.
  • Many people spend more time planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage.
  • There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.
  • For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
  • Wedding is destiny and hanging likewise.
  • Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
  • The most dangerous food is wedding cake.
  • In Italy, they say rain on your wedding day is symbolic of fresh beginnings, cleansing, a pure marriage, and also a wet knot that can’t be untied.
  • In marriage, there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
  • I remember when I was in school, they would ask, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?’ and then you’d have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride.
  • We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
  • ‘Through sickness and through health’ sounds so simple on your wedding day, but in reality, they become significant words that are a huge responsibility and show true character to navigate.
  • One tradition I have with my friends is that when one of us gets married, we have a ton of fragrance oils and pretty bottles at the bachelorette party. Everyone puts a drop or two in a bottle for the bride and makes a wish, and the bride wears our creation on her wedding day.
  • Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes!
  • My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.
  • It’s very nice to be asked to anybody’s wedding. Particularly if it’s the Prince of Wales. I learned a lot from it, which was to end early and get away. I suppose one would have to look back historically and see who other royals had at their weddings. Were there people at Queen Elizabeth’s wedding who were common like myself?
  • A wedding, a great wedding, is just a blast. A celebration of romance and community and love… What is unfun about that? Nothing.
  • I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
  • I believe the wedding vows are sacred and precious, and it’s been one of my goals as a writer to portray the kind of marriages I’ve seen modeled in my family – my parents and grandparents, who all celebrated fifty-year anniversaries and well-beyond.
  • My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.
  • For most couples, the first event they plan together is their wedding.
  • If I do find myself walking up the aisle and dancing at my own wedding reception, I want the first dance to be both spontaneous and dramatic.
  • Ariel may look a lot like Barbie, and her adventure may be limited to romance and over with the wedding bells, but unlike, say, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, she’s active, brave and determined, the heroine of her own life. She even rescues the prince. And that makes her a rare fish, indeed, in the world of preschool culture.
  • You have to make your wedding day all about you.
  • No wedding bells for me anymore. I’ve been happily married to my profession for years.
  • Every wedding is slightly different from the other. But you always get to meet the funny uncle and the weirdo relatives, and there’s always someone trying to beat you up for not playing enough Beatles songs or something.
  • Wedding dress shopping is basically like dating. You pick the one based on how you feel.
  • I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It’s a metaphor for women’s lives, their creativity.
  • The Queen’s wedding dress in 1947, there was some embroidery on the train which was definitely there to illustrate new dawn/post-war optimism, that sort of thing.
  • A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.
  • On the night of the winter solstice, when the dead get their annual reprieve, they go up to the 24-hour donut shop and wedding chapel to get hitched. Marriage is a good and proper pursuit for dead people. For a while, it relieves the dark, shuddering loneliness of the afterlife.
  • Choosing elements for your wedding day should be fun, but these choices won’t make any difference in the stuff that matters. For better or worse, you’ll end that day married to your partner, and that’s the truly exciting part.
  • Growing up, I was never the kind of girl to dream about wedding dresses and pretty houses.
  • Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.
  • That is ever the way. ‘Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.
  • I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.
  • You can give poor people this royal wedding to watch and make them feel good about themselves, or you can give them something useful like, I don’t know… a toaster.
  • Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to suggest that he might capriciously and arbitrarily violate them in order to walk on water, or turn water into wine as a cheap party trick at a wedding?