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Quotations are a popular part of a wedding speech. Most are humorous; all are tasteful and therefore would be welcome in all speeches. It’s a good idea to check with the other speechmakers before the day in case they have included the same quotation.

From the quotations below it is obvious the writers had a jaded view of marriage, so choose carefully so not to offend.

Marriage
Marriage is a wonderful institution,
but who wants to live in an institution?
GROUCHO MARX

Marriage is like life in this:
That it is a field of battle not a bed of roses
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Though marriage makes man and wife one flesh,
it leaves ‘em two fools
WILLIAM CONGREVE

Marriage is an attempt to turn a night owl into a homing pigeon.
ANON

If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable.
GEORGE ADE

Bigamy is having one wife too many.
Monogamy is the same thing.
ANON

Love
Love is more than gold or great riches.
JOHN LYDGATE

Women are meant to be loved, not understood.
OSCAR WILDE

Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
MARIA LOVELL

She who has never lov’d, has never liv’d.
JOHN GAY

Love makes the world go round.
JOHN GAY

Love is best.
ROBERT BROWNING

The course of true love never did run smooth.
WILLIAM SHAKESPHERE

Various
A happy bridesmaid is a happy bride.
LORD TENNYSON

Women have their faults,
Men have only two;
Everything they say,
Everything they do.
ANON

Blest is the bride on whom the sun doth shine.
ROBERT HERRICK