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Thoughtful quotes and sayings about love and marriage

Add some of the most romantic poems in history to your wedding day

The following ideas can be a great source of inspiration when you are planning your ceremony and reception.  They can be incorporated into your own vows – with the permission of your minister or registrar – used as the basis for a reading or as the opening to a speech or added to an invitation, a menu or a table centre as a romantic literary flourish

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Vows and Readings – famous quotes

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when, at last, it comes.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

I think a man and woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and woman to understand each other. And… to understand is to love.

JB Yeats

Immature love says “I love you because I need you”

Mature love says “I need you because I love you”

Confucius

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies

Aristotle

Every heart sings a song, incomplete,

until another heart whispers back.

Those who wish to sing always find a song.

At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet 
Plato

The gold of one’s heart is far more precious than the gold of one’s purse

Chinese Proverb

No road is long with good company

Turkish proverb

When two spiders unite they can tie up a lion

Ethiopian proverb

Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

Swedish proverb

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and just be my friend

Irish proverb

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anonymous but not forgotten

Many timeless wedding lines and verses have been passed down through the generations until no-one really remembers their origin. Our top ten offerings from unknown sources may not be attributed to anyone in particular, but they are no less powerful for it.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts forever joined in love

Let those love now, who never loved before

Let those who always loved, now love the more

Love is like a butterfly
Hold it too tight and it will crush

Hold it too loose and it will fly

To the world you might be one person,

But to one person you might be the world

The cure for love is marriage and the cure for marriage is love again

Let those love now who never loved before

Let those who always loved, now love the more

A smile is the light in the window of your face that  shows that your heart is home.

A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same

Love is the symbol of eternity

It wipes out all sense of time

Destroying all memory of a beginning

And all fear of an end

Time to smile

Weddings may be all hearts and flowers but they can also be a source of amusement. Some writers can be as wry as they are romantic – as witty as they are wise – and it is their ability to look at even the most important day with a tongue firmly planted in their cheek that offers modern couples the chance to incorporate some more light-hearted musings into their special occasion. Here are some of our favourites

Marriages are made in heaven –

but then so are thunder, lightning, tornados and hail

Anon

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

Oscar Wilde

My advice to you is to get married.

If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy.

If not, you’ll become a philosopher.

Socrates

Strange to say what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition!

Samuel Pepys

A lady’s imagination is very rapid;

it jumps from admiration to love,

from love to matrimony, in a moment

Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

Marriage is the result of the longing for the deep peace of the double bed after the hurly burly of the chaise longue

Attributed to Mrs Patrick Campbell

He tells you when you’ve got on too much lipstick

And helps you with your girdle when your hips stick<

Ogden Nash (The Perfect Husband)

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