52 incredibly romantic and not (too) cheesy love & wedding quotes

Updated Mar 15 2021
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Like many an Offbeat Bride before me, when I got engaged I began a long and agitating search for wedding quotes that did not make me throw up in my mouth.

I searched many websites, bought quote books, and compiled lists of quotes I sort of liked.

I found loads of them. Boatloads. Metric fuckloads.

But some I had read so many times on so many websites that I couldn't muster up any enthusiasm for them at all. Like the one about "gazing at the stars in the same direction" — it's very pretty, it's cute, but it didn't hit the romantic sweet spot for me.

So, I culled my quotes file and nailed down fifty-two bad-ass quotes that I adore and that I'm sharing with you now.

I used most of these on our wedding favors.

A few of these are old favorites from Offbeat Brides past, but a lot of them I've never seen on a wedding site.

So enjoy and begin compiling and culling your own metric fuckload of quotes!

"True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT — mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe." –The Princess Bride
"Love makes you do the wacky." –Buffy the Vampire Slayer


"Happiness is anyone and anything at all, that's loved by you." –You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
"As You Wish." –The Princess Bride
"And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course." -Khalil Gibran's The Prophet
"Like you're trying to fight gravity
on a planet that insists
that love is like falling
and falling is like this"
-Ani Difranco's Falling Is Like This
"'cause I know there is strength
in the differences between us
and I know there is comfort
where we overlap"
-Ani Difranco's Overlap
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." –Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and yes, Matthew 6:21, too)
"Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde

"Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there." -Otomo No Yakamochi

"I love your feet
because they have
wandered over
the earth and through
the wind and water
until they brought
you to me."
-Pablo Neruda
"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. " -Rita Rudner
"I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible, but… I want to spend every irritating minute with you." –Scrubs
"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you. " -Ernest H. Shephard (this is often erroneously attributed to A.A. Milne, but he never wrote these words)
"We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.'" –Shall We Dance?
"The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along." –The Essential Rumi
"I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me." -Roy Croft

"I love you right up to the moon — and back." -Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." -Robert Fulghum
"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 would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." –The Fellowship of the Ring
"No, I mean I like you very much. Just as you are." –Bridget Jones Diary
"One plus one equals both." -Gregory Maguire's Son of a Witch
"Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts." -William Shakespeare


"No. No, you can't… STOP. Please don't go away. Please? No one's ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave… if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two… forty-two… I remember it, I do. It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I'm home. Please… I don't want that to go away. I don't want to forget." –Finding Nemo
"You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones." -Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." -Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
"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
"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." -Mother Teresa
"What will survive of us is love." -Phillip Larkin's An Arundel Tomb
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller
"Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame." -Henry David Thoreau
"To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness." -Robert Brault
"You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." -George Moore
"We loved with a love that was more than love." -Edgar Allan Poe's Annabell Lee
"Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new." -Ursula K. Le Guin
"He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began." -Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
"Love me and the world is mine." -David Reed
"You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." -Dr. Seuss
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." -Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire." -Jeremy Taylor
"True love stories never have endings." -Richard Bach
"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." -Zelda Fitzgerald
"I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion — I have shudder'd at it — I shudder no more — I could be martyr'd for my Religion — Love is my religion — I could die for that — I could die for you." -John Keats
"My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet." -John Keats
"I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone." -Javan
"Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are." -Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
"The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it's half of what we felt — that's everything." Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." -Mother Theresa
"Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it." -Swedish Proverb
"Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love." -Albert Einstein
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -Friedrich Nietzsche

So, what's next?

YOUR TURN! Have a quote we forgot? Share it in the comments!

    • I actually did know that… but my husband would have pitched a fit if I used a Bible quote on our favors (he's a militant Atheist), so I listed it as being from Harry Potter (it was used in the book) and he was fine with that.

  1. Oh I so needed this – Thank you

    This is perfect, and I hadnt seen it before:

    "The minute I heard my first love story
    I started looking for you, not knowing
    how blind that was.
    Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
    They're in each other all along." – The Essential Rumi

  2. It's slightly unfair how I'm tearing up at that Finding Nemo quote. That part of the movie gets me every single time!!

  3. Ooo! *raises hand* I have some from my wedding last week, from The Simpsons, 1984, and the comic American Splendor! Found them all myself, and guests loved them:

    "I didn't want to get married… But it was just like being at a flea market – you see one thing you never expected to find there and it's so special you've gotta have it, even if it's going to take all your money & you don't know how you'll ever get it home. I knew it wouldn't be perfect… But we manage to work it out." –Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, A Marriage Album

    "You can't trick somebody into loving you. There's a reason two people come together and stay together – there's something they give each other that nobody else can give them." – Lisa Simpson, episode "Secrets of a Successful Marriage"

    "Her feelings were her own, and could not be altered from outside. If she loved him, she loved him, and when she had nothing else to give, she still gave him love. They were governed by private loyalties which they did not question. What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, could have value in itself. No one could alter her feelings: for that matter she could not alter them herself, even if she wanted to."
    -George Orwell, 1984

    • Someone sent this to me. It made me smile. I really hope you will be as close and as happy as Harvey and I were. He died last year. It was not always easy but it was always, always interesting and we loved each other very much.

      • Thank you so much for your kind comment. My husband (whose obsessive music collection reminds me of Harvey) and I have the same hopes for our marriage.

        I am so sorry for your recent loss. Your husband's work and your work with him are quite important to me, so your response means a lot. Thanks for making my day!

  4. If there are any Keats fans out there, this is my favorite from his letters to Fanny Brawne. I've written it into my vows:

    'I never knew before, what such a love as you have made me feel, was; I did not believe in it; my Fancy was affraid of it, lest it should burn me up. But if you will fully love me, though there may be some fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and bedewed with Pleasures.'

  5. Ahh… that Scrubs quote is exactly how my guy and I decided to get together. He said to me, "I find you bothersome, but intriquing." And now we're getting married. Oh happiness.

  6. So excited to see a quote from The Wheel of Time. I read it and instantly knew! Trying to figure out a good way to incorporate all my favorite fantasy novel love quotes into my wedding.

    • I just finished a Re-read of Wheel of Time… I honestly don't know if I'll survive til november if that's how long it takes for A Memory of Light!

      I have also been trying to find great Wheel of Time/ Firefly / Futurama quotes that would work for a wedding.

  7. I would add "We loved sir used to meet, how sad and mad and bad it was but then.. how sweet" by Robert Browning, I just love the way it flows when read aloud.

  8. The quote about the feet is actually the last part of this poem by Pablo Neruda:

    Your Feet
    When I cannot look at your face
    I look at your feet.
    Your feet of arched bone,
    your hard little feet.
    I know that they support you,
    and that your sweet weight
    rises upon them.
    Your waist and your breasts,
    the doubled purple
    of your nipples,
    the sockets of your eyes
    that have just flown away,
    your wide fruit mouth,
    your red tresses,
    my little tower.
    But I love your feet
    only because they walked
    upon the earth and upon
    the wind and upon the waters,
    until they found me.
    -Pablo Neruda

  9. We will totally be including Finding Nemo in our wedding, it is Mr S's favourite movie- we own it on DVD and Blue-ray!

  10. My fave new song by incubus… part of lyrics:
    "What's wrong with you is good…. for what's wrong with me."

  11. 1.) Damn, that Harry Potter quote is biblical? Curse you JK Rowling, now I can't use it!

    2.)Finding Nemo! If I could get away with it, I totally would.

    3.)Quoting Annabell Lee probably isn't a great idea, it's not exactly uplifting. FH and I have already tried that path.

    • A great quote's a great quote! Why let a dislike of the source shackle you?

      p.s. Large swaths of the Bible are about loving everyone even when they don't deserve it.

  12. Thank you ever so much for writing this post. We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary. I'm going to steal some of your fabulous quotes to put in my 1 each day cards during our trip. Now — how to choose????

  13. This is the latest lesson in the "I really shouldn't read this blog in public" category, because tearing up in the library is not classy. Oh well.

  14. I love these! I used to be obsessed with quotes in general. I think one of my favorites is from Gandhi – "Where there is love, there is life".

  15. This is my favourite quote and sums up me and my boy:

    My Dream
    by Ogden Nash

    This is my dream,
    It is my own dream,
    I dreamt it.
    I dreamt that my hair was kempt.
    Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.

  16. THANK YOU for attributing the E.H. Shepard quote correctly. It drives me batty that people think it's a quote from Winnie the Pooh. It is NOT.

    Anyway – love the list 🙂

  17. I'm crying. Thank you so much for posting these- they have made a crappy week far less crappy, and have given me yet more inspiration for our wedding ceremony!

    Two of my faves:

    "To love another person is to see the face of God"- Les Miserables

    "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love…and be loved in return"- David Bowie/Moulin Rouge.

    • That second quote is from "Nature Boy," actually – written by eden abhez in 1947 and first popularized by Nat King Cole in 1948.

      Jazz geek? Why, yes, I am.

    • The Les Mis quote is one of my all time favorites! Sadly, the Hubs is a militant atheist and gets his hackles up regarding any mention of god. He's such a little bitch sometimes. Good thing he's adorable.

  18. Love, love, love the Ani D quotes! She also has another song, 'Smiling Underneath' – amazing! The quote from 'Overlap' – :gasp: it's one of our songs 🙂 and will probably be incorporated in the ceremony.

    Thanks so much for the rest. Brilliant!

  19. "This is our musical theater love story
    we're making it scene to scene
    Our love is strong and growing
    On our journey to be free"

    -"Musical Theater Love Story" from The Big Gay Musical

  20. that weirdness quote is SO perfect for us that I'm gonna take it and run to my sweetheart to show her right away.

  21. Thank you so much for this! I've been compiling geeky love quotes for a while now. The boy and I are game (and book) junkies, so a few others I planned to use are:

    "It's still a thrill to turn and see you beside me." Anders, from Dragon Age.

    "If there's a future to be had, I will walk into it gladly at your side." Fenris, Dragon Age (yea.. I really only play Bioware games, haha)

    "You love me, real or unreal?" "Real." Peeta and Katniss, Mockingjay (Hunger Games)

  22. i have had several people attach the weirdness quote to my favorite half and my relationship. they all quoted it as being by dr. seuss.


    every site i found it mentioned on either have it as being penned by seuss or anonymous. where did you find it attributed to fulgham?

    please, oh please don't let it be from fulgham.

  23. I'd like to share an adorable quote from "X-files" episode "The Rain King" from season 6:

    Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with. -Dana Scully

    This is so true for my fiance and me… we were acquantances and friends for three months before we started dating and fell in love. So far, our relationship has lasted for 9 years…

  24. What no Vonnegut? He's a little depressing but this is what I used on my wedding invite.. "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." mostly used this because my fiance wouldn't let me right "so it goes" because he's not as morbid as I am.

  25. I'm in love with the chorus to "The Flame" by Cheap Trick.

    Wherever you go, I'll be with you
    Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
    Whenever you need someone
    To lay your heart and head upon.
    Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
    I will be the flame
    I will be the flame

  26. I am such an "unromantic" sometimes, so there is a lot of speechifying that makes me feel fake! I was dreading the readings and stuff, until I realised that we could use Ani DiFranco lyrics, and Firefly lines… thank goodness, I say!

    • I like Mal's quote from Serenity, "If I truly wanted someone bad enough, wouldn't be a thing in the 'verse that could stop me from going to her"

  27. I love these quotes. It's hard to find non-cliche ones. My favorite ever is also a Dr. Seuss quote (or, at least I think it is. It's always so difficult to be sure anymore.) This quote describes my relationship with my partner perfectly.

    "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love." -Theodor Seuss Geisel

    • I LOVE the idea of putting love quotes on your wedding favors! How creative… I might have to steal that one 😉

      I'd have to say my favorites are from 'The Princess Bride' and the
      Scrubs quote. But soooooo many good ones here.

      I've always been a fan of the Albert Einstein love quote – "Gravitation
      can not be held responsible for people falling in love."

      Another one of my favorites is by Dr. Seuss…

      "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

    • I did some research on this quote and it appears to be from a book by Robert Fulghum and not Dr. Seuss. Doesn't make it any less touching. Fulghum wrote the book All I Really Need to Know, I learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common things.

  28. Was so excited to see this post! Have another one to add for anyone who may be a Beat nerd, as I am:

    "Darling, you know and I know that everything is straight between us at last beyond the furthest abstract definition in metaphysical terms of any terms you want to specify of sweetly impose or harken back…"

    —Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road"

  29. My wedding vows included "You have my sword…and my bow…and my axe" from LotR. The celebrant said "As a wise man once said, 'do or do not; there is no try' before we said our I dos. We also worked in references to Star Wars, Spiderman, and The X Files, as well as a mini-RickRoll.

    I was dreading the ceremony too, until we started filling it with awesome 🙂

  30. So, the only quote that really made me teary-eyed was the one from Finding Nemo. "It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I'm home. Please… I don't want that to go away." *sniffles*

  31. I am totally in love with these quotes!! I am also planning on including this quote from The Amber Spyglass in my vows… My FH lent me the books while he was abroad. They had been given to him by his recently deceased grandfather and it meant so much to both of us. 5 years later we are getting married and I still feel such a powerful connection to those books!

    "I'll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont' just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight…"
    ? Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials Trilogy

  32. "True love will triumph over all… Which may or may not be true, but if it is a lie, it is the most beautiful lie we have." ~John Green

  33. My favourite geeky love quote:
    '"And what would humans be without love?"
    RARE, said Death'
    from Terry Pratchett's 'Sourcery'
    LOVE all the rest of the suggestions!

  34. Love is like a friendship caught on fire

    Perfect for two as fiery as my man and I are!! I think I'll stencil this onto homemade burlap bunting for our post-wedding all-invited hooley

  35. "John, I counted myself so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me! Suspicion kissed me when you did; I never knew how I would say my love.
    …Forgive me, forgive me, John– I never knew such goodness in the world!"
    -Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible (IV.~210)

  36. Oh lovely, a few I knew and and some new ones. I particularly like the Bridget Jones one, which I remember very well (something about wobbly bits too I think).

  37. Oh man, the first time my guy said "I love you" to me it was in the form of "As you wish."

    We'd been long time friends kept apart by mutual circumstances up 'til then, and it was the closest either of us could come to acknowledging how we felt about one another.

    Great post, totally teared up.

  38. "…but how hollow is the sound of victory without someone to share it with. And Honor gives little comfort to a man alone in his home… and in his heart."

    – Martok, to Worf, discussing marriage (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")

  39. I guess I don't understand why people get upset about liking a quote by someone they don't 100% agree with in other aspects. I think people from all backgrounds have some good things to say. If I like a quote I don't care who it's by. Of course, it is up to you and what makes you comfortable… I'm just saying how I feel.

  40. I've been collecting and have a few cool ones to add to the list; my reception tables are going to reveal my inner book nerd. They'll have the names of some of my favorite writers and quotes to go along with them. Here are a few I love:

    "His heart danced upon her movement like a cork upon a tide." James Joyce

    "Marriage was created not to be a background but to need one. Mine is going to be outstanding. It can't, shan't be the setting—it's going to be the performance, and the world shall be the scenery." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything." Virginia Woolf

    "She may know a little, may think of herself, face and body, as 'pretty'… but he could never tell her all the rest, how many other living things, birds, nights smelling of grass and rain, sunlit moments of simple peace, also gather in what she is to him." Thomas Pynchon

  41. I just want to submit this quote from the British TV show "That Mitchell and Webb Look" that I'm thinking about using in my wedding. There is a great skit (about weddings) to go with this skit if you search YouTube for "mitchell and webb best man" or something like that.

    "Two people who are a little bit deluded in each other's favour. That's what love is, isn't it?" – David Mitchell

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