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!

  1. Love!
    A couple of my favorites are:
    "Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
    "After all this time?"
    "Always," said Snape."
    ? J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    But I could swear by your expression
    That the pain down in your soul
    Was the same as the one down in mine.
    That's the pain,
    Cuts a straight line
    Down through the heart;
    We called it love.
    -"Origin of Love" Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  2. There are two from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre :

    "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."

    "I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion."

    And two in French, one from a poem by François Villon, the rest of the poem is rather sad (his loved one died) but this verse is just stunning : "Deux étions et n'avions qu'un coeur" which means "we were two and only had one heart."

    The other one is from a comic book, Le combat ordinaire, in which, after struggling with commitment issues, the guy says "Tout… tout est mieux avec toi que sans." which means "everything is better with you than without you."

  3. HI ….
    Do you remember who in the Shall We Dance? movie said the quote you posted about "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on this planet …..I mean, what does one life really mean. …. ?"
    Thank you for posting these! They are all great!!

  4. Love me some sci-fi, and from a man who truly loved women:

    "Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love."
    ? Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

    "Love is when another persons happiness is essential to your own."
    ? Robert A. Heinlein

    "May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live"
    ? Robert A. Heinlein

  5. "in all my journys of all the world, in my vastly limited view of the unimaginable expanse of the universe with possibilities beyond measure of science and gods. Never did know that the smallest insignifacnt thing in this reality or any other would be graced with such a wonderous gift as that wich you have given me-the gift of knowing ones self so deeply and purely that for once in my life I have found not just love as it is refered to by definition but as it is with inseperable souls-"
    My fiance just wrote this –sigh–

  6. had to add this 🙂

    Dance me to the end of time – Leonard Cohen

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
    Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love
    Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
    Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
    Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
    Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
    We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
    Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
    Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
    Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

  7. I am reading your blog for the first time today. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading much, much more.

  8. Just found your blog. I love this list of quotes! My fiance proposed to me using the "When Harry Met Sally" line.

  9. My husband used the Led Zepplin lyrics and tried to pass them off as his own poem to me over 25 years ago. It makes me smile and we joke about it to this day. I will text one line to him and he will text the next.

    THANK YOU by Led Zepplin

    If the sun refused to shine
    I would still be loving you
    When mountains crumble to the sea
    There would still be you and me

    Kind woman, I give you my all
    Kind woman, nothing more

    Little drops of rain
    Whisper of the pain
    Tears of loves lost in the days gone by
    Our love is strong
    With you there is no wrong
    Together we shall go until we die. My, my, my

    Inspiration's what you are to me
    Inspiration, look and see

    (Solo)

    And so today, my world it smiles
    Your hand in mine, we walk the miles
    Thanks to you it will be done
    For you to me are the only one

    Happiness, no more be sad
    Happiness…. I'm glad

    If the sun refused to shine
    I would still be loving you
    Mountains crumble to the sea
    There will still be you and me

  10. Hello,

    I love this collection of quotes, but I would like to point out that the "we are all a little weird…we fall in mutual weirdness and call it love" has always been attributed to Dr. Seuss. Is this not accurate?

    ~Ashley

    P.S. Thank you for providing a site where I feel like I belong. 🙂

  11. "If I became lost in
    the multiverse, exploring
    infinite parallel dimensions, my
    only criterion for settling
    down somewhere would be
    whether or not I could find you:
    and once I did, I'd stay there even
    if it was a world ruled by giant spider-
    priests, or one where killer
    robots won the Civil War, or even
    a world where sandwiches
    were never invented, because
    you'd make it the best
    of all possible worlds anyway,
    and plus
    we could get rich
    off inventing sandwiches."

    Part of "Scientific Romance" by Tim Pratt

  12. This one is going on our programs: "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." – Carl Sagan ( I always imagine it in his almost Kermit-the-Frog like voice)

  13. My personal favorite, we used on our wedding invitations…
    "Once in a while,
    Right in the middle of an ordinary lifetime,
    Love gives us a fairy-tale"

  14. Those are some amazing quotes. Thank you for sharing this with us! This is my favorite quote that has really served me, "There is nothing more important than you feel good."- Abraham Hicks. I also created a whole video dedicated to love and feeling good. I titled it, "Inspirational Love Quotes". If you want to check it out, Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBcEGRH4ARk If you like it, Share it! Put a smile on someone else's face too. 🙂

  15. My guy and I just started planning for our wedding (Nov, 2015), but we picked our song a few years ago, a short one called You Ruined Everything by Jonathan Coulton –
    "You should know…how great things were before you…even so, they're better still today….Once my perfect world was gone I knew you ruined everything…in the nicest way"

  16. I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
    I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
    I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
    higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

    I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)
    E.E. Cummings (from the movie In Her Shoes)

  17. on our favors we used one from Ray Bradbury: May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake the world.

  18. I'm particularly fond of "the whole business of love is to drown in the sea." from The Intellectuals by Rumi. I used it on the invitations I designed and inked for my closest friend's upcoming wedding; we're Rhode Islanders, and very close in heart to the sea, and this makes total sense to us.

    The intellectual is always showing off;
    The lover is always getting lost.
    The intellectual runs away, afraid of drowning;
    the whole business of love is to drown in the sea.
    Intellectuals plan their repose;
    lovers are ashamed to rest.
    The lover is always alone, even surrounded with people;
    like water and oil, he remains apart.
    The man who goes to the trouble
    of giving advice to a lover
    gets nothing. He's mocked by passion.
    Love is like musk. It attracts attention.
    Love is a tree, and lovers are its shade.

  19. how about: "To friends! Life belongs to those we love, and where love reigns is man truly king! Stephen Lawhead or "This bond, this joining, is not meant to be a fetter. A joining is a partnership, not two people becoming one. Two minds cannot fuse, two souls cannot merge, two hearts cannot keep to the same time. If two are foolish enough to try this, one must overwhelm the other, and that is no love, nor is it compassion, nor responsibility. You are two who choose to walk the same path, to bridge the differences between you with love. You must remember and respect those differences and learn to understand them, for they are part of what made you come to love in the first place. You must come to this joining fully ready, fully committed, and fully respectful of one another."
    Mercedes Lackey in Owlsight

  20. I believe the '100 years minus one day' quote was actually written by Joan Powers. She summarized the original quote from "The House at Pooh Corner" – Chapter X, by A. A. Milne.

    "Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
    Pooh thought for a little. "How old shall I be then?"
    "Ninety-nine."
    Pooh Nodded. "I promise," he said.

    Sources:
    -https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24870351M/Pooh%27s_little_instruction_book
    -http://www.lavasurfer.com/pooh-faq9.html

  21. One of my favorites was this one! ""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"

    I also like the quote from The Fault in Our Stars that goes "I fell in love like I fell asleep, slowly and then all at once."

  22. A great list!

    Has anyone mentioned this Leonard Nimoy one? Simple & elegant, as I would expect of Spock:

    "I love you, not for what I want you to be, but for what you are." -Leonard Nimoy

  23. I saw this one today, and it is now on the front of our program:

    "But when two people are at one in the inmost hearts,

    They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.

    And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts,

    Their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids"

    – Fifth Line, Yi Jing – I Ching, The Book of Changes

  24. "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

    Used that in my vows, FTW.

  25. Does anyone know the context of the Einstein quote? I don't really…get it. When/where did he say it? Google's just sending me to pages of quotes.

    • I've often wondered the same thing. According to this site (http://todayinsci.com/E/Einstein_Albert/EinsteinAlbert-LoveQuote500px.htm) the original German was "Sich verlieben ist gar nicht das Dümmste, was der Mensch tut – die Gravitation kann aber nicht dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden." which was then translated to "Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do, but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it."

      According to the article, Einstein had jotted this comment in response to a letter in which the correspondent thought "that because of gravity, a person at different places on the spherical Earth would sometimes be upright, sometimes standing on his head, or sticking out at right angles to the earth and even, in the writer’s words, sometimes “at left angles.” At this point, the letter asked if being upside down, standing on their heads, was when people would fall in love and do other foolish things."

      Presumably, over time the quote changed to a more succinct version 🙂

      • I had seen it like this:

        "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." -Albert Einstein

        it's one of my faves 🙂

  26. Another Buffy Quote – Spike to Buffy:

    "When I say I love you, it's not because I want you, or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You are a hell of a woman. You're the one."

  27. My Marriage Anniversary Messages and Quotes Collection:
    That special day is here again
    The day we took our vows
    You’re just as special to me today
    As you still get me aroused.
    Happy Anniversary Lover

    Our anniversary is not just a celebration of our wedding day. It is the celebration of every day of being married to an awesome guy like you. Happy anniversary.

    My life revolves around yours to the extent that your smile brings sunrise, tears bring thunderstorms and laughter brings rainbows. Happy anniversary dear.

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