Love Quotes: 25 Non-Cheesy Quotes For Weddings and Marriage


Tell it like it is.

I have been collecting love quotes since I was an angsty teen—scrawled in my various notebooks alongside my angsty (and terrible, but you knew that) teen poetry. Yikes. Lucky for you all, my taste in literature has always been pretty consistent and my taste in poetry has improved immensely over the years. Mostly because I stopped trying to write it. Of course, as a wedding designer, my crush on good love quotes (and now marriage quotes) abides, and I think your wedding is a fantastic place to splash around your own love of the written word with quotes that speak to the truths of marriage. (But only good marriage quotes, of course.)

A woman and man kiss in a field

Bonus: It’s like showing off your top-shelf books (Infinite Jest anyone?).

So while it might seem impossible to sum up your ridiculously amazing, complicated, and fantastic wedding in a neat little sentence (heck, that’s what marriage is for—you get a lifetime to figure it out), here’s a list of some of my favorite love quotes for weddings (and marriage!) to get you started. We’ve made some suggestions below, but any of these could be repurposed for wedding sign ideas, invitations, backdrops, you name it.

25 Love Quotes You You Can Use for your wedding (And some MARRIAGE Quotes Too):

SHORT, SWEET, SILLY, SASSY

(signs, napkins, banners, backdrops)

1. All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. J.M Barrie

2. The only magic I still believe in is love.

3. If I know what love is, it is because of you. Hermann Hesse

4. Who, being loved, is poor. Oscar Wilde

5. I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon

6. A party without cake is just a meeting. Julia Child

7. Can I get a witness? Marvin Gaye

8. You give good love. Whitney Houston

9. I walk the line. Johnny Cash

10. No parking on the dance floor. Midnight Star

A LITTLE MORE SENTIMENTAL

(programs, favors, invitations, vows)

1. They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered. F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement. F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary? J.M Barrie

4. Being in love is simply a presentation of our pasts to another individual, mostly packages so unwieldy that we can no longer manage the loosened strings alone. Zelda Fitzgerald

5. Laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters. Tom Robbins

6. When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world in my arms. Mary Oliver

7. Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

8. And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through… You won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. Haruki Murakami

9. Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. Nicole Krauss

THE BIG GUNS

(vows, readings, or badass backdrops)

1. For her I changed pebbles into diamonds, shoes into mirrors, I changed glass into water, I gave her wings and pulled birds from her ears and in her pockets she found feathers, I asked a pear to become a pineapple, a pineapple to become a lightbulb, a lightbulb to become the moon, and the moon to become a coin I flipped for her love. Nicole Krauss

2. They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the “blaze of passion” often falsely
ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet. Perhaps their surrounding world, the strangers they met in the street, the wide expanses they saw in their walks, the rooms in which they lived or met, took more delight in their love than they themselves did. Doctor Zhivago/Boris Pasternak

3. Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free. Tom Robbins

4. When two people meet and fall in love, there’s a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then it’s usually too late, we’ve used it up. What we have to do is work like hell at making additional magic right from the start. It’s hard work, but if we can remember to do it, we greatly improve our chances of making love stay. Tom Robbins

5. Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love. But anything will feed hate. Oscar Wilde

6. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take… If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation… It takes a lifetime to learn another person… When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected. Madeleine L’Engle

Pink Line

Now is a good time to mention that my love for a good quote and my mantra as a wedding designer are very much aligned. In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

AKA be a ruthless editor. AKA be a #lazygirl—someone already said it perfectly. That’s the beauty of a good quote, it hits you somewhere right between the heart and the stomach, and just seems so obvious, so true, and so you. Even the mundane seems spectacular in a good quote. And I know none of y’all are having a mundane wedding. So when you find the perfect quote—be it a heavy hitter or a joyful (or sassy, or funny, or smart) little reminder—throw that shit around like confetti. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

Programs, menus, and vows are obvious (and legitimate) places to use a quote or two.

Ways to use wedding & Marriage quotes in decorations:

Glittery photo booth sign in a gold frame

1. Use Glittery Welcome Signs

Red just married sign above teal and white striped floor

2. Make a big statement with vinyl

I love you to the moon and back wedding sign on book pages

3. Create An Aisle Backdrop With Book Pages And Vinyl Lettering

Love quote for wedding aisle or runner

4. Or Follow Your Quote Up The Aisle

Shiny silver letter balloons that say Just Married

5. Say it with letter balloons

Red balloons decorated with shiny gold vinyl letters as wedding decor

6. Or Say It With Balloons And Vinyl Lettering

"Turn Down For What" wedding welcome sign against pink wall

7. Make a welcome sign that tells it like it is

Pink festive flag signs for your wedding guests

8. Wave festive Little Flags

Tote bags as wedding gifts

9. Give Out Tote Bags with Attitude

White flags decorated with metallic fringe

10. Display flags with metallic fringe? Yes please.

Custom Princess Bride koozies as a wedding gift

11. Say It With Koozies

Tabitha Johnson of Winston and Main

Tabitha is an art-making, food-loving, DIY-obsessed party designer and stylist. After twelve sleep-deprived years in the film industry, she is finally launching her own business to design modern parties and weddings full of bold colors, handcrafted decor, amazing flowers, and magic. She stands by her decision to swap naked celebrities for real folks in LOVE. (Mind out of the gutter kiddos—she designed costumes!) She loves a good cup of coffee. Or a Manhattan. Her other interests include old things, gold things, cat cafes, beautiful light, books, bicycles, travel, exploring DTLA, her cute boyfriend, her furry family and you! Part-time Francophile, full-time bonne vivante, you can check out all her adventures over on her blog Winston and Main.

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  • kate

    great collection! seriously, there’s tons of articles online with “collections of quotes on love!” that just don’t strike the mark for me, but this did, in a big way. plus, we’re starting to put together ceremony ideas and i’ve been doing a lot of imaginings around deco details/signage, so this is perfectly timely for me. thank you!

  • Alison O

    Two things:

    1) #4 reminds me of the traffic messages like “stop here” painted on the roads in LA. I ALWAYS read them as “here stop”. If the words at all close together I will always read them ‘top to bottom’ (far to near on the road) like normal text. I mean, you should be looking far enough ahead to read the whole message when driving. So of course I read this as “you back to lead my roads all”….not quite the same ring to it…

    2) #7 https://vine.co/v/OqJKZVQami9

    • kate

      thanks so much for your second thought. i lol’ed.
      (and ditto on your first)

    • I’m the exact same way with signs on the ground. And they will always be “Automatic Caution Doors” for me as well.

    • Les

      good to know I’m not alone on #4… they drive me bonkers because I never read them correctly!

  • Laura C

    My wedding is over, but I kind of want to just put that Julia Child quote on my wall. Except then every time I looked at my wall, I’d be reminded of cake, and when reminded of cake, I tend to obtain and eat cake.

    • I found a quote once that said “A bad day only needs ice cream.” Truer words have never been spoken.

  • Vanessa

    FYI the link to this from Feedly is broken :(

    • Meg Keene

      It’ll fix itself in time!

      • Vanessa

        Hey that’s pretty snazzy

  • EF

    i totally like the idea of using quotes as a way to show off your bookshelf! our officiant said in the service that he doubted he’d come across our three readings ever again. here’s one of them, from hemingway’s ‘a farewell to arms’ (and perfect if you’re introverted like i am):

    At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.

  • scw

    was I the only person expecting a david foster wallace quote? (or is it here and I missed it?)

  • We pulled out my quote book I started keeping in college when we were looking for something other than “This day best friends will marry” (or whatever that quote/poem is) because on a scale of 1 to 10 it was at the 10 level to my husband that we not put that on our invitations. It was more fun finding all the quotes that would be inappropriate than the ones that would work. But we eventually settled on “We love because it is the only true adventure” from Nikki Giovanni.

  • Christina

    Perfect timing! We are displaying framed photos from the weddings of our families (parents, grandparents, etc) and I was looking for an anchor for the display. One of the quotes was a winner and tied in nicely to our expressions of gratitude.

  • Jordan

    Ah! I need that tote bag re; the name Jordan. Because that was LITERALLY MY LIFE as a girl named Jordan. Any chance someone can help me with the source??

    • ML

      This is from the blogger behind Oh Happy Day. Her name is Jordan Ferney.

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  • Sarah

    That Madeline L’Engle quote gets me every time. I wasn’t wise enough to use it in my own wedding at the tender age of 24, but incorporated it into one I helped officiate last year. “The risk of love that is permanent.” So true.

  • Katie

    My favorite is from Romeo and Juliet:

    My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
    The more I have, for both are infinite.

    UGH–I have cherished this since I first read R & J in the 8th grade. I have no idea why literally every other line of that play is quoted, except for this one. It would be perfect for an ocean-side wedding.

  • Les

    Welp, you quoted Still Life With Woodpecker. By the laws of sisterhood that I follow, you can now ask me for a kidney if you ever need it.

    #3 of the Big Guns. Seriously everyone, go read that wonderful, wacky book!

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  • Kate

    Here are some others that I’ve been hoarding:

    “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

    “There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house … confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” —Homer, The Odyssey (E. V. Rieu’s translation)

    “The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” —John Muir, Mountain Thoughts

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  • StartCloseIn

    Yet another reason I keep reading long after getting married! Pinning away ideas for our home decoration use!

  • Em

    Great ideas. So using that first Fitzgerald quote in my vows- personal as we met in 11th grade English class and started dating while reading Great Gatsby.

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  • AndersonBetterThanKleberson

    kinda cheesy