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Gay Groom Quotes

Gay Groom Quotes

If you're finding it hard to nail those eloquent and all-important wedding speech words, here's a tip... steal other people's instead! Don't resort to plagiarism or googled gags - instead, use clever quotes to add instant wit and wisdom.

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Don’t Go Overboard

Using quotes doesn’t get you off the speechwriting hook – they aren’t meant as a substitution for your own words and should merely complement them. Plagiarism isn’t cool, but quoting your favourite wordsmiths people is a smart way of adding gravitas to your speech.

Don’t overdo it lads – this isn’t book club. Go for a maximum of two as a general rule. We suggest you write your speech first, then consider adding a couple of quotes to make it zing.

Make Them Meaningful

Did you two bond over a book when you first met? Get the giggles over a ‘so bad it’s funny’ movie you saw together in the cinema? Or maybe you have an ‘our song’ that raises your oxytocin levels each time you hear it.

Consider which songs, films, or books mean something to you both, then dig deeper to see if any lend themselves to a great quote.

Quote familiar people (or provide context)

It’s cool to be indie and unconventional but quoting artists your guests have at least heard of will inspire those all-important nods and smiles of recognition.

That said, this is your wedding and your rules. If you’re going a bit leftfield, don’t assume everyone will ‘get it’ and offer some background.

Embrace Humour

Don’t just use quotes for the sentimental bits. Laughter is a crucial part of what makes us fall for each other. Allow guests those feel good moments with a quote that sends up love and marriage and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Feel free to add a back reference to put the quote into a personal context, or make it humorous with a suitable ‘ad lib’.


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Literary Gem

Look no further than your own bookshelves for highbrow expressions of love (unless of course, yours give pride of place to Flanimals and My Booky Wook):

W.H. Auden had a fine line of quotes that can add something to a speech…A great welcome is…

  • ‘Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh’ W.H. Auden

To add some comedic romance…

  • ‘I will love you forever” swears the poet. I find this easy to swear too. “I will love you at 4:15 pm next Tuesday” – Is that still as easy?’ W.H. Auden

Baldwin has a wonderfully light touch with words:

  • ‘Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.’ James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time.

Fitzgerald is known for cynical representations of love, but he can certainly capture a feeling:

  • ‘It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night.

We like this dramatic Hemingway line:

  • ‘Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.’ Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

It might also be fun to compare his unique take on being an author with your own speech-writing efforts:

  • ‘I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.’

Of course, Oscar Wilde is a gay icon, and for good reason. We love his playful depictions of romance:

  • ‘Who, being loved, is poor?’Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance.

He also said: ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken’ which, incidentally, we think is great wedding speech advice, and ‘Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary’ which would go well ahead of an anecdote about the quirky way your partner makes you feel extraordinary.

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Big Screen Inspo

The best books are turned into well-loved movies. Here are a few iconic lines from the silver screen:

  • ‘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.
  • ‘It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together.’ Sleepless in Seattle.
  • ‘I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough. The Notebook 
  • ‘Always the years between us. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.’ The Hours

You don’t have to go too profound when looking at quotes. Keep it light with a Pixar classic:

  • ‘To infinity and beyond!’ Toy Story.

Love Songs

Music can cut through like no other medium and hit you right in the gut (in a nice way!). Here are a few lines we like:

‘But at your best you are love
You’re a positive motivating force within my life’
Frank Ocean, At Your Best.

‘I hope you don’t mind if I put down in words, how wonderful life is now you’re in the world’ Elton John – Your Song

‘Sometimes it seems the going is just too rough and things go wrong no matter what I do. Now and then it seems that life is just too much, but you’ve got the love I need to see me through’  Candi Staton/Florence and the Machine – You Got The Love

‘I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked a thousand miles to fall down at your door’  The Proclaimers – 500 miles Although this ONLY works if you do it in a Scottish accent.

‘Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh, you’re my best friend’ Queen, You’re My Best Friend.

‘I never imagined that love would rain on me
And make me want to settle down. Baby, it’s true

I think I do and I just want to tell you that…Baby I want you forever

I want to keep you for the rest of my life
All that’s wrong in my world you can make right
You are my saviour, you are my light’   Prince, Forever In My Live.

Groom Quotes to Thank Friends 

”When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them and say ‘me too!’ be sure to cherish them. These people are your tribe.’

AJ Downey (Author)  

Everyone likes to be part of a tribe. And a wedding is always better if everyone’s part of one.

‘Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.’

Muhammad Ali 

Quoting this dude is always going to add a bit of cool to your speech.

“There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.” Sylvia Plath

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Even literary titans understand the powerful bonding experience of a stag do.

”You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

Laurence J. Peter

Thank god this is true.

It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.’

Marlene Dietrich 

You know the ones…

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 

C.S. Lewis

If you’re brave enough, give examples to make this quote genuinely funny.

The Speechwriting Experts

The Speechy team are TV-trained scriptwriters/comedians by trade & we’ve helped 1,000s of speakers around the world deliver their dream speech.

Our advice has been quoted everywhere from The New York Times to Grazia and from Forbes to The Observer. Our founder has also featured on the BBC Sounds’ Best Men podcast with Jason Manford and written ‘The Modern Couple’s Guide to Wedding Speeches’, published by Little, Brown.

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