How to Use Quotes
Before we begin, a word of warning…Great quotes shouldn’t make you lazy. Use the quotes as an addition to what you want to say, rather than a substitute for your own words.
Write your speech first, then see if a quote or two can make it better.
1 – Make the quotes meaningful
Think about the songs & the films that mean something to you both or the couple themselves. Do any of these lend themselves to a great quote?
2 – Don’t overload your speech with quotes
Two maximum as a general rule. One at the top and one towards the end.
3 – Quote recognisable names (or at least provide some context)
It’s always good to quote people that you’ve actually heard of (or at least respect after you’ve looked them up on Wikipedia). You’ll find there are loads of great quotes by people you’ve never heard of, but do you really want to qualify them by saying they were written by a ‘relationship consultant’?
4 – Add a back ref
Put the quote into a personal context, or make it even more humorous with a suitable ‘ad lib’.
5 – Get expert advice
Check out our Maid of Honour Speech Advice for the full low down on how to package your quotes up in a great speech.
Quotes about friendship
You may feel obliged to include a lot of quotes relevant to the bride and groom as it is technically their big day, but remember, there’s another couple who are JUST as important to pay tribute to – yourself and the bride!
The Maid of Honour speech is basically a seven-minute talk where at least five minutes are dedicated to you telling the bride how amazing she is. So you’re going to need some quotes that show everyone just how awesome your friendship is.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
“There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.”
”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.”
“It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.”
“There is one friend in life each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved but an expansion and interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.”
“I live for the nights I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget”
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn that was fun’.”
“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement. ”
Despite universally being acknowledged as ‘pretty good’, love can be a hard thing to sum up.
And when it’s someone’s special day, you want to do the happy couple’s love and happiness justice. A well-chosen quote saves dozens of wasted words and hours of stress – so utilise them….
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.”
– Louis de Bernieres
“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
– Natalie Cole
“There is no remedy for love but to love more .”
– Henry David Thoreau
Let’s be honest; most of us don’t read philosophy or poetry these days. Instead, we spend our time in front of the TV or Netflix. But there’s plenty of wisdom to be found there.
If you want to raise a laugh, go to the best comedians and comedies. After 30 seasons, The Simpsons has hundreds of funny one-liners about marriage, but this Homer Simpson-ism is our favourite.
“When a woman says nothing’s wrong – everything’s wrong. When a woman says everything’s wrong – EVERYTHING’S WRONG.”
– Homer (Simpson!)
“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
“Marriage is like a game of chess except the board is free-flowing water, the pieces are made of smoke and no move you make will have any effect on the outcome.”
– Jerry Seinfeld
“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
– Ogden Nash
“Marriage: a friendship recognised by the police.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson