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Song Lyrics in Your Wedding Speech

Song Lyrics in Your Wedding Speech

Struggling to find the perfect sentiment for your wedding speech? Luckily, thousands of songwriters have already done the job for you. Here are some of our favourite song lyrics to quote in your wedding speech.

(*Of course, if you’re looking for more than ‘advice’, check out all the different ways the Speechy team can help you write & deliver a great speech. Or check out our new AI-powered team member, SpeechyAI.)

How To Use Lyrics in Your Speech

  • Song lyrics work best if you both know and love the song. It doesn’t matter too much if it’s obscure and no one else will recognise it. In fact, it may be cuter if they don’t. It’s like a secret code that only connects the newlyweds.
  • Simply put on the Spotify tunes and take the time to truly listen to the words. Sometimes we sing along to tunes without even realising the significance of the sentiment. This is your chance to indulge.
  • Don’t assume the best lyrics will be found in soppy tracks. Some of the most poetic lines can be found elsewhere.
  • Song lyrics work best either near the beginning or end of your speech. At the beginning, they can be used as a springboard to the rest of your content, at the end (just before the toast) they act as a summary of your feelings.
  • For the more musically minded, some speakers could consider singing the lyrics. This, of course, isn’t necessary – and is a risk! Check out our Musical Speech blog to see what sort of musical standard you’re up against.
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Lyric Inspiration

Love song lyrics

‘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)

Kicking things off with an oldie but a goldie, who sums up love better than Sir Elton? Whether your loved one prefers Elton or Ellie Goulding’s version, this is a surefire winner.

Love song lyrics

‘At last the skies above are blue. My heart was wrapped in clover the night I looked at you’ (Etta James – At Last)

An even older lyric, but nothing says romance like Etta James.

Love song lyrics

‘And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. ‘Cause you’re amazing just the way you are’ (Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are)

We’ve just about resisted the urge to include a lyric from ‘Marry You’, but – for a slightly more contemporary classic – we had to put Bruno in here somewhere.

Love song lyrics

‘Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you. You’re my end and my beginning, even when I lose I’m winning’ (John Legend – All Of Me)

OK, it’s pretty much illegal not to mention John Legend’s All Of Me in a romantic lyric list. So here it is – the ultimate wedding song.

Check out more of John’s legendary lyrics.

Love song lyrics

We love finding romantic quotes in unexpected places. We especially love it when a couple of guests will recognise where it came from, and then you can surprise the rest of them with ‘the reveal’…

‘Now and then when I see her face, she takes me away to that special place and if I’d stare too long I’d probably break down and cry’ (Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine)

For all the couples who want to get married and ride off into the sunset on matching motorbikes, look no further than Mr Lover-Lover himself, Axl Rose.

Love song lyrics

Adele or Ed Sheeran may work for some people, but if you want to show you’re still effortlessly cool, here are a few alternatives…

‘Every breath that is in your lungs is a tiny little gift to me’ (The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground)

Because what says love better than an ex-husband and wife who pretended to be brother and sister?

Love song lyrics

‘Come with me, my love, to the sea, the sea of love. I wanna tell you how much I love you’ (Cat Power – Sea Of Love)

… Basically any nineties singer-songwriter has a million lyrics that would be perfect for your wedding.

Love song lyrics

Finally, there’s the lyrics that perfectly sum up your relationship – warts and all. For example…

‘You’re rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock and those other girls are just post-mix lemonade’ (Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See)

Alex Turner is a master of the kitchen sink love song. And this lyric gets bonus points for an obscure soft drink reference.

Love song lyrics


And finally…

‘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.

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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