Traditional Wedding Quotes

The perfect words for your perfect day.

Love is the most universal of all emotions, which is why love quotes are so commonly incorporated into weddings. If you're going to use quotes in your wedding, however, it's important that the passages you select match the overall tone of the event. Modern quotes from your favorite pop star or actress are perfectly appropriate at a small, casual affair, but a larger and more formal wedding requires a traditional approach.

To help you honor your love while respecting the sanctity of your special day, The Printable Wedding has assembled a collection of traditional wedding quotes perfect for any formal wedding.

Wedding Invitation and Program Quotes

Your wedding stationery is an excellent place to incorporate your favorite quotes. Traditional quotes work best with vintage-styled wedding stationery and are often printed in a delicate script or old world calligraphy style font. It is best to choose a quote that is fairly short so that it does not overwhelm the details of your event.

Here are some options to consider:

"Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile." ~ Elizabeth Browning
"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." ~ Sophocles
"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing." ~ Goethe
"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." ~Kahlil Gibran
"There is no remedy for love but to love more." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"Love is space and time measured by the heart." ~ Marcel Proust
"Love is friendship set on fire." ~ Jeremy Taylor
"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Forever – is composed of Nows." ~ Emily Dickinson
"What is life without the radiance of love?" ~ J.C.F. Von Schiller
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." ~ Robert Frost
"A loving heart is the truest wisdom." ~ Charles Dickens

Quotes for Your Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows can be a special way to personalize your ceremony, but you may find yourself struggling to figure out how to put your feelings into words. Using a quote to either introduce or conclude your vows can give this part of your wedding a polished touch.

If you are planning to write your own wedding vows, here are some quotes that may help you express how you feel about your beloved:

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." ~Aristotle
"My heart is ever at your service." ~ William Shakespeare
"Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same." ~ Emily Bronte
"We love the things we love for what they are." ~ Robert Frost
"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." ~ Plato
“Where there is love, there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
"Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls." ~ South African Proverb
"Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward in the same direction." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." ~Homer
"Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition." ~ Alexander Smith
"The first duty of love – is to listen." ~ Paul Tillich
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~ Lao Tzu
"We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden." ~Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire
"I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." ~ William Butler Yeats
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." ~ Jane Austen
"The course of true love never did run smooth." ~ William Shakespeare
"Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame." ~ Henry David Thoreau

If you are having a religious ceremony, it would also be appropriate to include a favorite scripture as part of your vows. See The Printable Wedding Christian Wedding Quotes article for examples of Bible verses that would be well suited to a traditional Christian wedding.

Wedding Ring Inscription Quotes

Many couples choose to add a meaningful inscription to the inside of their wedding rings. Consider using one of the following traditional sayings from poesy rings, which were thin engraved bands popular during the 15th through the 17th centuries as a lover's gift.

"My whole heart for my whole life." (French)
"Noone but you." (French)
"Many are the stars I see, but in my eye no star like thee." (English) 
"Love well and live well." (English)
"Your sight, my delight." (English)
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." (Hebrew)
"My heart is yours forever." (Hebrew)

More Ways to Use Quotes in Your Wedding

Although quotes are most commonly used on wedding stationery, as part of the couple's vows, or as wedding ring inscriptions, there are several other ways to incorporate your favorite quotes into your special day. For example, a memorable quote could be added to your wedding favors or you could use a collection of quotes to accompany a Powerpoint slideshow of photos played throughout your wedding reception. You may want to add a section for quotes in your wedding planner to jot down your favorites so you'll have plenty of ideas to choose from when the big day arrives.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team