5 Most Romantic Literary Quotes to Use in Speeches/Vows
A key part of the wedding day in the speeches and vows – but for different reasons. The vows, while watched by everyone, are a personal promise between Husband and Husband, or Wife and Wife. On the other hand, the speeches are often a time for light-heartedness, comedy – and sometimes embarrassment! If you or your partner are bookworms, or just want to avoid the cliché of quoting song lyrics in your vows and speeches, why not consider a literary quote?
We’ve complied our favourite romantic quotes that can be used in speeches and vows. Here we go…
1. “Completely and perfectly and incandescently happy” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The perfect way to sum up your wedding day, this quote encapsulates everything about your special day, and your future, without being too over-the-top soppy. This can be used when describing how your partner makes you feel, or can be used by the best man/maid of honour/mother-of-the-bride as a well-wishing statement.
2. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same!” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
If you’ve read Wuthering Heights, you’ll know that Cathy and Heathcliff’s romance was far from perfect. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use these heart-wrenching words in your wedding speech, telling all the guests that you are your husband are one and the same person/cut from the same cloth/very loved up.
3. “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
This is the perfect quote for your Mrs and Mrs wedding, showing your guests that your love knows no boundaries, and you will sacrifice anything for it. (Although maybe drop the ‘d’ from love to make your vow present tense, otherwise it could be a bit awkward…)
4. “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Another quote from the Brontë sisters – this quote is perfect for no-frills weddings, as it perfectly sums up love and happiness.
5. “No other woman exists by the side of her.” – George Elliot, Middlemarch
George Eliot is the penname of Mary Anne Evans, who wrote all of her novels under the alias as female authors were often frowned upon or received badly in Victorian Britain. Why not honour her memory in your wedding, and include this short-but-sweet quote to show everyone that no one compares to your wife?