40 Quotes & Toasts For Your Maid Of Honor Speech

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Can you believe it? The day is finally here! Your childhood dream of planning this moment has made its way into your life. When was the last time all of your best friends have been in a room together getting dolled up? Maybe it’s been years, or maybe this is another Friday night ... except for your best friend is getting married!

You’re all gathered in a hotel room with a view of the most gorgeous bride. She asked you to be her maid of honor. Not only is this the biggest moment of her life, but it’s also yours too. To see her happy and receiving the love, honor, and respect she deserves is the best gift you could have asked for throughout your friendship — but writing your maid of honor speech to give during the wedding reception in front of everyone in her life is a lot of pressure.

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The idea of your best friend getting married can be both exciting but also scary. Who knows if you will see each other as often as you’re used to? After all, she has her own family to take care of now.

However, the scariest thought of all is having to make your special speech during the reception. All eyes are going to be on you and you can’t afford to slip up! Maybe you can’t think of how to express your gratitude and love for your friend in a single speech. Or maybe you’re just not that great at writing your feelings down and reciting them. Whatever the case may be, we can all agree that public speaking should have been left behind in college, yet here you are, desperate for maid of honor speech ideas that are the perfect mix of personable and touching, witty and funny.

Fear not friends, I have the perfect solution for your worrying! I’ve come up with a list of love quotes and marriage sayings to use during your maid of honor speech. Use this as your guide but don’t forget this is your moment to express how special the bride is in your life. No matter what you say, tears will be flowing and glasses will be raised.

Here is our collection of the best quotes and toasts to use in your maid of honor speech at the wedding reception!

1. "Marriages, like a garden, take time to grow. But the harvest is rich unto those who patiently and tenderly care for the ground." — Darlene Schacht

2. “Once in a while, in the middle of an otherwise ordinary life, love bestows on us a fairy-tale, a romance that is true and pure. I have never seen another couple as in love as these two people here who have been married today and I am so honored to know and love them. Congratulations to you both and to the beautiful future that lays ahead of you.” — Unknown

3. “Love is blind. Marriage is the eye-opener.” — Pauline Thomason

4. “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” — James C. Dobson

5. “A marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's the way you love your partner every day.” — Barbara De Angelis

6. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” — Zora Neal Hurston

7. “Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Elizabeth Barret Browning

8. “You are able to surprise each other in ways that are always new. And it is not always just good times that make you fall in love. You can fall in love during the hard times as well, when you have to lean on each other and cry on each other’s shoulders.” — Unknown

9. “You don't find love, it finds you. It's got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what's written in the stars.” — Anais Nin

10. “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” — George Eliot

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11. “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” — Pearl S. Buck

12. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because your reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Suess

13. “Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” — Unknown

14. “After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6 degrees of marriage!” — Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook

15. “It was only long after the ceremony that we learned why we got married in the first place.” — Lois Wyse

16. “We have the greatest pre-nuptial agreement in the world. It’s called love.” — Gene Perret

17. “Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” — Mark Twain

18. “Here’s to matrimony, the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented!” — Heinrich Heine

19. “Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.” — Amy Bloom

20. “It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.” — John Stevenson

21. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” — Henry David Thoreau

22. “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” — J. Krishnamurti

23. “It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it is the little differences that make them interesting.” — Todd Ruthman

24. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.” — Nat King Cole, "Nature Boy"

25. “The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the year’s increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.” — Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole


26. “Let the world stop turning, let the sun stop burning, let them tell me love's not worth going through. If it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart, the only dream that mattered had come true...In this life, I was loved by you.” — Bette Midler

27. “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” — George Moore

28. “To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger's breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.” — Marnie Reed Crowell

29. “Love does not consist of gazing at one another but looking outward in the same direction.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

30. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” — John Green

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31. “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu

32. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Bronte

33. “Love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together.” — Emily Giffin

34. “The capacity to love is tied to being able to be awake, to being able to move out of yourself and be with someone else in a manner that is not about your desire to possess them, but to be with them, to be in union and communion.” — Bell Hooks

35. “A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.” — Nanette Newman

36. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

37. “We love because it’s the only true adventure.” — Nikki Giovanni

38. “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” — Katherine Hepburn

39. “Love is that can’t-eat, can’t-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series kinda stuff.” — It Takes Two

40. “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental — like on a breeze, but I think maybe it’s both… If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.” — Forrest Gump

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Destiny Duprey is a writer who covers pop culture, astrology, and relationship topics.