Wedding Officiant Toolbox: Wedding Toasts

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Dr. Karl Menninger: Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

Shakespeare: A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.

John Milton: Our state cannot be severed; we are one,…One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself.

Hawaiian: May you never thirst again.

Armenian: May you grow old on one pillow.

English Proverb: When the husband drinks to the wife, all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is.

Eugene Kennedy: The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people look back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.

Jamaican Proverb: Marriage has teeth, and him bit very hot.

French Proverb: Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason.

Traditional Toasts: Here’s to the husband and here’s to the wife; may they remain lovers for life.

Let us toast the health of the bride. Let us toast the health of the groom. Let us toast the person that tied. Let us toast every guest in the room.

Here is a toast to lying, cheating, stealing, and drinking: If you lie, lie in each other’s arms; If you cheat, cheat death; If you steal, steal each other’s kisses; If you drink, drink deeply of the joy of your new life together.

Greek Proverb: The heart that loves is always young.

Euripides: Love distills desire upon eyes…love brings bewitching grace into the heart.

Baronness Edith Summerskill: Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.

Jean Rostand, French Essayist: A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.

St. Augustine: Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

Irish: May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.

May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warmly upon your faces. May the rains fall softly upon your home. And until you meet again, may the God that loves us all, hold you in the palm of his hands.

Ogden Nash: To keep you marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.

Sidney Smith: Here’s to marriage, that happy estate that resembles a pair of scissors: so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who comes between them.

John Cennick: Be present at our table, Lord. Be here and everywhere adored. Those mercies bless, and grant that we may feast in Paradise and with thee.

Ba’al Shem Tov, founder of spiritual Hasidism: From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls who are destined for one another find one another, there streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.

Amma/Southeast Asian: When someone is full of Love and Compassion, they cannot draw a line between two countries, two faiths, or two religions.

The sun shines down,
and its image reflects a thousand 
different pots filled with water.

The reflections are many,
but they are each reflecting the same sun.

Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are,
we will see ourselves in all people.

Prayer of Navajo Girl: Creator of Heaven and Earth, you are me, and I am you.

Ghandi: You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

I will be truthful.
I will suffer no injustice. 
I will be free from fear. 
I will not use force. 
I will be of good will to all men.

The seven deadly sins: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, And Politics without principle.

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