Shakespeare’s words have been quoted at weddings for 100’s of years, both during the ceremony and in speeches at wedding receptions.  Here’s a selection of quotes from Shakespeare’s poetry and plays commonly used at weddings – by the bride and the groom addressing each other, the pastor, the father of the bride, the groom’s, the bride’s,  the best man’s speeches, and anyone else proposing a toast.

1. ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.’

Romeo and Juliet

2. ‘Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.’

Sonnet 116

3. ‘Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.’

Hamlet

4. ‘Hear my soul speak:
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service.’

The Tempest

5. ‘There’s beggary in love that can be reckoned’

Antony and Cleopatra

6. ‘Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?’

As You Like It

7. ‘Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts’

Henry VI Part 3

8. ‘When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.

Love’s Labours Lost

9. ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10. ‘I love you more than words can wield the matter,
Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty.’

King Lear

11. ‘Love is a spirit all compact of fire.’

Venice and Adonis

12. ‘Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken’

Sonnet 116

13. ‘I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.’

Cymbeline

14. ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep. The more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.’

Romeo and Juliet

15. ‘The sight of lovers feedeth those in love’

As You Like It

16. ‘Beshrew your eyes,
They have o’erlooked me and divided me.
One half of me is yours, the other half yours—
Mine own, I would say. But if mine, then yours,
And so all yours.’

The Merchant of Venice

17. ‘To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.’

The Winter’s Tale

18. ‘I would not wish any companion in the world but you.’

The Tempest

19. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.’

Sonnet 18

20. ‘Love hath made thee a tame snake.’

As You Like It

21. ‘For where thou art, there is the world itself,
And where thou art not, desolation.’

Henry IV Part 2

22. ‘Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you,
Did my heart fly at your service.

The Tempest

23. ‘Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of love’

Antony and Cleopatra

24. ‘Love is like a child
That longs for everything it can come by.’

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

25. ‘For you and I are past our dancing days.’

Romeo and Juliet

26. ‘Come what sorrow can,
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy,
That one short minute gives me in her sight.’

Romeo and Juliet

27. ‘I, Beyond all limit of what else i’ th’ world
Do love, prize, honour you.’

The Tempest

28. ‘Excellent wetch! Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again.

Othello

29. ‘A heart to love, and in that heart,
Courage to make love known’

Macbeth

30. ‘Honor, riches, marriage, blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you.
Juno sings her blessings on you.’

The Tempest

31. ‘In thy youth wast as true a lover,
As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow.’

As You Like It

32. ‘She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed;
She’s a woman, and therefore to be won.’

Henry VI Part 1

33. ‘To be wise and love,
Exceeds man’s might.’

Troilus and Cressida

34. ‘She will die if you love her not.’

Much Ado About Nothing

35. ‘You have witchcraft in your lips.’

Henry V

36. ‘They are in the very wrath of love, and they will go together;
Clubs cannot part them’

As You Like It

37. ‘I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say ‘I love you.’’

Henry V

38. ‘I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap.’

Henry VI Part 3

39. ‘I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster.’

Much Ado About Nothing

40. ‘Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’ Sunday’

The Taming of the Shrew

41. ‘Lovers ever run before the clock’

The Merchant of Venice

42. ‘My love is deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, both are infinite.’

Romeo and Juliet

43. ‘The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.’

As You Like It

44. ‘Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.’

Romeo and Juliet

45. ‘You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame’

Hamlet

46. ‘For ever and a day’

As You Like It

47. ‘This is the very ecstasy of love.’

Hamlet

48. ‘In thy face I see the map of honour, truth and loyalty.’

Henry IV Part 2

49. ‘My love’s more richer than my tongue.’

King Lear

50. ‘A kind heart he hath: a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart.’

The Merry Wives of Windsor

That’s all of out Shakespeare quotes for weddings. Know of any other relevant wedding quotes from Shakespeare? Let us know in the comments section below.

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