Some wedding toasts and wedding quotes include the quote from the movie "Knocked Up" that compares marriage to a long, unfunny episode of the American television sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond." Another wedding quote comes from "Vertigo" that says one person alone is a wanderer, but two people together have direction and a purpose.
Additional wedding toasts include the words spoken in the movie, "Good Will Hunting," where a character said that marriage does not require that either person is a perfect person, but rather only that the people getting married are perfect for each other.
Many wedding toasters borrow from the Christian book of First Corinthians which speaks about love. In Chapter 13 of the book of First Corinthians, the writer describes love as patient, kind and lacking envy. Often wedding guests toast the bride and groom by quoting the author and philosopher, Homer. Homer said that it is admirable for a man and wife to keep house. Homer went on to say that a successful marriage delights the couple's friends and frustrates the couple's enemies.
Similarly, the philosopher Sophocles says that love frees humanity from the pain of life. Khalil Gibran said that the love in marriage is not a bond, but rather a moving sea. Gibran says that the married couple should let the winds of heaven dance between their souls.
While a good toast invokes laughter or tears, a great wedding toast makes the audience cry and laugh, according to Toastmasters International. The public-speaking organization recommends that the person giving the wedding toast introduce himself and then speak for approximately three minutes.
Examples of humorous toasts include expressing the desire that the bride share everything with the groom, including housework. A humorous toast from the groom might be mentioning that everyone should cheer the bride because she knows everything about the groom and is marrying him anyway.
Ironic wedding toasts typically involve word play. One example is offering cheers to the groom and describing him as a man who managed to keep his head even while losing his heart. A more humorous groom-specific toast involves asking the groom to place his hand over his wife's hand and enjoying the moment, because he may never have the upper hand again.
A simple rhyming toast for both bride and groom is to say, "here's to the husband and here's the wife; may they be lovers for all of life!" An example of humorous rhyming includes offering cheers to "Health and prosperity to you and your posterity, and them that doesn't drink with sincerity, that they may be damned for all eternity!"
Famous quotations as wedding toasts typically include thoughts on love, such as the Shakespearean quote from Romeo and Juliet: "May a flock of blessings light upon thy back."