Here’s the great thing about using quotes in your best man speech – it makes you look super cultured and smart!
All going well, by the time you get to the end of your speech, which is where quotes are typically placed, the audience will have warmed to you because of your good humour and sensitivity. At this point they are ready to receive a bit of wisdom, from you, or in the form of a quote. Here are some great examples of Best Man speech quotes that will leave the audience feeling that bit cleverer and wiser.
“Phillip – my best friend – some words of advice in the form of a wise old poem. To keep a marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, when you are wrong, admit it and when you are right, shut up! Phillip and Claire!”
“And now all I have left to do is to say what a privilege it is to ask everyone here to charge their glasses and – for those of you who still can! – to rise to your feet. Ladies and Gentlemen… the bride and groom.”
“Before I offer a toast to Ian and Marion I’d like to leave you with one thought: you don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry someone you can’t live without. In this case, these two really have married the right person. To the bride and groom.”
“Here’s to the two things that – without doubt – make a great marriage. Here’s to a good sense of humour, and selective hearing. Ladies and gentlemen – the bride and groom.”
“I’d like to end by toasting the bride and groom. But just before I do, I’d like to cite some lyrics from a song written many years ago but which I believe, are still meaningful today. [Speak the words, with no tune] She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. And with a love like that, you know you should be glad. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the bride and groom.”
“To finish with some words from the bard: Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. So, you two, I hope your marriage is full of intermittent drizzle, followed by days of blistering heat. To the bride and groom.”
I’d like to round off now with the words of a wider man than I, Timothy Titcomb, who said “The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman’s heart.” This couldn’t be more true when I look at Phil & Tara. Ladies and gentlemen, to the bride and groom.
“In closing, I’d like to leave you with a traditional African saying: ‘May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.’ Ladies and gentlemen – the bride and groom.”
“St. Augustine, an ancient philosopher once said ‘Inasmuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.’ It may be old, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s still relevant today, and none more so than with Harry & Jo. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in one last toast, to the bride and groom, those most beautiful souls, Harry & Jo.”
“A wise by the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupery man once said, ‘Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.’ Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the bride and groom.”
“I’d like to end with a quote from a 19th-century poet, Kahlil Gibran, who said ‘ Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is an eternity.’ Today we celebrate that marriage. Please join me in one final toast, to the bride and groom, Andrew and Patricia”
“Walt Whitman, an American poet once said of marriage ‘The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.’ Here’s to the start of even sweeter times, here’s to the bride and groom. To Mark & Helen.”
“Nikki Giovanni, the famous poet, writer, commentator, activist once said ‘We love because it’s the only true adventure.’ Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses, and let’s drink to adventure, to Charles and Amy”
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