Father of the Groom: Sample Toasts

Quotes for the Wedding Toast

Father toasting the bride and groom at a garden wedding reception

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At a wedding reception or groom's dinner, the couple's parents may be tasked with coming up with toasts. Here are a few quotes for the father of the groom to weave into his speech of well wishes, advice, and touching memories to share with the crowd and the newlyweds.

Helen Rowland

"Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense."

J. Krishnamurti

"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."

Mother Teresa

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving."

Tom Mullen

"Marriage—as its veterans know well—is the continuous process of getting used to things you hadn't expected."

Andre Maurois

"A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day."

Ogden Nash

"To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the loving cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up."

Victoria Secunda, "Women and Their Fathers," 1992

"Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale."

Jane Austen

"I pay very little regard to what a young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they haven't seen the right person yet."

Zsa Zsa Gabor

"A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he's finished."

Joey Adams

"A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions; your wife asks for nothing."

Joseph Leunig

"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that."

Mignon McLaughlin

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."

Henry David Thoreau

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."

Nanette Newman

"A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust."

Sir Harold Nicolson

"The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters."

Paul Tillich

"The first duty of love is to listen."

Alfred A. Montapert

"The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, you will always see the dear face and feel the warm heart union of your eternal love."

Winston Churchill

"A family starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has been found."

Alfred A. Montapert

"The secret of health, happiness, and long life: If you simply learn how to accept and express love, you will live longer…be happier…grow healthier. For love is a powerful force."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."

Greek Proverb

"A heart that loves is always young."

Hawkeye Pierce in "M*A*S*H"

"Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely."