Shakespeare quotes to use in your wedding speech or vows

Up the romance at your wedding by adding some Shakespeare into your speech and vows.

Shakespeare quotes to use in your wedding speech/vows
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If you're looking for a romantic quote to put into your wedding speech or vows, or a heart-warming reading for your ceremony, then look no further than one of the greatest writers of all time; Shakespeare. We've narrowed down our favourite Shakespearian quotes that are guaranteed to tug at some heartstrings on your wedding day.

“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 & Juliet

“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

“I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,
Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.
Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,
For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause
But rather reason thus with reason fetter,
Love sought is good, but given unsought better.”
Twelfth Night


“No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.”
As You Like It

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.” 

“I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you:
Nor can imagination form a shape
Besides yourself to like of.”
The Tempest


“He is the half part of a blessed man,
Left to be finished by such as she:
And she a fair divided excellence,
Whose fullness of perfection lies in him.”
King John

“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
Sonnet 18

“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

“I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say, I love you.”
King Henry V

“I burn, I pine, I perish.”
The Taming of the Shrew

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“I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?”
Much Ado About Nothing

“A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.”
All's Well That Ends Well

“Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
That for thy right myself will bear all wrong."
Sonnet 88

“Speak low if you speak love.”
Much Ado About Nothing


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
Much Ado About Nothing

“Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.”
Romeo & Juliet

“I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty.”
King Lear

“To be wise and love, Exceeds man’s might.”
Troilus & Cressida

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