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Excerpt: 'Your Special Wedding Toasts'

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If you've ever given a speech or made a presentation at work, school or a club, you might already know the wisdom of opening with a joke...or a quote. Something to catch the listener's attention and something with a theme to build your speech around. The same theory works with wedding toasts. You only have a few seconds at the start of your speech to grab your listeners and pull them in, get them interested in what you're saying and eager to hear more. A good start can often lead to a great finish.

In this chapter, you'll find a collection of quotes that you can use to springboard your own toast. Open with them, close with them, use them in the middle of your toast to emphasize your point. Take them and twist them to suit the honored guests. Follow them up with a well-planned punchline to get a laugh. The options are endless, so explore the following sayings:

"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth." — Apache Wedding Blessing

"If a man really loves a woman, of course he wouldn't marry her for the world if he were not quite sure that he was the best person she could possibly marry." — Geoffrey Chaucer

"Love is the flower you've got to let grow." — John Lennon

"Think not because you are wed that all your courtship is at an end." — Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza

"If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed." — Marianne Williamson

"Man gets nothing brighter than a kind wife." — Semonides

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

"If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love." — Michel de Montaigne

"We attract hearts by the qualities we display. We retain them by the qualities we possess." — Jean Suard

"To love anyone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage" — Lao Tzu

"If you would love, love and be lovable." — Benjamin Franklin

"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments." — Rose Kennedy

"Blessed are the man and woman who have grown beyond themselves." — Psalm 1

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." — Henry Ford

"Love ...has the greatest power, and is the source of all our happiness and harmony, and makes us friends with the gods who are above us, and with each other." — Plato

"If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you haven't really learned anything." — Muhammad Ali

"When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." — Elizabeth Barrett

"Everything comes to us from others. To be is to belong to someone." — Jean-Paul Sartre

"All that I am, my mother made me." — John Quincy Adams

"Noble fathers have noble children." — Euripides

"A true friend is someone who can make us do what we can." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Excerpted from Your Special Wedding Toasts by Sharon Naylor. Copyright (c) 2004 by Sharon Naylor. Reprinted by permission of Sourcebooks, Inc.

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