If you need ideas for your best man speech or wedding toast, get started by reading through the classics. Keep it short and sweet. The guests will be entertained by your toast rather than put to sleep. Incorporate any of these traditional examples into your heartfelt sentiments about the happy couple.
About Lasting Love
"May your hearts be as warm as your hearthstone."
"May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your troubles as light as its foam."
"May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old-fashioned enough to last forever."
"May all your hopes and dreams come true, and may the memory of this day become dearer with each passing year."
"May I see you gray and combing your grandchildren's hair."
"May there be a generation of children on the children of your children."
To the Bride or Groom
"My wish is that your marriage will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever, always as beautiful as you are today, [Bride]. And may the loveliness of your marriage increase with each year. Here’s to the bride and groom."
"Here's to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful."
"Here's to the groom, a man who kept his head even while he lost his heart."
A Man of Few Words
If the groom is looking for something quick to say to his bride, here's a classic example: "Here's to my bride: She knows everything about me, yet loves me just the same."
For Health and Wealth
"May your heart be light and happy. May your smile be big and wide. And may your pockets always have a coin or two inside."
"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold. And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold."
"May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends."
"May you have love, health, and wealth, but most importantly, may you have the time to enjoy them all."
Playing With Words
"May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live."
"May you live each day like your last and live each night like your first."
"May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for."
"May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse."
"May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."
"May we never forget what is worth remembering and what is best forgotten."
"May you be friends to each other as only lovers can, and may you love each other as only best friends can."
"May the most you wish for be the least you get."
"May the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows."
For Good Luck
"May the future hold your happiness. May the future hold your health. May your heart hold your love, and may your arms hold your babies yet to come. Here’s to your future happiness together!"
"May the joys of today be those of tomorrow. The goblets of life hold no dregs of sorrow."
"May the joys you share today be the beginning of a lifetime of great happiness and fulfillment."
"May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door."
"May you see each other through many dark days and make all the rest a little brighter."
"May your glasses be ever full. May the roof over your heads be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."
With an Irish Twist
"For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day."
"Health and a long life to you. Land without rent to you. A child every year to you. And if you can't go to heaven, may you at least die in Ireland."
"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your hearts be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright happy hours that stay with you all year long."
Blessings for the Couple
"May your heart be warm and happy with the lilt of loud laughter every day in every way, and forever and ever after."
"Let your love endure beyond the last sunset."
"May you grow old together on one pillow."
"May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips a twinkle from your eye."
"May thy life be long and happy, thy cares and sorrows few; and the many friends around thee prove faithful, fond and true. May your voyage through life be as happy and as free as the dancing waves on the deep blue sea."
"Look down, you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.”
"May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."
"May God be with you and bless you."
"But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."
"May the blessings of light be upon you, light without and light within, and in all your comings and goings, may you ever have a kindly greeting from them you meet along the road."
Shakespeare's Take on Romance
Looking for a touch of romance to add to your toast? Turn to William Shakespeare. "May a flock of blessings light upon thy back" is from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." You'll find plenty more quotes on affairs of the heart in Shakespeare's other wildly famous sonnets.
Toasts That Rhyme
"Here's to the groom with the bride so fair, and here's to the bride with groom so rare! Here's to marriage: one soul in two bodies."
"Here’s to the prettiest, here’s to the wittiest, here’s to the truest of all who are true, here’s to the neatest one, here’s to the sweetest one, here’s to them in one, here’s to you.”
"May your love be added. May it never be subtracted. May your household multiply and may your hearts never be divided!"
"Here's to health and prosperity, to you and all your posterity. And them that doesn't drink with sincerity, that they may be damned for all eternity!"
"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door."
"May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head. May you be one hundred years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead."
"Here's to the new husband and here's to the new wife. May they remain lovers for all of life."
"[Groom], take [Bride]'s hand and place your hand over hers. Now remember this moment and cherish it because this will be the last time you'll ever have the upper hand!"
"May your refrigerator always be filled with Budweiser, and may all of your ups and downs be under the covers."
"Here's to the bride, may she share everything with her husband, and that includes the housework.”
Advice to the Couple
"To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it, and whenever you're right, shut up."
"May the love you've expressed to each other today always be the first thoughts during any trying times in the future."
"A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck and finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
"Never forget what is worth remembering and what is best forgotten."
"Remember the love you feel today. Look back on it daily and measure how much it has grown."
"May you never lie, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie with each other. And if you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink with us for we all love you and wish you both the love and happiness of which you deserve."