Best Man Toasts, Wedding Speech Closing Lines
End your wedding speech with a bang!
Use these best man toasts to wrap up your wedding speech and deliver a mic-drop moment. Or take a sincere approach to your closing remarks and leave the wedding party wooed by your thoughtfulness.
Any way you choose to approach your best man speech, we’ve got you covered!
Simple best man toasts and groomsmen’s toasts
1.) To the happy couple, Mr and Mrs [name]!
2.) Ladies and gentlemen, to the bride and groom!
3.) Now please join me in raising your glasses as we toast to the Bride and the Groom. I give you Mr. and Mrs. [name]!
4.) May you share all your dreams on the same pillow.
5.) May the rest of your lives be filled with magical moments.
6.) To my best friend and his beautiful bride: the new Mr and Mrs [name].
7.) May you both live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
8.) Please join me in raising a glass to the happy couple — to [bride] and [groom].
9.) I would like to wish you a lifetime of health, wealth, happiness and love. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s toast to the bride and groom.
10.) May you always be friends as well as lovers.
11.) Here’s is to a lifetime of love and happiness!
12.) When the husband drinks to the wife, all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is.
– English proverb
Tactful best man toasts
13.) May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
14.) I’d like you all to join me in wishing the happy couple all the wealth, health and happiness in the world. To the bride and groom!
15.) Let us all wish [bride] and [groom] years and years of happiness. May you be friends to each other only as lovers can, and may you love each other only as best friends can.
16.) May neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
17.) I’d like you all to join me in wishing the new Mr and Mrs [name] all the wealth, health and happiness in the world. To the bride and groom.
18.) What an honor it has been to serve as [groom’s] best man. And it’s even more of an honor to ask you all to join me in toasting the newlyweds. Cheers!
Sincere best man toasts
19.) Here is a toast to a perfect couple — to a long life together filled with happiness, adventure and lots of wonderful memories.
20.) Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
– Franz Schubert
21.) For this is [bride] and [groom]’s time. And it’s time to raise your glass high in the air. To the bride and groom! We wish you a long and happy marriage.
22.) May you live as long as you like,
And have all you like as long as you live.
23.) Congratulations on this big step in your lives. Let’s all raise our glasses and toast to the happy couple. May years of happiness and amazing memories await you!
Useful best man toasts
24.) May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.
25.) To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
– Mark Twain
26.) To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
– Ogden Nash
27.) A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
– Mignon McLaughlin
28.) Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
– Barnett R. Brickner
29.) Always keep the lid down.
30.) A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
– Nanette Newman
31.) Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
– Michael Leunig
32.) Never go to bed angry… always stay up and argue.
33.) Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.
– James C. Dobson
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Marriage advice toasts
34.) Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threaded, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last.
– Simone Signoret
35.) Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.
– Rose Franken
36.) The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
– Audrey Hepburn
37.) The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
– Allan K. Chalmers
38.) The best way to remember your anniversary is to forget it once.
39.) Always remember the three little words…”You’re right dear.”
40.) The capacity to love is tied to being able to be awake, to being able to move out of yourself and be with someone else in a manner that is not about your desire to possess them, but to be with them, to be in union and communion.
– Bell Hooks
41.) Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
– Erica Jong
42.) Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
– Victor Borge
43.) In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.
– Elizabeth Ashley
Funny best man toasts
For a best man speech ending in a joke, try these on for size:
44.) To the two things that make a great marriage — having a good sense of humor and selective hearing.
45.) Love is blind, marriage is the eye-opener.
– Pauline Thomason
46.) Today has been a very emotional day — even the cake is in tiers.
47.) Here’s to the two things that make a great marriage — having a good sense of humor and selective hearing.
48.) It’s not as great a day for the bride as she thinks. She’s not marrying the best man.
49.) Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.
– Michel de Montaigne
50.) [Bride] and [groom], before I finish, I’d like you to turn to face each other. You’re now looking into the eyes of the person who is statistically most likely to murder you. To the bride and groom!
51.) It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
– Robert Frost
52.) By all means, marry if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
53.) A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.
– Brendan Francis
54.) Before we raise our glasses to the happy couple, I’d like to make a toast to wives and lovers everywhere — may they never, ever cross paths!
55.) The man who says his wife can’t take a joke, forgets she took him.
– Oscar Wilde
Best man toasts for a brother
56.) To my very best friend and brother, and to his beautiful new wife, we salute you! Now let’s dance, drink and have a slice of cake!
57.) [Bride], I’ve never seen my brother happier and I know that’s because of you. May the Lord bless you with many, many happy years. Welcome to the family!
58.) To my brother and his new wife, may today be the beginning of a wonderful new and long-lasting chapter in your lives, and may you always love, honor and cherish each other, just as you do today.
59.) Apparently, as best man, I’m supposed to sing my brother’s praises and talk about his good qualities. Unfortunately, I can’t sing and I won’t lie.
60.) You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this day. My brother has finally admitted that I am in fact the best man.
61.) We all knew my brother had found the one when he started spending more time with [bride] than he did playing on his Xbox!
Quotes to use for best man toasts
62.) There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.
– Martin Luther
63.) We love because it’s the only true adventure.
– Nikki Giovanni
64.) Love, be true to her; Life, be dear to her; Health, stay close to her; Joy, draw near to her; Fortune, find what you can do for her, Search your treasure-house through and through for her, Follow her footsteps the wide world over, And keep her husband always her lover.
– Anna Lewis
65.) Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.
– Amy Bloom
66.) There’s nothing more admirable than two people who see eye to eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
67.) My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.
68.) The best marriages, like the best lives, were both happy and unhappy. There was even a kind of necessary tension, a certain tautness between the partners that gave the marriage strength, like the tautness of a full sail.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
69.) Love is a fire that feeds our life.
– Pablo Neruda
70.) It is written, when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here’s to your joy and ours from this day forward.
71.) Where there is great love, there are always miracles.
– Willa Cather
72.) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.
– 1 Corinthians 13:7
73.) To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
– Lao Tzu
74.) The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.
– John Green
75.) Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
– Maya Angelou
76.) But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
– Kahlil Gibran
77.) Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
– Saint Augustine
78.) Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible — it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
– Barbara De Angelis
79.) There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
– George Sand
80.) Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and the blossom when we love the one we married.
– Sam Levenson
81.) When love reigns, the impossible may be attained.
– Indian proverb
82.) You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes are everywhere in the world.
– David Levesque
83.) There is no remedy for love but to love more.
– Henry David Thoreau
84.) True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
85.) We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.
– Walter Rauschenbusch
86.) Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
87.) Love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together.
– Emily Giffin
88.) He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate: he who loves finds the door open.
– Rabindranath Tagore
89.) One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
90.) Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
91.) Where there is love there is life.
– Mahatma Gandhi
92.) Grow old with me. The best is yet to be — the last of life for which the first was made.
– Robert Browning
93.) My heart is ever at your service.
– William Shakespeare
94.) Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
– Emily Bronte
95.) You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because your reality is finally better than your dreams.
– Dr. Seuss
96.) What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined…to strengthen each other…to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
– George Eliot
97.) The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman’s heart.
– Josiah G. Holland
98.) To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
– Elizabeth Gilbert
99.) We are each other’s harvest, we are each other’s business, we are each other’s magnitude and bond.
– Gwendolyn Brooks
100.) After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
– Mark Twain
101.) There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day, knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.
– Ronald Reagan
Wrapping it all up
We hope this list has been useful in finding the right best man toasts for you to use at a wedding. Whether you choose a long or short speech, these lines will have you closing on a high note!
— Greg Johnson
Greg is a creative director, writer, and co-founder of Listcaboodle.
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