Marriage is one of the greatest blessings in life, and choosing your spouse is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
Though finding the person you want to spend your life with isn’t always easy; knowing that you can rely on them no matter what, grow together, and spend every day with the person you love the most makes the journey worthwhile.
The idea of settling down and getting married might seem old fashioned, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still an important goal for many people. Busy though our lives may be, most of us are still going to considerable lengths to try and meet that special someone.
Though it still takes time and effort to meet someone and make a relationship work, there are a whole range of new ways to meet people in our modern society. In fact, wedding authority The Knot’s 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study found that online dating is now the most popular way people are meeting their future spouses.
The Knot’s comprehensive annual report surveyed more than 14,000 engaged or recently married brides and grooms across America. Among them, 19% of brides reported meeting their significant other via the internet – whether it was through online dating (17%) or social media (2%). This represents a considerable increase from 2015, when just 14% of brides and grooms answered yes to the same question. What’s more, meeting a significant other online actually beat being introduced by friends (17%), during college (15%), or at work (12%).
However you met your spouse – or future spouse – your wedding day is (or will be) one of the best days of your life. Celebrating your love and making a lifelong commitment to each other in front of your family and friends is hard to beat! But the wedding day is just the very beginning of your marriage, which may face challenges, hardships, amazing highs, and crushing lows.
Whatever happens in your married life, the most important thing is facing the future together.
In honor of marriages everywhere, we’ve put together a list of the very best marriage quotes out there. So whether you’re looking for laughs, inspiring words, or the perfect sentiment for an anniversary card, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Romantic Quotes about Marriage
Though there are many different kinds of love, the romantic love we feel with “the one” – whether we aren’t married yet, newlywed, or have been married for decades – is what sets this relationship apart.
Romance – defined as “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love” – has inspired writers, poets, musicians, and many others for generations. From the poetry of the Ancient Romans and Greeks to modern day movies, our fascination with love is part of what makes us human.
Keeping the flame of romantic love alive is one of the great challenges of marriage. Work, everyday tasks, pets, household chores, and looking after the kids are just some of the things that can make it difficult to prioritize making time for romance. But Psychology Today warns us that being romantic is a crucial part of maintaining, and growing, your relationship. What’s more, couples who fail to find time to be romantic with one another are less likely to stay together than those who do.
Finding romance doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. It could just be something as simple as turning your phones off during the evening, making time for a coffee date at the weekend, preparing a special meal together, sharing a bath, or kissing one another before leaving the house.
Making your relationship a priority – even when you have a lot on your plate – is vital for a long and happy marriage.
Whether you’re looking to remind yourself of the importance of romance, or for a sweet and meaningful way to confess your love to your spouse, these are some of the most romantic quotes ever.
Funny Marriage Quotes
However long you’ve been together, laughter is at the heart of a happy marriage.
Jeffrey Hall, of the University of Kansas, has analyzed 39 studies (with more than 15,000 participants) over the last 30 years to try to understand the role of laughter in marriage. He found that “playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security” and that laughter, “particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.”
Humor and the ability to make one another laugh also has a significant impact on the relationship satisfaction couples feel. So, a good sense of humor shouldn’t just be something you look for at the start of a relationship – it should be something you continue to work on throughout your marriage.
We’ve put together some funny quotes for married couples that are sure to bring some giggles whether you share them together, or think about one another while you’re reading!
Inspiring Quotes On Marriage
Marriage and romance are complex concepts that mean many different things to different people.
The idea of committing to spending your life with another person can seem a little overwhelming, because it means that you always have to take another person’s thoughts and feelings into consideration – when previously, you only had to worry about yourself.
Scary though embarking on marriage can be, it is also an incredibly joyful thing. A spouse is your life partner, best friend, lover, confidant, travel buddy, co-parent, and many other things besides. This nature of this deep and meaningful relationship has invited plenty of discussion from philosophers, poets, writers, and other great minds throughout history.
Quotes for Newlyweds
Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life. Committing to your partner, declaring your love for one another, and bringing two families together is a joyous occasion! It’s also the start of what will hopefully be a long and happy life together.
They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, and in a way – it’s true! Even if you’ve been together for a long time, the shift in your status can require some adjustment. You might also be learning how to live with one another, what each of you expects from your marriage, or navigating other personal issues together.
Whether you’re newly married, or just want to put some thoughtful wisdom for the happy couple in a wedding card, these quotes about marriage are especially for newlyweds.
Religious Marriage Quotes
Marriage remains an incredibly important tradition in every major religion in the world.
Though fewer people than ever are choosing to get married in a house of worship, it doesn’t mean that faith doesn’t play an important role in marriage anymore. Many are still inspired by the scriptural teachings of their faith, and turn to them for advice on marital roles and achieving harmony. Their communities also play an important role in providing examples of good marriage, and helping couples make time to prioritize their relationship.
These beautiful quotes are perfect to share with friends and family – or your spouse – who still have faith at the heart of their marriage.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of marriage quotes! Is your favorite missing? Share it with us in the comments below!
— Natalie Seale
Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.