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sunset wedding
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"Who, being loved, is poor?"

This beautiful line from Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance is the perfect literary touch to add to your list of ceremony quotes. Despite the book title, the sentiment behind the line is beautiful.

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bride braids and flowers
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"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

This line from Jane Austen's Emma is perfect for someone who isn't prone to being overly mushy or emotional, while still packing a poignant punch.

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bride and groom hands
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"Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt that I love."

You can't make a list of literary ceremony quotes without including Shakespeare. This line from Hamlet is beautiful, and it is unique enough that you won't hear it at every wedding you attend.

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"Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches."

While a lot of people remember the line, "As you wish," from the film The Princess Bride, this line from the book is a great way to tip your hat to one of the most iconic love stories of our time.

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black and white wedding
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"When the day shall come that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'-ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

While it's up to you if you want to keep the Scottish brogue when using this line from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, this beautiful line is a wonderful way to tell your partner that you'll love them until your final day.

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black and white cabin wedding
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"We loved with a love that was more than love."

A lot of people know Edgar Allen Poe for his dark, spooky works, but this breathtaking line from Annabel Lee is the perfect literary addition to your ceremony quotes. Bonus? No nay-saying ravens to be found.

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couple by lake
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"Always."

For fans of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, this line is everything! While the line is uttered by a man befallen with unrequited love, incorporating this iconic line can show the lasting and magical love you and your spouse have.

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"He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking."

This line from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is a beautiful addition to your ceremony quotes, showing how drawn to one another you and your spouse truly are.

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bride and groom kiss
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"To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life."

This stunning line from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables would be an eloquent addition to any wedding. And since this line is from the book and not the musical, you don't have to sing it. Bonus.

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wedding near pond
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"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

No list of literary wedding ceremony quotes is complete without quoting from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice! And, if you want to shorten the line a bit, you can quote from the 2005 film's version of this line by saying, "I love you. Most ardently."