8 Wedding Readings About Laughter

by Alex Weiss
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I've been to two types of weddings: one full of tears and sentimental quotes and vows, and another full of laughter and tears — sprouted from said laughter. Weddings can definitely include both, and it always depends on the couple and what sort of wedding vibe they're going for, but ceremonies and receptions filled with giggles and smiles are simply the best. While getting married is a serious and heartfelt act, it doesn't mean laughter shouldn't be included.

Sure, I cry at nearly every wedding I attend because I feel an overwhelming rush of emotions when I watch people I love tie their lives to one another. That being said, my favorite types of weddings are ones where the vows are full of laughter, and the ordained person of choice cracks a few jokes about married life. It's a celebration after all, and that should always include the sound of pure joy!

If you're attending a handful of weddings this summer (because let's be real, wedding season is upon us), then you might be giving a speech or helping someone write one. Whether the couple are jokesters at heart or not, these eight wedding quotes on laughter from your favorite novels are perfect additions to any sort of speech:

1. “I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

2. “Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn’t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.”

― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

3. “It had been the longest time since she had had a rib-scraping laugh. She had forgotten how deep and down it could be. So different from the miscellaneous giggles and smiles she had learned to be content with these past few years.”

― Toni Morrison, Sula

4. “As to the mouth, it delights at times in laughter; it is disposed to impart all that the brain conceives; though I daresay it would be silent on much the heart experiences. Mobile and flexible, it was never intended to be compressed in the eternal silence of solitude: it is a mouth which should speak much and smile often, and have human affection for its interlocutor.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

5. “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

6. “The more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your store of it. The more you love, the more you will be loved. The more you give, the more you will receive. Life proves that truth every hour, every day. And life continues to surprise.”

― Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy

7. "As long as you have the sound of laughter," he groaned unhappily, "I cannot take your sense of humor — and, with it, you've nothing to fear from me.”

― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

8. “He stopped his act to take a snapshot of that instant he would so treasure- her delightful laughter that could make him do anything, anything at all, in the world and beyond!”

Faraaz Kazi


Truly, Madly, Deeply

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