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Giving a 50th (Golden) Wedding Anniversary Speech
Giving a speech after 50 years of marriage sounds like it'd be really easy, but expressing your emotions doesn't always get easier. In fact, sometimes it gets more difficult because feelings get stronger, deeper, and more complicated.
Whether you are the husband, wife, or dear friend giving a speech, it can be difficult to find the perfect words to encapsulate a love that has been able to withstand all several decades.
But you don't have to worry. Below, you will find some great toast examples!
A Sample Wife's Golden Anniversary Speech
First, I want to thank all of you so much for coming. I can't begin to describe how much it means to Reginald and I that you are here with us to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
Reggie, we have been married for fifty years now. What was I thinking?! I'm kidding, of course. I still remember that day so many years ago when you became my husband. It was raining out, and you were sure to hold an umbrella over my head so that not a single raindrop touched my head. It was a beautiful ceremony. I can remember looking into your eyes as we recited our vows. It was at that moment I knew that my life was exactly what I wanted it to be.
You've been a huge inspiration to me throughout our marriage. Even when times were hard, you always stayed positive. When Emily was born and had to stay in the intensive care unit for several months, you always tried to stay positive for me. Your insurmountable strength helped me find my own fortitude.
You've inspired me to be a hard worker. After the twins came and I had to work to take care of them, you picked up a second job so that we would have enough money to get by. I don't know how you did it—those days when you had to wake up at five in the morning and didn't drag yourself back into the house until ten o'clock that night. You were exhausted but never failed to give me a kiss and talk with me about my day. Sometimes you would fall asleep while I was talking, but I knew you could hear me still. So I continued to talk to you.
It is those days that I think about when I think the world is just too much—when I think about quitting my job, when the car breaks down, when life throws me a curveball. That's when I think about those nights when you would drag your tired body into the house, exhausting yourself to take care of us.
Reggie, you have made my life simply wonderful. I want you to know how happy you have made me, but words cannot describe it. You've brightened my life in so many ways—big and small. Having you wake up next to me for the past five decades and knowing that you're there for me through thick and thin has completely changed my life.
It is because of these reasons that I would like to give you a gift. It's a picture of us fifty years ago and one of us today with a quote weaving between them. The photos illustrate how our love has grown and lasted, and the quote represents the many years of love we have yet to come.
Thank you so much for marrying me. I love you.
A Sample Husband's 50th Anniversary Speech
Let me start my speech by greeting every one of you who has come to share this momentous event with us. Carla and I are deeply honored by your presence, and we appreciate you helping to make this day more memorable.
Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been married to the same woman I exchanged vows with 50 years ago! Looking at you, my beautiful Carla. You looked the same way you did when you walked down that aisle and into my arms that phenomenal day, June 5, 1961. Since then, I've always considered myself the luckiest man in the world.
Looking back, I can’t help but be amazed at how we were able to surpass every trial and obstacle we encountered in our marriage. You always said I was the stronger one, but it was you who gave me the strength I needed—especially during the times when I felt like giving up. Thank you, Carla, for always being there for me.
I may not be as rich as Bill Gates. But having you for a wife is the most priceless treasure I could ever ask for. I have your undying love, faithfulness, patience, and understanding. What more can a man ask for?
The last five decades weren’t so easy on us. We had our own share of problems, but together we were able to overcome them all. It has always been George and Carla. We should consider ourselves blessed since not all couples out there are able to make it this far.
Today marks another special moment in our lives: 50 years of marital bliss, and still counting! Carla, you are my wife and my best friend. I will forever love you, 'til death do us part.
What Should I Say in a Stellar 50th Anniversary Speech?
If you want a truly breathtaking, tear-jerking, heartfelt, and sentimental speech, focusing on these elements is ideal:
- How a partner has been helpful
- A happy memory
- A time when support was given
- Mentioning what has helped the marriage survive so long
- Using the person's name
- Sincere confessions of love
- A dash of levity
- A time when adversity was overcome
"The fair has been something good for us. We met at the Frontier County Fair 51 years ago, and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this year. This year, Jim entered the contest."
— Twila Johnson
50th Anniversary Toast
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Zodiac on October 31, 2015:
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R. Paul on May 29, 2015:
Thanks for sharing some good ideas for preparing for my sister and brother in law's 50th wedding anneversary
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Emma4u on June 12, 2014:
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TrevorCameron on October 17, 2013:
Great Lens! Like it
weddinspire on August 17, 2013:
Aww.. how nice this lens is.. Wonderful speech
steadytracker lm on August 09, 2013:
Wonderful lens, I still have another forty-three years to go, but here's to thinking ahead to the future and beyond.
AnniversaryGiftI on July 20, 2013:
very helpful and sweet info about wedding anniversary speeches, the 50th one is a special one for sure!
dellgirl on July 09, 2013:
Wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary Speech ideas. You've certainly created a thought-provoking lens.
KatherineKouture on June 11, 2013:
Great information thanks for sharing!
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DonD LM on January 31, 2013:
Thanks for sharing. Great lens !
AnnounceItFavors on December 05, 2012:
Thanks for the sample speeches!
PaigSr from State of Confusion on July 19, 2012:
This will be 20 years for my wife and I. Thanks for some inspiring ideas.
ATTHED LM on July 04, 2012:
Thanks for a really good lens. At a recent wedding, in Germany, the best man got up for his speech and said:
"An Englishman should not talk for longer than he can make love" and then sat back down.
The brits loved it and when it was translated the Germans laughed even louder
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on March 26, 2012:
Great wedding anniversary speech ides. Thanks for sharing.
Namymartyn on March 15, 2012:
hahaha very nice ...............Thanks
myamart on January 31, 2012:
What a great read for a wedding anniversary, thank you so much for sharing this.
avicena on January 31, 2012:
Great lens for a wedding speech. It really helped, thank you!
jewellery-junkies on January 05, 2012:
Great lens on speeches. Why not give your husband or wife a great anniversary gift like D&G watches
diaperbagdiva lm on October 13, 2011:
What a great lens idea! I loved the pictures and the tips. Thanks for this!
camshaw007 lm on August 24, 2011:
This a fantastic site, with great ideas. Thank you.
JOCelebrant on August 09, 2011:
Great speech! I will recommend this one to my clients!
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NidhiRajat on July 28, 2011:
50th anniversary is really a miracle
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on May 10, 2011:
Very nice lens. Golden Wedding Anniversary is an achievement and it does not come on a silver platter, you have to work on it, as with anything you love.I know as I have been married for 51 years last christmas. Thanks.
Muzzie4848 on April 07, 2011:
Great lens. Lots of useful information. I have made your lens one of my favourites on my Wedding Anniversary By Year Gift Guide lens. Thanks.
stevembetts on January 27, 2011:
Not a lot of couples will be able to reach Golden Wedding Anniversary. It is a very important achievement that must be celebrated with the best preparations.
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paul101239 on November 08, 2010:
Wow! Congrats! great lens! Golden Wedding Anniversary is an achievement.
kt_glasses on October 11, 2010:
I wish I could celebrate my own Golden Wedding Anniversary.
penellan on October 08, 2010:
I guess you guys didn't need to use http://www.weddingprotect.com ! congratulations on 50 years!~
cbessa on September 27, 2010:
It's getting harder to see couples staying alongside for 5 years, 10 years. 50 years is more and more a reason to celebrate! Eve if it's to say: i survived!
SantaClaws1 on September 05, 2010:
Great lens! The "Surviving Infidelity" bit seems a bit of a bum note at the end. Surely a subject for a new lens?!
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squid-pinkchic18 on August 17, 2010:
Wow you have so much good stuff here it would be impossible to not spend hours on all that you researched. Great lens!
Suggy LM on January 17, 2010:
Hi EasyW. Great lens! The "Surviving Infidelity" bit seems a bit of a bum note at the end. Surely a subject for a new lens?! Anyhow, here's a suggestion for your Cool Wedding Sites: www.4-anniversary-gifts.co.uk. Okay, so it's mine, but it does fit with your theme and is (hopefully) a worthwhile site, that is being improved every day!
Pamela2Heaven on August 31, 2008:
I am in the process of planning my parents 50th and have made a lens on it.
beachbum_gabby on July 01, 2008:
My aunt and uncle celebrated their golden wedding last May. It was memorable.
Wonderful lens here.