50th Wedding Anniversary Speech Examples
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 curve ball. 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 by 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