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50th Wedding Anniversary Speech Ideas

Updated on November 29, 2015

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 does not always get easier. In fact, sometimes it gets more difficult because the emotion becomes stronger, deeper, and more complicated.

Whether you are the husband or wife or a dear friend that would like to make a speech, it can be difficult to find the right words to say that encapsulate a love that has been able to withstand all these years.

But you don't have to worry. Below, you will find some great toast samples, a complete speech that hopefully contains many useful tips and advice to help you celebrate your golden wedding anniversary!

Sample Speech #1 (Wife's)

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 heard 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 finally complete.

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. It if wasn't for you, I would have completely fallen apart those months.

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 contemplate giving up. When I think about stopping work, 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 but never cared about yourself. Instead, you turned the focus and your attention on me and my day.

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 made life worth living.

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 vocalizes the many years of love we have yet to come.

Thank you so much for marrying me. I love you.

Elegant Ever After
Elegant Ever After

Sample Speech #2 (Husband's)

Let me start my speech by greeting every one of you who had come to share with us this momentous even in our married life. Carla and I are deeply honored for your presence and for making 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 fateful day of 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, every obstacle in our marriage. You always referred to me as 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 or Donald Trump. But having you for a wife is the most priceless treasure I have in this lifetime. 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 marriage 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. We are a legend in this world.

Today marks another special moment in our married life. 50 years of marriage bliss and still counting! Carla, you are my wife and my best friend. I will forever love you, 'til death do us part.

"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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      R. Paul 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some good ideas for preparing for my sister and brother in law's 50th wedding anneversary

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      cupcakeprincesLOLswagyolo 2 years ago

      hi i like this page

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      Emma4u 3 years ago

      good lens, thx for sharing. <3

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      2envelopparadox 3 years ago

      nice lens

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      TrevorCameron 3 years ago

      Great Lens! Like it

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      weddinspire 4 years ago

      Aww.. how nice this lens is.. Wonderful speech

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I still have another forty-three years to go, but here's to thinking ahead to the future and beyond.

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      AnniversaryGiftI 4 years ago

      very helpful and sweet info about wedding anniversary speeches, the 50th one is a special one for sure!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary Speech ideas. You've certainly created a thought-provoking lens.

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      KatherineKouture 4 years ago

      Great information thanks for sharing!


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      DonD LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Great lens !

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      AnnounceItFavors 4 years ago

      Thanks for the sample speeches!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      This will be 20 years for my wife and I. Thanks for some inspiring ideas.

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      ATTHED LM 5 years ago

      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

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great wedding anniversary speech ides. Thanks for sharing.

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      hahaha very nice ...............Thanks

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      myamart 5 years ago

      What a great read for a wedding anniversary, thank you so much for sharing this.

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      avicena 5 years ago

      Great lens for a wedding speech. It really helped, thank you!

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      jewellery-junkies 5 years ago

      Great lens on speeches. Why not give your husband or wife a great anniversary gift like D&G watches

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      diaperbagdiva lm 5 years ago

      What a great lens idea! I loved the pictures and the tips. Thanks for this!

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      camshaw007 lm 6 years ago

      This a fantastic site, with great ideas. Thank you.

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      JOCelebrant 6 years ago

      Great speech! I will recommend this one to my clients!

      Jeanette O'Connor

      Celebrant Sunshine Coast

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      50th anniversary is really a miracle

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      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.

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      Muzzie4848 6 years ago

      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.

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      stevembetts 6 years ago

      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 6 years ago

      Wow! Congrats! great lens! Golden Wedding Anniversary is an achievement.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I wish I could celebrate my own Golden Wedding Anniversary.

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      penellan 6 years ago

      I guess you guys didn't need to use ! congratulations on 50 years!~

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      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!

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      SantaClaws1 7 years ago

      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 7 years ago

      Wow you have so much good stuff here it would be impossible to not spend hours on all that you researched. Great lens!

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      Suggy LM 7 years ago

      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: Okay, so it's mine, but it does fit with your theme and is (hopefully) a worthwhile site, that is being improved every day!

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      Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

      I am in the process of planning my parents 50th and have made a lens on it.

      Great job~

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      My aunt and uncle celebrated their golden wedding last May. It was memorable.

      Wonderful lens here.