Wedding Readings

19 wedding readings that aren’t quite cheesy

A selection of intimate and touching wedding readings to choose from for your big day

Are you desperately searching the internet for the right wedding reading for your big day? It is one of them Wedding planning Tasks that you can’t really speed up. You are after all Look for a collection of words that distill the relationship between you and your significant other in a meaningful, not kitschy way. Is this best reflected in a Shakespeare sonnet (something like a classic for wedding readings) or an excerpt from Winnie the Pooh? A funny but meaningful lyrics or a bit of William Wordsworth?

These days like Wedding style, nearly Everything is possible with wedding readings (if you are) marry In a church, it is worth exploring your priest first, as some might veto a very modern one. As a result, the choice of readings is quite extensive.

How to choose your wedding readings: competent advice

Ashleigh Li, founder and creative director of Pink palm trees The wedding planning service says that bringing thought into your ceremony is often the most overlooked aspect of any wedding. “To explain Why Once you have selected certain readings, your guests will listen more closely and the service will be a more intimate experience for everyone. “

She continues to point this out Readings are one way to make your service unique. “If you’re trying to be original, don’t look on Pinterest. All you can find there are readings you heard at other weddings. You will probably find inspiration where you least expect it, so dive deep into the things you both love, like a place in the world or a particular movie, and you’ll usually find something relevant. “

To help you get started, we’ve selected nineteen of our favorite wedding readings. Good news, unlike practically everything else on your big day, is that it doesn’t affect yours Wedding budget.

19 unique wedding readings for your big day

1) Excerpt from Captain Correlli’s mandolin by Louis de Bernières

“Love is a temporary madness. It breaks out like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it wears off, you have to make a decision. You need to find out if your roots are so interwoven that it is inconceivable that you should ever separate. Because that’s love. Love is not breathless, it is not excitement, it is not the proclamation of promises of eternal passion. It’s just to be in love, and each of us can convince ourselves that we are. Love itself is what is left when love has burned away, and this is both an art and a happy coincidence. Those who really love have roots that grow together underground, and when all the pretty flowers have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two. “

Why we love it: It’s beautiful and meaningful without being too cheesy (two ideals on your wedding reading checklist), and it’s especially important if you loved the book.

Wedding readings: a woman's wedding bouquet

2) Bob Marley on love …

“She’s not perfect – neither are you, and you two may never be perfect together – but if she can make you laugh, let yourself be pondered twice and admitted to being human and making mistakes, hold onto them and give it as best you can. She may not think of you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt them, don’t change them, don’t analyze them and don’t expect more than they can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you angry, and miss her when she’s not there. “

Why we love it: The simplicity of this wedding reading makes it a great choice for couples with a low cheese tolerance. Also ideal for Bob Marley fans.

3) I carry your heart with E. E. Cummings

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (wherever I go, you go, dear; and what is only done by me is your doing, darling)
I don’t fear fate (because you are my fate, my darling) I don’t want a world (because you are beautiful my world, my true one)
and you are everything a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing you are

Here is the deepest secret that no one knows
(Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; it grows
higher than the soul can hope or the mind can hide)
and that’s the miracle that keeps the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

Why we love it: E.E Cummings makes excellent wedding readings.

Wedding readings: A newly married couple hugging

4) Excerpt from The good morning by John Donne

“I wonder with my Troth what you and me
Did we until we loved? Have we not been weaned by then?
But sucked childishly into country pleasures?
Or did we snort in the dormouse cave?
“It was like this; but this, all joys are fantasies;
If I’ve ever seen a beauty
What I wanted and got was just a dream of yours.

Why we love it: Donne is another great choice for wedding readings. The whole poem works just as well as a wedding reading, but if you want something shorter, this is a particularly nice excerpt.

5) Letter from Johnny Cash to June Carter (1994)

“We are getting old and getting used to each other. We’ll think right away. We read the thoughts of others. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we get a little confused.

Maybe sometimes they take it for granted. But now and then, like today, I meditate on it and realize how happy I am to share my life with the greatest woman I have ever met. “

Why we love it: It captures the feeling of finding your soul mate in an uncomplicated way (although everyone who has seen it Go the line could possibly hope for one easier marriage than yours)

Wedding Readings: The main table on a wedding day

6) The Apache wedding prayer

Now you will not feel rain, because each of you will be protection for the other.

Now you will not feel cold, because each of you will be warm for the other.

Now there is no loneliness anymore, because each of you will be a companion of the other.

Now you are two bodies, but there is life before you.

Now go to your place of residence to begin the days of togetherness.

And may your days be good and long on earth.

Why we love it: It’s straightforward, but beautiful

7) Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

“Don’t let me go to the marriage of true spirits
Admit obstacles. Love is not love
What changes when it finds a change
Or remove bends with the remover:
Oh no; it’s always a firm brand,
It looks like storms and is never shaken;
It is the star for every wandering bark,
Whose value is unknown, although its size is to be taken.
Love is not the fool of time, though rosy lips and cheeks
Come into the compass of his bending sickle;
Love doesn’t change with its short hours and weeks
But it goes to the brink of doom.
If this is a mistake and is proven to me,
I never wrote, nor has a man ever loved.

Why we love it: Sometimes there is a reason why a wedding reading is very popular. If in doubt, go like Shakespeare’s poems or go home

Wedding readings: a couple of kisses on their wedding day

8) I want to be yours by John Cooper-Clarke

“I want to be your vacuum cleaner
breathe in your dust
I want to be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You set the tone
I want to be yours

I want to be your raincoat
for these frequent rainy days
I want to be your dreamer
if you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me everywhere
I do not care
I want to be yours

I want to be your electricity meter
I will not go out
I want to be the electric heater
Without you will get cold
I want to be your hiring lotion
Keep your hair in deep surrender

Deep as the deep Atlantic
That’s how deep my devotion is. “

Why we love it: If you want to tickle your guests with a fun wedding reading instead of letting them cry in the pews, this is a good choice (or if you wanted to do multiple wedding readings, this would be offset by something more serious).

9) Excerpt from A farewell to weapons by Ernest Hemingway

At night there was a feeling that we had come home, no longer felt alone, woke up at night to find the other one, and had not left; All other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and when we woke up the other woke up too, so one was not alone. Often a man wants to be alone and a woman wants to be alone, and when they make love they are jealous of it, but I can really say that we never felt it. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and were never afraid when we were together. “

Why we love it: It’s more subtle than many other wedding readings, but still gets to the point

Wedding readings: a couple of rings

10) Excerpt from Blue eyed devil by Lisa Kleypas

“I no longer believed in the idea of ​​soul mates or love at first sight. But I started to think that a few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who is right for you. Not because it was perfect or because you were, but because your combined mistakes were arranged so that two separate beings could hang together. “

Why we love it: This also works well as one of those service intros that guests can read as they wait for you to arrive at your knockout Wedding dress.

11) Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

“People are like cities: we all have alleys and gardens and secret roofs and places where daisies sprout between the cracks in the sidewalk, but most of the time we just get a postcard view of a skyline or a polished square. With love, you can find these hidden places in another person, even those they didn’t know were there, even those they didn’t think they called beautiful. “

Why we love it: It’s the perfect length compared to some wedding readings and a nice extended parable.

12) Excerpt from Every day by David Levithan

“This is what love does: it makes you want to rewrite the world. You want to select the characters, create the scenery, and direct the storyline. The person you love sits opposite you and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible and endlessly possible. And if only you two are alone in a room, you can pretend it is, it will be. “

Why we love it: It’s nice, but not too flowery

Wedding readings: couple hug

13) Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How in the world can you explain such an important biological phenomenon as first love in terms of chemistry and physics? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit down with this special girl for an hour and it seems to take a minute. This is the theory of relativity. “

Why we love it: This is also not too flowery – and very topical if you happen to marry a scientist (a kind of niche sub-story: wedding readings for scientists)

14) Lauren Oliver delirium

“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word that is no larger or longer than an edge. This is it: an edge; a razor. It runs through the middle of your life and cuts everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world is falling off on both sides.

Why we love it: sometimes the simplest wedding readings are the best.

Wedding Readings: A Happy Couple

15) Excerpt from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are carried out by those who usually do small, kind acts. We forgive to the extent that we love. Love means knowing that even if you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness in life is the belief that we are loved. Loved for us. And even loved despite ourselves. “

Why we love it: a wedding reading from Les Mis? What is not to love

16) Lang Leav’s Soul Mates

“I don’t know how familiar you are to me – or why it feels less like I get to know you than that I remember who you are.” Like every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I knew you before, I loved you before – at a different time, in a different place, in a different existence. “

Why we love it: it feels wonderfully serious

17) Excerpt from Gift from the sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

‘If you love someone; you don’t love her all the time, exactly the same way, moment by moment. It is impossible. It’s even a lie to do so. And that’s exactly what most of us demand. We have so little confidence in the ups and downs of life, love, relationships. We jump in the river of the tide and are horrified to resist its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return. We insist on persistence, persistence, continuity; when the only possible continuity in life as in love is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, hardly touch each other in passing, but are partners in the same pattern. The only real security is not to own or to own, not to demand or to expect, not to even hope. Security in a relationship is not to look back at what was in nostalgia or what it might be in fear or expectation, but to live in the current relationship and accept it as it is now. Relationships have to be like islands, you have to accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands that are surrounded and interrupted by the sea and constantly visited and abandoned by the tides. “

Why we love it: It is a great relationship counselor

Wedding readings: a wedding cake

18) Extract from Plato’s symposium

“People have never understood the power of love, because if they had, they would certainly have built noble temples and altars and made solemn sacrifices. But this is not done and should certainly be done because love is our best friend, our helper and the healer of the diseases that prevent us from being happy.

To understand the power of love, we need to understand that our original human nature was not as it is now, but different. Humans each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces that looked in opposite directions. At that time there were three sexes: one consisted of two men called children of the sun, one of two women called children of the earth, and a third of a man and a woman called children of the moon. Because of the power and might of these primitive people, the gods began to fear that their rule might be threatened. They were looking for a way to end people’s insolence without destroying them.

At that point, Zeus divided the people in half. After the division, the two parts of each who wanted the other half came together and threw their arms around each other, enmeshed in each other, and longed to grow into one. So ancient is the mutual desire that is implanted in us, reunites our original nature, does one of two and heals the condition of humanity.

Each of us, if we are separated and have only one side, is only the identity of one person and we are always looking for our other half. Those whose original nature lies with the children of the sun are men who are attracted to other men, those of the children of the earth are women who love other women, and those of the children of the moon are men and women who are apart are attracted. And when one of us hits the other half, we lose ourselves in astonishment at love, friendship and intimacy and wouldn’t even be out of sight of the other for a moment. We spend our whole life together and wish that we would be merged into one to live our life as one person instead of two and that after our death there would be a deceased soul instead of two. This is the expression of our old need. And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and striving for the whole is love. “

Why we love it: It is long, but it is written so elegantly

19) Extract from De Imitatio Christi by Thomas à Kempis

“Love often knows no borders, but crosses all borders. Love does not feel a burden, does not think about problems, tries more than it can and does not plead for impossibility because it believes that it can and can do all things. Because of this, it is able to do anything, do a lot, and achieve where the one who does not love fails and falls.

“Love is watchful. It doesn’t sleep. It is not tired. When pressed, it is not stretched. Alarmed, it is not confused, but like a living flame, a burning torch, it pushes itself up and goes through every obstacle unscathed. “

Why we love it: it’s touching – and as wedding lectures go, it’s definitely a teardrop!

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