The Perfect Poems and Readings for Your Wedding!

We’ve all experienced it, that moment when, as a Bride, you sit down to select the quotes and passages that will fill your invitations, programs, and even the ceremony itself. You think, “How hard could this be? There can only be one or two to choose from”. And oh, you are wrong…. so… so…. wrong. There are biblical readings and cultural readings and native american readings. Sonnets from Shakespeare, classic American poets, song lyrics, the mind boggles and there’s always that worry that your wedding will be like a scene from The Wedding Planner

“Are you aware that Fran has chosen teal for her bridesmaids? Teal, the color of gangrene. … Oh, oh, and I Honestly Love You as your wedding song? You might as well commit matrimonial suicide right now!”

But don’t worry, at least for the moment, because we’re here to help. In this blog we’re going to break down all of those categories and give you what we feel are the perfect passages that will cross the generation gap between your punk rock cousin, and your Aunt Muriel who is at any moment going to start sobbing into that lace handkerchief that you bought her on Etsy. So grab yourself a cocktail, because honey you’ve earned it, and just relax. We’ve got this.

Biblical

If you’re getting married in a house of worship, or if you have a mother like mine, odds are good that you’ll need at least one biblical reading and these, in our humble opinion are the best.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NIV

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

“Song of Solomon” 2:10-13, NIV

My beloved spoke, and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.

Ok so it’s cliche, but in a really really good way. No matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from, if you hear these at a wedding you’re going to get misty eyed. (And Muriel will LOVE them)

Shakespeare

 

Sonnet 116 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
it is the star to every wandering bark,
whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
within his bending sickle’s compass come;
love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Of all sonnets by the Bard, this one is the be all, end all, marriage poem. Everyone knows it, having had to memorize it at some point in childhood, but when it’s read at a wedding, again… magic. Trust us, wedding magic is a very real and tangible force, much like the magic veil at the bridal shop.

 

Poetry

 

I carry your heart with me
by E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody 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; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Sigh…. I don’t care how many times I hear this poem, I melt. Every. single. time. If my fiance read it to me on our wedding day, I would be a weeping puddle on the floor by the end. And guys, trust us… that’s a good thing.

“Sonnet from the Portuguese”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—​I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—​and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Ok, so you got me. I’m a romantic to my very bones but come on! This poem… that last line makes my foolish heart skip a beat every time I heart it.

 

Song Lyrics

 

“Grow Old With Me”

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
“At Last”

At last
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a songOh yeah yeah
At lastThe skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you

I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known

Oh yeah yeah
You smiled, you smiled
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine…

At Last

Children’s Poems

“It’s You I Like” by Mr. Rogers

 

It’s you I like,

It’s not the things you wear.

It’s not the way you do your hair,

But it’s you I like.

The way you are right now

The way down deep inside you

Not the things that hide you

Not your diplomas…

They’re just beside you.

 

But it’s you I like,

Every part of you,

Your skin, your eyes, your feelings,

Whether old or new.

I hope that you’ll remember

Even when you’re feeling blue,

That it’s you I like,

It’s you yourself,

It’s you, it’s you I like!

 

“Hug O’ War” by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’war.

I’d rather play at hug o’war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.

 

Cultural

 

Apache Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead
and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion,
and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Irish Wedding Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

Whew, hope you had enough tissues and martini for all of that! We hope that these made planning your special day just a little bit easier.

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