Wedding Ceremony Readings and Poems

When planning your wedding ceremony, it’s easy to gloss over opportunities to insert impactful readings into the program in favor of emotionally charged music. Don’t get us wrong, you should incorporate lovely musical pieces throughout your service, absolutely! Yet, your choice of wedding ceremony readings will also contribute to the overall mood of the ceremony and should therefore be pondered over just as carefully. There are some truly delightful, romantic and powerful readings that can be included at appropriate places to reflect your own feelings towards your intended, or that may have a special significance to the both of you or to your families. Of course, not every reading or poem may be permitted by your officiant, so by all means, make sure you discuss them with your church or synagogue before setting your heart on them or printing them in your ceremony booklets.

We thought we’d share just a few of our favorite readings… we hope you find them as sweet as we do!

{ author unknown }
I knew that I had been touched by love the first time I saw you,
and I felt your warmth, and I heard your laughter.
I knew that I had been touched by love when I was hurting from something that happened,
and you came along and made the hurt go away.
I knew that I had been touched by love when I quit making plans with my friends,
and started dreaming dreams with you.
I knew that I had been touched by love when suddenly I stopped thinking in terms of ‘me’,
and started thinking in terms of ‘we’.
I knew that I had been touched by love when suddenly I couldn’t make any decisions by myself anymore,
and I had the strong desire to share everything with you.
I knew that I had been touched by love the first time we spent time alone together,
and I knew that I wanted to stay with you forever because
I had never felt this touched by love.
{ Diane Ackerman }
Love. What a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful.
It has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn,
turned tough guys to mush, consoled the enslaved, driven strong women mad, glorified the humble,
fueled national scandals, bankrupted robber barons, and made mincemeat of kings.
How can love’s spaciousness be conveyed in the narrow confines of one syllable?
Love is an ancient delirium, a desire older than civilization, with taproots spreading into deep and mysterious days.
The heart is a living museum.
In each of its galleries, no matter how narrow or dimly lit, preserved forever like wondrous diatoms,
are our moments of loving, and being loved.
{ Janet Miles }
A portion of your soul has been entwined with mine.
A gentle kind of togetherness, while, separate we stand.
As two trees deeply rooted in separate plots of ground,
While their topmost branches come together,
Forming a miracle of lace against the heavens.
{ Hervé Desbois }
When the dawn emerges from the night – it is you I see.
When I emerge from the silence of the dark – it is you I see.
You are like a river that flows through my dreams.
Without you, where would I find light?
When the city veils your smile,
It is you I look for.
When life batters me and steals my sighs – it is you I look for.
You are a fortress that guards and protects me.
Without you, where is my shelter, my refuge?
Let me lay down and sleep in the shadow of your eyes.
When I am exhausted by the journey of time.
As it passes so swiftly and so indifferently,
I treasure the sight of the smile on your lips.
You are the brilliant light of the sun in my skies.
You, my love, my happiness.
{ Thomas Kempis (Christian writer, 1380-1471) }
Love is a great thing, a great good in every way; it alone lightens what is heavy,
and leads smoothly over all roughness. For it carries a burden without being
burdened, and makes every bitter thing sweet and tasty.
Love wants to be lifted up, not held back by anything low.
Love wants to be free, and far from all worldly desires, so that its inner vision may not be dimmed
and good fortune bind it or misfortune cast it down.
Nothing is sweeter than love; nothing stronger,nothing higher, nothing wider; nothing happier, nothing fuller,
nothing better in heaven and earth; for love is born of God . . .
Love keeps watch and is never unaware, even when it sleeps; tired, it is never exhausted;
hindered, it is never defeated; alarmed, it is never afraid; but like a living flame and a burning torch,
it bursts upward and blazes forth… Love is quick, sincere, dutiful, joyous, and pleasant;
brave, patient, faithful, prudent, serene, and vigorous; and it never seeks itself.
For whenever we seek ourselves, we fall away from love. Love is watchful, humble, and upright;
not weak, or frivolous, or directed toward vain things; temperate, pure, steady, calm, and alert in all the senses.
Love is devoted and thankful to God, always trusting and hoping in him, even when it doesn’t taste his sweetness,
for without pain no one can live in love.