Whether you are having a religious ceremony or not, readings for weddings are integral and can add something that is profound and beautiful. For a church wedding, you will need to choose a religious reading, and can then choose another that is non-religious. This blog has 17 of the most beautiful non-religious readings I have found.
At my daughter’s wedding, I read this Blessing for a Marriage by James Dillet Freeman (I didn’t get through it without tears!)
‘May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance and understanding. May you always need one another not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you embrace one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say ‘I love you!’ and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making each other happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!’
In researching this blog, I’ve come across some of my favourite verses, both ancient and modern, plus some others that are wonderful. I hope you enjoy reading through them and that you find something that you would like for your own wedding readings.
I found this lovely hand fasting poem on a blog by Erin Lawless who has included other literary readings for weddings that are well worth having a look through
And of course, Shakespeare (close to my heart) has beautiful and famous sonnets that are popular at weddings:
My daughter-in-law chose this extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. It was new to me but stunning! I especially like the description of ‘being in love’ as something ‘any fool can do!’
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Have you come across Maya Angelou’s work? She is inspiring and this poem is wonderful!
Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free
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