Words, words, words! A wedding is a fantastic time to tell the world how you feel about each other, sharing your love. There are lots to consider, do you write your own vows, have a special reading by someone else or read a favourite bible verse or poem.
The beauty of a wedding is that it is YOUR day, so if you want to do all these options, then I say go ahead! If you are looking for some ideas about what readings to have at your ceremony, or even during your reception here are some of my suggestions. I have included bible verses suitable for a wedding, poems about love. I have also included a few love quotes too, in case you want something shorter. So grab a drink, sit back and read on…
1. Bible Verses
SONG OF SOLOMAN 8:6-7
My beloved speaks and says to me:
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
If I speak in the tongues, of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
2. Love poems
I will be here, by Steven Curtis Chapman
If in the morning when you wake, if the sun does not appear,
I will be there.
If in the dark we lose sight of love, hold my hand and have no fear, I will be there, I will be there.
When you feel like being quiet, when you need to speak your mind I will listen.
Through the winning, losing and trying we’ll be together and
I will be here.
If in the morning when you wake, if the future is unclear, I will be there.
As sure as seasons were made for change our lifetimes were made for years, I will be here.
I will be here, and you can cry on my shoulder when the mirror tells us we’re older.
I will hold you, to watch you grow in beauty and tell you all the things you are to me.
We’ll be together, and I will be here.
I will be true to the promises I’ve made, to you and to the one who gave you to me. I will be here.
This Marriage by Rumi
May these vows and this marriage be
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our everyday a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.
Love Listen by Amy Gray
Lets love, listen, take time, when time is all we have.
Let's be unafraid to be kind,
learn to disregard the bad, if the good outweighs it daily.
Let’s make a gift of silence,
the days hushing into dark
and when we hold each other lets always be astonished we are where we want to be.
Let's hope to age together,
but if we can’t let’s promise now to remember how we shone when we were at our best when we were most ourselves.
Love is a temporary madness, from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have 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 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 blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.
What is marriage? Author unknown
Marriage is the union of two people in love,
and love is sheer magic for its woven of Gossamer dreams, enchantingly real, that people in love are privileged to feel.
But the exquisite ecstasy that captures the heart of two people in love is just a small part. Of the beauty and wonder and miracle of that growth and fulfilment and evolvement of love.
For only long years of living together and caring and sharing in all kinds of weather both pleasure and pain, the glad and the sad.
Teardrops and laughter, the good and the bad can add new dimensions and lift love above the rapturous ecstasies of falling in love.
For ecstasy passes, but it is replaced by something much greater that cannot be defaced, for what was in part has now become whole, for, on the wings of flesh, love entered the soul.
You may want to include a short poem or quote in your order of service. It does not necessarily have to be read out, but it will give your guests something to think about and is a nice personal touch. Here are some suggestions
Hopefully some of these words above resonated with you, if not then see what else is out there. Or consider writing something yourself, adding your own personal touch!