Ceremony reading ideas - words of love

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



My beloved speaks and says to me:
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If one offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
it would be utterly scorned.



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.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, 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.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”


COLOSSIANS 3:12-17: 

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.




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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 blessed.
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 subsides.
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.



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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




  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage”.   Lao Tzo



  • “You are here to love each other. That’s why you are alive. That is what life is for". Maya Angelou


  • “Love is indestructible, its holy flame forever burneth; from heaven, it came, to heaven returneth”  Robert Southey


  • “Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves.  Love, therefore, is its own reward.”  Thomas Merton


  • “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone it has to be made, like bread; made all the time, made new.”  Ursula Guin


  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person”Mignon McLaughlin


  • A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” Dave Meurer


  • “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” Martin Luther




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! 


Natasha x

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