If you're looking for a wedding reading you have quite a few options. You're sure to find the perfect reading for you within these diverse samples, whether you're looking for a reading for a classic ceremony or a more one-of-a-kind passage for a nontraditional ceremony.
Most wedding ceremonies include two to three readings that can involve a theme or be uniquely different. After all, it's your ceremony.
The following readings come from a variety of sources, including the Bible, poetry and famous works of fiction.
There's a reason the classics became the classics, right? They're timeless passages about love and relationships.
Rather than hitting you over the head with esoteric literary devices, these literary passages use easy-to-comprehend metaphors and imagery to evoke feelings and deliver subtle messages. Each person listening will likely interpret it slightly differently, but that's part of the magic.
When your love is full of passion, you'll want your wedding reading to be equally enchantingly amorous. These especially tender passages come from a variety of sources -- quotes, novels, poems, essays -- but they're all romantic.
Poetry can be an incredible way to describe love, leaving space for nuance, and delivering imagery that's new and different.
Of course, there are literally millions of love poems to choose from, but these are particularly apt for weddings.
If you dance to the beat of a different drummer, or you just want to make sure your guests haven't heard your wedding reading before, these unique readings are for you.
For Christians, the greatest love is in the Bible. You've probably heard the "love is patient, love is kind" reading from Corinthians quite a few times, but there are many other beautiful verses about love that might surprise you. You may also want to check out Old Testament Wedding Readings and New Testament Wedding Readings.
The most famous Jewish wedding reading is from the Song of Solomon (Ani L'Dodi v'Dodi Li / "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"). But there are many other traditional, modern and even secular Jewish wedding readings to choose from.
The Bard of Avon wrote many words about love, and several are appropriate for your ceremony. These are my favorites from his plays and verse.
Not everything about a ceremony needs to be serious. Adding some moments of levity in between more solemn moments of ritual can do more than keeping your guests entertained. Odds are, your love for each other isn't all serious either. By adding funny wedding readings, you can express a fuller version of your relationship.
If you're having a religious ceremony, be sure to check with your officiant, as they may have limitations on what can be included in the ceremony.
But for secular, non-denominational and more liberal religious events, feel free to be creative. It's worth it to take time finding the right wedding reading since it's a way to express your love for each other and share what you believe about marriage. You may want to read Tips on How to Choose a Wedding Reading.
Don't feel that you have to be limited to the selections in this library. You might have favorite song lyrics, a love letter you wrote or a quote from an article. The important thing is that what is read is a reflection of your relationship and your views on love, marriage, and commitment.