Ceremony readings are a integral part of any wedding and whether you choose Bible passages, excerpts from a treasured poem or lyrics to a favorite song, the words you (or your readers) select will have a powerful impact on you and your guests. Whatever you decide, be sure the words are meaningful to both you and your groom and that they’ll echo through the hearts of those who are sharing this day with you. Below are some of our favorite readings:
Union by Robert Fulghum
Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson
Excerpts from 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
Epithalamion by Richard Crashaw
The Two of You by Czeslaw Milosz
Traditional Chinese Oath of Friendship – Anonymous
Come Rain or Shine, lyrics by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen
To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh
And a personal favorite from Richard Bach
A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.
These passages and pieces of prose are a small sampling of readings. If nothing rings true to who you are, below are some online sources for additional options.